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Examples of Cases Involving Women’s Rights Statutes that were Not Upheld 

Examples of Cases Involving Women’s Rights Statutes that were Not Upheld            

Preface:  Because there has not been effective constitutional protection by the 14th Amendment for many forms of sex discrimination and because there is no Equal Rights Amendment, there have been many efforts to target federal legislation to try to close the gaps, generally relying on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 are just a few of these laws.  While they have significantly helped women, these federal laws are not comprehensive, many are not fully inclusive, and one has been partially struck down by the Supreme Court for lack of a constitutional foundation. Most critically, none of these laws has the force of a constitutional amendment.  That means they do not cover everyone and they can be rolled back at any time by a simple congressional vote. *

*Excerpts from Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth, 2015


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Dissenting For Democracy

in People For the American Way

In the dismal 2013-14 Supreme Court Term in which the conservative majority wiped out aggregate campaign contribution limits (McCutcheon v. FEC), undercut the power of unions (Harris v. Quinn), and approved lopsided sectarian religious invocations in public meetings (Town of Greece v. Galloway), one big consolation was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s devastating indictment of the majority in her seething dissenting opinion from perhaps the worst decision of the Term, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.


Pisgah Legal Services – #Now is the time to help our immigrant neighbors

Fear, uncertainty and isolation. Many of our immigrant neighbors face extraordinary fear, uncertainty and isolation in the midst of a changing approach to immigration policy in our country. Parents are anxious. Children are terrified.

Pisgah Legal Services assists immigrants in WNC through our “Justice For All Project,”– helping eligible immigrants secure work authorization and legal status. We also help immigrants secure food, housing, and safety from abuse.


ON BEING PROJECT expanded in 2018 to meet tender, tumultuous moments

Friends, listeners, and comrades; beloved community,
I am happy to announce that as of next Saturday (May 12, 2018, the weekly email offering from On Being will be back.
 
We’ve been quiet these last few months while investing inside – moving out of start-up mode in our young organization and building the organizational depth we’ve needed to meet a tender, tumultuous moment. We are now the On Being Project. And I’m thrilled to introduce you to the beautiful, expanded On Being team.


North Carolina State POLICY WATCH – the Progressive Pulse

North Carolinians want the legislature’s judicial attacks to end. It’s time for lawmakers to listen.

By Jen Jones 

When the North Carolina General Assembly convenes in a few weeks for the 2018 legislative short session, lawmakers will once again be asked to consider new judicial voting maps. At last Friday’s meeting of the Joint Judicial Redistricting and Reform Committee, members evaluated three proposals that still appear intended, as one high-ranking official said last year, to affect the partisan makeup of our courts. 

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A standing ovation for the Starbucks CEO who confronted the truth about racism in America

By Leonard Pitts in the Miami Herald

Racism is a white problem.

I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, I’ll be happy to concede the point. Continue reading


Accompanying Honduras

by Ken Jones     February 3, 2018

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio Progreso. Piling on to the bus came some twenty staff members of the station to bid us goodbye. Each of them greeted us with an embrace, a kiss, or a clasp of hands expressing heartfelt gratitude for our having come to be with them at this dangerous and chaotic time in their country. It was a striking gesture of affection that deeply touched us, the visiting delegates.


Take the Implicit Racial Bias Test on Race – available online from Harvard

Last week, we saw two people, breaking no law or code of conduct, arrested at Starbucks. Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were treated like criminals because of their identity – they are black and male. A white woman manager perceived them to be a threat and called the police. The police took her word for it, handcuffing and escorting the men out. Even though they were just peacefully waiting for a colleague before purchasing their beverages. In some sense, this story is not new.


ICE Raids Continue Across Buncombe County Today – Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE Raids in WNC

Jasmine Beach Ferrara just posted a link that doesn’t require going through Facebook to make a donation.
ICE raids continue across Buncombe County this morning. This is the 4th day they’ve been in our community after a week of raids across our state. These raids are separating families, terrorizing the Latinx community, and forcing people to hide in their homes. Our community is responding with unity, strength, and support for impacted families. But still, the arrests continue. What can you do? First, donate to CIMA, which is leading our community’s response: http://cimawnc.org/donations/.  Next, join us by sharing this graphic to say you stand with immigrant families. Make your voice heard.


Politicians Spit on Veterans

By Bruce Macdonald 

We have all heard stories of troops returning from Vietnam being spat upon. Whether fact or urban legend, the message was that, having participated in an unpopular war, the public did not honor or respect their service. When my brother returned from Vietnam, he told of immediately changing into civilian clothes upon landing in Seattle, undoubtedly to avoid the wrath of the anti-war public that he had heard about.


Three black teens are finalists in a NASA competition. Hackers spewing racism tried to ruin their odds.

By Perry Stein in the Washington Post

The three D.C. students couldn’t believe the news. They’d developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, and NASA announced last month that they were finalists in the agency’s prestigious high school competition — the only all-black, female team to make it that far.  Continue reading


Women Firefighters in a Predominantly Male Culture

Women Firefighters Say Abuse is Rife but Men Go Unpunished – The Guardian News May, 2018

and an historic perspective…

Fighting Forest Fires is Filthy Work – Lake Chelan, Washington State 1977

By Deidre Duffy – Asheville, North Carolina

Fighting forest fires is filthy work. Grit and grime, soot and smoke get in every nook and cranny, every orifice of your body. It doesn’t bother you much while you are digging fire line, dragging hoses or busting up smoldering logs.


IDA B. WELLS the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement, and the National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery

The pioneering African American reporter counted, investigated and reported lynchings in America as no one had done before.

‘Lynching is color-line murder’: the blistering speech denouncing America’s shame. The pioneering African American investigative reporter Ida B Wells gave this impassioned speech Lynching Our National Crime Originally published in the 1909 National Negro Conference  The journalist and agitator Ida B Wells dispenses with the notion that the lynching of black men was a means of protecting white women, in a furious, lucid diatribe against the practice – and the federal government’s reluctance to put a halt to it.

 


This Patriot’s Day, It Was Women Waging Revolutionary War

By Lauren Sandler at the Huffington Post

In Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day is celebrated annually with the mother of all marathons. Growing up, I assumed that every American schoolkid had Patriot’s Day off, to commemorate the first battles of the Revolutionary War; later, I learned that it’s about as common as calling a water fountain a “bubbler.” Regardless, this Patriot’s Day was a fine one for American women, and days later, I am still glowing from the gynophoria.


The Cheater’s Guide to Beating Alzheimers: New Research and Prevention Breakthroughs

By Paula Spencer Scott in Parade

Sometimes I walk into a room and can’t remember why. I lose my keys. I blank on names. So I wonder: Could I be heading for Alzheimer’s, the way my dad and my grandmother did? Or is there a way I can beat such a fate?

That’s how I found myself in a New York City doctor’s office one recent winter afternoon, playing computer card-matching games and identifying smells like lemon and Play-Doh. These brain tests were part of my extensive workup at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of only a handful of centers to focus on the emerging science of dementia risk assessment and prevention strategies.  Continue reading


Immigration arrests spark outrage across North Carolina

, By Frank Taylor

Immigrant advocates and elected officials across North Carolina are speaking out against a series of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests over the last week. Leaders in the Triangle, including several mayors, strongly condemned the arrests of some 25 people in that region of the state, according to the Herald-Sun of Durham. In the mountains, ICE agents confirmed arrests of at least 12 individuals in Buncombe and Henderson counties Saturday, with some activists claiming as many as 14 had been detained.  Continue reading


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