By Chitra Ramaswamy in The Guardian
We are living in a dizzying culture of powerful individual moments, as well as wider movements. The most compelling moment at March for Our Lives – the biggest gun-control protest in a generation – was thanks to an 11-year-old girl from Virginia called Naomi Wadler. In just three minutes and 30 seconds, a child born under George W Bush’s presidency managed to galvanise a global movement, and quote Toni Morrison to boot.
By Corey Brettschneider in the Guardian
In any debate about guns in America, there’s one aspect that’s seemingly inescapable: the moment when the National Rifle Association (NRA) or other defenders of an anything-goes gun policy recite the second amendment from memory. Continue reading
Hundreds of thousands of students walked out of school to protest—many of them engaging in social justice actions for the first time—and to say #ENOUGH to gun violence in America. It may have been many of these students’ first protest, but we know it won’t be their last.
Feminism is the most revolutionary idea there has ever been. Equality for women demands a change in the human psyche more profound than anything Marx dreamed of. It means valuing parenthood as much as we value banking. (offered by Mirra Price)
Offered by Susan Shope and Va Boyle
Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress and won our hearts when she asked all the female nominees to stand with her and told the Hollywood executives and power brokers to, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight – invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours – whichever suits you best – and we’ll tell you all about them … I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”
This Parkland student quickly amassed more Twitter followers than the NRA. Here’s what she’s been writing.
Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post
@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures, joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers. Continue reading
REMINDER: The EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT for Women has STILL NOT PASSED! Forward this link to everyone ASAP
There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States that protects U.S. women from discrimination. Ironically, we have insisted that other countries, such as Afghanistan, include such a provision! Equal Means Equal
The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee equal status under the law and provide bedrock legal protection when women or men face sex discrimination. Protection would cover:
- Lack of equal pay for equal work
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Violence against women
- Other forms of sex discrimination
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May – October 2018
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Our first event is May 26 from noon – 7pm
The NC Department of Environmental Quality has extended the deadline for public feedback about North Carolina’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) rules from March 22 to April 6. The DEQ has indicated that they plan to enact their own state CCR rules in addition to the federal rules, which are at risk of being weakened by current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. If the federal rules are weakened, we need to make sure the state CCR rules can step in to help defend our waters and our communities.
A new and important report by veteran education policy analyst Kris Nordstrom of the North Carolina Justice Center’s Education and Law Project provides a sobering, in-depth look at racial segregation in the North Carolina’s public schools. In “Stymied by Segregation: How Integration Can Transform North Carolina Schools and the Lives of Its Students,” Nordstrom reviews the history of school integration, what the science shows about its benefits, how North Carolina has been reversing past progress in recent years, and how better policies can put the state back on the right track.
From the moment she arrived at her assisted living facility in Niles, Illinois, 69-year-old, openly lesbian Marsha Wetzel was under attack. In a suit filed with Lambda Legal, Wetzel accused the facility’s managers of failing to protect her even after she was pushed, shoved and spit on.
At the Asheville City Schools Foundation, we believe that strong public schools are an essential part of breaking the cycle of poverty, dismantling structural racism, and sustaining our democracy. We uphold the value of each student and believe that we have a specific responsibility to increase racial equity in our schools.
We envision a day when all children in the Asheville City Schools discover their unique talents and dreams, fulfill their potential, and our district shines as a national model of excellence with equity.
Addiction Resource Guides, Information & Hotline – Our Purpose and Mission
Addiction Resource was founded in 2014 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Our goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life. We believe in our ability to help improve the lives of others, and belief is what motivates us to educate and support our readers every day
By Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team
Please help us move the needle this week by sharing the 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence with your community. Together, we will support survivors, condemn sexism, and hold ourselves and others accountable for a more just and equitable world for all.
Click here for 10 Things Men Can Do to Prevent Gender Violence
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Girls just wanna have fun — building houses and raising money!
Email the author Susan R. Paisner, a Maryland criminologist and writer, formerly trained law enforcement professionals on responding to domestic violence calls and implementing domestic violence policies.
A documented history of domestic abuse, we learned this month in the person of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, does not preclude people from working in the White House. To many, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chief of Staff John Kelly, it seemed shocking that a well-educated, highly accomplished professional could be violent. But domestic violence is a complicated and pervasive crime (45 percent more women were slain by a current or former male partner between 2001 and 2012 than there were troops killed in Afghanistan), and it is shrouded in misinformation. Continue reading
The stories for many children born into poverty share a common outcome: a lifetime cycle of hardship. We believe that a single powerful factor – literacy – can help break that cycle.
Read To Succeed Asheville wants all children to achieve well-being and lead productive lives. One crucial key is the ability to read proficiently, and we’re making inroads. Students are referred to us because they are unable to read at expected grade level and every year, on average, 66% of R2S students get to grade level in reading (as measured by the state DIBELS test).
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