This Week: Domestic Workers Rights, Anti-Abortion Ads, & More

It’s Time to Talk to Employers About Domestic Worker’s Rights
ColorLines: “The first of its kind in the nation, the so-called “nanny law” grants fundamental labor protections to some 200,000 full-time and live-in nannies, housekeepers and elder-care providers in the state.”

Mom Sues After Daughter Is Pictured on Anti-Abortion Billboard
Jezebel: “The New York billboard that linked abortion with African-American genocide has been taken down, but the mother of the 6-year-old girl whose image appeared in the ad is still suing.”

Now more women get advanced degrees than men
AP: “For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.”

Three Printers Refuse LGBT Student Publication, Citing F-Word, Images of Cross-dressing
Campus Progress: “Evan Bailey, a former student media specialist at Kent State who worked with Freeport for five years, says that other student publications, including poetry magazine Luna Negra, were printed by Freeport and also included the word.”

Shackled mom wins case
The Tennessean: “Human rights supporters and immigration advocates said the case signified an undercurrent of bias against immigrants. Villegas’ arrest may have been racial profiling by police, they said.”

April is Sexual Assault Activism Month

Cross-posted from For the Birds.

Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – or if you take a page out of SAFER’s book it is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month – there are plenty of events, gatherings and benefits to raise awareness, honor survivors and engage in discussions around prevention. One quick way to take action is to support New Yorkers United Against Sexual Violence, by signing this petition to ask the New York City Council to reinstate funding for anti-sexual violence programming for the 2012 budget. (Much thanks to fellow For the Birds member, Lauren Denitzio, for designing the lovely logo!)

–Jessy, For the Birds

For more information on events happening this week, check out listings at For the Birds.

This Week: Reproductive Justice Under Attack, Wisconsin Protests, & More

This is what “pro-life” means?
Salon: “The excuse used by Republicans is that we are saving taxpayer money. Saving money in exchange for breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and care: Welcome to the movement that has long billed itself as ‘pro-life.’”

When rape is a risk that comes with the job
Feministing: “In fact, when it comes to many dangerous professions, it’s only by women’s inclusion that conditions can begin to change.”

‘First Amendment Remedies’: How Wisconsin Workers Grabbed the Constitution Back From the Right-Wing Royalists
The Nation: “The purpose of the First Amendment, the essential amendment for those who believe in a real and robust democracy experiment, was to detail the rights of citizens to object when wrongheaded and dangerous policies are proposed by their elected officials.”

Mrs. Bush, Abstinence, and Texas
New York Times: “Tortolero, who lectures around the country on effective ways to prevent teenage pregnancy, once testified before a committee in the Texas House that was considering a bill to require that sex education classes only provide information that was medically accurate.

The bill was controversial. I’ll let you ponder that for a minute.”

Iowa Wrestler Defaults Rather Than Face Girl
Associated Press: “A standout Iowa high school wrestler refused to compete against a girl at the state tournament on Thursday, relinquishing any chance of becoming a champion because he says wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.”

South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers
Mother Jones: “‘The bill in South Dakota is an invitation to murder abortion providers,’ says Vicki Saporta, the president of the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers.”

Rep. Gwen Moore & Rep. Jackie Speier: Amazing Speeches on the House Floor

As House Republicans argued for extremist measures to cut assistance to women, children, and men who use Planned Parenthood’s services, Gwen Moore and Jackie Speier bravely shared their own personal experiences on the House floor.  Their words are a reminder of the dire necessity to have more women and people of color serving in legislative positions.

Stand Up For Planned Parenthood

Please sign this petition: I Stand With Planned Parenthood.

As budget cuts loom, Planned Parenthood is in danger of losing crucial federal funding, including funds to provide HIV testing, cancer screenings, birth control access, and many more services that Planned Parenthood provides on a sliding scale in communities across the country.  As one of millions of women who used these services during the years I did not have health insurance to cover basic health necessities such as annual gynecological exams, I am appalled at the Republican-controlled House of Representatives who just voted to bar all Planned Parenthood centers from receiving Title X funding.  Please stand up against this outrageously cruel, anti-women vote.  Protect women’s health and sign this petition today.

–Rosamund Hunter