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For Immediate Release: September 22, 2017 The Feminist Majority Majority Foundation is outraged by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s decision to rescind policies and guidance that protected survivors of sexual assault and worked to reduce the high levels of sexual assault on college and university campuses. Today, according to many studies, one in five women will be assaulted while in college. “The DeVos Department of Education can’t seem to understand that its job is to protect victims of discrimination, including student survivors of sexual assault. Make no mistake, by rescinding the April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the April 2014 Title IX guidance document, the Department has prioritized the rights of those alleged to have committed sexual violence over victims of assault. Far from guaranteeing equity—the goal of Title IX—the Department has actually tipped the scales against victims, the very people the Department is supposed to protect,” stated Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation. “Unbelievably, the Department has also issued new interim guidance in the form of a Q&A, showing that its stated desire to listen to stakeholders through a notice and comment process is a sham. Hundreds of thousands of people, through the comment […]<div>
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FMF Statement on Secretary DeVos’s Dismantling of Title IX Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2017 The Feminist Majority Majority Foundation is outraged by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s decision to rescind policies and guidance that protected survivors of sexual assault and worked to reduce the high levels of sexual assault on college and university campuses. Today, according to many studies, one in five women […]

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During his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan welcomed President Trump’s plan to increase United States involvement and presence in the country.<div>
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Afghan President Welcomes US Troop Increase

During his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan welcomed President Trump’s plan to increase United States involvement and presence in the country. Related posts:First TV Channel for Women Launches in Afghanistan Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Competes in International Competition President Announces Continuation of Mission in Afghanistan Read more […]

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Anti-abortion extremists invaded three reproductive health clinics in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Alexandria, Virginia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday September 15, by entering the facilities and refusing to leave.<div>
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Abortion Clinics in 3 Cities Invaded by Anti-Abortion Extremists

Anti-abortion extremists invaded three reproductive health clinics in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Alexandria, Virginia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday September 15, by entering the facilities and refusing to leave. Related posts:Abortion Clinics in Texas Help Women Impacted by Hurricane Harvey Hearing Begins in Case of Anti-Abortion Group Versus Virginia South Carolina Governor Blocks Funding to Abortion […]

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Last week, MaryBe McMillian became the first woman to be elected President of North Carolina’s Labor Federation (NC AFL-CIO).<div>
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North Carolina Labor Federation Elects First Woman President

Last week, MaryBe McMillian became the first woman to be elected President of North Carolina’s Labor Federation (NC AFL-CIO). Related posts:Maternal Mortality Rates are Rising in the United States Prominent North Carolina Civil Rights Center Banned from Engaging in Civil Rights Litigation County of Durham, NC Unanimously Endorses CEDAW Read more at: Feminist Newswire – Feminist […]

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Wednesday LIVE with Evie #36 Have you ever been told when making a decision to make it and to just “trust that everything is going to work out”? Or setting a goal or an intention and heard “set your intention, but don’t be attached to them”? They have a ring of truth to them, but … <a href="http://oneinsightcloser.com/blog/trust-and-intention">Continue reading <span>Thoughts on trust and intention</span></a>

Thoughts on trust and intention

Wednesday LIVE with Evie #36 Have you ever been told when making a decision to make it and to just “trust that everything is going to work out”? Or setting a goal or an intention and heard “set your intention, but don’t be attached to them”? They have a ring of truth to them, but […]

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In a general meeting on September 11, the Durham County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution that endorses the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
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County of Durham, NC Unanimously Endorses CEDAW

In a general meeting on September 11, the Durham County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution that endorses the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Related posts: Maternal Mortality Rates ar… Read more at: Feminist Newswire – Feminist Majority Foundation Blog

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Yesterday, driving home from church I was listening to the Good Life Project podcast by Jonathan Fields. He was talking with Nilofer Merchant (who I had never heard of, but LOVED their conversation – although this is a common thing for me and this podcast).  You can find the podcast here (the part of the … <a href="http://oneinsightcloser.com/blog/even-if-it-doesnt">Continue reading <span>Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s okay</span></a>

Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s okay

Yesterday, driving home from church I was listening to the Good Life Project podcast by Jonathan Fields. He was talking with Nilofer Merchant (who I had never heard of, but LOVED their conversation – although this is a common thing for me and this podcast).  You can find the podcast here (the part of the […]

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Twenty-nine U.S. Senators have signed onto an open letter urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to keep the current Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault. On September 7, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that she is working to replace the current Title IX guidelines that address campus sexual assault and gender-based violence. The existing guidelines were outlined the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which serves as a guidance document on how schools must address the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. The letter, sent on September 14, states that DeVos’s promise to rescind the current guidelines “shows neither a dedication to a fully transparent process including robust stakeholder engagement, nor a commitment to supporting survivors in obtaining justice and ensuring they are safe on campus. The letter also states that “the current guidance is critical to ensuring that schools understand and take seriously their responsibilities under the law, and we urge you to leave the current guidance in place. Rescinding the guidance would be a step in the wrong direction in addressing the national epidemic of campus sexual assault.” The letter was signed by twenty-eight Democrats and one Independent. Media Resources: Feminist Newswire […]<div>
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Senators Urge DeVos and Department of Education to Maintain Title IX Guidelines

Twenty-nine U.S. Senators have signed onto an open letter urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to keep the current Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault. On September 7, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that she is working to replace the current Title IX guidelines that address campus sexual […]

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Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a 2018 foreign relations budget bill which includes an amendment that would increase funding for family planning worldwide and repeal Trump’s Global Gag Rule which prohibits any non-governmental organization that receives U.S. family planning funding from offering abortion services or referrals. The amendment received bipartisan support, with Senators Collins (R-Maine) and Murkowski (R-Alaska) voting with panel Democrats, and was added to the appropriations bill. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) added an amendment to amendment to the 2018 Fiscal Year State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs budget bill that would increase the funding for family planning to $622.5 million. The amendment contains language that would also effectively repeal the Mexico City Policy, commonly known as the Global Gag Rule which was reinstated by Donald Trump in January as one of his first acts as President. The bill will proceed to vote by the full Senate and  must reconcile with the House State and Foreign Operations budget bill for the 2018 fiscal year. In a press release, Senator Shaheen stated, “My amendment will preserve and restore funding levels for international organizations that help to prevent over fifty million unintended pregnancies around the world, and reduce the number of maternal […]<div>
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Repeal of Global Gag Rule Included in Senate FY 2018 Foreign Relations Budget Bill

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In a 24-3 vote last week, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (BOG), which determines the rules and regulations for the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, barred the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in civil rights litigation for minority and low-income communities. The UNC Center for Civil Rights, founded in 2001 by Julius Chambers, was in part founded to “ensure that future generations of attorneys are equipped to continue the ongoing campaign to secure fair and equal opportunities for minority and low-income people,” according to the Center’s website. The Center for Civil Rights offers fellowships, internships, and externships in addition to pro bono opportunities for students who are interesting in pursuing civil rights law and social justice. Director of the Center for Civil Rights Ted Shaw stated the vote “is an ideological attack on those who train and provide representation in civil rights matters, full stop.” Before joining the UNC Center for Civil Rights, Shaw served as the President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and litigated civil rights cases in appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. Shaw taught Constitutional and Civil Rights law at the […]<div>
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Prominent North Carolina Civil Rights Center Banned from Engaging in Civil Rights Litigation

In a 24-3 vote last week, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (BOG), which determines the rules and regulations for the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, barred the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in civil rights litigation for minority and low-income communities. The UNC Center […]

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Described as the “Grandmother of Afghanistan,” Nancy Hatch Dupree dedicated decades of her life to preserving the history and culture of Afghanistan. Her death, on September 10, has sparked reflection on the impactful work that Dupree and her husband engaged in over their decades spent in Afghanistan. Over the course of her life, Dupree published five books focused on the history and culture of Afghanistan. Among these, Afghanistan Over a Cup of Tea, a collection of essays discussing topics such as women’s rights, healthcare, education, the Taliban, and Afghan culture. Within this book, she outlines her own unique experiences in Afghanistan. This book, and Dupree’s other literary contributions, are considered “must reads” for those interested in learning about Afghanistan. Dupree was involved in writing countless articles and informational guides based on her travels and experiences. In addition to this, she regularly contributed to a number of publications including Sweden’s Afghanistan Nytt. Dupree was considered by many to be one of the leading experts on Afghan culture and history. When asked about her passion for preserving Afghan heritage, Dupree has been quoted saying that “A nation stays alive if its culture stays alive.” In addition to her contributions to the literature […]<div>
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Writer and Afghan Scholar Nancy Hatch Dupree dies at 89

Described as the “Grandmother of Afghanistan,” Nancy Hatch Dupree dedicated decades of her life to preserving the history and culture of Afghanistan. Her death, on September 10, has sparked reflection on the impactful work that Dupree and her husband engaged in over their decades spent in Afghanistan. Over the course of her life, Dupree published […]

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Edith Windsor, LGBTQ and civil rights activist, dies at 88 in Manhattan on Tuesday. After the death of her wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009, Windsor attempted to claim federal tax exemptions on her wife’s estate tax. Since same-sex marriage was not recognized by the federal government under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Windsor was denied the federal tax exemptions. The Defense of Marriage Act legally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. At the time, the decision to allow same-sex couples the right to marry was determined on a state-by-state basis. However, even while some states recognized same-sex marriage, the federal government did not. As a result, same-sex couples were not eligible to receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. Windsor and her wife had a relationship lasting more than 40 years. While they were married in Canada in 2007, their marriage was still not recognized by the U.S. federal government. Windsor argued that because the state of New York recognized her marriage, discrimination by the federal government was unconstitutional. Her case, United States v. Windsor, went to the Supreme Court. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional. […]<div>
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Marriage Equality Activist Edith Windsor Dies at 88

Edith Windsor, LGBTQ and civil rights activist, dies at 88 in Manhattan on Tuesday. After the death of her wife, Thea Spyer, in 2009, Windsor attempted to claim federal tax exemptions on her wife’s estate tax. Since same-sex marriage was not recognized by the federal government under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Windsor was […]

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On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s decision that exempted refugees from the Trump Administration’s travel ban. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that refugees who currently have contracts with resettlement sponsors or refugee organizations would be permitted to enter the country while the legality of travel ban is considered by the Supreme Court, who will hear the case in October. Last week’s decision of the Court of Appeals would have limited the scope of President Trump’s travel ban and exempted approximately 24,000 refugees. The Justice Department requested the Supreme Court review and block the decision made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court announced their decision in a one paragraph statement, but offered no comment on the ruling to block the Court of Appeals’ decision. President Trump’s ban on people traveling from six majority Muslim countries, as allowed by the Supreme Court, went into effect in July. Travelers from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan will be banned for 90 days if unable to provide a “bona fide relationship” connection to the United States. The Supreme Court ruled to allow the ban until the Court can hear the […]<div>
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Supreme Court Upholds Trump Administration’s Travel Ban by Blocking Court of Appeals Decision

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s decision that exempted refugees from the Trump Administration’s travel ban. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that refugees who currently have contracts with resettlement sponsors or refugee organizations would be permitted to enter the country while the legality of travel ban […]

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In June, the Department of Education opened a comment period for the public to provide input on whether the Department of Education should keep, modify, or eliminate rules that protect the civil rights of students of color, women, students with disabilities, pregnant or parenting students, immigrant students, LGBTQ students, and other groups affected by civil rights laws. The deadline to submit a comment to the Department of Education is September 20, 2017. All of the Departments of Education’s civil rights regulations and many of its guidance documents are being considered during the comment period, including guidance related to campus sexual assault. The Department of Education plays an important role in enforcing civil rights laws that protect students from discrimination on the basis of sex (Title IX); race, color and national origin (Title VI); and disability (Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). To be effective, however, the federal government must enforce the law, provide oversight, and proactively work to ensure that students’ rights are realized. All of the rules that carry out those roles are being threatened. Just last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education plans to undo the Title IX […]<div>
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Deadline Extended to Submit Comments to Department of Education

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Yale University recently announced that Calhoun College, named after Yale graduate  John C. Calhoun, a fierce defender of slavery throughout his lifetime, will be renamed for the fall 2017 semester. The University intends to rename the college in honor of Yale graduate Grace Murray Hopper, an American computer scientist, mathematician, professor, and United States Navy rear admiral. The decision comes off the heels of a reexamination of Calhoun’s legacy and its conflict with Yale’s values. “It is now clear to me, too, that the name of Calhoun College must change. Yale has changed magnificently over the past 300 years and will continue to evolve long after our time; today we have the opportunity to move the university forward in a way that reinforces our mission and core values,” said Peter Salovey, Yale University’s President. As a Senator and later as Vice President, John C. Calhoun defended white supremacist views. After broad community outrage and suggestions from alumni, faculty, students, and staff, Hopper’s name was most recommended as the new namesake for the college. Students returning this fall saw signs bearing the name of Grace Hopper College. Hopper graduated from Yale University with her master’s degree in mathematics in 1930 and […]<div>
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Yale University Changes College Name to Honor Grace Murray Hopper

Yale University recently announced that Calhoun College, named after Yale graduate  John C. Calhoun, a fierce defender of slavery throughout his lifetime, will be renamed for the fall 2017 semester. The University intends to rename the college in honor of Yale graduate Grace Murray Hopper, an American computer scientist, mathematician, professor, and United States Navy […]

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