According to organizers, the thousands of people who filled several blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue made up the largest voting rights demonstration in decades. The march began at Freedom Plaza, where recently elected Mayor Adrian Fenty urged the crowd to continue supporting the DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 1433), which would give the District of Columbia its first voting member in congress. During his remarks, Mayor Fenty stated that the DC Voting Rights Act -- introduced by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in early March) -- ensures every American equal representation in Congress.
At the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Delegate Norton echoed Mayor Fenty's remarks by insisting that taxation without representation is a violation of the civil liberties of every DC citizen. Holmes added that the time for complicity has passed, and that DC residents must now demand what is a fundamental right of every tax-paying American.
House Democrats are expected to approve H.R. 1433 in the coming week.
Media Resources: FMF; H.R. 1433; Washington Post 4/17/07
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .