DC: Young Women to Learn About Leadership from Campus to Congress
The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress will start tomorrow, kicking off an exciting weekend of plenary sessions, workshops, and guest speakers. The Campus to Congress Conference will focus on how young women can impact domestic and global issues, including reproductive rights, sweatshops, peace, the environment, the media, and violence against women.
Saturday's program will focus on domestic issues, with speakers including Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), former Congressional candidate Donna Edwards, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, National Congress of Black Women President Dr. E. Faye Williams, and National Organization for Women (NOW) President Kim Gandy. Student activists will have the opportunity to attend workshops on strengthening their student groups, fundraising, and running for office. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
The second day of the conference will examine global feminist issues, including the fight for global reproductive rights, war as a women's issue from Afghanistan to Iraq to Darfur, and foreign policy that affects women. Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and UN special envoy to Darfur, will speak, as well as FMF President Eleanor Smeal and Executive Vice-President Katherine Spillar, Afghan Youth Soccer League Founder Awista Ayub, NOW Executive Vice-President Olga Vives, and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington President and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .