Nearly 200 students at the University of Pennsylvania gathered on Thursday to rally in support of affirmative action for women and minorities. The rally was organized as a part of "Call to Action 2000," a nationwide day of action in support of affirmative action policies and was co-sponsored by groups such as the United Minorities Council, UMOJA, the Asian-Pacific Student Coalition.
Other groups represented at the rally were Penn Students Against Sweatshops, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance and Sangam, a South Asian progressive activist group.
UMC Chairman Jerome Byam, a Junior at U Penn, spoke of affirmative action as "leveling the playing field for all people, not just African Americans, but also Hispanics, Asians, homosexuals and women."
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .