Celebrities including Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, actor Alec Baldwin, Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, Caroline Schlossberg Kennedy, novelist Mary Bordon, and others spoke at an anti-impeachment rally organized by Americans Against Impeachment and held Monday at New York University Law School.
Steinem called attention to the hypocrisy of the right wing, saying, "My fear is that the right wing is succeeding in destroying sexual harassment law in the same way they destroyed affirmative action legislation. They are using this law to assassinate the president when sexual harassment law has nothing to do with welcome sex," said Steinem.
New York democrat and Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jerry Nadler said, "Impeachment was never seen as a punishment for crimes; impeachment was seen as a defense of the republic or liberty against a president who had become a tyrant."
Rev. Paul Moore, former Episcopal Bishop of New York, talked of his fear that impeachment proceedings would cripple the nation and prevent it from dealing with issues crucial to our nation's strength and well-being. More predicted, "...Millions of people will suffer and die because the Republican Congress wants to get President Clinton for a personal sin."
5/1/2015 House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers - The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, DC, law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who use their insurance to cover procedures like in-vitro fertilization or abortion and contraception like birth control pills and IUDs for themselves, their spouses, or their children.
The District's council passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act last year. . . .
4/30/2015 400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria - In two different operations in under a week, Nigerian troops have rescued more than 400 women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
While the news is promising and shows progress made in Nigeria to combat Boko Haram, the girls rescued were not the Chibok girls who inspired the #BringBackOurGirls movement last year. . . .
4/29/2015 Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration - Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum today, addressing directly criminal justice reforms she would like to see to prevent another "incarceration generation."
"It's time the end the era of mass incarceration," Clinton declared to much applause, citing statistics about the disproportionately higher rate of incarceration that black men in America face. . . .