Event production company Encore Productions has sued the right-wing Christian men's group Promise Keepers for "unfair, deceptive, unmoral, unethical, unscrupulous" and "oppressive" business practices.
Encore claims that an employee or ally of Promise Keepers videotaped Encore's activities at 1998 conferences and then stole its techniques for staging huge stadium revivals that draw large numbers of men. Plaintiffs allege that Promise Keepers contracted for Encore's services in 1997 but soon hired one of Encore's subcontractors after the group encountered financial troubles late that same year. Encore also claims that the subcontractor violated an agreement that it would not attempt to compete for Encore's customers.
National groups including the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, People for the American Way, and the Unitarian Universalists joined together in opposition to the theocratic, mysogynistic message of the Promise Keepers. The group advocates male leadership of families and encourages women to "submit" and "surrender" to their husband's leadership. While claiming to be apolitical, the leadership and mission of the Promise Keepers has consistently supported anti-abortion, anti-affirmative action, and anti-lesbian and gay legislation.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .