Hollywood Joins Back to School Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid
Mavis Leno, chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, along with her husband Jay Leno and FMF National Coordinator Katherine Spillar, today announced the Back to School Campaign to a large crowd at Ramona High School in Los Angeles. Even at this early stage, the Back to School Campaign is taking off, with pledges from over 80 action teams, including the American Federation of Teachers, the Coalition for Labor Union Women, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. One of the first action teams to volunteer for the Adopt-A-School project were students at the all-girl Ramona public high school. The Scholarship Program is also taking off, with eight young Afghan women refugees beginning college in the U.S. this fall as a result of FMF’s campaign.
“We must do more to restore the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. We want to help the heroic women who are running clandestine schools for girls in Afghanistan,” said Mavis Leno. “Through the Back to School Campaign, students, teachers, parents will have the opportunity to connect directly with Afghan women and girls and let them know that they are not forgotten.”
“Celebrity members of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid have been key in alerting the nation to this horrific and brutal situation,” said Spillar.
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. . . .