The Los Angeles Times recently featured Ramona High School’s efforts in the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid Back to School drive. The only all-girls public school in LA, Ramona is a safe space for troubled girls who were not making it in other institutions. Its surrounding area is plagued by gang violence, drug use, and crime. Yet the students at Ramona High School are working hard to help others as part of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, and recently raised $200 for the campaign. After seeing the FMF-produced video “Shroud of Silence,” the girls at Ramona immediately wanted to take action. Joining the Adopt-A-School program, they went door-to-door in their poor neighborhood, explaining the plight of Afghan women who live under a state of virtual house arrest, unable to work or go to school. They collected donations and obtained signatures on FMF’s petition to increase humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and to continue to pressure Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to renounce their recognition of the Taliban regime. Their new goal is to raise $100 a month for the school they are working with, located in Pakistan in a refugee camp, and to continue to exchange letters with the girls there.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .