Leadership Alliances Work to End Violence Against Women and Gather in NY for Eve Ensler's V-day Gala
The Vagina Monologues opened to a sold out crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Gardens on Feburary 18th. The event featured actors and musicians, including Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Rosie Perez, Claire Danes, and Queen Latifah. As part of the V-day festivities, Oprah Winfrey performed Enslerís tribute to Afghan women, entitled Under the Burqa. Ensler wrote the piece after visiting Afghanistan 8 months ago. During the evening, thousands of people signed petitions for the Feminist Majorityís Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan.
Special thanks to the Leadership Alliance students and other activists from AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SUNY STONY BROOK, RUTGERS, and the UNIVERSITY ILLINOIS CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, who volunteered with the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Congratulations to Angela Caswell and the U OF DELAWARE Leadership Alliance for being nominated in the V-Day Gathering Stop-Rape Contest. Their action plan involved the creation of a 24 Hour Stop-Rape Shuttle. Caswell presented the action plan during the V-Day Gathering in front of a large audience of leading politicians, media personnel, philanthropists, and policy makers! Great work!
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. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .