The Bush Administration has created the "Commission on Opportunity in Athletics" to evaluate whether the current standards Title IX of the Education Act that apply to athletic participation should be revised and how. The purpose of the Commissionís report could severely undermine Title IX and the gains women have made in athletics. Leadership Alliances and feminists across the country have organized campaigns and shown support for women in sports by sending testimonies and letters of support for Title IX to the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics.
The INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT BLOOMINGTON FMLA created a letter/email of support that their members forwarded to friends, family, coaches, and any other females that have participated in school sports and sent 23 testimonies of support to the Commission!
Earlier this semester, the FMLA at the UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA created supportive palm cards for Title IX and Womenís sports that they passed out during the campus volleyball games. They used the palm cards to
show support for women athletes on campus and to raise consciousness about the threats to Title IX by the current administration.
As part of their efforts, the VASSAR FMLA mailed out 305 letters to the Commission in support of Title IX. Thanks to all of the FMLAs and activists involved in supporting women and girls in sports!
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .
6/29/2015 The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics - The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas.
The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday. . . .