L.A. Rep. Maxine Waters endorses Lieberman for V.P.
In an effort to mend a crack in the Democratic platform, soon-to-be vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman spoke to the party's black caucus on Tuesday in Los Angeles about issues that had key black political leaders concerned. Issues in question were Lieberman's advocating of experimental school voucher programs, and his support for Proposition 209, a 1996 California initiative that would have banned state-funded affirmative action programs. Lieberman firmly stated that he only supported a school voucher system that would not detract from the public school education budget, and that he is in total support of affirmative action programs. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), an African American politician who had been very vocal about her concerns regarding Lieberman's stances, granted her sought after endorsement after Lieberman spoke to the black caucus. "It clears the air," said Waters. "He has said enough. He has done enough. I feel comfortable in campaigning for him."
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .