In the hours after President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, many progressive groups have announced their opposition to this far-right Supreme Court nominee. Alito has demonstrated hostility to women’s rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, separation of church and state, and privacy rights. Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal said, “Instead of reaching out to women and/or people of color to make the Supreme Court more diverse and representative, Bush has slammed the door in the face of women and minorities. He has appointed a man who would turn back the clock on women’s rights and civil rights.”
Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, called Alito’s extreme far-right judicial philosophy “distinctly outside the mainstream.” Feminist Majority and the National Organization for Women have announced their opposition to Alito, as have Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, National Abortion Federation, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and NARAL Pro-Choice America. More groups are planning to announce opposition later this week.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority, 10/31/05; Human Rights Campaign, 10/31/05; National Organization for Women, 10/31/05; Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 10/31/05
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .