Ms Magazine Associate Publisher Named Young Woman of Achievement
Ms Magazine Associate Publisher Alicia Daly was honored with a "Young Woman of Achievement" Award by the Women's Information Network (WIN) at their 13th annual awards event on Wednesday evening. Daly, who joined the staff of Ms. magazine in 2002 after the magazine’s publishing was taken over by the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), was cited for her role in “reenergizing the magazine and securing its future for the next generation of feminists.”
As a feminist activist for more than a decade, Daly began her work in the women’s rights movement with the FMF in 1996 as a key leader in the statewide student campaign to defeat Proposition 209 – a ballot initiative which sought to end affirmative action programs in California.
Two other young women with significant achievements were also honored by WIN from among the 25 women nominated for “Young Women of Achievement” awards. Eureka Gilkey was recognized for her extensive efforts to elect pro-choice women to office as the National Training Director for EMILY’s List and in her former position as deputy political director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. The third honoree was Margie Omero, president of Momentum Analysis, LLC, a Democratic public opinion research firm based in Washington D.C. Omero provides research for Democratic campaigns and progressive causes.
Founded in 1989, the Women’s Information Network provides a forum for professional advancement, mentoring and leadership opportunities for pro-choice women in the Washington DC area. The all-volunteer organization boasts a membership of more than 1,000 in the Washington, DC area.
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .