Archive for August, 2015

Aug 26, 2015

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum condemns attacks on immigrant mothers and their children

For Immediate Release August 26, 2015 Contact: Lauren Gray (lauren@caminopr.com/ 212-255-2575) NAPAWF Executive Director Miriam Yeung says attacks are a clear attempt to fuel racism and avoid meaningful conversation on immigration policy reform  NEW YORK — Predictably, the offensive term “anchor baby” has become a part of public discourse again as politicians seek to stoke […]

Aug 17, 2015

AP(eye) on the Hill – August 2015

  We Belong Together (co-anchored by NAPAWF and NDWA) gathers 100 women to walk 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis in Washington, DC to lift up message of hope for immigrant rights. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils a manicurist’s bill of rightsto be posted in every salon. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham reintroduces a federal version of the so-called […]

Aug 17, 2015

Court Rules to Stop Family Detention

On July 25, a federal judge ordered the release of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally or who presented themselves to border patrol seeking asylum. The judge found that the current system of mass family detention employed by the Department of Homeland Security violated an 18-year old settlement agreement from […]

Aug 17, 2015

North Dakota ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Blocked By Court

On July 22, a federal appeals court struck down a North Dakota law that banned all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which, in some cases, can happen as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. The court reached its decision after acknowledging that U.S. Supreme Court precedent in Roe v. Wade prohibits states […]

Aug 17, 2015

Federal Government Moves to Protect LGBTQ Individuals

On July 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that LGBTQ employees are protected from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. Current civil rights law only explicitly prohibits sex- or gender-based discrimination, so the EEOC’s ruling was critical to protecting the workplace rights of LGBTQ people. In explaining their reasoning, the agency […]

Aug 17, 2015

Scott Walker Signs Abortion Ban Bill

One week after launching his presidential campaign for 2015, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. The law has no exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, and according to Wisconsin legislative leaders, Gov. Walker had specifically requested these exceptions not to be […]

Aug 10, 2015

Lady Gaga Defends Geisha at AMA

Read article at Free District By Rhee Jean August 9, 2015   (UPDATED) Mother monster Lady Gaga defends Katy Perry’s geisha-inspired American Music Awards 2013 performance of “Unconditionally”, reportedly accused of being racially and culturally insensitive. The 29-year-old singer performed her new single “Unconditionally” on the awards show while dressed in a long floral kimono […]

Aug 10, 2015

Justice Department asks judge to leave migrant families in detention centers

Read article at The Guardian By Oliver Laughland August 7, 2015   A response to ruling says June reforms for speeding release of detainees are enough and that facilities are an effective tool to deter border crossings   The Obama administration has urged a federal judge to reassess a ruling that ordered the release of […]

Aug 10, 2015

The Obama Administration Doesn’t Want To Stop Detaining Migrant Moms And Kids

Read article at Think Progress By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee August 7, 2015   The government maintains that it should continue to detain migrant mothers and children when they cross the southern U.S. border, the Department of Justice is insisting through a response to a federal court order calling for their release. Last month, a federal […]

Aug 10, 2015

Mike Huckabee’s bizarre fetal personhood proposal would criminalize miscarriages

Read article at Raw Story By Bethania Palma Markus August 7, 2015   Thursday night’s GOP debate was dominated by the antics of the party’s loudest and most extravagantly controversial candidate, Donald Trump. But with little notice, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee may have made the most extreme policy proposal. Huckabee wants to grant fertilized eggs […]