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The Violence Against Women Act: Why Most Republicans In The House Say It’s Ok To Rape, Idle No More And Gun Rights

Introduction: Of Gun Rights And Politics There is a fundamental difference between “leadership”/“helping people,” and “politics.” Yet, most folks tend to conflate the 3 terms and pretend that they’re inextricably linked or even synonymous. They’re not the same. “Leadership” is when a person steps out on a limb, rightly or wrongly, to take a stance […]

Women With a Vision (WWAV), a New Orleans advocacy and service organization that provides health care and other support for poor women of color, was the victim of a break-in and arson late Thursday night. A small organization that has won a national reputation for their work, WWAV was founded in 1991 by a collective […]

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Walk4Justice: 720 Native Women Murdered and Missing

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  Originally posted by our friends at Indian Country Today, TORONTO – When they walked out of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside on June 21, Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams prepared themselves for raw memories and painful moments on their fourth Walk4Justice across Canada. Survivors themselves, Radek and Williams share the grief experienced by too many First […]

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Claiming our power in the fight against AIDS

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  I sat before the room dumbfounded.   Surrounding me were brilliant, beautiful, driven, and successful young women.  Each high achievers in their own right.  Each on the verge of certain success.  Yet, these young women who had originally come to my office to discuss transversing that critical, but sometimes scary path of transitioning from undergraduate […]

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  By Elizabeth Parisian, Ten years have passed since the UN member nations approved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which represent an ambitious commitment to alleviate poverty and increase wellbeing amongst the least well-off in all corners of the globe.  The eight goals each address an aspect of development, from income and hunger to environmental […]

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After 600 Aboriginal women and girls go missing or found murdered in Canada the federal government decides to throw-a-bone and give $10 million dollars. In March, the Canadian Minister of Justice budgeted $10 million over two years to address the issue of murdered and missing women in Canada, however, they have yet to figure out […]

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On June 16, two Black, female, Seattle teenagers were arrested and detained for jaywalking. Marilyn Levias, the 19 year-old perpetrator, unwisely chose to resist arrest. When her friend, 17 year-old Andrea Rosenthal, intervened on her behalf, the arresting officer, Ian Walsh, punched Rosenthal in the face. She was charged with third degree assault; after apologizing […]

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The information in this blog has been modified to protect my client and to comply with the Minnesota Rules of Professional Responsibility. When I launched my blog a year ago today I wrote, “My goal is to provide legal assistance to disenfranchised women and their families. This will benefit women who are leaving prison, and their […]

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In a recent Facebook post, one of my friends was incredulous that more than half of all single mothers live below the poverty line. He asked, “What can we do to solve this problem?” His question reminded me of the report released earlier this month by the Insight Center for Community and Economic Development. Among […]

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Policing gender and sex through sport

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In January, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a so-called gender symposium in which medical ‘experts’ concluded that intersex athletes should be treated as having a medical disorder, and that eligibility of such athletes be decided on a case-by-case basis. They also suggested that photographs of athletes be taken and sent to experts to determine […]

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