Civil Rights

Nevada and Connecticut are Latest to Ban Discredited ‘Conversion Therapy’

At least nine states now ban “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited method meant to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, after Nevada and Connecticut this month joined others in prohibiting the practice.<p>Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada last week signed Senate Bill 201, …

Gay Rights

Weighted funding will send millions to needy Nevada students

Unexpected state revenue and a bipartisan consensus to provide need-based education funds are converging at the Capitol this month as Nevada's …

Unions

I Thought Having a Baby Would Be Exciting, but in Donald Trump’s America, It’s Terrifying

I’m on my couch again, watching MSNBC, nauseated in equal measure from my first trimester of pregnancy and President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Today the administration targeted Muslims. Yesterday they went after women’s rights. Tomorrow they will probably resegregate the schools and the buses …

Women's Rights

Black Parents Sue Mississippi Over Inequitable Schools

The lawsuit claims that black students are being denied their "school rights and privileges."<p>Black children in Mississippi schools are being denied their right to equal education, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.<p>The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit on behalf of four black mothers …

Children's Rights

OPINION: Thailand Army Please Release the 14-Year-Old You Secretly Detained

Thai authorities should immediately end the incommunicadomilitary detention of a 14-year-old boy and three others for allegedly “insulting the monarchy." Abhisit Chailee, 14, has been detained since May 15, 2017, without any effective safeguards against abuse or mistreatment.<p>Thai soldiers and …

Children's Rights

Why I’m Fighting For a $15 Minimum Wage

A worker’s story<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> <i>Civil Eats</i><i>.</i><p>Let me tell you about how a McDonald’s cashier became homeless.<p>A few months ago, I started bleeding during my shift at the drive thru. I was terrified, and without health insurance, I really couldn’t afford a visit to the hospital. …

Women's Rights

Tucker on UK Terror: If They Can't Protect Children, 'What's the Point of Having a Government?'

In the wake of unthinkable terror in the UK this week, many are questioning whether security and immigration policies have contributed to recent …

Freedom Of Speech

5 Actresses Who Moonlight as Activists

You know what's even better than watching our favorite actresses strut their stuff on the big screen?<p>Seeing them run the world by making it a better …

Women's Rights

Do Flynn’s Documents Come Under the Fifth Amendment?

He may not want to incriminate himself. But are his documents protected in the same way?

Bill Of Rights

Company to appeal decision in medical marijuana lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island textile company plans to appeal a ruling that said it discriminated against a woman by denying her an internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat migraine headaches.<p>In a decision released Tuesday, a Superior Court judge found that the Westerly-based …

ACLU

Must Reads in Media & Technology: May 24

<i>Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered</i> …

Freedom of the Press

Everything We Know About Tonight’s Dirty Dancing Premiere

We’re not sure whether to be totally psyched or intensely nervous about the fact that tonight is the premiere of the <i>Dirty Dancing</i> remake. We’re gonna assume most fans of the original are feeling a mixture of both emotions if the reactions to the first pics of the new film were any indication.<p>While …

Women's Rights

Press freedom group to deploy $1M Bezos gift, its largest ever, on local level

Jeff Bezos photo via Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons<p><b>JEFF BEZOS, AMAZON’S CEO AND</b> <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post’s</i> owner, is giving $1 million to the Reporters …

Freedom of the Press

Does Trump Care About Human Rights?

The president says his foreign policy is based on “principled realism.” Where’s the principle?<p>Will there be a Trump human rights policy, or a blunt realpolitik approach that places human rights and democracy at—or outside—the margins of American foreign policy?<p>President Trump’s warm conversation in …

Foreign Policy

Here’s Why Awarding Major Gogoi, Who Used A Kashmiri Civilian As Human Shield, Is Problematic

<b>New Delhi:</b> Indian Army's decision to award Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, the officer who burst into public consciousness using a Kashmiri civilian as …

International Court of Justice

Gabriela Hearst Uses Sense to Reach Women

Designer Gabriela Hearst thinks a lot about how fabrics feel against women’s skin, and how they feel when they dress—bloated or slim.<p>A recent collection spanned sleek, nipped-and-tucked overcoats, dresses and double-breasted suits as well as languid velvet trench coats, a flowy oversized wool car …

Women's Rights

The world in brief, May 24th 2017

On his last day in the Middle East, <b>Donald Trump</b> met <b>Mahmoud Abbas</b>, the Palestinian leader, in Bethlehem. The American president promised “to do …

Bill Of Rights

Flying for black people is still an inherently racist experience in the US

Flying out of Washington DC is always more of a palaver than most other places in the US when it comes to getting through security. This, coupled …

ACLU

Congress, give Flynn immunity

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michael Flynn has a story to tell, but we may never get to hear it.<p>According to his lawyer, Flynn plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right and refuse to comply with a document subpoena from the Senate, unless and until he is granted immunity.<p>So far, senators haven't been willing to take …

Bill Of Rights

Outflanking General Flynn

The Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday it would subpoena the former national security adviser’s businesses for Russia-related documents, potentially bypassing the Fifth Amendment.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee’s leaders ramped up their efforts on Tuesday to obtain Russia-related …

Bill Of Rights

‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth?’ Trump said — years after invoking it himself

President Trump and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn have lambasted political opponents for taking the Fifth Amendment.<p>But at different times in the past, both men have exercised the constitutional right that protects them from self-incrimination.<p>Flynn did so Monday, when he …

Bill Of Rights

Notre Dame Graduates Miss Pence's Freedom Of Speech Lesson By Walking Out

Vice President Mike Pence returned to Indiana to deliver a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame over the weekend.<p>A small group of graduates walked out when the former Governor of Indiana began speaking. Only about 100 students of the approximately 3,000 students graduating …

Freedom Of Speech

Russia hearings will bring more noise…and a notable silence

<b>WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY</b><p>We’ve reached the stage of the Russia investigations where <b>those who don’t speak could cause as much damage</b> to President …

Bill Of Rights

Misogyny in a Yearbook

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “Along With Class Photos, Political Views Find a Place in High School Yearbooks” (news article, May 22):<p>An unidentified male student was quoted in the article as saying, “I don’t want a girl president.” These six words speak to so many issues that should have been addressed in this …

Women's Rights

How is Trump similar to the pope? They're both disrupters who rattle elites and staff

Amid the rambunctious American presidential campaign, Pope Francis joined the fray, telling reporters on his papal plane that Donald Trump’s pledge to build a border wall was “not Christian.” Trump fired back, calling the pope’s remarks “disgraceful.”<p>Now Trump is president, and as he and Francis …

Freedom of Religion

Beyond Neoliberal Identity Politics

Last year, Daniel Denvir insightfully described Hilary Clinton’s political strategy as “peak neoliberalism, where a distorted version of identity …

Women's Rights

What Pope Francis believes makes America great

Foreign leaders are learning how to best approach meetings with President Trump. “He likes to have wins for America and wins for himself from …

Freedom of Religion

'I'm leaping with joy like a bird', says Taiwan's gay rights champion as court rules in favour of marriage equality

After fighting for three decades to legally marry his long-term partner, pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei said he was “leaping with joy like a bird” on Wednesday, when Taiwan’s top court cleared the way for the island to become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex …

Equality

Feminism and the (False) Fear of Dying Alone

"If you voice feminist beliefs, people are going to call you lonely and undesirable, and ugly."<p>A while ago, I wrote about how perhaps there were more important jobs a woman could do than be a mother. And soon after, I read a blog post in response that informed me I was “an obscure 30-something …

Women's Rights

Wendy Davis: Texas Lawmakers Are Bullying Transgender Youth

Just a couple of weeks ago, as the Texas legislature entered the final days of its legislative session, House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle …

Gay Rights