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Indiana woman criminalized after miscarriage

February 19, 2015

An outrageous miscarriage of justice occurred Feb. 3 in Indiana based on a real miscarriage. Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old, unmarried woman of South Asian-American descent, was found guilty of two contradictory crimes: feticide and neglect of a child. In March she could be sentenced to 70 years in [...]

Reproductive justice in the age of austerity

January 18, 2015

A new report shows that the state of abortion rights in the U.S. on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is significantly worse than even four years ago. The Guttmacher Institute’s report, issued in the first week of 2015, says that states have [...]

Anti-abortion laws used to deny rights of pregnant women

December 14, 2014

A controversial issue raised in the Nov. 4 election was “personhood” — whether fertilized eggs should be defined as persons, with full human rights from the moment of conception. Promoters of such laws seek to outlaw women’s right to abortion and several types of contraception. Such ballot [...]

On the picket line

November 29, 2014

Philly airport workers walk out As many as 125 service workers at the Philadelphia airport walked off the job on Nov. 20 to protest poverty wages, unsafe working conditions and retaliation from management for union organizing. They were supported by Service Employees Local 32BJ, community members [...]

Retraso costoso para trabajadores de atención domiciliaria

November 4, 2014

La ejecución del salario mínimo federal de $ 7.25 por hora y las horas extras después de 40 horas de trabajo a la semana para más de 2 millones de trabajadores de atención domiciliaria, en su mayoría mujeres y entre ellas su mayoría son de color, no se aplicará plenamente hasta el 1 de [...]

On the picket line

October 31, 2014

Costly delay for home-care workers Enforcement of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and overtime after 40 hours of work a week for over 2 million home-care workers, mostly women who are disproportionately women of color, will not be fully implemented until Jan. 1, 2016. The program was [...]

Abortion rights curtailed in Texas

October 10, 2014

On Oct. 2, with a wave of its judicial wand, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals shut down 14 of the 21 abortion clinics serving women in the state of Texas. Its long-awaited, but not unexpected, reactionary decision upheld the harsh, medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion services in the [...]

On the picket line

October 4, 2014

Nurses stage die-in to demand Ebola readiness in U.S. About 1,000 members of National Nurses United staged a die-in during their conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 24. They protested the lack of readiness in this country to confront the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa. Marching through the Planet [...]

On the picket line

September 20, 2014

Ironworkers on strike in San Francisco San Francisco ironworkers, who do very dangerous but essential work on huge construction projects, walked off the job on at least two sites on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 to demand a re-vote on a concessions contract. A major issue that prompted the wildcat was no [...]

Broad coalition builds for single-payer health care

September 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has made a dent in the glaring lack of health care for many millions of poor people in this, the wealthiest country in the world. But allowing states to op-out of providing Medicaid coverage for the poor, most often people of color, youth and those living in rural areas, [...]
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