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Race, Gender, and Occupy

Al Jazeera

A version of this article originally appeared on the Al Jazeera website

At a recent panel discussion on the Occupy movement, a left-leaning professor from New York University speculated that identity politics - the prioritizing of issues of race and gender in movements for justice - could be a plot funded by the CIA to undermine activism. While most commentators do not go this far, the idea that activists who focus on these issues are "undermining the struggle" has a long history within progressive organizing. And in Occupy Wall Street encampments around the country these debates have often exploded into public view.

NCLR Applauds Appeals Court Decision in Federal Challenge to Proposition 8

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell

(San Francisco, CA, February 7, 2012)—Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the August 2010 decision of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco striking down Proposition 8, the 2008 measure that stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry in California. The Court affirmed the ruling of former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker that Prop 8 discriminates against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The court also rejected Prop 8 supporters’ offensive argument that Judge Walker should have refused to preside over the case because he is gay and in a relationship with a man.
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Interview with members of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission

The California Redistricting Commission is set to release its completed political district maps on Friday. Commissioners Cynthia Dai, of San Francisco, and Connie Galambos Malloy, of Oakland, talk with Belva Davis about the process and challenges of drawing new district lines for California.

Beauty Salon Workers in Danger: Toxic Brazilian Blowout

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2011

Stacy Malkan, stacy@safecosmetics.org, 202-321-6963
Sian Wu, sian@resource-media.org, 206-701-4734
Alexandra Gorman Scranton, alexs@womensvoices.org, 406-396-1639

Beauty Salon Workers in Danger: Toxic Brazilian Blowout
OSHA Issues Warning; National Academy of Sciences Confirms Formaldehyde-Cancer Link; California Attorney General Issues Injunction against Brazilian Blowout

WASHINGTON— The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the U.S. Department of Labor, issued a hazard alert Monday, warning that popular hair straightening products such as “Brazilian Blowout” can cause serious health problems, including increased risk of cancer.

Luke Cole - Environmental Justice Lawyer Dies


Luke Cole, a San Francisco attorney who was one of the pioneers in the field of environmental justice - filing lawsuits for poor plaintiffs or people of color whose communities were being ravaged by corporate polluters - died in a head-on car crash Saturday in Uganda. He was 46.

Mr. Cole and his wife, Nancy Shelby, were on vacation and traveling on a rural road in western Uganda about 7:30 a.m. when "a truck veered to Luke's side of the road," said Mr. Cole's father, Herbert "Skip" Cole.

Mr. Cole died, and his wife was injured. She was flown to Amsterdam, where she underwent an eye operation Monday, Herbert Cole said.

Obama Gets Gender Right: Women in Top Spots, Policies Signal Shift Toward Equality


As the 100th day approaches, it is time to take stock of what the Obama Presidency has meant so far for women. Dating back to FDR, the first 100 days of a new Administration have been a kind of preview of what is to come over the next four years. In George W. Bush’s first 100 days, he blocked funding for international family planning clinics, signed an order stating that women receiving Medicaid benefits could not use funds to pay for the emergency contraceptive, RU-486 and shut down the White House Office on Women’s Issues -- a friend to progressive women’s issue he was not.

Congress Sets Sights on Closing the Wage Gap


More than 40 years after Congress passed a law making it illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work, women still earn less.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Connecticut Democrat, says now is the time to put the squeeze on the wage gap.

Congress appears to agree.

The House passed on Friday two bills to bolster women's economic security: one is designed to reverse a 2007 Supreme Court decision that made it more difficult for women to sue for wage bias and the other strengthens existing pay equity laws.

The Senate followed suit today, passing the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, 61-36. The bill is ready to be placed on President Barack Obama's desk and will become one of the first bills he signs into law.

Daddy's Girl -- How my father's incarceration affected my life

Editor's Note: Some 63 percent of federal prisoners have children under the age of 18. When this young woman's father was sentenced to 25 years in prison, it sent her life spinning out of control, but it is her continued relationship with him that has helped her get it all back together. Vanessa Vega, 17, is a participant in the Changing The Odds/YO! Youth Outlook summer program.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ever since I can remember, my dad was always there for me. He raised me on his own because my mom wasn’t the best role-model and was more interested in finishing high school than raising me. I mean, my dad wasn’t a saint, but he did what he did to give me everything he never had.

For the first 13 years of my life I lived with my dad in San Francisco's Oakdale projects, 1100 block to be exact. My dad was more then a dad to me, he was more like my hero. Rain or shine, my dad was there. I know it was hard for him to raise me because I was a girl but he never gave up, never asked anyone for help. None of my family was there to support him because he was out on the streets getting money the only way he knew how – in order to support us.

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The Tightrope and the Needle

The Clinton campaign can do all the distancing it wants from Geraldine Ferraro’s chronic foot-in-mouth syndrome, but this is not the first time Obama has been cast as the beneficiary of affirmative action.

County decision near on Richmond Health Center relocation

Contra Costa supervisors could decide in May or June if the county's Richmond Health Center, which handles 80,000 outpatient visits a year, will relocate to the Doctors Medical Center campus in San Pablo.
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