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"Hope" Triumphs over Abuse and Housing Discrimination

"Hope" Triumphs over Abuse and Housing Discrimination

By Ramya Sekaran, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:54pm
Imagine you endure abuse in your own home, and are finally able to flee. You want to keep your children safe, and you are ready to start a new life. But your abuser continues to stalk you. You finally find a safe and affordable place to live.
Fulfilling the Promise of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Fulfilling the Promise of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

By Lilly Ledbetter & Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:08pm

The following op-ed was originally published by Roll Call.

A little more than five years ago, after years of fighting for the rights of those demanding pay equality, we stood together at the White House watching President Barack Obama take…

Lilly Ledbetter: Celebrating a Champion Still Fighting for Us

Lilly Ledbetter: Celebrating a Champion Still Fighting for Us

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:07am

Five years ago today, I was honored to stand with Lilly Ledbetter at the White House as President Obama made the legislation bearing her name his first major bill signed into law.

As I said back in 2009:

With…

Thanks Birth Control!

Thanks Birth Control!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:57am

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's time to give thanks to our favorite wingwoman: Birth control.

I am just one of the many, many people who are thankful for birth control. Today on "Thanks Birth Control" Day, let me count the ways:

Acne…
Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

Hey, Congress! Halloween Was Last Week

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office at 2:18pm

Am I confused, or didn't we celebrate Halloween last week? I distinctly remember handing out candy to the ghouls and goblins that banged on my door demanding sweets. But it looks like anti-choice lawmakers didn't check their calendar, because they're…

Senate about to Pass ENDA: Now What?

Senate about to Pass ENDA: Now What?

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 1:16pm

Another day, another historic victory for LGBT people.

That's just kind of how 2013 has been. And the Senate being on the verge of passing a measure that would finally prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender…

Court to Texas: Abortion Law Serves No Valid Purpose

Court to Texas: Abortion Law Serves No Valid Purpose

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 5:44pm

In a crucial victory for Texas women and families, a federal district court held unconstitutional a law requiring physicians who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  The Texas court based its decision on evidence…

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:29am

Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to preliminarily block the federal contraceptive rule in a case brought by a health food company, Eden Foods. The company argued that the federal rule that requires the inclusion of contraceptive…

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

Domestic Violence: Police Have a Duty to Protect Victims

By Ramya Sekaran, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:30pm

Last week, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington took an important step forward in the fight to ensure the rights of victims of domestic violence. The Court ruled unanimously in favor of the daughters of the late Baerbel Roznowski, Carola Washburn…

Cosplaying While Gay, Black, or Female at New York Comic Con

Cosplaying While Gay, Black, or Female at New York Comic Con

By Danielle Aronson, ACLU at 11:04am

This past weekend was New York Comic Con (NYCC), and in addition to the usual comic book enthusiasts and army of animated cosplayers, there seemed to be a bit of an uprising brewing. Much to my delight, there were quite a few panels addressing the…