Central American migrants Culture 

Plan by Trump Administration to Harvest DNA From Undocumented Immigrants Draws Outrage From Rights Advocates

United States (CD) – Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that the government will move forward with a plan to harvest DNA from undocumented immigrants for storage in a database, an announcement that drew immediate condemnation from immigrant rights activists and other observers. According to reports, Department of Homeland Secrurity (DHS) is waiting for regulatory language from the Justice Department in order to move forward with the plan. Immigrant rights group RAICES tweeted Wednesday that there is no time to waste for rights groups to challenge the proposal. “We need to shut this effort down immediately,” the group said, “and given the government is hell-bent on Read More

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Sexting Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

Anti-Rape Devices May Have Their Uses, but They Don’t Address the Ultimate Problem

World Wide (Conversation) – Crime prevention initiatives targeting sexual violence are by no means new. But as technology advances and costs decrease, we are seeing an abundance of digital and technological strategies emerge. Last month, an invisible anti-groping stamp sold out within an hour of its launch in Japan. The stamp can be used by victims to mark someone who gropes them on public transport. This mark can only be seen when a black light (that comes with the device) is cast over it. But we need to ask: are apps, wearables and virtual reality programs really reducing incidents, Read More

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Planned Parenthood Feminism & Women's Rights 

To Counter Missouri’s Attacks on Abortion Care, Planned Parenthood Opens ‘Mega-Clinic’ in Neighboring Illinois

United States (CD) – After years of attacks on reproductive rights in Missouri, Planned Parenthood announced Wednesday the opening of a new, large facility in neighboring Illinois—construction of which was done in secret to avoid protests. The facility is “an 18,000-square-foot mega-clinic” in Fairview Heights, Illinois, CBS reported. It is less than 20 miles from the Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis; Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic, which the state is fighting to close. “Since August 2018, Planned Parenthood has used a shell company to construct the facility,” CBS reported. From the news outlet: Other Planned Parenthood projects had run into problems once the public realized Read More

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Culture 

The Trump Administration Issues Dozens of Corrections to Its Error-Riddled Immigration Rule

United States (ProPublica) – Two weeks before a sweeping new immigration policy is set to take effect, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a 25-page set of corrections to the final version of the “public charge” rule, including fixes to substantive errors that ProPublica wrote about in August. Immigrant advocates said the extent of the corrections to the rule, which will make it harder for low-income migrants to enter the U.S., underscores their contention that the Trump administration aggressively pushed major policy changes without taking sufficient time to ensure clarity and precision. In all, the agency fixed 65 items Read More

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Sad Woman Violence Against Women 

Connecting With Centuries-Old Stories About Women’s Painful Struggles

World Wide (Conversation) – This is an edited extract from a chapter in the recently published “Teaching for Change”. In 2016 female students at South Africa’s universities started the #EndRapeCulture campaign to mobilise against the pervasive culture of sexual violence on the different campuses. In Stellenbosch the campaign was marked by two striking occasions. One evening in April 2016, the fire alarms went off at 2am across the Stellenbosch University campus. This was to signal the message that the student community would no longer be silent about their fellow students being raped. A month earlier, a group of young Read More

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Culture 

US Military Suicide Rate Spiked to Record High in 2018

United States (Sputnik) – A new US Department of Defense (DoD) report released Thursday, titled the 2018 Annual Suicide Report, reveals that the suicide rate for active-duty US military members in 2018 was the highest ever since the department began tracking suicides in 2001. According to the report, 541 active-duty US military members died by suicide last year. Between 2013 and 2018, the suicide rate among active military members increased from 18.5 to 24.8 suicides per 100,000 service members. The report also found that the suicide rates for families of both active-duty and reserve service members “are comparable to US population Read More

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Nancy Pelosi Politics 

Pelosi’s Endorsement of Anti-Choice Henry Cuellar Over Progressive Jessica Cisneros Reveals Lack of Leadership, Justice Democrats Say

United States (CD) – Progressive group Justice Democrats took aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday for her endorsement over the weekend of Rep. Henry Cuellar, a right wing Democrat from Texas who is a top target for the party’s left in the 2020 primary elections. Pelosi publicly endorsed Cuellar on Saturday during an appearance at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. “Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely,” said Pelosi. “I’m very, very proud of Henry’s work in the Congress and I’m proud to support him.” Nancy Pelosi just endorsed a “Democrat” who is anti-choice and received an A rating from the NRA. https://t.co/NmALxW5ZN1 — Read More

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Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

New Abortion Laws Contribute to Sexist Environments That Harm Everyone’s Health

United States (Conversation) – Nine states have passed laws in 2019 alone that restrict abortion at the earliest stages of pregnancy. Those of us who study public health are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for negative health consequences of these kinds of policies on women. That’s because research has shown that laws limiting reproductive rights and services put women’s health and well-being at risk in many ways. This can be from increasing the likelihood of unsafe procedures to causing long-term mental and physical health damage by forcing the continuation of unwanted pregnancies. Public health scholars and international human Read More

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Greta Thunberg Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

World Wide (Conversation) – Detractors have dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg – a Nobel Prize nominee – as mentally ill, hysterical and a millennial weirdo after she pleaded with world officials last week to address the climate crisis. Here, two researchers explain the stereotypical labels deployed by critics to undermine Thunberg’s call to action, which the activist herself has described as “too loud for people to handle”. Camilla Nelson, Associate Professor in Media, University of Notre Dame Greta Thunberg obviously scares some men silly. The bullying of the teenager by conservative middle-aged men has taken on a grim, Read More

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Justice 

Chilling Claim by Mississippi City That Undocumented Man Killed by Police Had No Constitutional Rights

Mississippi, United States (CD) – A court filing publicized late last week drew outrage on Monday over the case of Ismael Lopez, a 41-year-old man who was killed by police two years ago in Southaven, Mississippi. To avoid responsibility for the man’s death, attorneys for the city are arguing that Lopez had no constitutional rights due to his status as an undocumented immigrant—blatantly contradicting U.S. law and numerous rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was among the immigrant rights defenders who drew attention to the case on social media. Read More

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