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Giving Thanks to Many

There are many, many people and organizations to whom I am deeply grateful and with which I feel blessed to be affiliated. Today, I want to give thanks to all of you. Image: Shutterstock The post Giving Thanks to Many appeared first on RH Reality Check.

UVA Officials Reacted to Rape Culture Only Once the World Started Watching

After a damning article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity erupted in a firestorm of negative press, school officials leapt into action. But the timing of their response suggests it is more a public relations strategy...Show More Summary

Schumer: Democrats Must ‘Embrace Government’ to Win in 2016

The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat said the middle class “knows in its gut” that only a “strong and active government” can stop the economic bleeding that has caused median incomes to drop $3,600 since President Bush first took office in 2001. Image: ABC News/Youtube The post Schumer: Democrats Must ‘Embrace Government’ to Win in 2016 appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GOP Take Note: Latinos Support Obama’s Immigration Action, Poll Finds

Even though many immigration advocates wanted Obama's executive order to do more, a new poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Latino voters support the president's decision to take action. Image: American Spirit / Shutterstock.com The post GOP Take Note: Latinos Support Obama’s Immigration Action, Poll Finds appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Legal Wrap: With No Indictment for Darren Wilson, What Comes Next?

With a grand jury failing to indict Darren Wilson for Michael Brown's murder, the country is left asking if justice is even possible anymore. Image: World Breaking News Channel/Youtube The post Legal Wrap: With No Indictment for Darren Wilson, What Comes Next? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Maryland Moves to Expand Health Coverage to Low-Income Trans Residents

Low-income Maryland trans residents may for the first time get health insurance coverage for transition-related services, after the state moved forward with new regulations expanding health-care services covered by Medicaid. Image: Shutterstock The post Maryland Moves to Expand Health Coverage to Low-Income Trans Residents appeared first on RH Reality Check.

How to talk about choice with your relatives at Thanksgiving

There are so many things I love about Thanksgiving - cuddling with my dog, watching the parade on television, eating a LOT of food, and seeing my baby cousin Izco. There is, however, one thing I don't love about Thanksgiving: when my conservative relatives start grilling me about politics. Show More Summary

A Few Suggestions for Some Incoming Freshman Members of Congress

Remember being a freshman? It was a time that you desperately wanted advice on what you should do and how you should act. Well, we have a few suggestions for these brand new members of Congress for how they can live up to the promises they made on the campaign trail. Show More Summary

A Baby Coming Out of a Vagina Is a Vaginal Birth: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Natural’

Referring to vaginal birth as "natural" isn’t just troubling because it is imprecise; it also contributes to a value-laden judgment of mothers’ experiences that can lead to compromised emotional and physical health. Image: Shutterstock The post A Baby Coming Out of a Vagina Is a Vaginal Birth: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Natural’ appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Activists Protest Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Activists and citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country gathered in the streets Monday night to protest the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Image: Breaking News/Youtube The post Activists Protest Ferguson Grand Jury Decision appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Lessons From the Fight Against Colorado’s ‘Personhood’ Amendment

With the recent campaign battle in mind, along with the countless other experiences I've had during my years of movement building work as a queer Latina activist, I’ve created a fusion of lessons learned from the past and advice forShow More Summary

Progressives: Don’t Talk Turkey This Holiday Season

When Grandma They're Taking Our Jobs starts up with you over the sweet potatoes about all the babies you're killing, refuse to engage. Instead, start a new conversation: one that shifts the conversation to the things you believe in. Image: Shutterstock The post Progressives: Don’t Talk Turkey This Holiday Season appeared first on RH Reality Check.

‘We Still Don’t Have Justice': An Open Letter From Ferguson Protesters and Supporters

"For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should 'let the system work,' and wait to see what the results are," protesters and supporters in Ferguson explain in their open letter. "The results are in. And we still don’t...Show More Summary

Walmart Hosts Food Drive for Its Own Employees

Walmart, for the second consecutive year, is holding a holiday food drive for its own employees. The retail giant has decided once again that instead of raising the wages of its 2.1 million employees, it will ask workers with a bit more...Show More Summary

Temple University Facing Scrutiny for Cosby Ties, Title IX Sexual Assault Complaints

Bill Cosby has been an active member of the Temple community and a significant donor, and is a member of the school's board of trustees. Temple is also one of 55 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly...Show More Summary

‘Personhood’ Leader: Localize the Fight Against Abortion Rights

A leading "personhood" activist, in the wake of repeated losses, is advocating for his allies to focus on municipal measures instead of statewide initiatives. And a national anti-choice group, launched in October, has announced plans...Show More Summary

New Research on How to Support Abortion Storytellers

This week, we released Saying Abortion Aloud, a report and set of recommendations for those sharing their personal abortion stories publicly and the advocates who support them. Image: Shutterstock The post New Research on How to Support Abortion Storytellers appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Ohio’s Extremist Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Headed to House Floor

HB 248, which represents at least the second time Ohio has tried to pass a heartbeat ban, was pushed hastily to a vote in the House Health and Aging Committee. Image: Shutterstock The post Ohio’s Extremist Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Headed to House Floor appeared first on RH Reality Check.

For Immigrants After Obama’s Executive Order, Mix of Joy, Sorrow, Determination

Dozens of immigrants and activists gathered at the Washington, D.C., offices of United We Dream on Thursday to hear what President Obama would say to the nation about their families and their community. Image: Dante Atkins The post For Immigrants After Obama’s Executive Order, Mix of Joy, Sorrow, Determination appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Abortion Speak-Outs Can Combat Our Own Stigma Too

Thursday's live-streamed "one in three" speak-out made me realize that even as a staunch reproductive rights advocate, a clinic escort, and a feminist, I still have to battle my own internalized abortion stigma. Image: Shutterstock The post Abortion Speak-Outs Can Combat Our Own Stigma Too appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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