Preserving Democracy in Pennsylvania

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 6:00 pm

It had all the trappings of an ALEC-backed attack on democracy: Push out a bill prohibiting local governments from passing workplace protections in their own communities. If all else failed, tack the measure onto some popular bill as an amendment and hope the supporters of that bill would want it badly enough to allow the hostile amendment to stand.

Only this time the strategy didn’t work, thanks to the strong stand of progressive legislators and the smart organizing of a broad coalition – particularly the leadership of anti-violence advocates.

In this case, the state was Pennsylvania.

 

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By: Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00 am

While the NFL has gotten the lion’s share of publicity recently, the NBA and Major League Baseball are not immune from the problems. Sports Illustrated did this article about the NBA Domestic Violence policy a couple of days ago. It looks like Major League Baseball has started making some attempts at updating their policy as well, going from this article in July decrying their efforts to this from a couple of weeks ago on Joe Torre’s efforts to formulate a new policy for MLB.

View NFL Player Crimes in Interactive Graphical Form

By: Friday September 19, 2014 3:30 pm

Can’t keep track of which NFL player has committed what crime? Want to avoid filling in your Fantasy Football League with past or current domestic violence felons?

Jasiri X Releases Dear Marissa

By: Monday March 10, 2014 6:30 pm

Rapper Jasiri X has a new video out that addresses the controversy surrounding the case of Marissa Alexander and the State of Florida’s seemingly backwards enforcement of the contentious Stand Your Ground Laws which came into prominence during the George Zimmerman trial.

How Domestic Violence Survivors Get Evicted From Their Homes After Calling the Police

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 6:10 pm

On June 23 of last year, Lakisha Briggs’ ex-boyfriend, Wilbert Bennett, went to find the 33-year-old mother of two at her house in Norristown, Pennsylvania, which she rented with a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 voucher. Bennett, who was just released from prison, wanted to get back together, and he refused to take no for an answer.

“You are going to be with me or you are going to be with no one,” he allegedly threatened.

Even though Briggs was terrified Bennett would hurt her or her 3-year-old daughter if she forced him to leave, there was something she feared even worse: calling the police for help. If she did, she could be kicked out of her home, and that wasn’t a risk she could afford.

Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 6:02 pm

We have seen much — and much-deserved — criticism of the mainstream media coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict. Some reporters, notoriously, have focused on what “good students” the convicted young men are and what “bright futures” had been squandered by their actions. While these may have been misguided analyses of the verdict, the outrage stems from the fact that such comments are part of a broader social narrative.

The lack of discourse and concern for the future of the Steubenville victim points to a deeper social problem; it’s a double-down on blaming the victim.

One in Three: Silenced Stories of Survivors of Sexual Assault and Women Who Have Abortions

By: Friday February 15, 2013 5:14 pm

Valentine’s Day is a day when we are supposed to remind those we care about that we love them. But it is also V-Day, a day where people around the world share stories of physical and sexual violence against women in order to remind the world that we care about women and will not tolerate rape, battery, and abuse. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of V-day and the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade. So I thought it would be appropriate to draw a connection between the silenced stories of the 1 in 3 women worldwide who have experienced physical and sexual violence and the silenced stories of 1 in 3 women in the United States who will have an abortion in their lifetime.

Ready, Shoot, Aim and Wayne LaPierre’s World of Demons

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 9:04 am

After listening to Wayne LaPierre’s thoughful remarks to advance the respectful discussion of the role of guns in our society . . .

Nope, I just can’t do it.

I wanted to try not to laugh at LaPierre’s comments, but that’s not possible, not even with a 24 hour waiting period. Watching him speak yesterday, I alternated between laughter and tears, as I witnessed a sad spectacle of a man so blind to the real world, so callous as to want to exploit tragedy for commercial gain, or both.

By the end, LaPierre showed us all that he lives in a world filled with demons, and the only thing we can do is adopt the new motto of the NRA: Ready, Shoot, Aim.

No Safe Haven: Shrinking Pool of Affordable Housing Creates Additional Hardship for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 10:10 am

For survivors of domestic violence (DV), the need for affordable housing is dire. According to the 2011 Domestic Violence Counts National Census, lack of housing comprised 64 percent of reported unmet needs for DV survivors. DV has long been cited as a cause of homelessness. And in order to avoid homelessness, many DV survivors choose to stay with abusers because they cannot afford to live on their own.

Pat Robertson Reminisces About the Days When Wife Beating was A-OK

By: Monday September 10, 2012 1:00 pm

in this clip Pat Robertson has no problem saying that one Christian Broadcasting Network viewer is basically SOL if he wants to control his wife in the appropriate fashion unless he can move to Saudi Arabia and beat her @ss into submission. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.

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