Civil Rights & Social Justice

Shocker: HPV Vaccine Does Not Make Teens Promiscuous

Teenage girls who receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are no more likely to engage in sexual activity than girls who do not get the vaccine.
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Celebrities 'Draw the Line' on The Bill of Reproductive Rights

In this video released by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a whole slew of celebrities join together in public outrage against the Republican war on women, which continues to push back a woman's right to choose.
The video encourages everyone to visit this website to "draw the line" and sign their online Reproductive Bill of Rights. Republicans won't stop their fight against women's health, so make sure you don't stop defending it!
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"Life's Not Fair" says Billionaire Bloomberg to Rejected Minority Students

At elite NYC high school Stuyvesant, just 19 of the students are African American and 32 are Latino. A number of groups have filed a racial discriminatory complaint, but Billionaire Mayor / King of NYC Bloomberg is not having it.
This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM
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Austin Police Department & LGPOA-Austin: It Gets Better Video

As a part of the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project, the The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association produced a video with LGBT officers and civilian members of the Austin Police Department to reach out to LGBTQ youth who are struggling with bullying, harassment and non-acceptance.
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Report MN Hate Crimes in Lead up to Vote on Marriage Equality

In other states where marriage equality has been a ballot issue, there have been increases in hate crimes in the time leading up to election-day. These have ranged from vandalism of campaign signs to harassment and even physical assaults.
If you become a victim of a hate crime  or witness any such incidents in your community, please  file a report immediately with the Anti-Violence Program at OutFront Minnesota (see contact info below).
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McCaskill Pulls Out All the Stops: Three New Ads Featuring Rape Victims

Claire McCaskill's campaign released three ads today going after Todd Akins' "Legitimate Rape" comments very directly:
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MO 'Traditional Marriage' Mailer in Support of Todd Akin

A mailing arrived today on behalf of Todd Akin (R-MO) from CitizenLink, an entity associated with the James Dobson founded right wingnut group Focus on the Family.
Stock wedding photo. Hey, wait a minute, that wedding dress seems a little risque for a right wingnut "family values" campaign mail piece.
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OH Voter Suppression Efforts of Tea Party Group Under Investigation

First off, a panel of federal judges dealt a blow to Ohio GOP vote suppression efforts. They ruled early voting couldn't be limited. It was unanimous. They differed on what aspect of the constitution this vote restriction violated.
Secondly, an Ohio tea party group is in trouble for suing to kick a wide swath of Democratic-leaning voters off the voter rolls.
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A George H.W. Bush Appointee Rules in Favor of Birth Control Mandate

In another legal victory for the Obama Administration, the birth control mandate has been ruled on and found that it does not violate religious freedom.
Justice Carol Jackson, Missouri, was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 has ruled on this issue brought to court by Frank O'Brien, the owner of O'Brien Industrial Holdings. He filed a lawsuit in March claiming that the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare violated his, first amendment right, freedom of religion by mandating that the health insurance company his company goes through cover employees' contraceptive use, according to Courthouse News Service.
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Is Religious Extremism Behind Recent OK State Health Decisions?

The war on women continues here in Oklahoma.
On Thursday, the Tulsa World reported that the Oklahoma Department of Health will no longer allow three Planned Parenthood facilities in Tulsa to participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
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