Discrimination

How Michelle Obama became a singular American voice

Michelle Obama - The Washington Post

The heart of the first lady’s efforts was a message about the country’s persistent inequities of race, class and gender. The Washington Post Peter Slevin Three weeks after Inauguration Day in 2009 and still a long way from crafting an agenda, Michelle Obama climbed into her motorcade and paid a visit to Mary’s Center, a Latino community services agency a few miles north of the White House. She read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do… How Michelle Obama became a… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

Abortion - The Star

The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »

Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of hate speech ‘to protect rights, freedoms of others’

Geert Wilders - ABC

A Dutch court has convicted populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders of hate speech in a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech. ABC Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected politician. Prosecutors had asked judges to… Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of… Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

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The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to reinvent them based on what actually works

Drug Policies - The Conversation

There is only one way to make better decisions about illicit drugs and so save lives and money: we need to change the way drugs policies are made. The Conversation Alison Ritter The alternative is to remain stuck in the same futile cycle. Every time a young person dies tragically and needlessly at… Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

Kellyanne Conway - Washington Post

As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Tomboys Don’t Cry

Tomboys - LARB

Edgar Gomez interviews Ivan Coyote LA Review of Books Edgar Gomez IVAN COYOTE LIKES to fix things. Reading Tomboy Survival Guide, you get the feeling that… Tomboys Don’t Cry Read More »

Australia’s human rights debate has always been political

Human Rights debate - The Conversation

Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The Conversation Jon Piccini Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue? After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to… Australia’s human rights debate has always been… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

18C - The Canberra Times

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »

Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges Australian leaders

Racism - The Guardian

Mutuma Ruteere warns xenophobic hate speech on the rise, and political leaders need to ‘censure this kind of divisive and racist rhetoric’ in their ranks The Guardian Paul Karp Mainstream Australian political leaders need to denounce divisive and racist rhetoric, particularly from members of their own parties, a United Nations expert has said. The UN special rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, made… Denounce racism in your parties, UN rapporteur urges… Read More »

Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to break gender inequality

epaselect epa05345055 Women lie as victims during a rally against gender violence under the slogan 'Not one less - who touches one touches them all' in Montevideo, Uruguay, 03 June 2016. Many social organizations participated in the march defending the rights of women against gender violence and promoting gender equality. Protesters denounced also the lack of equality between men and women in many fields, such as the labor one.  EPA/JAVIER ROIBAS VEIGA

Excusing and perpetuating gender stereotypes, discrimination and enforcing gender roles all contribute to valuing women and girls less than men, writes Sarah Robinson. SBS Sarah Robinson I’ve always been a ‘strong woman’, passionate about equality and justice, unafraid to speak my mind. Sure, being yelled at by passing cars as I… Comment: Tired of feeling like it’s my fault – why we need to… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to LGBTIQ community for discrimination

Premier Jay Weatherill - ABC

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has made an apology in State Parliament to members of the LGBTIQ community who have been discriminated against because of legislation. ABC Leah MacLennan During his apology, Mr Weatherill spoke of the death of a British man, David Bulmer-Rizzi, in South Australia whose marriage was not recognised on his death certificate. Mr Bulmer-Rizzi died while honeymooning in… SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to… Read More »

Cities focus resistance against US President-elect Donald Trump

US Elections - SMH

Though Donald Trump has barely left the gilded confines of Trump Tower in Manhattan since he won the US election on November 8, already the city around him is marshalling its defences. SMH Josephine Tovey New York mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive Democrat, is one of many city leaders across America already voicing defiance at a range of the President-elect’s professed positions. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to Cities focus resistance against US… Read More »

Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about the “fiscal impact” of gay rights legislation

LGBTQ community - Salon

Price may have a new way to discriminate against the LGBTQ community Salon Matthew Rozsa Rep. Tom Price, who was selected by President-elect Donald Trump as his pick for secretary of health and human services on Monday, has previously expressed views about the LGBTQ community that call into… Tom Price, Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services pick, worried about… Read More »

Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy

Dutton - The Guardian

Peter Dutton’s comments remind Muslim migrants, in case they innocently forget, that they are not – and never were – welcome in this country The Guardian Oman Bensaidi I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist… Peter Dutton did not appear out of… Read More »