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Trayvon Martin: A Victim of Institutional Racism

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

by Lenice C. Emanuel CEO, YWCA Tampa Bay On February 26, in Sanford, Fla., Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, is believed to have been killed because of racial profiling. It is of little significance that the alleged perpetrator, George Zimmerman, considers himself a minority. It does, however, poignantly underscore the powerful and systemic implications of… Continue Reading Trayvon Martin: A Victim of Institutional Racism

Blunt Amendment is Defeated in Close Vote Along Mostly Partisan Lines – Can We Get the Politics Out of Women’s Health Care?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

by Gloria Lau Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA Today, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to defeat the amendment proposed by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) that sought to limit women’s ability to obtain contraception from their employers.  This narrow victory demonstrates just how partisan women’s health issues have become in this election season.  All Democratic Senators… Continue Reading Blunt Amendment is Defeated in Close Vote Along Mostly Partisan Lines – Can We Get the Politics Out of Women’s Health Care?

Women’s Health Becomes Political Football, Just as Women’s History Month Starts

Thursday, March 1, 2012

by Gloria Lau Chief Executive Officer, YWCA USA In this critical election year and as we mark the start of Women’s History Month today, it is hard to imagine that basic health care for women has become a political football.  In 2012. Today, nearly 99% of all women have relied on contraception at some point… Continue Reading Women’s Health Becomes Political Football, Just as Women’s History Month Starts

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The holiday season is here. Many people have family, food, and shopping on their minds. Yet, 1.8 million people are thinking of something else. They are wondering how they will take care of their families, put food on the table, and if they can afford any holiday toys for their children. They are members of the… Continue Reading Action Alert: Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Tell President Obama to Give All Women Access to Contraception without Co-Pays

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Affordable Health Care Act, the new healthcare law signed by President Obama included a number of provisions that helped women obtain affordable, quality healthcare. Over the summer, advocates secured a big victory when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued recommendations regarding the new law, that would require all new health insurance… Continue Reading Tell President Obama to Give All Women Access to Contraception without Co-Pays

Action Alert: Tell the Super Committee to Pass a Fair Deal!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Super Committee,” is approaching a deadline of November 23, 2011 to craft a deficit-reduction package of at least $1.2 trillion. Media reports have outlined proposals released by committee members that would make changes to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and vital human needs programs, and decrease… Continue Reading Action Alert: Tell the Super Committee to Pass a Fair Deal!

Action Alert: Call Congress to Oppose the Balanced Budget Amendment!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Call Congress Now! The Budget Control Act (PL 112-25) passed this summer created the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  Another key provision mandated that Congress vote on a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the constitution before December 31, 2011. Many economists oppose a BBA… Continue Reading Action Alert: Call Congress to Oppose the Balanced Budget Amendment!