Politics

Grammy Winner Tony Bennett and Activist Rev. Al Sharpton Come Together with a Broad Coalition, Victims & Advocates in Rally Against Gun Violence

Tony Bennett, 17 time Grammy Award Winner,  and Activist Al Sharpton joined New York Voices Against Gun Violence and a broad, newly-formed coalition of advocates, victims, youth organizations, healthcare workers, unions, elected officials, faith leaders and artists in a rally last Thursday, March 21, to promote the NY SAFE Act as a model for legislation at the federal …

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What’s going on in DC? Same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court: Key questions

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday about the constitutionality of two laws in the same-sex marriage debate. These are the federal Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA and California’s Proposition 8. The high court’s decision, expected later this year, could have a profound impact on the definition of families in America. …

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Congressman Charles Rangel Honors Pioneer Shirley Chisholm

Last month, Congressman Rangel introduced legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Medal Act to Shirley Chisholm, in recognition of Chisholm’s “activism, independence, and groundbreaking achievements in politics, her election as the first African-American woman in Congress, and her campaign to be the first African-American to gain the nomination of a major political party for President …

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Local Artists Collective Responds to Gender-Based Violence

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, the women of SAWCC (South Asian Women’s Creative Collective) organized a protest action in front of the New York City Indian consulate on Indian Republic Day, as a “response to the horrific violence wrought upon Jyoti Singh Pandey in India, and on women’s bodies everyday around the world.” Eighty people …

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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar… About ObamaCare. Landmark Legislation Advances Women’s Health

ObamaCare was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and most of its provisions were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. ObamaCare, now a popular name for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), gives 47 million women access to free preventive health services. Over half the women in the United States have …

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Judge blocks New York City large-soda ban, Mayor Bloomberg vows fight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed on Monday to appeal a judge’s ruling that struck down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city’s restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses just a day before it was to take effect. The judge called the ban “arbitrary and capricious” in an 11th-hour decision …

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Beyonce and Adele to Perform at First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Bash

It’s still a year away, but U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has booked as early as now two of her most favorite singers for her 50th birthday bash at the White House. Grammy Award winners Adele and Beyonce Knowles have been asked to perform at Mrs. Obama’s A-list private party next year on January 17, with the “Skyfall” singer reportedly already accepting the invitation. “America’s …

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