Tracking the latest developments in the fight for a fair America
On January 21, 2017, over four million people marched in more than 600 U.S. cities and over 80 countries across the world to express growing alarm over the persistent inequality and increased hostility faced by women. The Women’s March, in some ways, was a direct response to the election of Donald Trump, a man who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and has made so many degrading comments about women that it is impossible to include them all here. At a time when it is critical for all Americans to stand up for women’s rights, President Trump has nominated a man to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, who has a long history of expressing contempt and hostility toward women.
As a young man studying at Columbia University, Gorsuch was a member of the fraternity on campus known for its degrading treatment of women. Among other things, the fraternity celebrated each time one of its members had sex with a virgin by painting a fire hydrant on frat row. Students on campus targeted the fraternity during a Take Back the Night march because of its reputation as the “date-rape fraternity.” Gorsuch was an ardent supporter of both his fraternity and fraternity culture on campus. He dismissed women who spoke out against the fraternity’s violent misogyny, saying that their “demonstrations and rallies are causes that inspire no one and offer no fresh ideas or important notions for the students or school to consider.” Read more
Over the next several weeks, the House of Representatives is set to consider bills that all have one thing in common: to make it more difficult for everyday Americans to hold corporations accountable when they are victims of fraud; when they are injured because of corporate negligence; or when their rights are violated.
These pieces of legislation – which are being considered with blinding speed – are all designed to tilt our justice system to one that favors corporations and special interests over workers, consumers and investors; the bills would make it far easier for corporations to violate the law without consequence. Read more
About a million-and-a-half Americans, mostly elderly, are in nursing homes. Mortality rates in nursing homes are high, and abuse and neglect are common.
When victims and their families sue nursing homes for deaths or injuries resulting from improper care, they often find their path to court blocked by arbitration agreements the nursing homes had them sign at the time of admission. Arbitration agreements require people to give up their rights to go to court and force them to resolve cases through arbitration instead. In arbitration, cases are decided by private arbitrators who rely on companies such as nursing homes for repeat business. Arbitrators are bound by neither precedent nor rules of court procedure, and their decisions usually cannot be appealed. Because nursing homes think they have a better chance in front of a paid arbitrator than a judge and jury, nursing-home arbitration agreements have proliferated in recent years. Read more
With the starting of new administrations (both on the state and federal levels), many 501(c)(3) organizations are wondering what they can say in furtherance of their missions. This is particularly true for organizations that exist to protect and advance progressive values and causes that benefit all of us. While c3s cannot imply they will work to support or oppose any elected officials when they are next up for election, they can actively be involved as new administrations take shape and begin governing.Nonprofits and foundations have an important role to play in advancing the interests of constituents who are affected by government policies. Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program encourages nonprofits and foundations to speak up and take part in protecting and promoting progressive values. To help you shape their activities and messages in the coming weeks and months we have prepared a new fact sheet, Can We Really Say That? Post-Election Advocacy for 501(c)(3) Organizations. Be a strong (and rule-following) voice for your mission. Be BOLD.
TRUMP TO DISCUSS SCOTUS WITH MCCONNELL, SCHUMER, FEINSTEIN: “President Donald Trump will meet Tuesday afternoon with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to discuss his Supreme Court choice, according to an administration official,” Politico reported.
McConnell stated that he is “confident we’ll get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed,” in a FOX News Sunday interview. McConnell has also refused to rule out the use of the “nuclear option,” which would reduce the majority needed to confirm the nominee from 60 to 51 votes. Read more