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Texas isn't exactly #1 when it comes to progressive policy-making. Recent legislation has disenfranchised lady-voters and made it nearly impossible to access a safe and legal abortion. Finally, the twinkle of hope we've been waiting for has emerged! Harris County, the jail serving the Houston area of Texas, has adopted comprehensive policy that states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly prohibited. Read More
Image via PolicyMic Some awesome reproductive rights organizations are joining forces with musicians, poets, and celebrities on November 18th to raise funds in support of women's right to choose in the conflicted state of Texas. Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can Choose will benefit four Texas organizations: The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Whole Women's TX Action Fund, The Texas Equal Access Fund, and Fund Texas Women. Read More
In Alabama it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your pocket at all times   The critic Susan Sontag wrote that photography, like no other medium, has the power to condemn or implicate. Crime scene images evidence wrongdoings; we take photographs as proof of something illicit. In her series I Fought the Law, young photographer Olivia Locher cleverly subverts what we think of when we think of crime and bad behavior.  Scouring the nation for absurd laws, like dildo and ice cream regulations, she creates staged narratives of each crime. Read More
Today, as the state of Texas wakes up, its citizens may find more than 1/3 of its abortion clinics suddenly shut down. The worst part is, this ridiculous new measure wasn't even supposed to happen in the first place. Earlier this week, the Texas law that would potentially close many of the state's aforementioned abortion clinics was nixed by a federal judge. Now, just four days later, the decision has been reversed.  According to the New York Times' report, the law would force 13 of 36 abortion clinics to cease operations immediately after it is put into effect. Read More
Disenfranchise: verb. to deprive of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote.  The Texas GOP is putting that word to use in the sneakiest way possible: starting November 5th, a voter must show identification with his or her most current, legally recognized name. I say his or her...but when was the last time a "he" you know had a name different from as it reads on his birth certificate? Rather, this new law has honed in on the constituency of married women who haven't updated their identification to reflect a changed last name. Read More
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