Thursday, January 29, 2015

INNOCENT NORTH CAROLINA MAN FREED AFTER 37 YEARS IN PRISON

Joseph Sledge was released from prison on Friday after the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission proved he was innocent.

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AFTER MORE THAN 20 YEARS, INNOCENT ILLINOIS MAN'S SENTENCE IS COMMUTED

On his last day in office today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn commuted the 50-year sentence imposed on Tyrone Hood for a 1993 murder that evidence shows he did not commit.

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FLORIDA POLICE USE PHOTOS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS FOR TARGET PRACTICE

The North Miami Beach police department was caught last month using pictures of African Americans for sniper practice at a firing range.

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Gender Wage Gap For Union Members Is 40 Percent Smaller Than For Non-Union Workers, NWLC Analysis Shows

January 23, 2015
(Washington, D.C.)  The gender wage gap among union members is 40 percent smaller than for non-union workers, according to new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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House Fails to Garner Support for Harmful Abortion Ban, Instead Passes Dangerous and Misleading Abortion Restriction that Threatens Women's Health

January 22, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) Today, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 7 (H.R. 7), which seeks to take insurance coverage of abortion away from women. The bill replaced H.R 36, which would have banned abortion nationwide at 20 weeks without a health exception, only a narrow life exception and a cruel sexual assault exception. House Leadership dropped H.R. 36 after members objected to the sexual assault exception, which would have required rape survivors to file a report.

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NWLC Calls on Congress to Act on State of the Union Proposals


Community college, paid leave and tax initiatives will strengthen economic security for women, families

January 20, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) President Obama has outlined several initiatives in advance of this evening’s State of the Union speech that will increase economic security for women and their families and boost the overall economy.
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NWLC Applauds the President’s Initiative to Provide Paid Sick Days and Family and Medical Leave to Workers

January 14, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) This evening, the White House announced steps it will take toward ensuring that all workers have the right to earn paid time off for family and medical leave to care for their families. It will call on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days, and call on cities and states to pass similar laws. It also announced new funding to help states create their own paid leave programs and plans to increase the paid sick days and leave benefits available to federal employees.

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