NYWF In the Know – July 12, 2015

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Recent Advances for Women and Families in New York State Strong policies that provide protections at home and in the workplace are critical to the economic security of women and families. These laws must be strictly enforced and effectively circulated in order to reach those who are most in need. Despite great progress for women, there is still much work that needs to be done as women and girls remain susceptible to unacceptable rates of gender discrimination and violence. Click here to read more.

South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag and an Era Ends 

Closing a chapter on a symbol of the Deep South and its history of resistance and racial animus, South Carolina on Friday lowered the Confederate battle flag from outside its State House, where it had flown for more than 50 years.

Aging Immigrants Often Work as Unpaid Caretakers

If you reach retirement age without any Social Security checks to keep you going, it often means you just keep on doing the same unpaid or low-wage work. Women’s eNews features NYWF’s report on Women 60+ as the basis for this article on aging immigrants in NYC.

Navy, Marines Ease Up on Transgender Policy 

The Navy and Marine Corps have joined the Army and Air Force in making it harder to discharge transgender military members.

History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System 

As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges.

After Marriage Victory, Philanthropy Still Has Work to Do 

Where are the next struggles for LGBT people, and what role can philanthropy play as a partner? Many foundation leaders, even though who recognize the ongoing needs of the LGBT people, will reluctantly explain that their funding priorities are focused in other areas like youth and education or health or criminal-justice reform. They express a genuine desire to help but are unable to do so because there aren’t enough resources to earmark for LGBT grantmaking.

NYPD arrest suspects for non-violent offenses will no longer need to post bail under new city plan 

Officials say they’re eliminating cash bail for thousands of New Yorkers accused of misdemeanor and non-violent felonies in an effort to divert them from the Rikers Island jail complex.

Girl Scouts reject anti-transgender gift, then triple the money 

The moral dilemma began with a $100,000 check to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington – enough to send 500 girls to summer camp, Scout leaders knew.

LGBT Group to Open New Health Center in South Bronx 

BOOM!Health decided to select Callen-Lorde as their South Bronx site’s primary healthcare provider because of how badly The Bronx needs more services for its LGBT population.

Quietly, most of Women’s Equality Act becomes law 

All but one of the Women’s Equality Act bills quietly passed the Legislature. One has already been signed and eight more are awaiting Cuomo’s signature.

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success 

Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

Gov. Cuomo appoints attorney general as special prosecutor 

NYWF grantee partner, the Justice Committee and their allies have worked with Black and Latino/a families who have lost loved ones to the police to lift up the need for a standing special prosecutor for all cases of police killings.

 

From NYWF:

NYWF In the News: Aging Immigrants Often Work as Unpaid Caretakers If you reach retirement age without any Social Security checks to keep you going, it often means you just keep on doing the same unpaid or low-wage work. Women’s eNews features NYWF’s report on Women 60+ as the basis for this article on aging immigrants in NYC

RADIANCE is a striking photo book celebrating 46 grantee partners of The New York Women’s Foundation– some of the most powerful and daring activist, visionaries and community leaders transforming and illuminating New York City. Click here for more information and to purchase your copy today!

Save the Date: Neighborhood Dinner in Staten Island Join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 as we celebrate outstanding community leaders in Staten Island! Click here for more information.

From the Field:The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story
A New Report from Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and Ms. Foundation for Women examines the history of abuse of girls in the juvenile justice system. Click here for the report.Sunday, July 19: Bronx Music Heritage Center’s July 2015 Bronx Rising! Bronx Rising! is all about evoking the Bronx’s Jewish roots, and will feature a cutting edge band that infuses Jewish music with Afrobeat funk! Click here for more information.

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