NYWF In the Know – July 19, 2015

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The 2015 White House Conference on Aging and the shifting needs of older Americans

This past week, the White House held its Conference on Aging, which has been hosted each decade since the 1960s to discuss the most pressing issues facing older adults. This year, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, Medicare, and Medicaid, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the conference brought together older Americans, caregivers, advocates, community leaders and experts from across the country to discuss retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice. Click here to read more.

Benefits, and Some Resistance, as New York Cracks Down on Nail Salon Abuses Lunch breaks, higher pay and protective equipment are some of the improvements manicurists have seen two months after an investigation by The New York Times.

One Year Later, Remembering Eric Garner A year after Eric Garner was killed by a police officer who placed him in a chokehold, a cloud of anger and impatience still hangs over the streets of Tompkinsville, Staten Island.

Mass incarceration in America, explained in 28 maps and charts America is number one – in incarceration. Over the past several decades, the country has built the largest prison population in the entire world, with the second-highest prison population per capita behind the tiny African country of Seychelles.

What’s Next for the Domestic Workers Movement? Five years after passing a breakthrough bill of rights, activists are building power and sharpening their legislative strategy. An article by Ai-Jen Poo and Andrea Cristina Mercado.

Shifting tactics, Uber hits city on race issues Uber is trying to out-progressive New York City’s progressive leadership. Or at least that’s the ride-hail app’s latest tactic in a prolonged battle with city government.

When Women Human-Rights Activists Are in Danger, It’s Women Who Come to Their Rescue Vanity Fair tells the story of Hend Nafea of The Trials of Spring (and other women human rights activists from the Arab Spring.

A Message from the White House Conference on Aging: Value Our Elders and Those Who Care for Them Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations writes an op-ed from the White House Conference on Aging.

New York Should Act to Protect Our Constitutional Rights Jose Lopez, Organizing Director at Make the Road New York pens an op-ed advocating the Right to Know Act.

It’s Not Hard to Support a Young Woman’s Dream Stories often inspire us with their powerful messages and for Soledad O’Brien, one simple story stimulated a mission and purpose to make a positive impact in the lives of young women through the creation of the Starfish Foundation.

Opinion: Investment, Not Aid, Key to Ending Poverty As government, corporate, and nonprofit leaders gather in Ethiopia at a major meeting on funding global development efforts, a top United Nations official writes in The Wall Street Journal that investment is supplanting direct aid as the driver in eradicating poverty and building equitable
societies in developing countries.

Marine Commander’s Firing Stirs Debate on Integration of Women in Corps When Lt. Col. Kate Germano took command of the Marine Corps’ all-women boot camp, the failure rate of female recruits at the rifle range was about three times higher than that of their male counterparts, and she said there was no plan to try to improve it. After two internal investigations,
German was removed from her command. Service Women Action Network’s Policy Director, Greg Jacob, speaks to the segregation during boot camp that hurts the foundation of respect between male and female recruits.

Special Visa For Immigrant Victims Of Crime Proves Controversial Non-citizens who are victims of serious crime may qualify for a special visa. The purpose of the law is to encourage immigrants to cooperate with law enforcement, whatever their legal status. But some question whether the U visa is working as intended.

Pentagon Expected to Lift Transgender Ban Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender – or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

From NYWF:

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:

Getting Drug Policy Right for Women and Girls
A report from the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program highlights how women and girls are uniquely affected by illicit drug trade and how that should shape drug policy. Click here for the report.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.

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