Category Civil rights

Show Rick Perry the power of $11.11

All eyes are on Texas today, but the drama at the end of the first special session of the 83rd state legislature is not likely to repeat itself — at least not yet. While Gov. Rick Perry has brought back the 150 members of the House and the 31 members of the Senate to deal […]

Civil Society and Civil Rights: the significance of the award of the ABA Medal to Hillary Rodham Clinton

For Hillary Clinton’s immense accomplishments as a lawyer, the strides she made for women both professionally and civically, and for promoting the interests of the U.S. and human rights abroad, she not only deserves this honor, but also the gratitude of the legal profession and the nation. — American Bar Association President Laurel G. Bellows commenting […]

Like fillibustering, money talks

I do not live in Texas.  I have never met State Senator Wendy Davis.  I just invested $11.11 in her political future. That donation is one dollar and one cent for every hour she stood filibustering a law proposed by the Republican, male governor of Texas, a bill that “would have shut down almost all the […]

Why the ERA

In 2012, the Democratic Party recommitted itself to passing the Equal Rights Amendment.  As we move toward the next midterm elections and on to 2016, we should pay attention to which candidates explicitly share the position. People have become too used to thinking about women’s rights – whether human, civil, or political – in a […]