Keeping Score: Brittney Griner Is Released; Iranian Female Actresses Arrested For Supporting Protests; Oregon pardons thousands of people on marijuana charges

Keeping Score: Brittney Griner Is Released; Iranian Female Actresses Arrested For Supporting Protests; Oregon pardons thousands of people on marijuana charges KeepingScore

In each number of Millisecond., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalog must-see quotes from feminist voices, and keep track of the many milestones of the feminist movement. Were keeping score also online, in this fortnightly summary.


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“Make no mistake: Donald Trump’s racist, conspiracy theory-based, and extreme rhetoric was and remains the greatest threat to American democracy. The legacy of hate from him took this country back. He continues to be a serious threat to all of our rights, including the right to a safe and legal abortion.

In 2020, voters overwhelmingly rejected his divisive and dangerous agenda, and they will reject it again, whether the agenda comes from Trump himself or one of his imitators.”

—Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes in the ad of Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential candidacy.

“The women who wrote to you represent the backbone of our economy. They are retail, hospitality, healthcare, transportation, sanitation, manufacturing, education, and utility workers. Women are tired of being told their health and financial security aren’t worth it. Investing in women is an investment in our economy.

Enough is enough. The onus is on you to pass the Pregnant Workers Equity Act this year. The time is finishing. Treat pregnant workers and those who have recently given birth with the respect and equality they deserve”.

an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) on the urgency of passing the PWFA at the end of 2022.

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Parents, pregnant people and children gather in front of the US Capitol on September 28, 2022 to deliver boxes of petitions urging Congress to vote on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Parents Together)

“We are horrified and heartbroken by the targeted gun violence that occurred in Colorado Springs. … Clubs hold an important place in LGBTQ+ history. They were often the only safe gathering place for LGBTQ+ people and this horrific act hits directly at the community’s sense of safety.

It cannot be ignored that this cruel act came as a result of hateful rhetoric against the LGBTQ+ community coming from all angles: from our schools, within our health care system, and from the mouths of state and federal legislators. Queer, trans and gender diverse people deserve to be able to live authentic and joyful lives, free from discrimination and threats of violence. PRH stands in solidarity with the queer community in Colorado Springs and all LGBTQ+ people as we work to create a world where all queer people can thrive.”

-A statement by Physicians for Reproductive Rights Board Chair Dr. Kristyn Brandi about the shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub, Club Q, in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 19.

Between 2020 and 2024 alone, there will be more than 600,000 Latino youth eligible to vote in Texas. That is the margin by which Beto lost.

Maria Theresa KumarPresident and CEO of Voto Latino

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Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar speaks during the ‘Power to the Polls’ Women’s March voter registration tour on January 21, 2018 in Las Vegas. Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latino voters. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Milestones

+ Associated Press announced a update your style guideadvising writers not to use the harmful and medically inaccurate phrase “late-term abortion.” Instead, the AP recommends that writers use “abortion later in pregnancy” or “abortion at xx weeks,” medically accurate language endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

+ State judges are gambling with the health of Georgians: On Tuesday, November 15, a Georgia judge blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban, legalizing abortions up to 22 weeks for the first time since July. However, just a week later, on November 23, the state Supreme Court decided to allow the six-week abortion ban to take effect again while the state’s appeal continues.

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+ Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative anti-abortion organization,sued the fda on Friday, November 18 to revoke your approval of the abortion drug mifepristone.

“For decades, women in this country have had access to FDA-approved medical abortion as a safe and effective option,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. “What [HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra] He said, denying women access to any essential care they need is downright dangerous and extreme.”

+ iranian security forces actresses Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi arrested for their open support of national demonstrations. Both had protested the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was in government custody for not wearing the hijab as required.

“This could be my last post. From this moment on, if anything happens to me, know that I will always be with the people of Iran until my last breath,” Ghaziani said in the caption of an Instagram post showing his hair.

+ Oregon Governor Kate Brown officially pardoned 45,000 residents convicted of marijuana charges on November 21. The pardon applies to anyone convicted before 2016 of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, as long as they were 21 or older at the time of the offense.

“Oregonians should never face housing insecurity, employment barriers, and educational obstacles as a result of doing something that is now fully legal and has been for years,” Brown said in a statement. statement. “And while Oregonians use marijuana at similar rates, Black and Latino/o/x people have been arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced at disproportionate rates.”

+ The Department of Education published a statement on November 22 extending the national pause on student loan paymentsand launching a review of lower court orders preventing debt relief for millions of Americans.

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+ Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass will be sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday, December 11, becoming the city’s first black female mayor.

how are we doing

+ WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention. “This is a day we have worked for a long time,” President Biden said.

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Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony in August for having two vape cartridges containing hashish oil. Here, she is seen on a screen via video link from a remand prison during a court hearing to consider an appeal against her sentence, at the Moscow regional court on October 25, 2022. (Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP via Getty Images)

+ The US commemorated Equal Pay Day for Latinas on December 8, a day to recognize the wage gap facing Latina women. In the last decade, the wage gap for Latinas has widened to 49 cents on the dollar, compared to what non-Hispanic white men are paid.

“This Equal Pay Day for Latinas, there will be people who will say that we have to ask for more,” wrote Mónica Ramírez in Millisecond. “They are wrong. Employers need to do better, as do our political leaders.”

+ Latin women are some of those most at risk in the wake of Dobbs, with 6.5 million living in states that have or are likely to ban abortion. The number constitutes 42 percent of all Latinas of reproductive age, and half of the Latinas in these states already have children.

+ Sixty-one percent of adults think that the legalization of same-sex marriage would be a good or very good thing for American society.

+ At least 34 transgender and gender non-conforming people were killed in the US so far in 2022, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Still, the report’s authors emphasize that violent crime against transgender people is substantially undercounted.

“Until we as a country address and remove the barriers that transgender and gender non-conforming people face, they will continue to face higher rates of discrimination, poverty, homelessness, and violence,” the report says. fixed. “Yet at the same time, even in the face of physical danger, hatred and discrimination, sometimes ruthlessly endorsed and enforced by those at the highest level of our government, many transgender and gender non-conforming people live courageously and they overcome unfair barriers in every corner of our country.”

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+ The sheer scale of donations from America’s wealthiest citizens gives them undeniable influence over election results and political decisions. Throughout the 2022 midterm election cycle, “the top 100 donors collectively spent 60% more than every small donor in the United States combined. … Billionaires alone (the United States has fewer than 700) provided 15 percent of the funding for the most recent federal election,” a Brennan Center analysis found.

+ Young voters in the 2022 midterm elections were significantly more likely to vote for leftist candidatescontributing to upset victories for Democrats in the Senate.

Democratic House candidates won voters under 45 by 13 percentage points, while voters over 45 lost by 10 points. Even more surprising, they beat out voters under 30 by 28 points.

Until next time:

American democracy is at a dangerous tipping point: from the disappearance of the right to abortion to the lack of pay equity and parental leave, the skyrocketing maternal mortality and attacks on trans health. If left unchecked, these crises will lead to further gaps in political participation and representation. For 50 years, Millisecond. she has been forging feminist journalism: reporting, rising up, and telling the truth from the front lines, championing the Equal Rights Amendment, and centering the stories of those most affected. With all that is at stake for equality, we are redoubling our commitment for the next 50 years. In turn, we need your help, Support for Millisecond. today with a donation—any amount that is meaningful to you. for as little as $5 each monthyou will receive the print magazine along with our email newsletters, action alerts and invitations to Millisecond. Studios events and podcasts. We are grateful for your loyalty and ferocity..