Whatever Affects One Woman, Affects ALL Women

| February 19, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Tags: LGBT, native americans, VAWA, Violence Aganist Women Act

By  Bernardita "Beni" Yunis Varas, 2007 YP4 Fellow & 2008 FLLA Fellow

Election Protection: Our Broken Voting System and How to Repair It

Desiline Victor, you are not alone.

A report released on February 12, 2013 by the Election Protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, pledges to address the “endemic yet solvable problems [that] continue to plague our system of elections and prevent too many eligible voters from fully participating in our democracy.”

Restrictions in Early Voting and Voter Registration Used for Partisan Gain

The past two years saw a dramatic rise in states attempting to enact voter suppression, the impact of which was certainly felt on Election Day. Under the guise of combating voter fraud and saving money, we saw strong pushes for ID and early voting and voter registration restrictions.

Florida was among the worst offenders.

UPDATE: Reported Voting Troubles

UPDATE: Shortly after the election, several voting rights advocacy groups released reports or statements detailing problems voters encountered at the polls. Demos put out a report describing how all the various voter suppression tactics affected the 2012 election. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement addressing the problems voters faced and the steps that should be taken to prevent future problems. Project Vote also released a statement praising diligent voters for overcoming adverse voting circumstances.

GOP Electoral College Scheme Advances in Virginia

It’s been less than three months since the presidential election, but GOP leaders unhappy with November’s results are already developing a multi-state plan that would further disenfranchise voters in their quest to achieve victory in 2016. On Wednesday, Republican state senators in Virginia cleared the first hurdle in their push to fundamentally change how state Electoral College votes are allocated. The Associated Press reports that under the proposed bill, Virginia would:

Somatics and Social Justice

| January 22, 2013 - 11:41 am

Tags: arts, self-care, social justice, somatics, sustainability, the body

Today my journey into somatics and social justice has begun!

PFAW Praises President Obama’s Common Sense Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

| January 18, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Tags: Barack Obama, gun control, gun violence, Sandy Hook

Following the Sandy Hook tragedy in December, President Obama declared this week that we, as a country, cannot tolerate another such incident.

If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that -- then surely we have an obligation to try.

People For the American Way praised President Obama for this week putting forward bold proposals to combat gun violence and joins him in urging Congress to take swift action on the issue.

The 8th Annual National Summit Speakers are....

| January 17, 2013 - 2:56 pm

We are very excited to announce that Sandra Fluke, Dolores Huerta, Ronnie Cho and Keron Blaire will be joining us for the 8th Annual Young People For's National Summit as our key speakers. Read more about their work:

And the honorees are...

| January 7, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Tags: summit

How the Fiscal Slope Affects Young Americans

| November 30, 2012 - 6:09 pm

At the end of this year, the U.S.