Articles written by: Melanie Sue

Melanie Sue

Melanie recently graduated with a bachelor's in communication & media studies and minors in sociology and gender studies. She loves feminism, photography, and traveling.

Airlines Must Take Air Pollution Seriously

Airlines Must Take Air Pollution Seriously

The European Union recently passed a law requiring airlines flying in or out of their airports to make cuts to their carbon emissions. US airlines are protesting this measure by lobbying for a bill that would make it illegal for them to participate in the EU system. We must hold our airlines accountable for their pollution and encourage them to create more sustainable solutions.

Stop Michigan’s Dangerous Anti-Choice Bill

Stop Michigan’s Dangerous Anti-Choice Bill

Michigan politicians are quickly advancing what is being called the most extensive, restrictive anti-abortion bill in US history. This legislation would ban all abortions at 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or fetal anomalies, and would place costly, unnecessary regulations on providers that could shut down clinics and prevent thousands from receiving sexual health care. Tell Michigan to drop this harmful legislation and let patients and doctors make their own decisions.

Don’t Cut HIV/AIDS Program Funding in Illinois

Don’t Cut HIV/AIDS Program Funding in Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a budget that would slash funding for HIV programs by 42 percent, a $3.3 million loss. These dollars would be taken away from providing thousands in Illinois with preventative education, care, and housing programs. Tell Illinois legislators that these funds are imperative to assisting people living with HIV and preventing thousands of new cases.

Don’t Forbid Officials from Using Climate Science When Planning for Sea Level Rises

Don’t Forbid Officials from Using Climate Science When Planning for Sea Level Rises

Legislators in North Carolina are circulating a bill that would prohibit the state from using global warming science when predicting sea-level rise rates. Ignoring this science could lead to erroneous predictions in rates and coastal communities being unprepared for sea level rises. Telling officials to intentionally ignore science when making safety plans sets a dangerous precedent and must be opposed.

Demand a Statement from Mitt Romney on Equal Pay for Women

Demand a Statement from Mitt Romney on Equal Pay for Women

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his administration have been incredibly guarded on the issue of fair pay and gender discrimination in wages. When asked for his stance on the issue, even Romney’s staffers were unsure where he stood. Ask Romney to make a public statement on how he will work to close the gender gap in our workforce.

Improve the U.S. Criminal Justice System

Improve the U.S. Criminal Justice System

The U.S. currently houses one quarter of the world’s prison population, and over half of those released from prison will be re-incarcerated within three years. Our criminal justice system has many shortcomings, from discrimination to poor rehabilitative efforts. Tell the Senate to support legislation that would create a commission to study the faults in our criminal justice system and create real, lasting solutions.

Ban Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

Ban Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

Solitary confinement is a cruel and ineffective form of punishment in the U.S. criminal justice system. Prisoners often suffer severe psychological consequences while experiencing little to no rehabilitation during their sentence. It also costs taxpayers exponentially more money to operate solitary confinement facilities. Tell the Department of Justice to end this inhumane practice for good.

Include More Women in AIDS Research

Include More Women in AIDS Research

Although women make up a quarter of the 1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., they are drastically underrepresented in clinical trials. It’s incredibly important to test new treatments on both men and women, as women may react differently to medications. Tell U.S. AIDS research foundations to expand their outreach efforts to more women so everyone may gain new knowledge and understanding of this disease.

Continue Offering Health Insurance to University Students

Continue Offering Health Insurance to University Students

Rather than comply with federal mandates to cover contraception, Catholic universities are beginning to forgo offering insurance coverage to students altogether. Students would be forced to find their own plans or pay out of pocket for health care. Urge these universities to find a way to provide health coverage to students rather than eliminating it altogether.

Employees Should Not Be Fired for Being Gay

Employees Should Not Be Fired for Being Gay

Earlier this week, an Oklahoma representative said he would support legislation that allowed employers to fire workers for their sexual orientation, because being gay ‘is a choice.’ Politicians’ personal opinions often shape our nation’s legislation, and it’s important that we let lawmakers know we won’t support laws that legalize discrimination against gay individuals.

Don’t Deny Funding to International Pro-Choice Organizations

Don’t Deny Funding to International Pro-Choice Organizations

House Republicans have proposed a budget that would block federal funding to organizations that provide abortion services to underserved populations abroad. However, these organizations also provide vital health care services such as STI and HIV prevention and birth control to people who otherwise would not have access to them. Tell representatives to protect these funds and support everyone’s right to reproductive health care.

End Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

End Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

Most women must make changes in their routine when they are pregnant. However, many employees are facing unfair termination and discrimination in the workplace for requesting simple accommodations to make work easier while pregnant. Support the legislation to ensure that no woman must fear losing her job because she is pregnant.

Oppose Anti-Choice State Medicaid Bill

Oppose Anti-Choice State Medicaid Bill

A proposed bill would force states to discontinue programs that provide abortion funding to low-income women. Although the policy claims to be giving states more say on how they spend their Medicaid dollars, it would place more restrictions on them and require them to purchase expensive separate coverage plans. Tell our representatives to let the states that have chosen to provide assistance to low-income women keep their current plans in place.

Don’t Require Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Don’t Require Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Florida’s law requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing is both unconstitutional and unproductive. In its short duration, it has only shown that very few people on welfare are using drugs and it has cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. This problematic law makes assumptions about low-income families and should be abandoned.

Don’t Let Ohio Defund Planned Parenthood

Don’t Let Ohio Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio lawmakers have proposed cutting $1.7 million in funding to Planned Parenthood health centers. This move would effectively defund an organization that thousands of women rely on every day for their health care needs. Tell Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to prioritize reproductive and sexual health care, not block access to it.

Stop Killing Dolphins with Deep Water Sonar

Stop Killing Dolphins with Deep Water Sonar

Big oil companies and the shipping industry are using deep water sonar that is causing thousands of dolphin deaths each year. In the past month alone, over 600 dolphins have washed up on the shores of Peru showing evidence of trauma caused by seismic bursts. We need to stand up for the dolphins and end this irresponsible use of sonar technology.

Say No to Mandatory Ultrasounds in Rhode Island

Say No to Mandatory Ultrasounds in Rhode Island

Lawmakers in Rhode Island are considering making fetal ultrasounds mandatory for patients obtaining an abortion. These procedures are medically unnecessary and shouldn’t be dictated by politicians. Tell Rhode Island that medical protocol should be determined by physicians themselves and that patients deserve free choice regarding their reproductive health.

Recording the Police Should Not be a Crime

Recording the Police Should Not be a Crime

In Illinois, a person can be arrested for openly recording a police officer engaging in public activities. That means that in a case of police brutality or misconduct, a civilian can be arrested for simply recording the unjust situation. Tell legislators that police officers breaking the law should be punished, not the people reporting the crime.

Workers Should Not Be Fired for Discussing Their Wages

Workers Should Not Be Fired for Discussing Their Wages

Currently, people employed at entities receiving federal funds can be fired for discussing their wages with co-workers. However, with wage discrimination still existing in our workforce, these discussions are essential to ensuring that everyone is being paid fairly for their labor. Urge President Obama to create an order that would protect these individuals from being punished for questioning the fairness of their wages.

Don’t Cut the U.S. Food Stamps Program

Don’t Cut the U.S. Food Stamps Program

House Republicans have proposed a budget that would cut our nation’s food stamp program by $133.5 billion. These cuts will leave millions of men, women, and children in poverty and without a reliable source of food. Tell our leaders that this cut is unacceptable and we should be prioritizing federal programs that help those in need, not slashing them.

Protest Anti-Choice Bills in Wisconsin

Protest Anti-Choice Bills in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker quietly signed several anti-choice bills into law recently. One new law would ban coverage of abortion in policies sold through a health insurance exchange, and another places new restrictions on doctors and their patients seeking an abortion. Tell Governor Walker that his decisions will not be met without resistance and that it’s time to prioritize reproductive health.

Push for Reproductive Rights Awareness Week in Illinois

Push for Reproductive Rights Awareness Week in Illinois

With reproductive rights being challenged by legislators every day, it is time that we make the reproductive health discussion a priority. Support the movement to establish Reproductive Rights Awareness Week in Illinois.

Provide Prenatal Care to Immigrant Women

Provide Prenatal Care to Immigrant Women

Nebraska lawmakers are divided over a decision to provide state-funded prenatal care to undocumented pregnant women. Health care is a human right and should be provided to anyone in need, regardless of their immigration status. Tell Nebraskan Governor John Heineman that we should value the health and safety of all people, not just those who have proof of citizenship.

Bring Comprehensive Sex Education to Illinois

Bring Comprehensive Sex Education to Illinois

Currently, if Illinois public schools choose to provide sex education, the curriculum must be abstinence-only. A new bill would require schools that choose to teach sex ed to provide information that is medically accurate and comprehensive. It is time Illinois schools took a proactive, fact-based approach to adolescent sexual health and begin offering comprehensive sex education programs.

Don’t Let Arizona Ban Abortion After Eighteen Weeks

Don’t Let Arizona Ban Abortion After Eighteen Weeks

The Arizona Senate passed one of the most extreme anti-choice bills in history, banning abortion after eighteen weeks and requiring transvaginal ultrasounds. The new law would also begin the pregnancy timeline up to two weeks before conception, creating greater limitations for individuals seeking an abortion. Don’t let the Arizona House sign this dangerous and overly restrictive bill into law.

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