"Françoise Jacobsohn is project manager of the Equality Works program at Legal Momentum...'Most women don't want to litigate,' said Jacobsohn. 'Women are willing to put up with a great deal of injustice to keep working. They know if they press issues, they will be shoved off of sites. There are real repercussions to speaking out in the trades.'"
Legal Momentum in the Media
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Date: June 21, 2011
Date: June 19, 2011
"[H]unger relief advocates fear that if enacted, the House proposal would slash the number of people aided by food stamps by as much as two-thirds or more, according to Legal Momentum, a legal defense and education fund geared for the advancement of women and girls."
- Date: June 18, 2011
Date: May 27, 2011
Article about tradeswomen links to Legal Momentum's Equality Works program for more information.
Date: May 19, 2011
"That’s why the government and anti-discrimination groups encourage people who believe they’re being harassed to inform the harasser directly that the advances, comments or conduct are unwelcome. Legal Momentum, a women’s rights group, warns the targets of harassment, 'Your legal claims can be hurt if you keep silent.'"
"Not all workers in the United States are covered by federal sexual harassment laws, however. The housekeeper with whom Schwarzenegger fathered a child out of wedlock, for instance, most likely was not. 'You have to have so many employees before you’re covered,' said Michelle Caiola, a senior attorney at Legal Momentum."
Date: May 12, 2011
"But TANF caseloads didn’t expand when the economy cooled in the early 2000s. And, as Legal Momentum reports, only 6.6% more poor adults and children were added to the rolls during the first 19 months of the Great Recession."
Date: May 9, 2011
"Concerted efforts to limit access and reduce benefits have made such welfare payments increasingly irrelevant to the actual welfare of single mothers and their children. A recent summary by the public-interest group Legal Momentum showed that program enrollment – more than 80 percent in 1995 – had declined to only about 40 percent of eligible families by 2005."
Date: April 21, 2011
Legal Momentum President Elizabeth Grayer and Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) co-authored an op-ed in Politico, advocating a stronger safety net for women and their families.
"Getting our country’s debt and deficit under control must be a top priority. But we can do it without cutting programs that are a lifeline for many families."
Reprinted at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (4/21/11).
Date: April 12, 2011
Legal Momentum's Equality Works Project Manager Françoise Jacobsohn discusses the challenges tradeswomen face in nontraditional jobs: "'Most women do not file harassment claims. They have tons of legitimate complaints, but they want to work, not spend time in court'...She added that many tradeswomen only file when their livelihood is threatened."
Date: April 11, 2011
"The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was enacted in August 1996 to replace AFDC as the national welfare program. A new report from Legal Momentum outlines the crippling of the safety net for the poorest and most in need people in the US."
Date: April 7, 2011
"Legal Momentum...is urging lawmakers to reject all such amendments or riders in subsequent 2011 spending bills, rather than negotiating one harmful rider against another."
Date: April 6, 2011
"As a new report from Legal Momentum makes clear, it remains extremely difficult for mothers on welfare to access the kind of education and training that lead to good jobs, the kind that pay a living wage and come with benefits such as paid sick leave and health insurance."
Reprinted at Jezebel (4/6/11).