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- Our 2021-2022 Rights Now! Peer Educators celebrated their graduation from the program at the end of June.
- The Peer Educators spent months training in our workshop series, updating our content, and facilitating trainings across New York City.
- If you'd like to learn more about our Rights Now! program, please reach out to our Program Manager, Rachel LaPointe, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Roe v. Wade Overturned
- LGBTQI+ Equal Pay Awareness Day
- 50 Years of Title IX
- Legal Momentum's Role in Enforcing Title IX through our Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER)
- Lynn Hecht Schafran's Letter to the Editor published in the NYT!
- NYS Passes Pay Transparency bill in the Senate and Assembly!
- Last week Congress passed--and over the weekend President Biden signed into law--the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
- Congress included provisions that partially close the "boyfriend loophole" by not allowing abusers convicted of domestic violence to possess or receive firearms.
- Previously the domestic violence firearm prohibition only applied to adjudicated abusers who were currently/formerly married to, cohabitating with, or had a child in common with the victim.
- The dating violence provisions included in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will save lives. Yet there still remain gaps, including that dating partners subject to final protective orders are not covered.
- Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overruled Roe v. Wade and eliminated the federal right to abortion. The Dobbs decision is harrowing, but it is not surprising.
- Women have long been tasked with caregiving without access to basic maternal care, pregnancy accommodations, paid family leave, paid time off, and affordable childcare.
- Today, by overruling the federal right to abortion, the Court stripped women of their remaining autonomy to safeguard their own futures.
- June 23rd, 2022 is the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. While the legislation was enacted 50 years ago, it wasn't immediately enforced.
- Legal Momentum established the Project on Equal Education Rights (PEER) to hold the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) accountable in enforcing Title IX's protections.
- PEER had a three-pronged approach to carry out its mission
- We invite you to follow along as we share materials from PEER's archives to show how much progress has been made and what work still needs to be done to finally end sex discrimination in schools at every level
- We are facing yet another critical time in our country and you can do something right now to help Legal Momentum meet this moment to help eradicate all forms of gender inequality and fulfill its mission to protect the economic and physical security of women and girls. How? By making a generous contribution today. Your support will bring us one step closer to our goal.
A brief highlight of what Legal Momentum did in May including:
- Extensive coverage of defamation law specific to the Depp v Heard trial, and what that may mean for survivors of domestic violence
- A statement from LM on the new definition of consent put forth by the ALI MPC that stands to bring the law of rape and sexual assault backward
- Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAIP) Heritage Month and specifically AANHPI Equal Pay Day on May 3rd
- June 23, 2022 is the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that prohibited sex discrimination in schools that receive public funding
- We co-authored Title IX at 50, a report celebrating the significant progress made in the last 50 years to end sex discrimination in schools while also highlighting the work that remains to be done.
Statement from Legal Momentum on the American Law Institute's new definition of consent in their updated Model Penal Code
- Legal Momentum will work with the many organizations that expressed concern about ALI’s consent definition during the years of its formulation to ensure that state legislatures do not adopt this new, even more wrongly misconceived version.
Legal Momentum breaks down our new amicus brief filed in support of Appellant Kesha Rose Sebert in Gottwald v. Sebert
- We provide a background of the case, a breakdown of the brief’s main argument, and why the ruling matters for survivors of sexual assault in New York State facing defamation suits by their abusers.
- Legal Momentum’s brief urges that New York’s highest court settle the question of whether the updated NY anti-SLAPP statutes will apply in Kesha’s case and others filed before the 2020 expansion
- Retaliatory defamation lawsuits weaponize our courts in order to intimidate and silence survivors.
- It's important that laws like NY's expanded anti-SLAPP are available to all survivors faced with a retaliatory lawsuit.
Highlights from our 17th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner held on April 14th in San Francisco!
- LM launched our latest resource, A Guide to Defamation for Survivors of Sexual Assault or Harassment
- The #MeToo movement encouraged many sexual harassment and sexual assault survivors speaking up about their experiences, many for the first time. It also led to a spike in defamation lawsuits filed
- Our resource provides a plain language breakdown of the main principles of defamation law and a guide to the defamation statues in each state
- All survivors deserve to decide whether and how they share their experiences and should not be further abused for doing so