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Released: 27-Feb-2020 10:00 AM EST
‘Dramas of desperation’: Book examines naked protest in Africa
Cornell University

In July 2002, hundreds of female protestors in Nigeria occupied properties owned by Chevron Texaco. By threatening to take off their clothes, the women convinced corporate authorities to negotiate with them for better resource management and for environmental justice.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
University of Utah law professor challenges South Carolina statute that prohibits discussion of LGBTQ relationships in schools
University of Utah

Today, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Clifford Rosky, along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and private counsel Womble Bond Dickinson and Brazil & Burke, filed a federal lawsuit challenging a South Carolina statute that prohibits public school health education from including any discussion of same-sex relationships except in the context of sexually transmitted diseases. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of the student organization Gender and Sexuality Alliance, as well as the Campaign for Southern Equality and South Carolina Equality Coalition, including their members who are public school students in the state. Click here to learn more and read the complaint. The lawsuit, Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman, alleges that S.C. Code § 59-32-30(A)(5), a provision of the South Carolina’s 1988 Comprehensive Health Education Act, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by discrimi

Newswise: Latest Scarlet and Black Book Explores Lives of Rutgers’ First Black Students
Released: 25-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
Latest Scarlet and Black Book Explores Lives of Rutgers’ First Black Students
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

In a new book in the Scarlet and Black Project, Rutgers University continues to examine its historical relationship to race, slavery and disenfranchisement, telling the story of the school’s first black students, who were pioneers treated as outcasts on their own campus.

Newswise: Rutgers to Host Last Witness to Emmett Till Abduction
Released: 17-Feb-2020 11:15 AM EST
Rutgers to Host Last Witness to Emmett Till Abduction
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies on Thursday, Feb. 20, will host the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., the last living witness to the abduction of Emmett Till, for a discussion on Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

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