Posts From the monthly archives: "January 2018"

The United States Senate voted 81-18 today to end the three-day shutdown of the federal government.  In ending the shutdown, leaders of both parties agreed to keep the government open until February 8th.  They also agreed to work on details related to the outstanding appropriations bills and immigration reform.  Be sure to stay…(Read More)

On January 20, 2018, supporters of women’s rights and human rights gathered in civil protest against the Trump administration in cities across the world. On the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s time in office and the Women’s March of 2017, protesters highlighted many issues of relevance to women which warrant action…(Read More)

The office of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) (pictured left) released a helpful fact sheet on how important federal programs will be affected. Other congressional offices may have similar information. Be sure to contact your member of Congress, should you have questions. The Lewis fact sheet addresses the following basic questions and more. &nbsp…(Read More)

By Vanessa Williams Time’s up. The befitting phrase used for the movement by some of the most powerful women in Hollywood that are letting those in the entertainment industry know that time is up, and they will no longer accept sexual abuse, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. Time’s Up announced its commencement…(Read More)

By Anita R. Estell, Esq. On January 16, 2018, the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, appeared at a Senate oversight hearing. Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) shared impassioned comments related to a meeting with President Donald Trump where reported derogatory statements where made about certain African and other countries…(Read More)

XXTRAPROFILE: Roxane Gay Haitian-American Writer and cultural critic Roxane Gay has received wide acclaim for storytelling.  Even with her success, Gay’s candid narratives often expose her own vulnerabilities and how she perceives and manages the many intersectional issues she faces as a woman of color.  In this animation, directed by Ivyy Chen, Gay…(Read More)

By Anita Estell Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day. And what a day it is: a great day to be reminded of the relevance of thoughts, words and actions that help light the way for people seeking to traverse the terrain needed to widen the paths of opportunities for all the people of the…(Read More)

Congress is poised to debate the reauthorization of the Higher Education Action (HEA).  The House Committee on Education & Workforce Committee reported out the Higher Education Reauthorization bill, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform Act –the PROSPER Act—right before the holiday recess, on December 12, 2017.  The bill introduced just…(Read More)