UPDATED: With domestic violence on the rise, local organizations struggle to meet survivors’ needs during a pandemic

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – Rikki Nathanson’s day usually starts with a meeting with her team, a “pow-wow” about roles and responsibilities for the upcoming shift and a COVID-19 staff report that she has to do daily for the DC government.  Nathanson is a transgender activist and housing director at Casa Ruby, an LGBTQ communityContinue reading “UPDATED: With domestic violence on the rise, local organizations struggle to meet survivors’ needs during a pandemic”

With power-based violence on the rise, local organizations pivot to meet survivors’ needs during a pandemic

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – Rikki Nathanson’s day usually starts with a meeting with her team, a “pow-wow” about roles and responsibilities for the upcoming shift and a COVID-19 staff report that she has to do daily for the DC government.  Nathanson is a transgender activist and housing director at Casa Ruby, an LGBTQ communityContinue reading “With power-based violence on the rise, local organizations pivot to meet survivors’ needs during a pandemic”

Virginia Democrats send mixed messages on proposed gerrymandering solution this election

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – A rift has formed among Democrats in Virginia on whether to advise voters to approve a constitutional amendment establishing a bipartisan redistricting commission in an effort to end political gerrymandering. The proposed measure, titled “Amendment 1” on ballots, would create a joint panel of citizens and lawmakers to handle redistricting,Continue reading “Virginia Democrats send mixed messages on proposed gerrymandering solution this election”

UPDATED: Title IX changes divide lawmakers during subcommittee hearing on gender-based protections

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – Democrat and GOP lawmakers took opposing stances on whether recent changes to how colleges should investigate sexual misconduct under Title IX by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were in the interest of fairness.  During the virtual subcommittee hearing on September 10, Republican lawmakers applauded the Title IX changes as creating aContinue reading “UPDATED: Title IX changes divide lawmakers during subcommittee hearing on gender-based protections”

Title IX changes divide lawmakers during subcommittee hearing on gender-based protections

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – Democrat and GOP lawmakers took opposing stances on whether recent changes to how colleges should investigate sexual misconduct under Title IX by Education Secretary Betsy Devos were made in the interest of fairness during a virtual congressional subcommittee hearing on September 10. Republican lawmakers applauded the changes as creating aContinue reading “Title IX changes divide lawmakers during subcommittee hearing on gender-based protections”

UPDATED: New Title IX changes potentially leave AU survivors with limited options

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – Hannah was living the typical freshman college lifestyle when one night altered the course of both her year and her entire university experience.   The American University student, who is now a junior, said she was sexually assaulted by a friend and floor-mate at her residence hall just one week intoContinue reading “UPDATED: New Title IX changes potentially leave AU survivors with limited options”

New Title IX changes potentially leave AU survivors in the dark

By Shannon Durazo WASHINGTON – Hannah (whose last name will be left out for privacy reasons) was living the typical freshman college lifestyle when one night altered the course of both her year and university experience.   The American University student, who is now a junior, said in a Zoom interview she was sexually assaulted byContinue reading “New Title IX changes potentially leave AU survivors in the dark”

AU She’s the First leader puts global issues first this election season

By Shannon Durazo When junior Jenna Whitaker considers the most important issues facing the country in the upcoming election, her first inclination is to think beyond the nation’s borders.  Whitaker, a political science major and president of the American University chapter of She’s the First, has always has always had an interest in foreign policy,Continue reading “AU She’s the First leader puts global issues first this election season”

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