New Illinois Law Requires LGBT History To Be Taught In Schools
New Illinois Law Requires LGBT History To Be Taught In Schools
Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law legislation that requires all state-recognized public schools to include in their curriculum the study of historic contributions that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have made for the state and the country.
The law mandates that “Each public school district and state-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks.” The state’s Board of Education will publish an annual list of “approved textbooks.”
One of the main supporters of the bill, State Sen. Heather Steans (D), said the reasonfor the bill is because “one of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints.”
Iranian officials have warned that posting video footage of women removing their mandatory headscarves in public could lead to up 10 years imprisonment, according to media reports yesterday.
The announcement specifically named the US-based social media platform of Masih Alinejad, which since 2014 has been inviting Iranian women to post pictures of themselves without the hijab.
Ms Alinejad has been accused by the Iranian regime of working as an agent of the US government over the website, known as My Stealthy Freedom.
“As Masih Alinejad has a contract with the Americans, all those women who send the video footages of removing their hijab to her will be sentenced between one to 10 years of jail according to the article 508 of the Islamic Criminal Justice Act,” the head of Tehran’s Court of Revolution cleric Mousa Ghazanfarabadi told Fars news.
Earlier this year Ms Alinejad met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who “thanked her for her bravery and continued dedication to the cause of freedom for Iranian women”.
In recent days the morality police in Iran has reacted to a number of incidents in which its vigilantees have been attacked in Tehran metro while “advising” women not to remove their hijab. She has denied working for any foreign governments.
Asked by the Fars news agency if sending video clips to an individual in US amounts to a criminal act, Mr Ghazanfarabadi has said: “My understanding of the law is that three types of video recordings are criminal acts; to film our military installations; to record private life of another citizen and the third case is to record a film with the aim of working with an enemy government”.
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Google has settled a lawsuit alleging age discrimination in its hiring practices, paying $11m to more than 200 jobseekers who were over 40 when they applied to join the company.
Although it has settled the case, Google denies the allegations that it was unfairly dismissive of older applicants.
Instead, the company argues that the members of the class-action suit failed to demonstrate technical prowess, and that the question of culture fit – whether or not candidates were “Googley” enough to join – was not the issue.
Cheryl Fillekes, the lead plaintiff, said she was interviewed by the company four times, yet never offered a job because of her age. “Age discrimination is an issue that needs to be addressed in the tech industry,” Fillekes’ lawyer told Bloomberg, “and we’re very pleased that we were able to obtain a fair settlement for our clients in this case.”
Silicon Valley has long battled accusations of ageism at work. According to the research firm Payscale, the average age of a Facebook employee is 29, while at Amazon it is 30. In 2016, the engineer who led Apple’s project to switch to Intel chips was reportedly turned down for a job on the Genius Bar at one of the company’s high-street stores. JK Scheinberg – who now tweets under the name “Don’t ask me about Apple” – backed up the report in 2016, sharing a link to a book about ageism in tech with the line “Wonder if Apple will finally give me callback on that genius bar interview”.
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White male privilege isn’t just as overt as the racism of President Donald Trump telling four congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from, reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price told Boston Public Radio Monday.
It also comes, they said, in the more nuanced forms — like when white men deny their privilege by saying they’ve “worked hard for everything they have.”
White male privilege is rooted in a sense of ownership, said Price.
“The notion [is] that this is their place, this is their space, this is their world, and everyone else who’s not part of the white male clan is interloping, is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and needs to ask permission to be there,” he said.
And, Price and Monroe argued, the working class or poor white men in this country are also afforded a basic privilege that blacks often are not: the ability to feel safe and supported in public spaces.
Monroe noted that the racial stereotype of equating “poor” to “black” harms white working class people, and while Trump is tapping into long-held views on race in this country — garnering support from poor whites — he is doing them a disservice.
“When we talk about poverty,” she said, “when you racialize it as black, you miss all these poor white folks up along the Appalachian range all the way up to Maine, these people become invisible. So, while Donald is trying to give them representation and visibility, he’s not empowering them.”
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On June 13, Brazil’s top court ruled that homophobia and transphobia should be framed as crimes under Brazil’s existing racism legislation.
There are no laws in Brazil’s penal code that explicitly address prejudice or violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The court says the new ruling addressed a legislative omission that failed to protect Brazil’s LGBTQ+ population.
Those who commit acts of violence against LGBTQ+ peoples could be punished with prison sentences of one to five years. Those are the current penalties for discrimination based on ethnicity, skin color, race, religion, or nationality according to a penal code provision in place since 1989.
The 11-member Supreme Court voted 8-3 for the criminalization in response to a lawsuit moved by the Brazilian Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transgender, and Intersex (ABGLT, in Portuguese) and the Popular Socialist Party (PPS).
In addition to punishing acts of violence, the court’s decision makes it a crime to deny educational and professional opportunities, as well as access to public services and government buildings, based on sexual orientation. The promotion of discriminatory attitudes or events on social networks and other media could also be punished under Brazil’s racism law.
Brazil has one of the highest murder rates of LGBTQ+ people in the world, coming behind Mexico, the United States, and Colombia.
In 2018, 420 LGBTQ+ people were killed — one every 20 hours, according to the Bahia’s Gay Group, one of the oldest LGBTQ+ rights groups in Brazil. Of those, 72 percent were homicides, and 24 percent were suicides.
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Standing with Victims on International Justice Day
Twenty-one years ago today, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), creating a permanent international court to hold perpetrators of the world’s gravest crimes to account.
The anniversary is a moment to reflect on the successes and challenges of bringing justice to victims over the past year.
With armed conflicts raging across the globe and devastating civilian populations, demand for accountability is growing. In Liberia, citizens and civil society groups are calling on President George Weah to support the creation of a war crimes court to provide justice for atrocities committed during the country’s two civil wars.
In the Central African Republic, the Special Criminal Court has finally opened investigations into abuses committed during the years-long conflict there. Several prosecutors in Europe are investigating and bringing to trial atrocity crimes cases committed in countries such as Syria and Iraq, where the ICC has no jurisdiction. Some governments are also attempting to fill this gap by creating teams of independent investigators to examine crimes in Syria and Myanmar.
At the ICC, two suspects of grave crimes in the Central African Republic, Patrice Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yékatom, were arrested and transferred to the court. Earlier this month, the ICC prosecutor filed a request to open an investigation into certain crimes against ethnic Rohingya arising from government atrocities in Myanmar. Last week, ICC judges convicted Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and began hearings for the confirmation of charges in the case against Al Hassan for crimes in northern Mali.
But there have also been serious setbacks for victims awaiting justice from the court. In January, ICC judges dismissed the case against former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and the written reasons for the oral decision were only filed on July 16. In April, judges rejected the prosecutor’s request to open an investigation in Afghanistan on a problematic legal basis. In the face of evident shortcomings, the court needs to step up its performance.
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37 countries commend China’s human rights achievements
“We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights by adhering to the people-centered development philosophy and protecting and promoting human rights through development,” the joint letter read.
“We also appreciate China’s contributions to the international human rights cause,” it read.
The ambassadors expressed their “firm opposition” to relevant countries’ practice of politicizing human rights issues, by naming and shaming, and publicly exerting pressures on other countries.
“We urge the OHCHR, Treaty Bodies and relevant Special Procedures mandate holders to conduct their work in an objective and impartial manner according to their mandate and with true and genuinely credible information, and value the communication with member states,” the joint letter said.
The letter was signed by the ambassadors to UN at Geneva from Russia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Cuba, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Nigeria, Angola, Togo, Tajikistan, Philippines, Belarus and a number of other countries from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world.
As for issues related to China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the UN envoys said that terrorism, separatism and religious extremism have caused enormous damage to people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, which has seriously infringed upon human rights, including right to life, health and development.
“Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers,” they noted.
They mentioned that safety and security has returned to Xinjiang and the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there are safeguarded.