POLITICS 01/18/2019 06:00 am ET The movement’s leadership has been roiled by claims of anti-Semitism but hopes women will turn up across the country for the third year. By Nick Visser For the third year in a row, hundreds of thousands of women across the country will turn out Saturday for their local Women’s March, ready to let the nation’s power brokers know the “resistance” is strong. But this time the event has been roiled by controversy after the national organization’s leadership struggled to deal with accusations of anti-Semitism and mismanagement, leaving many marchers wondering if it’s even worth turning up. Two executives at the national Women’s March have been facing months of calls that they step down over their affiliation with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who has a long history of anti-Semitic rhetoric. Other Women’s March chapters, which have limited affiliation with the national … [Read more...] about Women Will March Again As Leaders Try To Move Past Controversy
POLITICS 01/16/2019 05:45 am ET In her announcement, she introduced herself as a young mom who will "fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own." By Amanda Terkel Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday with a campaign that will make gender more of a central focus than any other candidate. The focus was clear right from the start. “I’m going to run for president of the United States because, as a young mom, I am going to fight for other people’s kids as hard as I fight for my own, which is why I believe health care is a right and not a privilege,” Gillibrand said on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” when she announced the formation of her exploratory committee. In a two-minute introductory video released with her announcement, the first thing highlighted is that she’s a mom to two boys. Gillibrand has been an advocate for getting more women … [Read more...] about Kirsten Gillibrand To Put Women’s Issues Front And Center Of Her Presidential Campaign
South Korea announced on Wednesday that it will dissolve the “Reconciliation and Healing Foundation,” established by a 2015 agreement with Japan to help the families of “comfort women” abused by Japanese soldiers during the World War II era. Japan, which provided about $9 million in funding for the foundation, reacted angrily to the decision and said it would damage the relationship between Tokyo and Seoul.The Japanese are upset with the announcement because they believed the 2015 agreement settled the issue of comfort women and sexual slavery during the occupation of Korea. Many South Koreans thought the deal whitewashed the offenses of Imperial Japan. Others criticized South Korean negotiators for accepting too small of a settlement and failing to properly consult with the victims and their families. Meanwhile, the Japanese have been constantly apprehensive about the agreement falling apart. The Associated Press on Wednesday noted the reconciliation deal was … [Read more...] about South Korea to Dissolve Japan-Funded ‘Comfort Women’ Foundation
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, as world leaders often do. The encounter began on a high note but turned sour with an argument over the “comfort women” issue that has divided South Korea and Japan for many years. The most positive headline to emerge from the Moon-Abe summit on Tuesday was Moon conveying a message from Kim Jong-un that the North Korean dictator is prepared to begin a “dialogue with Japan” to “seek an improvement in relations.”The Japanese have been clear that Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea must be returned, or fully accounted for if deceased, before a summit between Abe and Kim could occur. Abe himself stressed this point in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano said on Tuesday that he found the message from Kim encouraging. The Foreign Ministry indicated it would be watching … [Read more...] about South Korean and Japanese Leaders Clash over ‘Comfort Women’ at U.N.
There's a lot of talk about women this election cycle -- women seeking office, women marching en masse, women planning to vote. Candidates for U.S. Congress in the 6th District have different ideas about some of the top political issues affecting women, namely the future of the Violence Against Women Act and the country's regulations about abortion. Both candidates -- Republican incumbent Peter Roskam and Democratic challenger Sean Casten -- say they support the reinstatement of the Violence Against Women Act, which has provided funding for investigation, prosecution and supportive recovery programs related to violent crimes against women since it was enacted in 1994.The bill expires Sept. 30, at which point funding runs out unless action is taken. The Senate has passed a spending bill that funds defense, education, labor and health and also extends current funding for Violence Against Women Act programs until Dec. 7.Anti-violence funds Roskam said he thinks the temporary extension … [Read more...] about How women’s issues divide 6th Congressional District candidates