April 29, 2015 - Students Challenge Rape Culture and White House Champions Paid Sick Days
The statistics are staggering but not in dispute: One in five women are sexually assaulted in college. A small but committed movement to end sexual assault on campuses began in the 1980s. Sexual assault victims reignited the fire in recent years, filing complaints against colleges for failing to protect them from violence, which has resulted in almost 100 federal investigations. Grassroots advocates are also working with administrators on policy changes, but many student leaders say change is coming too slowly.

Read our blog post about what student leaders are doing to create permanent change on college campuses and how different schools are responding.

President Obama is pushing for federal, state and local legislation to allow workers to earn up to seven paid sick days per year. He’s also proposing federal funding to develop family and medical leave programs, and directing federal agencies to advance up to six week’s paid leave for parents with a newborn.

Read the news story here.

In the meantime, Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett called Pennsylvania’s attempt to preempt Philadelphia’s paid sick day ordinance “dreadful,” and that the state should follow the city’s lead instead of undermining local control.

Read about the bill and Jarrett’s comments here.
                                Mark Pertschuk                                                   Kyung Jin Lee                                  
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