WOMAN TORTURED FOR SIX DAYS SURVIVES
A 20-year-old African American woman was held captive and violently abused for six days in Logan, West Virginia. Her captors allegedly used racial slurs while repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her. Local police have not decided yet whether to include hate crimes in the charges. If new federal legislation passes, future cases like this can include gender as a type of hate crime in addition to race. Support expanding hate crime law in our Action Center.
AURORA PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN THE NEWS, AGAIN
Slated to open Sept. 18, the new full-service Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora is facing community backlash as well as support. A city council meeting on Sept. 11 addressed controversy around one of the clinic's services: abortion. Anti-choice speakers had complaints that have been heard before: Planned Parenthood hurts youth, and abortion shouldn't be available in this community. However, supporters outnumbered anti-choice activists at the meeting, according to the Aurora Beacon News
. To help Planned Parenthood, sign their petition of support online.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIES UNFRIENDLY SKIES
Southwest Airlines made headlines when a flight attendant refused to let a young woman board the plane wearing a mini-skirt and revealing T-shirt. She was public embarrassed but Kyla Ebbert did get seated after adjusting her clothing. Southwest defended their decision, and reportedly repeated this with another young woman
this week. As CNN reported
, Southwest advertised female flight attendants in hot pants when it began operations in the 1970s. So, we are not sure when Southwest decided to become the arbiters of morality in fashion. We searched Southwest's website to find a dress code for passengers but found none. This feels arbitrary and we wonder what the airline standards are for men's clothing. If you want to complain, contact Southwest here.
(Thanks to Feministing for the links.)