Tell the Senate: Confirm Judges Committed to Expanding Civil Rights
Extremist judges will not stop endangering the lives of pregnant people or people who may become pregnant—overturning Roe v. Wade, attacking medication abortion, threatening the future of IVF, and now pregnancy accommodations. There are 56 federal judicial vacancies and 30 nominations before the Senate right now.
Tell the Senate to commit to confirming all federal nominees who will defend the rights and well-being of pregnant and postpartum workers, people who can get pregnant, and all women!
Let HUD Give Survivors of Domestic Violence Fewer Protections from Housing Discrimination? Not in This House!
This is part of an ongoing series “Help More Domestic Violence Survivors Survive By.“
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, Trump’sDepartment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule, entitled, “HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard,” that will harm survivors of domestic violence, most of whom are women. The Fair Housing Actprohibits housing discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, disability, familial status, or national origin.Under the proposed rule, which will make instances of housing discrimination very difficult to prove, survivors will havefewer protections fromhousing policies and practices that may appear neutral on the surface buthave a disparate (disproportionate), discriminatoryimpact on them. Put another way, the HUD rule is trying to makeit harder toreveal the housing discrimination behind the curtain (I love The Wizard of Oz. I’m not a fan of this wicked rule). For example, under the proposed rule, landlords and housing providers could use a “zero-tolerance for crime” policy to evict domestic violence survivors who call the policeto seek protection from their abuser, and deny survivors’ requestsfor emergency transfersto another housing unit.Survivors would then face enormous hurdles to prove in court that these policies and practices have a disproportionate impact on survivors of gender-based violence. Peeling back that metaphorical curtain becomes critical, and it wouldn’t be easy under the rule’s demands.These cruel and discriminatory policies and practices, if unsuccessfully challenged, would put the safety ofdomestic violence survivors at risk, discourage reporting of gender-based violence, and increase housing instability and possibly homelessness. Women account for80% of domestic violence survivors. Native American women and women of color experience domestic violence at disproportionately high rates. The rate of domestic violence against women with disabilitiesis three times higher than the rate of domestic violence against women without disabilities. LGBTQ+ individuals are also more likely to experience domestic violence. The Trump-Pence administration has shown time and time again that it does not respect the rights and safety of marginalized groups. HUD should be making housing safe, affordable, and accessible for everyone, not closing the door to protection under the law. Safety is not a luxury. That’s why we submitted a comment in opposition to this cruel proposed rule. Thank you to everyone who submitted a comment from our platform (more than 10,000 comment submissions!) and the other coalition platforms. We will remain vigilant as this proposed rule goes through the rulemaking process and continue our opposition, so this cruel proposal never goes into effect.