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2011-08-18 14:41:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, announced today that it is extremely pleased that a legal challenge it initiated targeting an unconstitutional ordinance restricting leafleting in the City of Pittsburgh has resulted in the troubling ordinance now being repealed. The ACLJ, which filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ordinance that violated the free speech rights of Pittsburghers, said it...

2011-07-26 16:00:00

NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To help set the stage for one of the world's most prestigious human rights events--presented by literary and human rights organization PEN American Center--GlobalWorks Group was selected to create a documentary on Nasrin Sotoudeh, a writer, lawyer and leader of the women's and children's rights movement in Iran, where she was sentenced this past January to 11 years in prison for, among other things, "acting against national security." "We were...

2011-06-16 15:35:00

NEW YORK, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the U.S. rounds the corner into a decade of war, Women, War and Peace, the Summer 2011 edition of On The Issues Magazine, takes a look at an age-old topic with a 21st century lens. In Gender Values: The Costs of War, feminist economist Susan Feiner describes how the billions of dollars expended on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan steal money from women's jobs, healthcare and education. Lori Adelman analyzes the research on war attitudes and finds...

2011-06-06 09:00:00

CHICAGO, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of prominent media organizations have asked the Illinois Supreme Court to uphold a 2007 state law that permits ordinary citizens to speak out on questions of public policy without fear of expensive, lengthy, retaliatory lawsuits brought by the subjects of their speech. The request comes in an amicus curiae brief filed recently by the ACLU of Illinois, the Illinois Press Association, the Illinois...

2011-04-01 00:14:17

Carol Crossed is the founder and president of the new Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts. The Birthplace was recently restored, and opened in the spring of 2010. Adams, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 31, 2011 Women's History Month ends with the death of a leading women's rights figure, Geraldine Ferraro. A lapel button supporting her run for vice president in 1984 still graces my office bulletin board. A trailblazer in the political realm, Ferraro can be rightly added to the...

2011-03-07 04:00:00

NEW YORK, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a message by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women: A hundred years ago today, women across the world took an historic step on the long road to equality. The first ever International Women's Day was called to draw attention to the unacceptable and often dangerous working conditions that so many women faced worldwide. Although the occasion was celebrated in only a handful of countries, it brought over one million...

2011-02-09 05:50:00

High-tech surveillance cameras in use around Chicago used by the city's police to zoom in on crimes in progress and track suspects across the city are the subject of growing privacy concerns from citizens and privacy rights activists. Chicago has been on a path since 2003 to become the country's most-watched city, when police first started installing security cameras in high-crime areas around the city. Since the onset of the program, Chicago has linked up more than 10,000 public and...

2011-01-11 13:12:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Liberty Institute, representing the VFW Department of California and VFW Post 385, just filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration because it refuses to transfer ownership of the land on which stood the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial to the VFW, as directed by a 2003 Act of Congress. The Obama Administration also refused to allow the VFW to rebuild the memorial after vandals destroyed it in May 2010, and it opposed the VFW's...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.