“Congressional Republicans have introduced a resolution creating a “Women’s Bill of Rights” that mentions just one right, but only for cis women: the right to not see trans women in a public restroom. The rest of the Women’s Bill of Rights is about definitions and the government’s powers. “The Democrats are erasing women and the spaces that are uniquely ours,” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), who is trying to get the resolution passed in the House. Despite leading Republicans on the Women’s Bill of Rights, she has been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List because of her staunch opposition to reproductive freedom. The House version of the resolution has 11 co-sponsors and the Senate version was introduced by Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), who just got booed last week for mocking transgender people at a commencement speech and then lied about what she said, getting booed even more. The Republican Women’s Bill of Rights lists six points that it affirms. The first three are definitions. The fourth is about the right of cis women to not see trans women in certain spaces. And the last two are about the government’s actions, not women’s rights. The resolution’s first point says, “for purposes of Federal law, a person’s ‘sex’ means his or her biological sex (either male or female) at birth,” without saying exactly how that should be determined. While several physical aspects of people’s bodies are associated with gender, like chromosomes, genitalia, and hormone levels, they don’t necessarily align and have often been used to tell some women – especially women of color – that they’re not really women.”
“The family of a 12-year-old who they say sustained a traumatic brain injury after she was restrained by a school security officer is suing the Kenosha police department and school district for damages. “On March 4, 2022, an adult man lost his temper and choked a child until she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Officer Shawn Guetschow violated Wisconsin criminal and civil law when he held his knee against the back of the neck of a twelve-year-old girl at Lincoln Middle School,” read documents shared with Insider by the family’s lawyer, Drew DeVinney. Guetschow is seen in a security video from the school cafeteria breaking up a fight between two students and then kneeling on the neck of a 12-year-old girl for nearly 25 seconds before handcuffing her and removing her from the room. “Officer Shawn Guetschow told investigating officers that he ‘blacked out’ and does not remember pulling Jane Doe to the floor, smashing her head into the hard tile surface, or getting on top of her and choking her with his knee,” the document shared with Insider added in a footnote.”
“Republican Senator Bill Cassidy gave a jaw-dropping answer to a question about the maternal mortality rate in his home state of Louisiana, pointing out — among other things — that it’s not so bad if you don’t count all the Black women. Cassidy sat for a lengthy interview with Politico Reporter Sarah Owermohle, who asked Cassidy about a variety of health-related subjects, including the Justice Samuel Alito-authored draft opinion that would overturn the constitutionally right to abortion should it become final. But early in the interview, Owermohle drew out a startling response from Cassiday when she asked about the high rate of maternal mortality in Louisiana. He pointed out that his state’s maternal mortality rate is not an “outlier” if you “correct our population for race,” and also said that some definitions of maternal mortality include “someone being killed by her boyfriend””
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A Virginia board is considering restoring the names of two schools that were originally named for Confederate generals but were changed in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.
The Shenandoah County School Board voted in 2020 to change Stonewall Jackson High School to Mountain View High School and Ashby-Lee Elementary School to Honey Run Elementary School.
But in the two years since, community members — especially alumni — have expressed opposition to the name changes, school board member Cynthia Walsh said.
More than 4,000 people have signed a petition to change the names back, Vice Chair Dennis Barlow said at a board meeting, where the issue was discussed at length last week.
Walsh is one of three members who were on the board when the name changes were approved. The current, all-white board is made up of six members.
Some new board members say they feel the decision to change the names was rushed and that it did not consider the opinion of the community.
Barlow — who characterized those who were in favor of changing the names as outsiders who are “creepy,” “elitist” and from “the dark side” — said the school board’s decision was “undemocratic and unfair.”
He added that he regards Jackson as a “gallant commander.”
Walsh, who said she does not think the names should be changed back, argued: “Most people who vote for elected officials then count on them to do the right thing on their behalf.”
“We do have a representative democracy. We don’t have a direct democracy,” she added.
After Floyd’s death, statues, monuments, schools and buildings named for Confederate leaders became a focal point of the racial justice movement around the country. A number of the statues and monuments have come down.
“Times have changed. The makeup of our schools has changed,” Walsh said. “And I sincerely believe that revisiting the name change is not what’s best for kids.”
The board decided at the meeting that it would poll constituents about whether they believe the names should be changed back. But the board could not settle on whether to poll the entire area or only the residents of the areas served by the schools in question.
Kyle Gutshall, a recent high school graduate who was elected to the board this year, argued: “In my opinion if you’re doing it countywide, you might as well throw the students out, because they don’t care.”
But other board members were adamant throughout the night that the decision first has to be what’s right for the students.
“No. 1 criteria: what is best for kids,” Andrew Keller said earlier in the meeting. “The kids we’re going to teach today and the next 25 years.”
They also didn’t settle on what options would be in the survey, which they mostly agreed should have these questions:
- Do you want to keep the names?
- Do you want to restore the original names?
“I suggested a compromise: adding a third” option, Walsh said. “I did not agree to the name change, but I do not think we should change it back, and that’s where we left it that night, but we didn’t vote on it.”
The next school board meeting is June 9.
The board likely won’t vote on the issue then, because it is still hammering out the details of the survey, Walsh said.
If the vote is split, the issue is likely to be tabled for a year or until there is a new board, she said.
Shenandoah County Public Schools declined to weigh in on the matter.
“It is the responsibility of the Shenandoah County School Board to determine the name of schools, school facilities, and areas of school facilities or grounds in the division. We do not have a comment or statement as a division at this time,” the district said in a statement.
The system serves about 6,000 students. More than 75 percent of them are white, and about 3 percent are Black, according to the state Education Departmenr.
But Walsh said the statistics don’t show the full picture. “In one of our elementary schools, there are 10 languages spoken,” she said. “There is diversity.”