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25 Nov 23:49

The Woman Who’s Making a Difference for Pregnant Workers

by Corinne Gaston

shutterstock_145266931When Peggy Young became pregnant in 2006, she needed her job’s health benefits at UPS the most. But instead of being given a new light-duty job or offered the chance to continue her regular job so long as she didn’t lift anything heavier than 20 pounds, Young was forced out of work. For the last six and a half months of her pregnancy, not only was she on unpaid leave, which caused financial distress, but she lost her health insurance. In a 2013 post on the National Women’s Law Center website, Young stated, “What started as a very happy pregnancy became one of the most stressful times of my life.”

But Young didn’t let UPS have the last word: Instead, she took them to court. Her case, Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., alleged that UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. It made it all the way up to the Supreme Court, which will hear the case on Dec. 3. How the Supreme Court rules will have a huge impact on working women across the nation—and people are taking notice.

On Nov. 24, the Center for American Progress, the National Women’s Law Center and the National Partnership for Women & Families hosted a webinar on pregnancy job discrimination and Young v. UPS. Several experts, including Michele Jawando, Rachel Lyons, Diane Feldman and Emily Martin, discussed the case, the historical context of pregnancy discrimination and information on how to take action—and it’s clear that Young has already made a difference for pregnant workers.

Despite losing her case in the lower courts and on appeal, Young forged ahead and appealed to the nation’s highest court. Perhaps UPS started feeling the pressure as the court date drew nearer, because on Oct. 27, the company announced an official change to its policy for pregnant workers. Starting Jan. 1, UPS will offer temporary light-duty positions to pregnant workers, not just to workers who have been injured on the job (which was previously allowed). UPS stated in a brief to the court:

On a going forward basis, UPS has voluntarily decided to provide additional accommodations for pregnancy-related physical limitations as a matter of corporate discretion. UPS’s new policy provides: “Light-duty work will be provided as an accommodation to pregnant employees with lifting or other physical restrictions to the same extent as such work is available as an accommodation to employees with similar restrictions resulting from on-the-job injuries.”

Being forced into unpaid leave affects pregnant workers on a grand scale: the National Partnership for Women & Families estimates that a quarter million women are denied requests each year for work accommodations during their respective pregnancies. At least at UPS, this will no longer be the case starting first thing in 2015. And it’s safe to say Young can take credit for that.

Hopefully this achievement will help pave the way for what comes next: the Supreme Court’s ruling. For decades, employers have been able to find and exploit loopholes in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA), which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 “to prohibit sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.” This led to one of the big questions addressed in the webinar, which was, “does the PDA actually mean what it says?” The upcoming Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. ruling has the power to make the PDA virtually airtight and erase exploitable loopholes. In an issue brief, The National Partnership for Women & Families stated,

A Supreme Court decision in favor of Peggy Young would clarify that pregnant women with temporary physical limitations must be treated the same as other workers with temporary physical limitations. Pregnant women would be granted reasonable accommodations if other workers with temporary physical limitations are accommodated…A Supreme Court decision in favor of UPS would deal a critical blow to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act’s effectiveness, enabling employers to evade the law’s requirements.

In the campaign for fair and equitable treatment of pregnant workers, Peggy Young has made a difference and drawn many individuals and organizations to rally around her. Those at UPS who are considering pregnancy no longer have to worry that they’ll be out of a job once they’re a few months along. But pregnant workers in all sorts of employment, from healthcare institutions to the aisles of Walmart, still face the reality of discrimination. Let’s hope that the Supreme Court rules in favor of equitable treatment of pregnant workers with thanks to Young’s perseverance for paving the way.

To support Young and the rights of pregnant workers, activists are holding a Stand With Pregnant Workers rally on the steps of the Supreme Court the day of the court hearing, followed by a virtual rally using the hashtag #StandWithPeggy.

 Photo via Shutterstock.

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Corinne Gaston is currently an editorial intern at Ms. and is working toward a B.A. in Creative Writing at USC. When not in the Ms. office, she is the Associate Opinion Editor at Neon Tommy. Follow her on Twitter @elysehamsa or go to her personal blog.

25 Nov 21:04

bobbycaputo: The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting,...


The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized

A data point from FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of Monday night’s events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. “U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010,” the site’s Ben Casselman writes, “the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.”

That data is from a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and covers October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010. Over that time period, over 193,000 federal offenses were investigated, about 16 percent of which were declined for prosecution. That leaves just over 162,300 offenses that the government tried to prosecute. And the grand jury decided against doing so 11 times, finding no true bill or a lack of evidence to do so.

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This is INCREDIBLY important.  I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to misunderstand.  The non-indictment was not about a conviction or a guilty/innocent sentence for Darren Wilson.  This was about whether or not there was enough evidence to take him to trial in the first place.  Had he been put on trial, the odds of him being convicted would have been even lower.

Notice how incredibly rare it is to not grant a case the bare minimum of a trial.  Especially in the face of conflicting testimonies and overwhelming evidence that there is more to the story, it’s outrageous (racist) that the Grand Jury would come to such a rare conclusion.

There are a few more routes to justice at this point, although their effectiveness is debatable:

-The Justice Department can press federal charges (they’re being urged by the National Bar Association to do so)
-The Justice Department can bring charges against Ferguson PD
-The Brown family can bring a civil suit against Darren Wilson

(It’s worth noting that many civil rights era cases needed to go to the federal government before anything got done.)

25 Nov 15:00

Gotta Sneeze?

Gotta Sneeze?

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Tagged: gifs , Cats , sneezing
25 Nov 09:45

pettycrocker: nightelfdruid: this is fucking heart...



this is fucking heart breaking

This is it…this broke me I can’t

26 Nov 00:48

sombreboite: Edward Gorey - “A Dull Afternoon”


Edward Gorey - “A Dull Afternoon”

25 Nov 22:18

Favorite IG ever :: OMGLITERALLYDEAD today on the Haute Macabre...

25 Nov 20:32

mequeme: Internet ha mejorado significativamente desde que los...


Internet ha mejorado significativamente desde que los rusos empezaron a comprar videocámaras.

25 Nov 21:49

Meet the Ruff.

Meet the Ruff.

25 Nov 21:51

Medieval Book Historian Erik Kwakkel Documents the Curious Methods Scribes Used to Repair Parchment

by Rebecca Escamilla

Parchment Repair
photo via medievalbooks

From the fifth through 13th centuries, parchment, made from animal skin, was used for pages of books. Parchment was strong, but the quality of it varied based on thickness, uniformity of color, and evenness of each page. While pages of books made with very high-quality parchment remain intact fairly well, poor-quality parchment had a tendency to split and rip. Parchment was expensive, so these holes and tears were often repaired by scribes. Leiden University medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel (previously) has documented some of the creative methods scribes used to make repairs or even incorporate holes in parchment into art.

Preparing parchment was a delicate business. In order to clear the skin of flesh and hair, it was attached to a wooden frame, tight like a drum. If the round knife of the parchment maker (the lunellum) cut too deep during this scraping process, elongated rips or holes would appear. As a result the reader is given an unexpected sneak peek onto the next page – where a dragon may just be introduced into the story. We encounter such holes frequently in medieval books, which suggests that readers were not too bothered by them. Many scribes will have shared this sentiment, because they usually simply wrote around a hole. Some placed a little line around them, as if to prevent the reader from falling in.

Kwakkel made a short video with Khan Academy in which he examines how the quality of parchment affects the sound it makes when pages are turned.

Parchment Face
photo via Erik Kwakkel

Parchment Repair
photo via medievalbooks

Parchment Repair
photo via medievalbooks

Parchment Repair
photo via medievalbooks

via Colossal

25 Nov 23:06

Collection Appareils, An Incredibly Vast Online Archive of More Than 10,000 Analog Cameras

by EDW Lynch

Irwin Lark ‘sardine can’, 1940

Collection Appareils is an incredibly vast online archive of more than 10,000 cameras spanning the history of analog photography. Each camera in the archive is accompanied by a photograph, as well as technical and historical data. The archive is the work of a French camera collector, Sylvain Halgand, who personally owns around 1,800 cameras and has been running the site since 1999. Halgand discusses Collection Appareils in this (French language) Reportages Photos interview. The project can be followed on Facebook.

The Argus C3 Matchmatic (1939-1966)

Haneel Tri-Vision, 1946

Compagnie Francaise de Photographie Photosphere no1, 1899

Argus Lady Carefree, 1967

photos via Collection Appareils

via Messy Nessy Chic, PetaPixel

26 Nov 00:27

kevinwada: Ruby Rhod Wizard World Austin 2014 sketch


Ruby Rhod

Wizard World Austin 2014 sketch

25 Nov 16:59

danielle1623: Can we just….. History repeats itself. This was...


Can we just…..

History repeats itself. This was from Trayvon Martin case. How fucked up is it that its abled to be used again.
25 Nov 17:10

writeinblack: I’m handing out full plates of “shut the fuck up”...


I’m handing out full plates of “shut the fuck up” tonight.

25 Nov 17:17

whitegirlsaintshit: livibbylove: afro-dominicano: flawlessxquee...







an unarmed 18 year old black kid was shot and denied justice and all these people care about is their blood stained american flag. #MERICA

Fuck all these assholes, send them back to Europe

This is why I don’t fuck with filth.

the whites are showing their true faces. an ugly ass flag more valuable than dark skinned people.

Dumbest species ever. A flag? Really? This country gives 0 fucks about you white cracks. Believe that!

wrap them in flags. burn them.

25 Nov 17:43


25 Nov 19:04



via ThePrettiestOne



thanksgiving is coming up, i bet you’re gonna hear some fucked up shit about this issue at your dinner table. CALL. IT. OUT. this is what i mean when i say that we need to check our own community. it is not the responsibility of black people to deal with your racist uncle and his bullshit opinions! here is a golden opportunity to stamp it out as is your responsibility!!!

Why is right to assume all white people have a racist uncle or relative?

Because we literally all do, and if you think family doesn’t, then congrats, you’re the trash-spewing racist family member in your family.

Have a happy genocide-of-indigenous-peoples-day, enjoy the turkey, you defensive special snowflake.

25 Nov 14:42

Today’s Bulletin

by Ryan Oakley

via jakkyn

The Smooth Talking Optics Man appeared in displays of liquid-crystals during Monday Night Prime Time to incite a riot. He assured The Public that The Public was to blame for The Public’s continued belief that the murder of an unarmed member of The Public by a well-armed member of Control Force was a criminal injustice rather than an unavoidable and legally sanctioned tragedy. Just, you know, one of those things. Nothing anyone can do. I wouldn’t worry. He promised to correct this misunderstanding by releasing secret information to the same public that he had just publicly indicted. His eyes glowed red throughout his speech and he only paused to answer questions from unknown reporters while catching bloated, corpse-grown flies with his forked tongue. He wore a charming black and white ensemble with a purple neck piece. SPQR.

The until-now secret information showed that the murderous member of Control Force believed he was being attacked by a demon with the strength of Hulk Hogan who could bulk up and run through bullets. His wounds from this frightful encounter consisted of a mild discoloration on the nape of his neck that could have been anything, really. These delusions were said to justify the final ten shots. The final ten shots.

While neither forensics nor a single witness of The One of Those Things have been able to confirm the presence of a demon (only that of a dead unarmed child left in the road for four and half hours and the uniformed man who admits to killing him) it remains possible that the officer himself was possessed by the ghost of Appius Claudius or his client Marcus Claudius, who infamously kidnapped Verginia in 451 BC.

More likely, however, is that the officer and these two ancient Romans were possessed by the same demon, The Vile Old Ghost, who often causes civic unrest by abusing power while wearing the bodies of petty, disgusting human males just as these males wear their petty, disgusting uniforms. Men who may be susceptible to astralnotic infection by The Vile Old Ghost should never be allowed any authority. They should never be entrusted with badges, guns or uniforms. Yet they often are. These baubles attract them. They provide camouflage.

The Vile Old Ghost is said to feed on the delusions of Control Force. These delusions are poisonous to human life. The 20th century attests to that and, frankly, not much else. Control Force currently seems to be experiencing a pandemic of these delusions. They have become a farm and a feast for The Vile Old Ghost.

Control Force must be quarantined.

Control Force must be eradicated.

Control Force is not human.

The Public has spent over a hundred days attempting to convince Control Force that both they and Control Force are humans rather than demons and performing loving rituals to exorcise The Vile Old Ghost from Control Force, thereby restoring whatever is left of Control Force’s humanity. After the Prime Time Incitement, The Public responded to the withholding of any possible zone where justice may emerge by forming into a variety of groupings. There, they once again asserted their humanity. Sometimes angrily.

Control Force, who had already been dispatched in a preemptive state of emergency to provoke these groupings into disorder, reacted to the assertion of their potential humanity by, once again, displaying their preference for exoskeletons and synchronized violence to even the most rudimentary human morality. Control Force interprets morality as a non-compliance and justice as a threat. YOU HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO DISPERSE. Control Force tear gassed human neighborhoods and marched in ant-like formation. THIS IS AN UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY. Control Force flooded the area with racist actions and delusions thereby constructing a series of zones over capitalist scaffolding. (They even turned The Target parking lot into a staging area, thereby making Target a legitimate target.) This polluted habitat is poisonous to all life except for Control Force. They thrive in it. They grow The Profitable Misery there.

From the safety of their exoskeletons, Control Force reinforced their founding delusion that people are property and property is people and both should be valued as such. A reporter attempting to spread this delusion was chased from one scene by a a teenage girl kicking a plastic bottle towards the camera crew.

Control Force ordered the humans to disperse so that Control Force could continue to hunt them at its leisure over the coming years. Their misery will be used to grow the hateful delusions most enjoyed by The Vile Old Ghost. They will be fined to support this.  

Distant bystanders combed the data leaking from The Affected Area for iconography. Promising images were found. The demon is the reason for the season.

season's greetings








we hope 



25 Nov 07:33

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25 Nov 02:12

Check out: An Indian Wondermark?

by David Malki


Indian artist Aarthi Parthasarathy has a new comic called “Royal Existentials”. It’s made of images from vintage Indian Mughal miniature paintings, an art form that dates back to at least the sixteenth century.

I heard about it from this article, where she mentions where she got the idea:

A web-comic fan herself, Parthasarathy was inspired by Wondermark, a comic strip series created by California artist David Malki that has Victorian-era drawings with funny dialogues added in. So, she set out to create something similarly humorous but utterly Indian.

For the series, Parthasarathy picks existing images of Indian miniature paintings and writes contemporary dialogues to them focusing on the joke and the punchline. The social commentary is incidental. “It started out as a way to just have fun with images,” she said. “After the first three, I suddenly realised that this is becoming very social, very feminist.”

I think that’s super turbo cool. Keep at it, Aarthi!! My one note is that I wish the comics were bigger on the site so they’re easier to read!

BONUS RELATED LINK: I’ve mentioned this before — and it’s as old as Wondermark, if not older — but I still love it: the Bayeaux Tapestry Generator, with which you can make something akin to comics, or memes, or just 100% accurate representations of history.



25 Nov 01:03

macbeth-pro: Current obsession: the Charles James inspired ball...


Current obsession: the Charles James inspired ball gown that Cate Blanchett wears as the wicked stepmother in the trailer for the upcoming Cinderella movie. Sandy Powell’s concept of filtering the 1800s through a 40s and 50s hollywood lens is genius.

25 Nov 02:18

Protestors, please stay safe out there! Write all of this down...

Protestors, please stay safe out there! Write all of this down on your body with a sharpie. #ferguson

25 Nov 06:17

sun-fleur: I wish I could copy + paste this to every ‘love is...


I wish I could copy + paste this to every ‘love is the greatest weapon’ ‘turn the other cheek’ conversation I’m seeing

25 Nov 06:45

swolizard: This is ferguson right now This is US soil This is...


This is ferguson right now

This is US soil

This is only the beginning

25 Nov 07:19

wrapyourselfaroundmyfinger: jonny-poopoo-pants: thepoliticalfre...




For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological Order: The most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]

Reblog the fuck out of this


25 Nov 07:31

theflemface: nezua: I blinked one day and when I opened my...



I blinked one day and when I opened my eyes, it was normal to have an American army battling Americans on American streets. No one even calls it a war. But it is.

25 Nov 09:40

micdotcom: Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about...


Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices

25 Nov 09:40

I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290

25 Nov 09:03


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24 Nov 23:51