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My remarks at a recent gathering at UCLA Law School recognizing the 40th anniversary of Roe and the 10th anniversary of Lawrence. Liberty, Equality & Sexual Freedom: A View from 29 Palms Katherine Franke[1] The occasion to reflect on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade[2] and the 10th anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas[3] at […]

As many now know, CIA Director and retired four-star Army General David Petraeus has resigned his post at the CIA on account of newly emerging information that he had what the media calls an “extra-marital” affair with Paula Broadwell, who is also married.  Broadwell is the author of the flattering Petraeus biography All In: The […]

Miss out on the The Ethics of Pinkwashing: LGBT Rights in Israel/Palestine” Panel? Click below to watch the video featuring Professors Katherine Franke, Kendall Thomas, and Vani Natarajan, Humanities and Area Studies Librarian, Barnard College. They visited Israel and Palestine in January, 2012 as part of the first LGBTQ delegation to the West Bank, and […]

From Columbia Law Professor and Nation columnist Patricia Williams, cross posted from the January 2, 2012 issue of the Nation and Williams’ own blog, Madlawprofessor: You know these are interesting times when Glenn Beck, Dianne Feinstein, Rand Paul and the ACLU all stand on the same side of an issue. The issue in question is […]

Last Thursday, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Iwo Jima with the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, and signed an agreement to bring NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps) back to Columbia after an almost 40 year ban.  President Bollinger’s formalization of an on-campus relationship with the Navy […]

Jamie Liew is Bethany Smith’s lawyer and an LL.M. Candidate at Columbia Law School.  She discusses Smith’s case below: Why would an American need to claim refugee status in Canada?  Sounds crazy?  Bethany Smith was 18 and unemployed when she joined the US military.  She is also a lesbian. While working as a mechanic for […]

Columbia University’s newly formed Task Force on Military Engagement is considering whether the University should reverse it’s 42 year old policy severing an on-campus relationship with ROTC.  (Columbia students who wish to enroll in ROTC can do so through Fordham’s program. and receive full financial and other benefits.) The University Senate, that has responsibility for […]

From Tanya Domi: A couple days ago we brought you a video from “The Today Show” announcing a lawsuit against the pentagon and military leaders, and we brought you an excellent report, “Pentagon Faces Class Action Suit Exposing Military Sexual Abuse Crisis,” by The New Civil Rights Movement writer Tanya Domi, a fifteen-year Army veteran, […]

Advocacy Organization Joins In Support Of Class Action Lawsuit Against Pentagon Leaders Gates, Rumsfeld To Combat Military Rape, Sexual Assault From Tanya Domi: Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a national advocacy organization devoted to eliminating sexual violence in the U.S. military, led by executive director and former Marine Corps Captain Anu Bhagwati, are joining in support of […]

The Pentagon is being sued by SWAN to get them to change how they handle and prevent sexual abuse cases. Our Tanya Domi will have more on this shortly. For now, there’s this video from this morning’s The Today Show, and the AP report in The Washington Post. If you can see this, then you […]

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