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The White House published a memo on the basics of equal pay.
According to whitehouse.gov:
Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Full-time women workers’ earnings are only about 77 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. Decades of research shows that no matter how you evaluate the data, there remains a pay gap — even after factoring in the kind of work people do, or qualifications such as education and experience — and there is good evidence that discrimination contributes to the persistent pay disparity between men and women. In other words, pay discrimination is a real and persistent problem that continues to shortchange American women and their families.
Amnesty International published an article on June 7th titled “Paramilitary plan to kill human rights activist exposed in Colombia.”
The article reads:
The Colombian authorities must ensure the safety of a human rights defender and his family after an anonymous source warned local police that paramilitaries are intending to kill them, Amnesty International said.
On 3 June, the police commander of the Department of Sucre, in northern Colombia, received an email saying paramilitaries were intending to kill human rights defender Juan David Díaz, his wife and “another person close to the family”.
“This is by no means the first time that a human rights defender from the area has been threatened, while some have even been killed. The Colombian authorities should take all threats seriously and ensure appropriate security is provided to those at risk,” said Marcelo Pollack, Colombia researcher at Amnesty International.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Medical Bills Continue To Take The Biggest Toll On Black Americans.”
The article’s author Tara-Culp Ressler writes:
As medical costs continue to rise across the entire health care sector, Americans are increasingly worried about being able to afford the health care they need. And some sectors of the population are hit harder than others. Medical bills continue to have an outsized impact on black Americans, according to a new survey conducted in collaboration with NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Nearly a quarter of African American families who participated in the survey said they have recently struggled to afford the prescription drugs they need. And one in three of the African American respondents said they had “serious problems” paying bills from doctors or hospitals over the past year.
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