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  1. WASHINGTON, DC (January 16, 2020) - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman and impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office announced that President Donald Trump violated the law when he withheld millions in military aid for Ukraine: "Today's decision by the Government Accountability Office confirms what we already knew: the president broke the law by withholding critical military aid from a vulnerable ally. Despite the president's continuing efforts to conceal his unlawful scheme from the American public, the facts are clear and the evidence is overwhelming. He did this solely to pressure Ukraine for his personal, political gain. The Senate must act to remove President Trump from office for his abuse of power." Courtesy of Rep. Jerrold Nadler
  2. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Newly reelected Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant held her inauguration ceremony at Washington Hall on January 13 and debuted her new plan to tax the city's mega-corporations - with Amazon topping the list. "We need a clear and fearless message that will inspire working people and community members to come out and get involved," Sawant told the standing-room-only crowd. "We need a message that will sound as powerful in spirit for working people around the country, hence: Tax Amazon!" Hundreds of her supporters filled the Central District auditorium for the two-hour event. Sawant was formally sworn in by Kaylah Williams, speaking on behalf of Sara Nelson, the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, who was unable to attend due to illness. In her speech, which Williams read to the crowd, Nelson looked back at Seattle's radical past
  3. Suit charges racist, homophobic atmosphere by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer A municipal court employee in Brick Township, New Jersey, has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit charging that court officials allowed a racist and homophobic atmosphere to develop in her workplace. Sarah Fearon said in her court filing that co-workers regularly made homophobic remarks about fellow employees and members of the general public. According to her lawsuit, filed January 10 in the Ocean County Superior Court, Brick Township court officials "cultivated a workplace that allowed and encouraged employees and supervisors to engage in crude, racist, and homophobic behavior." "Our client worked in such a toxic environment that her co-workers and supervisors felt entitled to make discriminatory and disparaging comments on almost a daily basis," Fearon's attorney, Matthew A. Luber, said in a statement.
  4. COLUMBUS, OH (January 16, 2019) - Today, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and the ACLU of Ohio filed a motion for summary judgment in the Southern District of Ohio, asking the court to strike down the state's policy prohibiting transgender people from correcting the gender marker on their birth certificates. The policy is discriminatory and violates the plaintiffs' constitutional rights to privacy, free speech, and equal protection. "Identity documents such as birth certificates, are critical to everyday life," said Kara Ingelhart, staff attorney for Lambda Legal. "Without them, transgender people - who already experience staggering levels of discrimination and violence - also have to contend with barriers to employment, education, and important public benefits. Ohio's policy is discriminatory, dangerous, out-of-step with practically every other state in the country, and clearly unconstitutional." The lawsuit was brought on behalf of four transgender plainti
  5. SEATTLE (January 16, 2019) - GSBA has announced the recipients and finalists of its annual business and humanitarian awards. Each year, GSBA honors small businesses, corporations, and business and community leaders who exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership, visibly support the LGBTQ community, and invest time and resources into other community-wide causes. "Celebrating success and philanthropy lifts us all up," said Louise Chernin, president and CEO of GSBA. "Each year, at GSBA's annual Business and Humanitarian Awards Dinner, we reflect back and honor those business and nonprofit leaders who run outstanding agencies and also give back to their communities. It takes courage, vision, and skill to open a business or lead an organization, and coming together to applaud that spirit, energizes us all to do more to enrich our lives and our community." On Thursday, February