I’ll be frank – this week has really sucked. It’s been hard to get excited about any feminist wins when families are being systematically separated at the U.S./Mexico border under the Trump administration’s new immigration policies. We’ve still got some feminist wins this week for you down below, but encourage you to check out this running list of ways to support immigrant families at the border, join us and coalition partners on Saturday, June 30 in Washington, D.C. to demand justice for immigrant families, or participate in a partner demonstration in your area.
Iranian women allowed in World Cup stadium for the first time since 1979
Beginning in 1979, Iranian women were banned from attending specific men’s sporting events. While this law still stands, Iranian women were allowed (and overjoyed!) this week to attend the Iran-Spain soccer match held in Russia. Women rallied to support their team, showing up even after the Russian government encouraged fans to stay home.
To watch Iran vs. Spain, female fans were allowed to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium for the first time since 1979 https://t.co/C5A8GXg32l#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/3TTfZpXtOz
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 20, 2018
D.C. voters pass minimum wage increase for tipped workers
Voters who turned out to Washington, D.C.’s primary this week voted in favor of Initiative 77 , which would ban the tipped wage and increase the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 by 2025. All tipped workers in the district are currently paid a “tipped wage” of $3.33/hour, which is then supplemented by tips from customers. The initiative will now go to the D.C. city council, where it will be amended and voted on within a month.
Protests erupt across the U.S. against cruel immigration policy
President Trump’s abhorrent immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation of over 2,000 children from their families, was met with numerous protests across the United States this week. There are now over 100 protests planned for June 30, and others this coming week. People everywhere are taking action, and we will continue to fight with them against these horrendous policies.