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Eye on the Amazon: The truth has no place in Chevron’s sham trial

Amazon Watch
1,400 people have died from oil pollution in EcuadorIn what is one of the most unlikely and significant victories in environmental and human rights history, 30,000 indigenous people and campesinos won a $9.5 billion judgment in a class action suit after 20 years of ugly legal battles (now upheld by Ecuador‘s highest court). Unlikely because of the unprecedented and overwhelming pressure placed on the plaintiffs, their supporters, Ecuador and the Ecuadorian judicial system. And significant as it sets an encouraging precedent that those victimized by powerful corporate forces have hope for justice and a way to fight back.So how on Earth could this victory be so ridiculously, unethically and illegally turned on its head and evolve into the shocking display that just played out in a US Federal Court? And what repercussions and worrisome precedents could such reckless actions hold for corporate accountability and legal processes around the world?

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Should you be paid less?

We don’t think so, but some apparently do — women STILL earn 23 cents less for every dollar earned by men.


Let’s make one thing clear: last week’s Supreme Court decision against Betty Dukes and the women of Wal-Mart may have been deeply disappointing, but it’s NOT the end of the road for their pay discrimination case. And it’s absolutely not the end of the road for our fight for fair pay. Will you be with us?

Please support the Center’s work for fair pay for women at this urgent time.

In the last Congress, we fell only two votes short of passing the Paycheck Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate after it passed in the House. This key piece of legislation is now back in Congress, and with your help we can make sure that our elected representatives provide the women of Wal-Mart — and women everywhere — a true chance at equal pay and a fairer workplace.

We are committed to seeing this important bill pass, but we can’t do it without generous donations from supporters like you.


Thank you so much for your help today and for the powerful support you’ve given the Center in the past. Together, we’ll see the day when everyone agrees with us that Women Are Not WorthLess™.


Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center

The Clock’s Ticking for Wal-Mart Women – Be Among the First To Know …Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center

By the Numbers

 ** 10 years since Dukes and colleagues first brought their claims.

** 73 days since the Supreme Court heard arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes.

** 3 weeks remaining until the end of the Court’s term.

The clock is ticking — sign up today to be among the first to get news of the decision.    http://action.nwlc.org/site/R?i=oruVRq_y3jxuMJ-3gA7IPg..

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. But, 48 years later, women still face discrimination in the workplace — women like Betty Dukes, who brought her case against Wal-Mart all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court in March.

We’re keeping a close eye on the outcome of her case, which is expected any day. We want you to be among the first to know, too!    www.nwlc.org/fairpay

The Supreme Court’s term is winding down, leaving only a few more weeks for the result to be announced. Will the Court allow women employed at Wal-Mart stores across the country to join together in a class action lawsuit?

With full-time working women still earning only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dukes case will have a huge impact on our work to close the wage gap. Don’t miss out: sign up to be among the first to learn about the Court’s decision. And once we know the results, we’ll need your help to spread the message via Facebook, Twitter and email.

We promise to give you a heads-up just as soon as we can — significant cases like this don’t happen every day, and we hope that you will continue to spread the word about this important case and stand with the women of Wal-Mart! The decision is expected sometime this month. The clock is ticking — make sure you don’t miss the big news.    http://action.nwlc.org/site/R?i=oruVRq_y3jxuMJ-3gA7IPg..


 Fatima Goss Graves
Vice President for Education and Employment
National Women’s Law Center   

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Paycheck Fairness Returning to Congress: Act Now

Next Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the day when an average woman’s wages will catch up to those of her male counterparts in 2010. That’s right — the wage gap equates to over THREE MONTHS’ worth of women’s work. A steep discount, and it’s outrageous!

Fortunately, some of our allies in Congress think that the wage gap is as outrageous as we do. So in honor of Equal Pay Day, they are reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday!

Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act today!  www.nwlc.org/fairpay 

Women Are Not WorthLess

Ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act and Stop Discounting Women today!

As you probably remember, and with the help of thousands of activists like you, the Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House and fell just a few votes short of moving forward in the Senate in the last Congress. It was close — the closest we’ve ever been.

Take action — ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act now!

Let’s make sure that this year, on Equal Pay Day, Congress knows that Women are Not WorthLess! Thank you for all of your support in the past, and let’s get geared up to see Paycheck Fairness through to the end in the 112th Congress!


Fatima Goss Graves

Vice President for Education and Employment

National Women’s Law Center

P.S. The women of Wal-Mart took their fight for fair pay all the way to the Supreme Court last week! Did you see our Wal-Mart Manager Madness bracket? Pick your “favorites” today as we whittle down the Egregious Eight to the Foul Four. The Sexist Slam-Dunk will be unveiled next week on Equal Pay Day, so stay tuned!

Up Close and Personal at the Supreme Court …a message from Fatima Goss Graves

As I sat in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday and watched the lead attorney for Betty Dukes, the former Wal-Mart greeter, argue on behalf of her and the other women of Wal-Mart, I was more certain than ever that their cause is just and must prevail. Wal-Mart v. Dukes illuminates the fact that equal pay and a fair shot at promotion are still a dream for many working women across the country.

Please help support the Center’s efforts on behalf of the women at Wal-Mart and all women and girls nationwide.

As you may know, the National Women’s Law Center co-authored an amicus brief in Wal-Mart v. Dukes on behalf of 32 other organizations, setting out why the sexist treatment of Wal-Mart’s female employees was clearly discriminatory and why the case is so important to working women everywhere.

If the Supreme Court gives the green light to the women of Wal-Mart to proceed as a class, as it should, it will mean that these women, who first filed their lawsuit 10 years ago, will have their day in court at last. They will finally have the chance to equalize pay and promotions at the country’s largest employer. And the Supreme Court will send an important message that no company is too big or too powerful to be held accountable.

Several years ago, the Center led a coalition pressing Congress to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and today that legislation is the law of the land. Now the Center is continuing the fight for fair pay. Through our work on the Wal-Mart case, advocacy, public education and much more, the Center will not rest until the job is done.

Please help support the Center’s efforts on behalf of fair pay for women and all the other issues on which we work.

On behalf of women and families everywhere, thank you for your generous help.


Fatima Goss Graves

Vice President for Education and Employment

National Women’s Law Center

P.S. Please donate today. And you can also watch Center Co-President Marcia Greenberger discussing the case on ABC Weekend News, NBC Nightly News, and PBS NewsHour.