Kids marching peacefully. Kids respectfully making demands of lawmakers. Kids standing up for what is right and just and humanitarian and common sense. They already understand what Bishop Belo means by today’s Thursday Thought quote.
“Under your shoulders. Dear young people of the entire world, weigh the responsibility to transform tomorrow’s world into a society where peace, harmony and fraternity reign.” — Bishop Carlos Belo, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner
There’s hope for pregnant women. They’re often fired from their jobs because of “unreasonable demands,” like taking bathroom breaks, needing to keep a bottle of water nearby, or having to get help with lifting heavy loads. (These are actual cases.)
Today, Senators Bob Casey and Jeanne Shaheen are introducing their Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate. It isn’t proposing that employers make major concessions, just the same reasonable ones afforded to people with disabilities. It would be illegal to fire a pregnant woman for needing such small accommodations.
Since May, when Rep. Jerrold Nadler brought this bill to the House, it has gained 100+ co-sponsors, plus support from a variety of organizations– public health, business, women, workers, and religious.
Sounds like a no-brainer to me.