January 11th, 2012
04:28 PM ET

Hip-hop that helps kids stay out of trouble

By Gabe Ramirez, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) - For a few hours a week in a community center in downtown's Rampart area, high school kids are learning to make music without any of the instruments in the typical school orchestra. Instead, they generate beats on computers and tunes they can use live shows at the center, or maybe on an album.

This is Sessions LA, an after-school activity guided by Patrick Huang, a 30-year-old Chinese-American man also known as DJ Phatrick.


Engage: First Lady responds to book, 'angry black woman' label
"That's been an image that people have tried to paint of me ... that I'm some angry black woman," Obama told CBS.
January 11th, 2012
11:19 AM ET

Engage: First Lady responds to book, 'angry black woman' label

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

Michelle Obama says some try to portray her as an "angry black woman" - CBS This Morning

Tucson school district votes to suspend Mexican-American studies - Arizona Daily Star

Cecilia Muñoz, former immigration advocate,  named director of White House Domestic Policy Council - The Huffington Post

Study: Asian-Americans more likely than whites to die in a hospital after heart attack - HealthDay News

Women see signs of economic recovery - NBC Today


Posted by
Filed under: Engage
Opinion: Disability law should cover pregnant workers
Jeannette Cox writes that most women in the U.S. can lose their jobs if a pregnancy interferes with even small duties.
January 11th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

Opinion: Disability law should cover pregnant workers

Editor's note: Jeannette Cox is an associate professor of law at the University of Dayton who teaches employment discrimination. Her recent work analyzes the relationship between the Americans with Disabilities Act and traditional civil rights laws. She presented her paper "Pregnancy as 'Disability' and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act" on January 5, at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting in Washington.

By Jeannette Cox, Special to CNN

(CNN) - In most of the country, employers can force pregnant workers out of the workplace when their pregnancy interferes with their normal job duties.

Heather Wiseman, a retail sales associate, lost her job because consuming water while working, an activity necessary to maintain a healthy pregnancy, violated store policy.

Victoria Serednyj, a nursing home activity director, lost her job because her pregnancy interfered with her ability to lift heavy tables. Her employer terminated her employment even though lifting tables "took up a small part, roughly five to 10 minutes" of her day and her co-workers volunteered to perform this task.

Workers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, by contrast, can continue working despite their physical limitations.

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 broadened the ADA to include many short-term and relatively minor physical conditions. Pregnant women who experience comparable physical limitations should also have the opportunity to receive accommodations that will enable them to continue working.

Read the full story

Posted by
Filed under: Disabilities • Health • What we think • Women