Sexual Assault Watch-Texas Lege

(previously published on juliegillis.comTexas State Rep. Dawnna Dukes has sponsored a bill to create a statewide task force to learn how to better respond to sexual assaults on campuses across the state.The Daily Texan presented testimony of a Texas Tech student as she spoke about her assault at at Fraternity Party which involved GHB and rape as initiation rites for members.It's harrowing and horrible....more

Theocratizing America: Is there room anymore for Human Rights in America?

American democracy with its focus on equity and fairness for all is now more ideal than reality. Gone is our value in a secular society where people of all faiths worship with equal treatment by the government and without persecution.  As a Wiccan minister and high priestess (with a marriage officiant license for the City of New York), I am very concerned with 2012's trend towards theocracy and away from democracy. ...more

Dangerous and unintended consequences

It all started Friday evening, as I was reading the headlines to my husband, Bill. A little article on the front page of the Concord Monitor caught my eye. "New guidlines to prevent distracted driving"....more

Birth Control Heats Up As A National Issue--But Where Are the Women?

It’s time for a birth control lesson, ladies. Are you with me? ...more
I never know whether to laugh or cry when I read about the insane statements made by ...more

What's so funny about peace, love, and public policy?

So you are thinking about starting a nonprofit?  ...more

California Legislates the Hot Dog

[hot dog diagram by Alyson Thomas]'Laws are like sausages,' goes the famous quote attributed to the Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, 'it is better not to see them being made.'...more

The Fight for Autism Funding in Vermont Is a National Concern

Over the last few months I have been working with a group of parents and professionals (VT CAIR) on lobbying the Vermont legislature to not repeal the autism insurance reform law that passed and was signed into law last year. ACT 127 (aka Autism Insurance Reform) mandates insurance companies and Medicaid to pay for autism services (behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy) for children 18 months old to six years old. After last session we felt good, we got some needed legislation passed with some concessions but that is politics, right? ...more

As a mom of five with two of my children being on the autism spectrum, this is an important ...more

Making the House Rules: A Family Meeting

Law-Making Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made....more

Constituency Services Part 4: Respect, Resources and a Response

Texas Capitol  Some of my favorite memories of various excursions with my mom or field trips with my school invo...more

Constituency Services Part 2: My Experience Re: Contacting My Legislators

Faith in My Country I'm neither a gullible nor particularly trusting individual when it comes to strangers, sales pitches or concepts outside of my...more