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Macy’s Goes Fur-Free

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will stop selling fur by end of fiscal 2020; Commitment made in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States

Macy’s, Inc. announced that it will stop selling fur by the end of fiscal 2020. This includes all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s private brands, as well as items sold from brand partners. Fur will no longer be sold in Macy’s, Inc. off-price stores, including Macy’s Backstage and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet. As part of this commitment, the company will be closing its Fur Vaults and salons.

“Over the past two years, we have been closely following consumer and brand trends, listening to our customers and researching alternatives to fur. We’ve listened to our colleagues, including direct feedback from our Go Green Employee Resource Group, and we have met regularly on this topic with the Humane Society of the United States and other NGOs. Macy’s private brands are already fur free so expanding this practice across all Macy’s, Inc. is the natural next step,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of the United States in our commitment to ending the sale of fur. We remain committed to providing great fashion and value to our customers, and we will continue to offer high-quality and fashionable faux fur alternatives.”

“We applaud Macy’s, Inc.’s forward-thinking and principled decision to end the sale of fur by the end of fiscal 2020,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “This announcement is consistent with the views of countless consumers in the marketplace, and other retailers should follow. With so many designers, major cities and now a state taking a stand against the sale of fur, we’re that much closer to ending this unnecessary and inhumane practice.”

For more information on the Macy’s, Inc. fur policy, please visit our website www.macysinc.com/sustainability

About the Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is the most effective animal protection organization, as rated by our peers. For more than 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We and our affiliates are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read about our more than 60 years of transformational change for animals and people at HumaneSociety.org. Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter.

About Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier retailers. With fiscal 2017 sales of $24.837 billion and approximately 130,000 employees, the company operates approximately 690 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and more than 170 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and STORY. Macy’s, Inc. operates stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.combloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com. Bloomingdale’s stores in Dubai and Kuwait are operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under license agreements. Macy’s, Inc. has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York, New York.  NOTE: Additional information on Macy’s, Inc., including past news releases, is available at (www.macysinc.com/pressroom)

*Photo of the pitbull Coco by her owner Armon Hayes

AirHelp’s New Campaign

AirHelp launches a Passenger Rights Awareness Month.

Alarmingly, there has been in increase in the amount of travelers left at airports due to flight disruptions.

According to a survey authorized by AirHelp, 75% of US travelers confirm that they feel uninformed by airlines about their rights.

As a solution, AirHelp launches a Passengers Rights Awareness Month. By this, a platform is created for worldwide travelers to connect with specially-picked global experts and consumer advocates to inform them about their travelers’ rights. Travelers will also receive helpful information if they ever find their flights to be delayed or cancelled, or if they are denied boarding.

Through this, passengers will always find it useful to learn about their rights to protect themselves for future trips.

Along with this change, AirHelp is opening up its social media platforms to travel connoisseurs and passenger rights advocates from all areas of the world.

The implementation of this is because in the U.S., less than 25% of travelers were on a disrupted flight actually filed a claim, and travelers from other countries are also leaving their issues unclaimed. This clearly shows that the EC 261 regulation is not widespread enough and that further actions must be considered as solutions.

“It is crystal clear that air passengers still feel powerless against airlines and many miss out on the compensation they’re owed by not filing a claim. And if airlines will not play their part to inform and educate their passengers, we will,” says Henrik Zillmer, CEO of AirHelp

With the launch of Passenger Rights Awareness Month, Zillmer hopes this will help improve their efforts in informing travelers of their rights.

For delayed or cancelled flights, or even the denial of boarding, passengers may be entitled to financial compensation of up to $700 per person in certain cases. The conditions for this state that the departure airport must be within the EU, or the airline carrier mist be based in the EU and landing  in the EU.

It is important to keep in mind that for situations deemed as “extraordinary circumstances” such as storms or medical emergencies are exempt when it comes to compensating passengers–they do not qualify for flight compensation.

AirHelp is the world’s leading flight compensation company, helping passengers understand their rights and receiving compensation accordingly are why they are here to help. It has helped more than seven million people process airline compensation claims worth nearly $930 million in total. AirHelp offices are available across the world in 30 countries, supports in 16 languages, and employs more than 500 employees globally. They have served well in the past years and continue to serve on for years to continue.

AFJ Applauds Sens. Booker

Following the announcement that Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) will join the Senate Judiciary Committee, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement: 

“We are delighted that Sens. Booker and Harris will be joining the Senate Judiciary Committee as it takes up its critical work in the new year. These two Senators are champions for fair courts and access to justice for all, and will bring experience, intellect and discernment, as well as diversity, to the committee.  We look forward to their valuable input as the committee makes decisions about the men and women who will be given lifetime appointments to the federal bench and performs its critical oversight role with regard to the justice system that meant to protect all our rights.”

LGBTQ EQUALITY × CALIFORNIA

State of LGBTQ Equality in 57 California Cities Detailed in HRC’s 6th Edition of the Municipal Equality Index
Many municipalities extend vital protections to their LGBTQ citizens and visitors
 
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including 57 in California.

The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in California, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBTQ people and workers — even in face of renewed attacks this year on the LGBTQ community by federal and state officials.

For LGBTQ Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely depending on location — states and cities have markedly different laws governing discrimination. 20 states have non-discrimination laws that include protections for LGBTQ people in employment, and 19 states have laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in places of public accommodation. But cities are leading the way: since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.

The average score for cities in California is 76 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 57.

Anaheim – 80

Bakersfield – 60

Berkeley – 95

Brisbane – 54

Cathedral City – 100

Chula Vista – 86

Concord – 67

Corona – 60

Elk Grove – 77

Escondido – 60

Fontana – 60

Fremont – 86

Fresno – 57

Fullerton – 76

Garden Grove – 61

Glendale – 65

Hayward – 67

Huntington Beach – 61

Irvine – 83

Lancaster – 78

Long Beach – 100

Los Angeles – 100

Modesto – 59

Moreno Valley – 60

Oakland – 84

Oceanside – 100

Ontario – 54

Orange – 71

Oxnard – 53

Palm Desert – 72

Palm Springs – 100

Palmdale – 71

Pasadena – 84

Pomona – 72

Rancho Cucamonga – 54

Rancho Mirage – 100

Riverside – 65

Sacramento – 100

Salinas – 55

San Bernardino – 61

San Diego – 100

San Francisco – 100

San Jose – 100

Santa Ana – 63

Santa Clarita – 65

Santa Monica – 78

Santa Rosa – 87

Signal Hill – 97

Stockton – 70

Sunnyvale – 73

Thousand Oaks – 61

Torrance – 66

Vallejo – 81

Visalia – 62

West Hollywood – 100

Guerneville – 100

Richmond – 84

“This year’s MEI paints a vivid picture: cities big and small, in red and blue states alike, are continuing our progress toward full equality, regardless of the political drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Today, the MEI serves as a vital tool for business leaders and municipal officials alike when it comes to economic development. CEOs know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. The MEI is the best tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming — or unwelcoming — nature of towns and cities across the nation.”

“California is a national beacon of hope and LGBTQ equality in the era of Trump, something borne out by another year of perfect Municipal Equality Index Scores for the state’s biggest cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Jose and San Diego,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “Contributing to these successes, Equality California has been proud to endorse more winning candidates than ever in cities and towns across California over the last year. But scores in many areas, especially in the Central Valley and other inland areas, remain depressingly stagnant and low. Equality California is continuing to devote a significant amount of our focus to these regions, whose populations include some of the most marginalized members of California’s LGBTQ community.”

Since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased by more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.
Progress on transgender equality has been particularly noteworthy in cities across America this year, continuing a positive trend that the MEI has tracked — and encouraged — since 2012. Transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits are offered to employees of 111 municipalities this year — up from 86 in 2016, 66 in 2015 and just five in 2012. The MEI’s Issue Brief on Transgender-Inclusive Health Benefits is available here.

Other key findings from the 2017 Municipal Equality Index include:

  • 86 cities from states without comprehensive nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people scored above the overall nationwide average of 57 points. These cities averaged 84-point scores; 28 scored a perfect 100.
  • Cities continue to excel even in the absence of inclusive state laws: 41“All Star” cities in states lacking comprehensive non-discrimination laws scored above 85 points, up from 37 last year, 31 in 2016, 15 in 2014, eight in 2013, and just two in 2012.
  • The national city score average increased from 55 to 57 points. 68 cities scored 100 points; 25 percent scored over 79 points; 50 percent scored over 59 points; 25 percent scored less than 36; and 11 cities scored zero points.

The MEI rated 506 cities including the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state’s two largest public universities, municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state group members and supporters. It assesses each city on 44 criteria covering citywide nondiscrimination protections, policies for municipal employees, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership’s relationship with the LGBTQ community. Starting in 2018, the MEI will introduce new criteria including protecting youth from “conversion therapy” and will deduct points for religious exemptions that allow discrimination by singling out LGBTQ people.

The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at www.hrc.org/mei.
 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.