Pema Levy

Pema Levy is an assistant editor at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Organizing the Unemployed.

Yesterday, Annie Lowrey had a great piece about the political activism of the unemployed. Many unemployed Americans have turned to political activism, particularly online, as their job searches have come up empty and benefits run dry:

This is Not a Cheerocracy.

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Quinnipiac College in New Haven, Connecticut, could not count varsity cheerleading as a sport for the purposes of complying with Title IX, the 1972 federal law that expanded women's access to sports by mandating gender equity in education:

Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport under Title IX. ...Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.

A One-Off Win for Gun Control.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision to incorporate the Second Amendment in McDonald v. Chicago last month, there has been a legitimate fear that the decision will endanger sensible gun regulations – in particular laws forbidding those convicted of domestic violence from owning guns. But yesterday the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in United States v. Skoien that incorporation of the Second Amendment does not mean that regulations that keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers are unconstitutional.

Empowering Domestic Abusers.

As Scott Lemieux noted yesterday, the Supreme Court’s decision in
McDonald v. Chicago “incorporated” the Second Amendment so that
the individual right to bear arms now applies to all levels of
government, including the states. This will lead to a slew of new cases trying to roll back gun-control laws. Alarmingly, some believe that one of the targets will be laws banning gun ownership for

Prop. 8 Trial: Just the Beginning.

Yesterday, star lawyer team Ted Olson and David Boies made their closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that barred gay people from getting married in the state (you can read the transcript here).