AW18 Trend Report: All the looks you’ll be wearing this autumn

Autumn trends 2018: it might not feel like it, but it’s time to get ahead and jump on board the new season trend train – here’s our ultimate guide to the hottest key looks to start stocking up on…

Autumn trends 2018

Yes, we know the phrase ‘autumn trends 2018’ isn’t really music to the ears right now. And yes, we know your mind’s probably occupied by summer fashion trends 2018 like crayola brights and how on earth to wear suit shorts. The current weather conditions don’t really have you thinking, ‘MUST buy more Arran knits’. But never has the saying ‘success is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration’ been more apt. The last model stalked off the last Paris Fashion Week AW18 catwalk a while ago. And after traipsing round the four fashion capitals, we’ve filtered all the shows into the best Autumn Winter 2018 trends for you. So come on, fashion fans. Time to put that Ganni sundress down and brace up.  A teeny bit of brow-mopping in the changing rooms and clever summer sales blitzing now and you’ll have your entire autumn/winter wardrobe sorted – while other, less organised beings are still panic-buying bikinis on their way to the airport. Mwah ha ha.

So, what did we learn from the NY/London/Milan/Paris AW18 Fashion Week whirl?

The buzzword of the coming season is ‘protection’ – whether it’s from the mean streets, or just from the elements, the options for cosseting and swathing yourself in layers of coverage are endless. It might not sound that welcome now – but when the chill winds start a-blowing, you’ll see this mega trend in a whole, grateful new light (we promise). Parkas, puffas, blankets, double, even triple coats – if in doubt, it’s all about adding another layer. And we’re starting from the head down. Balaclavas, silk headscarves, beanies, glamorous Little Red Riding Hood style hoods for evening… basically, it’s going to be a really good season for bad hair days. Hurrah! Without further ado, here are the trends to start planning your AW18 wardrobe around.

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Autumn trends 2018: Check print

Autumn trends 2018

Her Majesty appearing in Richard Quinn’s frow, Prince Charles’ support of the British Fashion Council, the fashion furore surrounding The Wedding…the royals are on trend as never before. And fashion loves them right back – stiff upper lip style in the form of trad tweeds, plaids and Balmoral-perfect silk headscarves are everywhere. Quinn worked foulards (the classic patterned silk scarf) into crazy layered looks, while Paul Andrew crafted archive foulard prints into chic shirtdresses for his Ferragamo debut.

Autumn trends 2018: Colour blocking

Autumn trends 2018

Designers including Marc Jacobs and Francesco Risso at Marni brought all the joy by showing off their skills as colourists – beautiful, unusual palettes were everywhere, reminding us of some of our favourite artists. Full-on Keith Haring neon at Prada, refreshing David Hockney pastels at Eudon Choi, tonal blocking a la Rothko at Marni and amazing Matisse style primary colour combos at Marc Jacobs.

Autumn trends 2018: 70s fashion

Autumn trends 2018

It’s the decade that won’t die when it comes to recent trends. And the sepia-tinged retro mood continues for autumn. But which 1970s character are you? Roksanda’s uptown girl, Marco de Vincenzo’s flares-wearing preppy or Louis Vuitton’s sporty jersey dress fan? Whichever way you go, remember – it has to be caramel, tan, toffee, tobacco..any colour as long as it’s a variation on camel, basically.

Autumn trends 2018: Boho clothes

Autumn trends 2018

Womens’ rights, LGBTQ rights, anti-sexism, anti-Trump, plastic in the oceans…you name it, we’re feeling strongly about it. Maria Grazia Chiuri has stoked controversy – and sales – with her political slogan t-shirts at Dior. And there was another heavy waft of CND-protest feeling in her AW18 Dior collection – nuclear disarmament symbols, tufted woven-rag knits, flat caps…Elsewhere, Missoni and Peter Pilotto also made a strong case for studenty knits and tie-dye.

Autumn trends 2018: Floral prints

Autumn trends 2018

We all love a floral dress for summer, but designers are amping them up with a dark, dramatic twist for this winter too. Rendered on black backgrounds, flowers look dark and decadent – at Saint Laurent, Anthony Vacarello covered his signature micro Dynasty dresses with flowers including sequinned poppies. Over at Preen and Erdem, there was a more historical mood, with blowsy roses winding over coats and silk dresses.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Leopard print

Autumn trends 2018

Zebra is galloping into the spotlight as the animalia du jour – see Tom Ford’s OTT red take – and luckily for the Bet Lynch at heart, there’slots of amazing leopard. And there’s a lot happening in the world of furry coats – after Gucci’s recent announcement that they would no longer use real fur, we’re pleased to say that other major luxury houses are following suit. Designer of the moment Claire Waight Keller produced silky, standout leopard coats at Givenchy – and they’re all faux. Hur-roar…

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Hats

Autumn trends 2018

Whether it’s all about drama, a move towards the modest or just being plain toasty warm – covering your head is autumn’s biggest accessory message. Raf Simons set the tone at Calvin Klein during New York Fashion Week with standout knitted balaclavas – watch out for homages galore coming to a high street near you soon. Versace was all about the 1980s-tastic coloured beret, and the large silk headscarf is your best new accessory friend. Your mum will be so pleased.

Autumn trends 2018: Puffer jackets

Autumn trends 2018

‘Protection’ was the buzzword bandied around during the shows – a sense of clothes as urban armour, whether you’re stalking the mean streets, or just battling the elements. Shows like Balenciaga, Maison Margiela and Marni sum up the season’s styling – take a functional, sports-inflected polo, pile on a coat over a jacket, and add a puffa (and then another one)…

Autumn trends 2018: Blanket coats

Autumn trends 2018

Cape lovers – there’s a new update in town. Say hello to the blanket. And it’s not even a ‘blanket coat’ as such – it is quite literally a blanket. They were draped round the girls at shows including Roksanda and Isabel Marant,  for an insouciant take on covering up for the cold. Easy to whip on, easy to take off and use for emergency winter picnics. Just joking – Roksanda’s cashmere would definitely demand a table, not grass.

Autumn trends 2018: Graphic print clothes

Autumn trends 2018

If delicate winter blooms aren’t your thing, there’s a whole other bold, non-pretty pattern trend to make a statement with. Choose from a host of graphic prints with a strong 1980s urban art vibe: Burberry’s graffiti squiggles looked as if they’d been lifted from the side of a New York subway carriage, while Jeremy Scott paid tribute to Lichtenstein cartoons at Moschino and Mary Katrantzou did bold Bauhaus lettering.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Pajamas

Autumn trends 2018

The perfect antidote to animal print, bold colours and aggressive outerwear – say bonjour to the new AW18 update on robe dressing. Silk pajama suits, flowing belted robe coats and Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s pretty lace-trimmed separates at Chloe. And relax…

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Silver clothes

Autumn trends 2018

Global Bacofoil shortage incoming. That’s right, cool futuristic silver is the metallic to shine in. At MM6, it was head to toe (and wall to wall – the presentation took place in a blinding silver-lined room) – from trenches to boots. At Balmain, it was all about the glamazon that Olivier Rousteng loves so much, dressed in high shine lame. There was good old-fashioned movie star glamour courtesy of Givenchy’s swishy silver beading. Butif all this is making you think ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – fear not. There are also cool, less ‘Hollywood’ takes on the trend – like the parkas at Marques Almeida and a holographic trench at Sies Marjan.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Accessories

Autumn trends 2018

Autumn trends 2018

More is more is more. Our favourite kind of season…cowboy boots have been taking Instagram by storm and they’re set to continue as the must-have footwear trend for autumn. In keeping with all the layering going on, even scarves are getting in on the act – Karl Lagerfeld piled different coloured versions round the models’ necks at Chanel, and we are obsessed with Miu Miu’s punky retro knitted scarf-lets (is that a word? We say yes). Also on our wishlist: the giant squashy clutch, the fluffy Muppet bag, OTT earrings…and lastly – the cheap and cheerful banana clip. Splash out on a designer version – or hit the bargain bucket at the local chemist. You’re welcome!

 

 

 

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Report: Nope, Not the Smartphone. Radio Is No. 1 Audio Platform for Black People

A new Nielsen report reveals that when it comes to content platforms, radio is No.1 for black and Hispanic consumers.

Nielsen’s Audio Today report analyzes the audio habits of black and Hispanic audiences. It found over 75 million black and Hispanic listeners tune-in to radio each week; that’s a breakdown of 92% of black consumers and 96% of Hispanics.

Surprisingly, perhaps, radio is more of what is referred to in the report as a “reach vehicle” than the smartphone. For 81% of blacks and 80% of Hispanics, their smartphone serves as their main device for consuming audio content.

Another interesting revelation—blacks and Hispanics are more likely to use smart speakers and audio streaming services than white consumers. Nineteen percent of blacks versus 18% of whites have a smart speaker in their household. Smart speakers can range from Bluetooth devices from vendors such as JBL and Sony; to smart home assistants such as Google Home and the Apple Homepod.

Fifty-two percent of blacks use audio streaming services including Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Pandora, Apple Music, Soundcloud, etc., versus 40% of whites.

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The report also delves deeper into black people’s radio habits. On average, blacks listen to 13 hours and 32 minutes of radio per week. Most of that listening is done from 3 PM–7 PM, Monday–Friday during the work commute home.

Overall, urban adult contemporary is the No. 1 radio format listened to by blacks in all age groups. Generation Z and millennials favor urban contemporary over all other formats. The top five advertisers vying the most for the ears of black consumers are McDonald’s at No. 1, and then Comcast Xfinity, Optima Tax Relief, T-Mobile, and Metro PCS, respectively.

Radio has been one of the fastest and perhaps most welcoming platforms for black voices, especially during times when it was rare to see African Americans on television or in the movies, other than negative portrayals. Brian Ward, a University of Florida history professor, says that “black radio stations and disc jockeys often were as important as ministers and politicians in mobilizing support for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.”

Black wealth has also been made via radio. Berry Gordy created what was one of the nation’s largest black businesses for many years as well as the careers of iconic music stars with the Motown sound.

And Cathy Hughes took Radio One and built it into a multimedia empire, Urban One Inc. with annual revenues of more than $ 400 million.

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The Surf Report Episode 3 | May 2018

The Surf Report Episode 3 | May 2018 is live!

May was month was a wave pools, with the announcement of BSR Wave Tech in Texas and of course the Founders’ Cup competition located at The Surf Ranch in Lemoore, CA.

In this episode we compare wave pools, talk about the release of Bethany Hamilton’s new surf film, Martin Polluck – triple amputee survivor dedicating his life to surfing, the CT and update viewers on the devistating volcano eruption in Hawaii.

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Report: Black Youth Unemployment Rate Down In Chicago

A new report on youth unemployment in Illinois found that the alarmingly high rate of young black men and women in Chicago who are neither working nor in school has dropped.

Data collected from 2012 through 2016 under the Obama administration and published by the University of Chicago’s Great Cities Institute, found that there has been a decrease in out of work, and out of school rates for black 20- to 24-year-olds in Chicago in recent years, but that substantial racial and gender gaps still remain. And although the newly found statistics are encouraging, researchers found that nearly a third of black 20- to 24-year-olds and 37% of black 20 -to 24-year-old men are still out of work and not going to school.

Report Highlights:

  • Joblessness and out-of-school and out-of-work rates were comparatively worse in areas of south, west, and central Illinois compared to Cook County.
  • The highest jobless rates for 20- to 24-year-olds in Illinois were located outside of the Chicago Metro Area in south, west, and central Illinois.
  • Joblessness and out-of-school and out-of-work rates for the total population, black, white, and Hispanic or Latino 20- to 24-year-olds were higher in sections of southern, western, and central Illinois than in Cook County.
  • Five subsections of Illinois had an out-of-school and out-of-work rate for black 20- to 24-year-olds above 40% and one area had a rate of 63.6%

What Researchers Learned

  • Black 20-to 24-year-olds had large improvements in out-of-work figures: Black 20- to 24-year-olds in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and the U.S. had large decreases in out-of-work rates.
  • There were improvements in out-of-school and out-of-work rates for black 20- to 24-year olds in Chicago and worsening figures for Latinos from 2014 to 2016.
  • Teen employment in mid-sized cities and rural areas declined substantially: employment to population ratios for 16- to 19-year-olds in Illinois case study counties with mid-sized cities have decreased substantially since 1980.
  • Economies of mid-sized cities and rural economies are not incorporating young people into the workforce:
  • The mix of jobs in rural economies has changed in similar ways to Chicago, resulting in fewer opportunities for young people as older populations are increasingly employed in industries that young people have historically been employed in, such as retail.
  • Middle-class occupations are leaving medium-sized cities and rural areas as income inequalities grow: proportions of individuals in poverty and in high-income groups in Illinois case study counties are growing as middle-income groups are shrinking.

To Jack Wuest, executive director of the Alternative Schools Network, the data demonstrate an urgent need for more government-subsidized jobs so young people can gain basic work skills and become contributing members of the labor force. “Getting people on their feet, doing some work, out of the house, gives them a sense of dignity and power that they can spend money on what they like as well as take care of their family,” he said.

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Robert Rihmeek Williams may be free but millions of other young, black and brown men just like him are not—and that’s no coincidence. After a lengthy legal battle and an outpouring of national support, the 30-year-old Philadelphia rapper better known as “Meek Mill” was released from jail on April 24. The hip-hop star was sentenced last November to two to four years behind bars for a series of minor, non-violent probation violations, following his 2008 conviction for drug and weapons charges. One of the violations included performing a motorcycle stunt while shooting a music video in New York in August 2017.

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Meek Mill Becomes a Symbol of Injustice

The sentence sparked mass outrage among fans, celebrities, professional athletes, prison reform activists, and the hip-hop community at large. Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Philadelphia, signed online petitions, and stood behind the #FreeMeekMill campaign. They argued that the harsh punishment was unwarranted and rooted in racism. For many, the hip-hop star became a symbol of discrimination within the U.S. criminal justice system, which predominantly impacts men of color.

Following his release last week, Williams vowed to help others trapped in the cycle of recidivism. “I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury [to fight justice] and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues,” he tweeted.


Williams’ case is not unusual. According to reports, one in three black men can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. After being convicted of a crime, offenders are then often subjected to parole or probation and years of court-ordered supervision. As a result, even a small violation can send them back to prison for a long time. This policy disproportionately affects African American men who compromise one-third of the 4.6 million Americans currently on parole or subject to probation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Overall, 1 in every 15 African American men are incarcerated compared to 1 in every 36 Hispanic men and 1 in every 106 white men. But, not only are these men being stripped of their time and families, corporations are making billions of dollars in exchange for their freedom.

The Birth of the Private Prison Industry

According to an Urban Justice Center report, the private prison industry began when CoreCivic was granted the first contract to operate a correctional facility in 1983. The GEO Group entered the private prison market the following year. Over the next three decades, the U.S. prison population increased five times, from approximately 500,000 to over 2.2 million between 1980 and 2015. The companies grew to own and operate roughly 130 correctional facilities with over 150,000 beds. By 2017, CoreCivic and The GEO Group were earning combined annual revenues of $ 4 billion on the more than 45 million individual nights that people spend incarcerated in their correctional facilities every year.

Profits Over People 

CoreCivic and The GEO Group are the most recognized for-profit entities operating in the prison industrial complex, but there are hundreds more. In fact, a new report from the Urban Justice Center’s Corrections Accountability Project identifies more than 3,100 companies that earn revenue through contracts with the U.S. prison industrial complex. They all either knowingly or unknowingly generate profits through the criminal legal system on the backs of low-income and minority communities.

In a statement, Corrections Accountability Project director Bianca Tylek said the report serves to expose the corporations benefitting from mass incarceration beyond the two notorious private prison giants.

“There are thousands of publicly-traded, private equity-owned, and privately-held companies that generate profits through the criminal legal system on the backs of those it targets: low-income and minority communities,” Tylek said in an emailed statement.

 

“Until today, these companies have operated largely behind closed doors, often intentionally masking their involvement. Yet given the reach of the criminal legal system today, still others, have found themselves unintentionally wrapped up in the prison industrial complex. Nevertheless, both present an engagement opportunity for advocates fighting to shut down the industry and shift the economy that have been built around mass incarceration.”

Conduent (formerly Xerox Services), GE Healthcare, and Motorola Solutions are just a few of the companies listed that have a “business segment targeting the prison industrial complex in its business model or through marketing, advertising, or sponsorship,” reads the report. Corporate investors include Vanguard Group, Fidelity, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.

Other companies listed include Universal Health Services, Duke Energy, National Grid and The Home Depot, which provides equipment for prisons. Thomson Reuters, Timberland, T-Mobile, Microsoft Corp. Office Depot., OfficeMax, Time Warner Cable, Apple Industrial Supply, and Bank of America.

Read the full report: The Prison Industrial Complex: Mapping Private Sector Players.

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War on Women Report No. 23

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

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Monday, 4/16

W Magazine Monday published an interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in which she vocally criticized Ivanka Trump. “My criticism of her isn’t as a daughter of the president—it’s that if you’re supposedly in charge of advancing women’s situations in this country, then show up,” Richards said. “And for God’s sake, you can’t be trading away women’s rights.” In her new book, Make Trouble, Richards recounts a meeting with Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner in which they offered to give Planned Parenthood more funding if the organization ended their abortion services.

+ On Monday, a new ABC/Washington Post poll revealed 68 percent of women view President Trump unfavorably as a person; 61 percent of all people polled responded that they disliked Trump as a person. These numbers are obviously quite high—and yet, on some level, it doesn’t feel like they’re high enough, considering that this is the same man who dismissed boasting about sexual assault as “locker room talk” mere weeks before being elected.

+ Also on Monday, a lawyer to Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealed Cohen’s third client to be Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Cohen also worked for Trump and RNC deputy finance chairman Elliott Broidy; he helped him cover up an extramarital sexual relationship and subsequent abortion. Hannity, who has repeatedly used airtime to defend Cohen, has since vehemently denied the allegations. Just last year, a woman accused Hannity of sexual harassment.

Tuesday, 4/17

+ On Tuesday, Buzzfeed reported that Trump officials attending a closed-door meeting at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women demanded the removal of language recognizing contraception, abortion and sexual health education as human rights and called the U.S. a “pro-life” country. According to the report, the Health Department officials’ demands were opposed by all but one other country in the room. These comments, which those present at the meeting have said sent a wave of silence over the attendees, fit into the larger anti-abortion agenda of the Trump administration—one with devastating global effects. Earlier this year, the State Department removed pro-reproductive rights language from a global report on women’s rights; within days of becoming president, Trump put millions of women and girls of reproductive age around the world by re-instating the Global Gag Rule and threatening the funding of organizations that even so much as mention contraception and abortion to their patients.

+ Also on Tuesday, Right Wing Watch published a report revealing that religious conservative group Focus on the Family, which hosted vice-president Mike Pence as an event speaker just last month, successfully sought to be recognized as a church by the IRS in 2016, likely for freedom from financial transparency rules and requirements such as unemployment benefits and the ACA contraceptive mandate. In a letter to the tax bureau, the organization’s attorneys called the group’s employees its “ministers” and “congregation” and its board members “elders,” and identified its cafeteria as “a place of worship.” The group’s pitch was successful—which is concerning most of all because of the precedent this could set for similar organizations to evade the kind of accountability advocacy groups nationwide are held to. Focus on the Family has notably supported so-called LGBT “conversion therapy,” a practice denounced in the medical community which can drive queer and trans youth to suicide. A former Focus president—or “head deacon,” according to its attorneys—claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s punishment for LGBTQ lifestyles. In 2017, Mike Pence said Focus on the Family had “an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump” in a speech to its members.

+ Nikki Haley responded on Tuesday to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow’s comments that she had spoken out of “momentary confusion” about new U.S. sanctions against Russia, which Trump later walked back on. “With all due respect,” she remarked, “I don’t get confused.” Haley’s seemingly hostile response to a fellow Trump official has since drawn wide attention—and while her rebuttal to Kudlow’s condescending comment is important, it’s worth noting that the former Governor of South Carolina has stood behind the majority of the president’s foreign policy decisions, many of which have been disastrous for global women’s rights.

+Women fleeing violence, sexual assault and domestic abuse have long sought necessary asylum in the U.S.—but that may soon change. On Tuesday, Politico reported that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have actively been working to repeal a program allowing survivors of domestic abuse fleeing from their abusers in Central America to receive asylum in the United States. “Sessions, from his position as the top official in charge of the immigration courts,” Politico reported, “is leading a broad review to question whether domestic or sexual violence should ever be recognized as persecution that would justify protection in the United States.”

Wednesday, 4/18

+ Former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal was released from her NDA agreement about her alleged extramarital relationship with Donald Trump on Wednesday. While the affair was consensual and more outrage is due to his alleged acts of sexual misconduct, Trump’s alleged extramarital sexual relationships are still highly important to discuss publicly, as they serve as a critical reminder of the hypocrisy of the president’s vast evangelical base.

+ On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved a draft of the “farm bill,” the 2014 version of which will soon expire. This new version written by Republican lawmakers would make SNAP eligibility even more difficult, and exacerbate the issue of food insecurity among low-income Americans. The bill would also eliminate the Conservation Stewardship Program, a key program for conserving water and soil. Its stringent work requirements for Americans to qualify for SNAP would also disproportionately affect women, who are more likely to head single-parent households, and more likely to live in poverty. The changes to the farm bill ignore how most able-bodied food-insecure people are not only working, but are also likely working multiple jobs and still struggling to provide food for themselves and their family. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came out in opposition of the farm bill draft this week.

+ On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that Californians “want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested and breeding concept,” in reference to the state’s Sanctuary laws for undocumented immigrants. “Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border,” Trump added, “but the people of the state are not happy. Want security and safety NOW!” In addition to spreading false and dangerous stereotypes by depicting immigrants as criminals, the tweet used the particularly racist term “breeding,” which reduces them to animals. “Fear of immigrants from certain countries ‘breeding’ has been a staple of nativist thought for hundreds of years,” an op-ed on CNN pointed out. “The ‘breeding’ fear has been affixed to Jews from Eastern Europe, Catholics from Ireland and Italy, Chinese and, now, Latinos, Filipinos, Africans and Haitians.”

Thursday, 4/19

+ On Thursday, in a blow to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision blocking the Justice Department’s latest attack on a sanctuary city. Sessions has used his position as attorney general to not only require judges to meet quotas in ruling in favor of deportation, but has also waged war on sanctuary cities across the country. The court blocked the Justice Department from adding new conditions on policing grants to Chicago that required cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, thus making it legally impossible for Chicago to be a sanctuary city.

+ Memos by James Comey released Thursday alleged that Trump had once told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia had the “most beautiful hookers in the world.” In addition to inflaming rumors and speculation about the validity of the controversial Steele dossier, the alleged comment also used an offensive and degrading term for sex workers—revealing Trump’s contempt for women even further.

Friday, 4/20

+ On Friday, CIA Director and nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to earn enough votes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to move on to the full Senate in his confirmation hearings, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can still initiate a full Senate vote regardless. In addition to being anti-LGBTQ, Pompeo proudly opposes abortion rights for all women and even for rape survivors, a stance that could put women and girls around the world at risk. Under Rex Tillerson, the State Department was already hostile to women’s rights, removing key language about contraception and abortion from a global women’s rights report; Pompeo’s notoriously radicalized views would likely inspire even more concerning foreign policy shifts.

The Washington Post published a report Friday examining the Trump administration’s effects on violence stemming from white supremacy and nativism in the United States and Canada. This week, verdicts were reached in two cases, involving either a a shooting at or attempting bombing of mosques; the attacks were coordinated by white men in the weeks around when Trump won the 2016 election and when he was sworn into office. In neither case did Trump ever acknowledge these attacks, despite never ceding an opportunity to tweet or propagate Islamophobia in cases of terror attacks led by extremists citing Islam. According to the article, there is a correlation between Trump’s anti-migrant, Islamophobic language and a preading danger in the U.S. and around the world to communities of color and, specifically, those othered by and scapegoated by his rhetoric and policies. The report echoes the initial terror of the weeks following the 2016 election, in which hate crimes spiked and neo-Nazis became more emboldened across the country.

Kylie Cheung is an editorial intern at Ms. She writes about feminism in politics and pop culture with a focus on reproductive justice. Her work appeared in Rewire, Teen Vogue, The Mary Sue and Mediaite, among others.

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War on Women Report No. 22

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

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+ Last Friday, Bloomberg reported the Department of Homeland Security has developed a plan to monitor the public activities of hundreds of thousands media professionals, journalists and influencers. The plan is pretty much in line with the Trump administration’s war on American media and mission to attack and discredit journalists. It’s particularly concerning amid increasing threats and violence against journalists around the world.

Monday, 4/9

+ On Monday, the FBI raided President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s office to find information about fraudulent payments to Playboy playmate Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels, both of whom have come forward alleging extramarital affairs with Trump prior to his presidency. The FBI also reportedly sought information on whether Cohen was involved in trying to keep the notorious Access Hollywood from being released in October 2016. The infamous tapes featured Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.

Tuesday, 4/10

+ On Tuesday, as the U.S. observed Equal Pay Day, we were reminded of the Trump administration’s role in enabling and exacerbating the pay gap. Around the end of last year, the administration ended an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission initiative started by the Obama administration that required employers to report the wages they offered men, women and people of color to the government to promote transparency. The repeal of the initiative was notably approved by Ivanka Trump, who has ironically been posing as a champion of women’s empowerment throughout her father’s time in office.

Wednesday, 4/11

+ On Wednesday, Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, questioned why Trump’s cabinet is “all white men” in an interview with Buzzfeed. “There are a lot of smart women that are very capable of making decisions,” she told the website. “One of the things I have said is women work incredibly hard, having a lot of good ideas, but there needs to be more than one woman in the room.” Trump’s cabinet is more stacked with white people and men than any cabinet in recent history—or, specifically, since former President Ronald Reagan’s administration from the ’80s.

+ The Senate held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Wendy Vitter, a nominee for a federal judgeship in Louisiana. Vitter has gone on the record saying birth control pills lead to women suffering “violent deaths” and claiming Planned Parenthood “kills 150,000 females” every year. At the hearing, Vitter declined to answer questions of basic decency such as whether she supports the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision to end segregation. If appointed, Vitter would become a judge in a state that is already deeply hostile toward abortion rights.

Thursday, 4/12

+ On Thursday, President Trump said that he would announce what action he will take in Syria “fairly soon” in the wake of a chemical attack over the weekend. Defense Secretary James Mattis is reportedly warning the president against escalating U.S. involvement in Syria by going forward with an “aggressive bombing campaign” which he has been calling for. Trump has a long record of erratic and unpredictable foreign policy stances, but his decision about whether to call for air strikes in Syria will hold grave human rights implications—all while the president and his administration continue to take a hard line against welcoming more refugees from the region.

 

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War on Women Report No. 19

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

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Monday, 3/19

+ On Monday, Donald Trump’s second son Eric Trump shared a tweet defending gun access by claiming shooting “taught [him] so many positive life lessons.” His tweet ignores notable racial biases that control who is able to own and shoot guns and not be perceived as dangerous, and comes in advance of this weekend’s nationwide marches for gun law reform in the wake of the mass shooting that left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida last month. Just this week, an unarmed black man in Sacramento was shot by police in his own backyard when they thought his cell phone was a gun; in 2016, police officers publicly executed Philando Castile, who had legally been carrying a gun.

+ Also on Monday, the president ignited a firestorm on Twitter when he issued a series of tweets delegitimizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. A number of female lawmakers, led by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, offered the strongest response to Trump’s threats to obstruct justice, with Feinstein calling for regulations protecting Mueller’s investigation to be codified into legislation. Mueller’s investigation has thus far uncovered evidence that Russian “troll farms” gamed social media and search engine algorithms to spread sexist and racist fake news stories in order to push Trump to victory in the presidential election and defeat Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, 3/20

+ On Tuesday, first lady Melania Trump hosted a summit about cyberbullying at the White House, just days before her husband would go on Twitter to call former vice president Joe Biden “crazy” and “weak,” adding that in a fight, “[Biden] would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.” The irony of Melania’s chosen special issue of cyberbullying should be clear with her husband’s pattern of online depravity, including suggesting Kirsten Gillibrand performed sexual favors in exchange for campaign funding.

+ A judge in New York Tuesday ruled that the president has no grounds to stop a woman accusing him of abuse from moving forward with her defamation suit. Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant, in 2016 alleged Trump had groped and forcibly kissed her on multiple occasions—and after Trump called Zervos and the some 20 other women who have publicly accused him “liars,” Zervos sued him for defamation. Also on Tuesday, Playboy model Karen McDougal came forward claiming she and Trump had had a 10-month extramarital affair, and she sued the National Enquirer for the right to speak publicly about it. According to McDougal, Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen had conspired with American media companies to silence her.

+ The Trump administration moved forward with a Justice Department memo calling for the unconstitutional implementation of the death penalty for drug dealers Tuesday. The memo mirrored sentiments Trump expressed at a rally earlier this month: “If you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These [drug traffickers] can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them,” he said. Such a policy shift holds obvious implications for people of color; while drug use is relatively equal in different communities across racial lines, people of color are exponentially more likely to face legal consequences for drug possession, use, or dealing, which is a driving force of mass incarceration of black and brown people.

+ Speaking of members of Trump’s cabinets working to codify bigotry and intolerance, Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson, fresh off a scandal involving $ 31,000 in taxpayer dollars and office furniture, spoke out against allowing trans and gender queer people in homeless shelters, claiming they made cisgender women unsafe and uncomfortable in defense of his decision to remove anti-discrimination training material from the HUD’s website. The reality is that trans people are far more likely to be the targets than the perpetrators of assault or harassment in public facilities, and this demographic is disproportionately affected by homelessness and housing insecurity. Sexual assault and women’s safety has never really meant much to lawmakers who work alongside Trump unless the perpetrators aren’t cisgender men—after all, they’ve opposing increased funding for rape kits, argued against lowered standards of evidence for campus sexual assault survivors and elected him president.

Wednesday, 3/21

+ On Wednesday, Politico reported an HHS website, WomensHealth.gov, had deleted a page about health care options for lesbian and bisexual women. The website maintains pages about some 100 other health topics.

Thursday, 3/22

+ On Thursday, the House approved a budget that denied a request from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to slash billions of dollars in funding for grants for low-income students, after-school programs, resources for the Office of Civil Right, and mental health services in order to invest in private schools. It should be clear who would be most affected by such funding cuts: low-income students and families of color, and women, LGBTQ, differently abled people and other marginalized groups who rely on support from the OCR.

Friday, 3/23

+ On Friday, President Trump left D.C. for yet another trip to Mar-a-Lago—ostensibly to escape the March for Our Lives protest that will be taking place near the White House on Saturday. Trump has thus far been no ally to students and organizers demanding common-sense gun control to prevent future gun-related tragedies, but at the very least, they’ve received impassioned support from former President Barack Obama.

Kylie Cheung is an editorial intern at Ms. She writes about feminism in politics and pop culture with a focus on reproductive justice. Her work appeared in Rewire, Teen Vogue, The Mary Sue and Mediaite, among others.

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President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, reportedly began as early as 2011 his efforts to silence porn star Stormy Daniels from going public about an alleged affair with Trump—five years before he arranged for a $ 130,000 payment to Daniels.

According to The Washington Post, Cohen appeared to threaten an agent, Gina Rodriguez, who had “arranged for Daniels to earn $ 15,000 by telling her story to a celebrity publication.” Cohen allegedly relayed a message to Rodriguez’s ex-husband, Randy Spears, via phone: “You tell Gina that if she ever wants to work in this town again, she’ll call me immediately.”

Spears said he felt like Cohen was “trying to bully” him and Rodriguez, adding of his ex-wife: “She ranted and raved, like ‘How dare he?’”

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A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials.
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Hillary Clinton Fractures her Wrist After Tripping During Her Visit to India: Report

Hillary Clinton‘s visit to India isn’t going as smoothly as she’d probably hoped.

The former Secretary of State sought medical attention during her visit to the Indian city of Jodhpur on Tuesday, according to The Times of India.

An unnamed doctor told the publication Clinton, 70, “was taken to the hospital in the morning where we administered CT Scan and X-Ray of her hand, which showed that she had a minor fracture in her right wrist.”

A spokesperson for Clinton did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The Deccan Herald reported Clinton was advised to rest by doctors in Jodhpur. Anand Goyal, who owns Goyal Hospital in the city, told the publication the hospital was called to the Umaid Bhawan Palace where Clinton was staying.

“We were requested to send a team of doctors and hot bandage to the hotel after Hillary complained of pain in her hand,” Goyal said.

Clinton was seen falling twice on the steps of a mosque, according to DNA India. The outlet reported she had also fallen in a bathtub while in Jodhpur on Tuesday afternoon, reportedly leading to her fractured wrist.

Within her itinerary, Clinton was scheduled to visit a historic fort at the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur but an employee told the Deccan Herald it was canceled due to her injury.

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This isn’t the first time Clinton has had health troubles. In September 2016, she canceled plans to visit California during her presidential campaign after she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

In December 2012, she suffered a concussion after fainting in her home. The State Department released a statement at the time saying she had been ill from a stomach virus and became dehydrated leading to her loss of consciousness.

She was hospitalized in January 2013 due to a “potentially serious” blood clot that was discovered during a follow-up exam related to her concussion, according to The New York Times. She spent several days at New York Presbyterian Hospital being treated with blood thinners and proper hydration, according to the publication.


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Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer

Researchers found that mothers of teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID) reported higher levels of stress and other negative psychological symptoms — think depression or anxiety — than mothers of teenagers with typical development (TD). Those levels climbed even higher when teenagers with ASD or ID also showed signs of clinical-level disruptive behavior disorders.
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The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

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+ At a fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend, former New York City mayor and longtime Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani made an inappropriate joke about former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton—and the president reportedly responded to the joke by laughing, and saying he was “just glad” that he hadn’t been the one to make the offensive comment.

Monday, 3/5

+ Former Trump communications aide Sam Nunberg on Monday called press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a “fat slob” in a televised interview with NY1. “You know what? You know what? If Sarah Huckabee wants to start debasing me, she’s a joke,” he said in an unhinged tirade. “Okay, fine, yeah, she’s not attractive. She’s a fat slob, okay, fine.”

+ On Monday, the Associated Press reported that according to White House sources, Chief of Staff John Kelly has no idea what Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both senior advisers, even do. The report comes just a week after another report said the president wanted Ivanka and Kushner out of the White House, but simply didn’t want to be the one to remove them. It’s widely believed that Ivanka and Kushner, hailing from an elite New York background, have tried to use their influence to counter extremist ideology in the White House, but they have little to show for it. In fact, the only real success “Javanka” has had has come from their use of the White House to profit their brands.

Tuesday, 3/6

+ On Tuesday, amid the president’s decision to impose a steep, 25 percent tariff on steel, his chief economic adviser Gary Cohn formally announced he would resign. Cohn had reportedly worked tirelessly to change Trump’s mind. Cohn, who is Jewish, had thought about leaving once before, following the president’s weak response to neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville over the summer. Many experts believe the tariffs, widely opposed by both Republicans and Democrats, could cause a dangerous trade war that will cost thousands of jobs around the world and in the U.S.

+ A Politico report published Tuesday revealed that Valerie Huber, acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services and a leader in the “sex-avoidance” movement, will now make the final word on whice groups receive federal family planning funds. Typically, this responsibility was left to a group of officials. Huber, former president and CEO of a national organization promoting abstinence and former manager of Ohio’s Department of Health’s “sexual risk avoidance program,” is likely to use this responsibility to bolster the Trump administration’s ongoing attacks on Planned Parenthood, which relies on government funding to provide critical preventive health care to low-income women.

Wednesday, 3/7

+ On Wednesday, education secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland after the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students. According to students, DeVos did not meet with any of them and failed to offer any substantive answers to their questions. This administration has been frustratingly ambiguous about their stances on guns and school safety after the shooting, with the president pitching everything from arming teachers to taking away guns. Many of the students who have understandably become activists for reformed gun laws following their experiences found DeVos’ responses to their questions unsatisfying, with one student tweeting that DeVos had only “talked to three people, and pet a dog” in her short visit.

Thursday, 3/8

+ Thursday was International Women’s Day, and tweets from anti-abortion crusader Mike Pence, the notoriously complicit Ivanka Trump, and the State Department which erased contraception and abortion from a report on global human rights for women were met with scorn and jokes on Twitter. Many of the jokes directed at Pence highlighted how he famously refuses to be alone with women who aren’t his wives, even if just for lunch, and how he has called every one of the women accusing Trump of misconduct liars.

+ In an appearance on Fox Business Network, the president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump criticized NBC for last week asking Ivanka about sexual misconduct allegations against her father. Lara called the question “inappropriate,” suggesting Ivanka, despite identifying as a feminist, should never be asked about the president’s treatment of women, and the women who claim he abused them. “I know my father. So I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my father,” Ivanka had said. Her response to the question particularly drew criticism because of how oftenshe tries to identify herself not as the president’s daughter, but as just another senior adviser.

Kylie Cheung is an editorial intern at Ms. She writes about feminism in politics and pop culture with a focus on reproductive justice. Her work appeared in Rewire, Teen Vogue, The Mary Sue and Mediaite, among others.

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Report: Obamas to Sign Deal With Netflix

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Were any further proof needed that Netflix really has taken over the (media) world, it could be found in its latest alleged signing: President Barack Obama.

The former leader of the free world—who has kept a remarkably low profile since Donald Trump defeated his party in the 2016 election—is reportedly in “advanced negotiations” with Netflix to produce a series of shows for the streaming service, which has more than 100 million global subscribers.

According to a report in the New York Times, Obama and his wife Michelle will not use their shows to engage or react to Trumpism (that’s what Twitter, where Obama has 100 million followers, is for) but to showcase “inspirational stories.”

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Report: Obamas to Sign Deal With Netflix

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Were any further proof needed that Netflix really has taken over the (media) world, it could be found in its latest alleged signing: President Barack Obama.

The former leader of the free world—who has kept a remarkably low profile since Donald Trump defeated his party in the 2016 election—is reportedly in “advanced negotiations” with Netflix to produce a series of shows for the streaming service, which has more than 100 million global subscribers.

According to a report in the New York Times, Obama and his wife Michelle will not use their shows to engage or react to Trumpism (that’s what Twitter, where Obama has 100 million followers, is for) but to showcase “inspirational stories.”

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Almost 6,000 Pedestrians Killed by Vehicles in 2017, According to Report

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Maybe you should put down your smartphone while crossing the street.

In 2017, there were 5,984 pedestrian deaths in the U.S., according to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

This is the second year in a row where deaths neared 6,000. In 2016, fatalities rose by 9 percent, according to USA Today. 

Experts did not provide a scientific reason for the increase but suspect that smartphone and marijuana use, by drivers, are the cause, reports USA Today.

The director of safety for Sam Schwartz Consulting told USA Today that the number of pedestrian deaths is alarming.

“It’s downright disturbing,” said Richard Retting, who authored the report for GHSA “People outside cars are dying at levels we haven’t seen in 25 years.”

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War on Women Report No. 17

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

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+ Last week, Trump’s tweets came back to bite him. Or, rather, serve him—because a lawsuit filed against the Education Department cited his tweets defending former White House secretary (and alleged serial abuser)Rob Porter as evidence of his administration’s discrimination against survivors.

Reports that Porter had abused his ex-wives surfaced in February, and by the time he left his position it became clear that White House staff had been aware of the accusations prior to the public. Trump, who hesitated to speak out after the initial reports, ultimately defended not only Porter, but also all men accused of abuse, on his Twitter account. One month earlier, a coalition of women’s and civil rights groups including the National Women’s Law Center sued the Education Department for its rollback of survivors’ rights, which has included raising the standard of evidence for students reporting assault and the requirement for universities to respond reports in a timely manner. Trump’s comments unilaterally defending men accused of assault, as well as his administration’s protections of both Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen (who also stepped down due to similar allegations), could now be considered evidence of his administration’s discrimination against sexual assault survivors.

Monday, 2/26

+ After serving as a senior White House adviser for about a year now, in a Monday interview with NBC, Ivanka Trump called questions about allegations of sexual misconduct against her father “inappropriate.” When asked for her stance on the more than a dozen allegations of sexual abuse against the president, she responded: “I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated that there’s no truth to it. I don’t think that’s a question you would ask many other daughters.” In other words: Ivanka called roughly 20 women reporting sexual misconduct liars on national television. (It’s no wonder in January she removed “a passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of women and girls” from her Twitter bio.)

+ Also on Monday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the separation of a Congolese woman and her seven-year-old daughter in two immigration facilities that are two time zones apart. The woman and her daughter had applied for asylum four months ago. According to the ACLU’s lawsuit, this is yet another case of the Trump administration’s targeting of immigrants who are lawfully seeking asylum. From his campaign to his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently espoused hateful, dehumanizing rhetoric and policy proposals about immigrants from nonwhite countries. This lawsuit, in addition to myriad reports of ICE separating families, demonstrates the real, lived consequences of his cruelty.

+ Meanwhile, a federal appeals court in New York ruled against the Trump administration’s pro-“religious freedom” policy Monday, deciding that employers can’t fire or discriminate against LGBTQ people. The court’s decision stated that discrimination against LGBTQ people is inseparable from sex-based discrimination.

Tuesday 2/27

+ The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would be prioritizing pro-abstinence and “natural family planning” groups as it issues $ 260 million in Title X funding. In their announcement, the Department of Health and Human Services also wrote it will favor groups that teach strategies for preventing pregnancy without contraceptives—including abstinence-only programs and those teaching the unreliable “rhythm method,”  which HHS has previously found fails about 25 percent of couples seeking to avoid pregnancy. This announcement follows the administration’s rollback on the contraceptive mandate, through which more than 55 million women accessed cost-free birth control, saving women $ 1.4 billion annually.

+ A court ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration can move forward with the construction of a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Led by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the court ruled that the administration can continue to waive environmental regulations to construct the wall. Notably, President Trump once said Curiel would be unfair to him because of the judge’s Latino heritage and Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. Prior to this ruling, numerous reports have demonstrated the ecological and environmental detriments of the proposed border wall—such as isolating and reducing populations of already endangered species of animals, and also destroying wildlife. It should go without saying that such anti-immigrant sentiment and the presence of such a wall would fuel the hardships faced by women and girls who are fleeing violence in Central America or facing separation from their families in detention centers.

 

Thursday, 3/1

+ Just one day after calling for “guns to be taken away,” Trump took a meeting with NRA representatives that he later tweeted went “great.” His post-meeting optimism was in sharp contrast with his criticisms of the NRA at a bipartisan Wednesday meeting. While this has all but become a norm of his presidency, on an issue as consequential and frankly life-or-death as gun control reform, his inconsistency and ignorance is dangerous.

Friday, 3/2

+ On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a statement calling Trump’s proposed budget, and its slashing of funding for SNAP, or food stamps, “deplorable.” The budget would cut $ 213 billion from the program which roughly 44 million Americans—about 70 percent of whom are children, senior citizens or people with disabilities—participate in. “Let me be clear, no child should ever go to bed hungry, which is why I am deeply concerned about the administration’s proposed changes to SNAP, our main program to save off hunger,” Schumer said. “This harmful proposal could mean that millions of families and seniors across New York and nationwide will lose access to desperately needed food assistance.”

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Alexa is already multilingual but Amazon wants to make her more fluent, report says

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Alexa is brushing up on her language skills.

Amazon’s voice-enabled digital assistant will reportedly soon become an on-the-go real-time language translator.

Alexa’s English, German, and Japanese skills will need to be rounded out when she becomes what Yahoo reports as a “multilingual assistant who can help in almost any situation.” 

An Alexa “skill” already translates short sentences in English into 36 languages including Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Thai and many more — but just short phrases and words. Context and a more sophisticated take on culture will make the assistant useful in real-time moments, as Yahoo reported based on several unnamed sources close to the project. Read more…

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British High Street Retailers Named in ‘Dirty Fashion’ Report

DIRTY FASHION: British High Street retailers Next, Asda and Tesco are among the companies that continue to source their viscose from dirty and dangerous factories, according to Changing Markets Foundation, a group that exposes irresponsible corporate practices.
Last June, the foundation issued a report called “Dirty Fashion revisited: Spotlight on a polluting viscose giant,” following an investigation into two factories owned by the Mumbai-based Aditya Birla Group.
The latest statement from Changing Markets, set to be issued late Tuesday, said air and water pollution from the factories is among the causes of ongoing health and environmental issues, and that Next, Asda and Tesco continue to work with them despite the claim.
“Our investigation suggests that Aditya Birla Group is failing to live up to its sustainability claims,” said Natasha Hurley, campaign manager at Changing Markets Foundation. “Brands buying from the company should understand what is really happening on the ground, where local residents’ and workers’ lives are blighted by pollution on a daily basis.”
Located in India and Indonesia, the factories produce 20 percent of the world’s viscose fabric. Viscose is made from plants and is biodegradable, but creating the fabric involves the use of hazardous chemicals, which can be harmful if not monitored

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Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

NEW YORK (AP) Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

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The Paladins Cards Unbound update back in November was a controversial one, to say the least. It made major changes to the way the game’s stat-boosting cards are obtained and used, angering many of its players — and according to one source within developer Hi-Rez Studios (who reached out to me under the condition that they remain anonymous), the update was just as controversial within the studio as well. Hi-Rez COO Todd Harris confirmed to IGN that this claim has truth to it, but also said that the studio is ultimately confident in the decision that was made.

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Report: Leaked specs and release date for LG’s next flagship smartphone

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Last month we learned that LG, after repeatedly failing to compete with its rivals on a global scale, would be reviewing its next flagship phone – presumably the LG G7 – and possibly starting from scratch. An LG spokesperson even went on record to assure consumers that “the successor to the G6 is on schedule” a week later, but it seemed doubtful that LG would be ready to pull the curtain back by the time MWC 2018 rolled around in February.

Today, a new report from VentureBeat appears to confirm that suspicion. Apparently, LG’s next flagship phone carries the codename “Judy” (LG often uses female names for codenames), and will be unveiled this coming June.

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Molson Coors Names Marijuana a ‘Risk Factor’ in Recent Financial Report

 

Big beer is concerned about the growing legal cannabis industry.

Molson Coors Brewing cited the spread of legal marijuana as a risk to its business in its annual financial report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday. Instead of drinking beer, people may increasingly smoke and eat pot.

“Although the ultimate impact is currently unknown, the emergence of legal cannabis in certain U.S. states and Canada may result in a shift of discretionary income away from our products or a change in consumer preferences away from beer,” the filing says.

Several other larger beer companies have made similar statements, including Boston Beer, the parent brand of Sam Adams, and Craft Brew Alliance, the makers of Kona and Omission beer. Constellation Brands, the owners of Corona and other alcohol brands recently made a large investment in the marijuana industry.

For a bit of perspective, marijuana was just one of 40 “risk factors” that Molson Coors, maker of Blue Moon, Crispin Cider, and Miller Light listed in its regulatory filing. Other concerns included climate change, potential loss of key personnel, and the cost of being forced to move to returnable bottles in Canada.

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U.N. says Reuters report on Myanmar massacre demands ‘attention, action’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and other reports of grave abuses “demand our attention and action,” a senior United Nations official told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.


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The Wall Street Journal reports that Walgreens has had talks with AmerisourceBergen about buying the rest of the company it does not already own.
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Report: Tiny Wants T.I. To Sign New Post-Nup

T.I. and Tiny are reportedly preparing for a vow renewal ceremony now that they have axed plans to call it quits. But Tiny wants her man to commit to a new “post-nup” agreement.

“There are a few things holding up T.I. & Tiny’s romantic vow renewal ceremony. Before Tiny walks down any aisle again or agrees to have more children with T.I., Tiny wants him to agree to a new post-nup agreement. Even though Tiny has been doing quite well for herself lately, she wants to secure her future,” a source told Hollywoodlife.com.

“Tiny wants an updated agreement, in writing, that T.I. will be more than generous with her and all of their present and possible future children. Tiny is still in love with T.I. but she is also a smart businesswoman who knows how to handle T.I.’s rocky behavior. She has been talking things over with her personal attorneys, drafting the perfect contract for their unique situation and Tiny plans on making T.I. sign it before they say any vows again,” the source added.

Tiny initially filed for divorce on December 7, 2016, stating that their “marriage is irretrievably broken with no hope of reconciliation.”

Soon after, it was reported that T.I. believed his wife “overreacted” by filing for divorce, claiming her “jealous friends” talked her into walking away from their marriage.

“Tiny is no Mother Theresa, but she dealt with T.I.’s crap for way too long. She stayed longer because of the five kids, but T.I. took her for granted and just thought she would always be there and she didn’t want to be stuck in that rut forever.”

“She wanted to be loved and not be seen as an afterthought and she is now doing something about it. It’s a wake-up call for all of them.”

Tiny and T.I. have three children together and four kids from previous relationships.

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INN DIN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Bound together, the 10 Rohingya Muslim captives watched their Buddhist neighbors dig a shallow grave. Soon afterwards, on the morning of Sept. 2, all 10 lay dead. At least two were hacked to death by Buddhist villagers. The rest were shot by Myanmar troops, two of the gravediggers said.


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New Jobs Report: While Unemployment Went Down Overall, Black Unemployment Went Up

The African American unemployment rate is up by almost 1%, according to the January jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The monthly report showed that black unemployment, which was at an all-time low of 6.8% in December, went up to 7.7%, indicating a new high since May of 2017.

The unemployment rate remains at 4.1% while 200,000 new jobs were added; beating Wall Street’s forecast by 20,000. Average earnings rose by 9 cents an hour and are up 2.9% over the past year.

The new jobs report muddles President Donald Trump’s claim that his policies were responsible for the all-time decrease in black unemployment.

“Presidents routinely take credit for any good news, and so there is little difference here,” Kent Smetters, a professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told FactCheck.org. “In reality, it is very challenging to trace economic outcomes so early in a presidential term back to a specific policy. Historically, the black unemployment rate often decreases after the general unemployment rate decreases, which has been happening over the past several years.”

In a tweet on Jan. 28, Trump attacked rapper Jay-Z while also taking credit for the continued drop in African American unemployment rates.

“It is not about money at the end of the day,” Jay-Z told Van Jones. “Money does not equate to happiness. You’re missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings… Treat me bad and pay me well; it’s not going to lead to happiness.”

Although the unemployment rate among African Americans has dropped to a record-breaking low, economists said it was inaccurate to credit the achievement to Trump’s economic agenda. For one, the downward turn began long before he entered the White House as the rate had been in steady decline for about the last seven years.

The African American unemployment rate is now more than twice the rate for whites, which stands at 3.5%.

Kate Bahn, an economist at the Center for American Progress, released this statement about the jobs report:

The top-line figures from today’s jobs report are, at first glance, generally positive, with wage growth reflecting increases to the minimum wage that are effective in January. However, black workers—who historically have been left behind in the job market—continue to see high rates of unemployment. President Donald Trump’s claims of record-breaking improvements to the employment situations of “the forgotten men and women” is incorrect.

Recently, on the eve of Black History Month, Trump lashed out at criticism over how his administration has interacted with the black community by taking credit for a temporary dip in black unemployment in December, at 6.8 percent. Trump’s retort reflects a fundamental ignorance of statistical significance; for instance, month-to-month changes, such as the 0.4 percentage point drop from November to December, are not statistically significant—nor verifiable—for subgroups of workers. It also overlooks the full picture of the labor market outcomes facing African Americans. Unemployment is still twice as high for black workers than it is for white workers, at 7.7 percent compared with 3.5 percent. Young black workers, ages 16 to 19, have an unemployment rate of 24.3 percent compared with 12.4 percent for white teen workers, which often leads to long-term reduced opportunity.

It has become common to acknowledge the declining labor market opportunities facing American workers with less than a college degree. But since the labor market’s peak in 2000, black men, black women, and white women have all suffered greater employment rate declines compared with white men. On top of this, black workers continue to face wage discrimination, leading to significant racial wage gaps and reduced economic security. These persistent historical trends constrain the potential of the American economy and can only be overcome through proactive economic policy that breaks down the barriers facing black workers, rather than relying on overall trends of a tightening labor market.

 

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The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

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Monday

+ On Monday, the Senate rejected a bill that would have placed a dangerous and unconstitutional ban on abortion at or past 20 weeks and criminalized women who seeks abortions and abortion providers. President Trump, who had previously announced his intention to sign such legislation into law, called the Senate’s decision “disappointing” in a statement. He went on to cite a junk science theory called “fetal pain” which lawmakers and anti-abortion organizations have used to justify attacks on abortion. About 90 percent of abortions take place in the first trimester, while late-term abortions are primarily sought by women facing health complications or severe fetal abnormalities.

Tuesday

+ Trump gave his first State of the Union address as president Tuesday. In his speech, Trump touted his policy “victories”—including the Senate’s repeal of a key Affordable Care Act mandate and the installment of conservative federal judges across the country—and took credit for many of the economic gains that came of Obama-era policies. While he neglected to say a word about women’s rights, he did boast about his administration’s commitment to so-called religious liberty, which has become a thinly-veiled attempt to legalize discrimination and limit women’s access to contraception and abortion.

Wednesday

+ In a Wednesday morning interview on CNN, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for not smiling at Trump’s State of the Union address. “I think Nancy Pelosi looks like that all the time,” Sanders said. “I think she should smile a lot more often. I think the country would be better for it.”

Thursday

+ On Thursday, first lady Melania Trump and her stepdaughter Ivanka took to Twitter to call for the celebration of Black History month this February. In her tweet, Ivanka recognized Black History Month as a time to celebrate opportunity to “all Americans,” a comment that didn’t sit well with Twitter users who not only recognized the irony of her tweet considering her father’s racist policies and rhetoric, but also pointed out the colorblind ignorance of suggesting the month was a celebration of “all Americans.”

+ Also on Thursday, VICE News reported that a Trump administration official spoke to his staff about imposing an “abortion reversal” on an undocumented teen who had used medication abortion. In a deposition with the ACLU, Office of Refugee Resettlement head Scott Lloyd, known for his extreme stance on abortion, told an ACLU senior staff attorney he had talked about reversal “to save the life of the baby.” In recent months, the Trump administration has on multiple occasions attempted to bar detained immigrant women from access to the procedure, arguing non-citizens aren’t entitled to the right to an abortion. “Abortion reversal” is yet another junk science myth perpetuated by anti-abortion forces, who claim that someone can “reverse” a medication abortion if they interrupt the two-pill process with a third medication. The notion of “abortion reversal” goes hand-in-hand with the (also mythological) belief that women regret abortion.

Friday

+ On Friday morning, Trump released a memo backed by Congressional Republicans that is meant to discredit the ongoing investigation of the president’s relationship with Russia during the 2016 election. The release of the memo, written in collaboration with the White House by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in an attempt to claim that the FBI and other intelligence projects are purposefully undermining the president, marks Trump’s latest move to discredit and attack federal institutions for being guided by the Constitution rather than loyalty to his administration.

Kylie Cheung is an editorial intern at Ms. She writes about feminism in politics and pop culture with a focus on reproductive justice. Her work appeared in Rewire, Teen Vogue, The Mary Sue and Mediaite, among others.

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Report Sheds Grim Details on Black Women’s Net Worth

A recent report from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, shed another dim light on the current wealth inequality gap in America by highlighting the current state of black women’s net worth. Some sobering takeaways include:

-Single black women without a bachelor’s degree ages 20–39 have a net worth of $ 0.

-Single black women without a bachelor’s degree ages 40–59 have a net worth range of just $ 1,000 to $ 2,000.

-Single black women without a bachelor’s degree age 60+ have a net worth of just $ 12,000.

-Single black women with a bachelor’s degree ages 20–39 have a net worth range of -$ 11,000 to $ 0.

-Single black women with a bachelor’s degree ages 40–59 have a net worth range of just $ 6,000 to $ 9,500.

-Single black women with a bachelor’s degree age 60+ have a net worth of just $ 11,000.

In Contrast, Single White Women Are Doing Better

The report shows that numbers for single black women are in stark contrast to that of single white women, especially those with a bachelor’s degree:

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree ages 20–39 have a net worth range of $ 3,400 to $ 7,500.

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree ages 40–49 have a net worth of $ 25,000.

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree ages 50–59 have a net worth of $ 117,500.

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree age 60+ have a net worth of $ 384,400.

What’s Causing Black Women’s Financial Struggles?

The report attributes a portion of African American women’s economic woes to The Great Recession as well as to the significant pay gap between black women and white male workers. With the pay gap, research shows that black women had to work seven months into 2017 to be paid the same amount as white men for the entire year of 2016.

Additionally, the report also shows that neither a college education nor a lifetime of work has provided the true solution to closing the wealth inequality gap between single black women and single white women, as single white women have benefited far more from wealth being passed down to them from their families in contrast to that of black women. This leads white women to rely less on debts like student loans, in comparison to black women. A member of a white family is twice as likely to receive an inheritance in comparison to a black family member, and the inheritance received is usually three times larger than what the black family member would have received. For those families with inheritances to give, the white family’s wealth is likely to be 7.5 times larger than that of the black family’s wealth. For every dollar of wealth owned by a typical white family, the median black family owns just five cents.

The state of black women’s wealth and their role in politics and the workplace have been dominating subjects in 2018. Black women were lauded for turning out in droves to vote in the Alabama election to help Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat.

The recent Women’s March—a movement where people took to the streets across the country to mostly protest Donald Trump’s presidency—stirred debate over whether the march and mainstream feminism were inclusive enough about issues uniquely pertaining to African American women and girls. Black Enterprise’s Caroline Clarke took a look at this debate in her piece “#WOMENSMARCH: WHOSE MARCH IS IT, ANYWAY?”

And, there has been a ton of controversy over comedienne Mo’Nique’s call for the boycotting of Netflix, for what she says was an attempt to pay her less for a performance than white female and male comics received—sparking further debate about black women’s economic value. You can read the full coverage by Alfred Edmond Jr. in his piece, “MO’NIQUE VERSUS NETFLIX: FOCUS ON THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MESSENGER.” 

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Monday, 1/15

+ Monday marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which President Trump—who has a record of discriminatory business practices as a real estate mogul and decades-long record of racist rhetoric—spent golfing. Of course, Trump is hardly the only member of his administration who’s demonstrated a clear hostility to people of color. Throughout Monday, Full Frontal‘s Samantha Bee set Twitter ablaze with tweets laying bear the hypocrisy of each member of the president’s entire administration, as well as other Republicans who enable Trump, in under 280 characters.

Tuesday, 1/16

+According to a report in the Huffington Post Tuesday, President Trump’s Department of Education is sweeping cases of discrimination of trans students under the rug. In the past several months, the Office for Civil Rights has closed at least three cases of trans students struggling to access campus restrooms, claiming such incidents don’t fall under its jurisdiction. According to the report, an internal memo within the office in June told employees they were free to dismiss complaints about bathroom access from students, a directive echoing the Trump administration’s move to rescind guidance from the Obama administration that mandated students have the right to use the restroom corresponding with their gender identity.

+Also on Tuesday, House Republicans added a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program to its four-week spending bill proposed to keep the government from shutting down. In doing so, Republicans are using CHIP to shame Democratic lawmakers—who are likely to vote against the bill due to its failure to protect undocumented minors. That approach ignores that the Republican-dominated Congress allowed CHIP, through which 9 million low-income children access health care, to expire three months ago. Hypocrisy aside, the move reduces undocumented minors and low-income children to bargaining chips.

Wednesday, 1/17

+ On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced its intent to ban Haitian immigrants from applying for seasonal and farm work visas in the United States. Coming less than a week after the president allegedly used a slur to refer to Haiti and countries in Africa and Latin America, it’s difficult not to see the department’s decision as yet another racist insult on nonwhite-majority countries—and one that could have severe human rights and economic implications for Haitians seeking to work in the U.S.

+ Trump’s State Department announced it will withhold $ 65 million in funding meant for Palestinian refugees Wednesday as well. The department’s decision follows a Jan. 2 tweet from Trump in which the president expressed frustration with his perceived lack of gratitude from Palestinians for U.S. financial support. The decision will affect hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing terrorism, and will likely have disproportionate consequences for women who are fleeing from domestic violence.

Thursday, 1/18

+ On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new agency that will work to ensure healthcare workers have the right to discriminate against trans people and women seeking abortion services. Under a proposed new rule, doctors would not only have the right to refuse to provide transition-related or abortion care, but would also have the sweeping right to refuse to serve trans people at all or provide inaccurate information about abortion and other reproductive health options. This is just the latest example of the Trump administration’s use of so-called “religious freedom” to encourage discrimination and bigotry—a strategy they used last year to roll back birth control coverage under the ACA.

Friday, 1/19

+President Trump affirmed his support for the anti-abortion movement Friday morning as he gave a speech via satellite to address the March for Life. As the White House-endorsed march took place, maternal death rates, especially for women of color, are surging due to limited abortion access, and low-income children are being stripped of health care by the Republican Congress while undocumented children are being torn from their families. Nonetheless, Trump and those who marched for “life” on Friday focused almost solely on fetuses—and their determination to control women.