Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett Got into a Physical Fight at a Pre-Emmys Party

The Hunt for the Trump Tapes host Tom Arnold and MGM Worldwide Television Group chairman Mark Burnett reportedly got into a physical altercation at a pre-Emmys party over the weekend.

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During arrivals for the Evening Before Emmy fundraiser at the Lawn at Century Park in Los Angeles Sunday, Variety reported Monday, a “scuffle ensued” between the two men as they arrived to the event around 9:30 p.m. local time. Sources cited in the report claim that the scuffle consisted of “shoving.” According to Arnold, Burnett at one point attempted to choke him. Kevin Bacon, Arnold added, is a “reliable brawl witness.” Roma Downey, Burnett’s wife, claimed Arnold ambushed Burnett.

Burnett has been a frequent subject of Arnold’s criticism for his refusal to unleash Apprentice outtakes that allegedly show the neo-Nazi-sympathizer-in-chief using the N-word and spewing other offensiveness. In her recent book, ex-White House staffer Omarosa also claimed to have heard the N-word used on multiple occasions during the NBC series’ run.

Arnold detailed his dedication to exposing the alleged tapes in Brian Hiatt’s excellent Rolling Stone profile last month. “It was like somebody put together a ‘fuck this guy’ [compilation],” Arnold said of the tapes, one of which is an alleged highlight reel of sorts showing Trump saying offensive shit. “Everyone has one, on every show.”

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(LAS VEGAS) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’s coming out of retirement again to fight Manny Pacquiao for a second time in December.

Mayweather posted a video on Instagram early Saturday that showed him and Pacquiao together, reportedly in Japan, jawing at each other over a possible second fight.

“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year,” Mayweather said. “Another nine-figure pay day on the way.”

Whether the fight actually happens remains to be seen. There are no promotional barriers between the two men, because Mayweather promotes himself and Pacquiao is a boxing free agent.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook immediately made Mayweather a 2-1 favorite.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in May 2015 in a massively hyped fight that was largely panned by most boxing fans. The bout delivered a record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys, and Pacquiao blamed an injured shoulder for landing only 81 punches in the fight.

Mayweather, who has won all 50 of his fights, last fought a year ago when he stopped Conor McGregor, the UFC star who was in his first professional boxing match. The 41-year-old Mayweather reportedly made more than $ 200 million for that fight, on top of a reported $ 300 million for his win over Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, the Filipino star who will be 40 in December, lost to unheralded Jeff Horn last year before rebounding with a win over Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia last month.

Representatives for the two fighters could not immediately be reached for comment.

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“The Predator” star Olivia Munn is standing by her decision to push for the removal of a scene involving an actor who is a registered sex offender – but says she doesn’t understand why she’s had to put up such a fight.

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Expanding the Approach: Next Steps in the Fight Against Campus Rape

More than five years after an administrator and four alumni filed a formal complaint, and after investigating 387 reports of sexual misconduct, the Department of Education has determined that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill failed survivors of sexual assault on its campus.

“The long-awaited UNC decision is important because it was the fourth high-profile case to be filed when campus activists launched the campaign to use federal Title IX complaints to raise awareness of the issue,” Dr. Caroline Heldman, who co-authored a piece on sexual assault and UNC in 2014 for Ms., observed. “As one of the early Title IX cases, it is good to see that justice has finally been served for survivors, albeit many years after they have graduated and left the campus.”

Andrea Pino is one of these early campus activists. After joining with other students to file a Title IX complaint against UNC, Pino gained national recognition for her activism after being featured in the 2015 campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.

Now, Pino is hopeful that the Department of Education’s ultimate ruling in her case will send a message to young activists about the possibility of 20-year-old students being able to successfully challenge a 200-year-old university.

Andrea Pino (second from L) with Congressional lawmakers in 2014. (via End Rape on Campus on Facebook)

“When I came forward, I didn’t do it for myself. I always said from the beginning: ‘I’m filing this complaint for the class of 2020,’” Pino told Ms. “[Student survivors] don’t need a JD to be in a film. They don’t need to stand on the Oscar stage to believe that it happens. We did it, and anyone else can do it too.”

The Department’s investigation found that UNC failed “to adopt and publish grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student, employee and third-party complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of sex” and declared that it “was not prompt in accordance with best practices and federal guidelines, and that University faculty and staff… were not adequately trained.” UNC, however, has yet to admit fault or issue an apology.

Pino is unsurprised. “The best response I could ever get from UNC would be that they would continue to take sexual assault seriously,” she explained, “and continue to take it seriously without the Department of Education breathing down their neck.”

The Department of Education, under the direction of President Trump’s appointed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has been working tirelessly to dismantle many of the policies on sexual assault that allowed survivors like Pino to demand justice from their administrations. DeVos has been explicit about her desire to undo the civil rights progress hard-won by advocates over the last century across the realm of education equity, and her department has rescinded key guidance on campus sexual assault which allows campuses to relax guidelines and evade accountability. (Feminist litigators are suing DeVos over the decision.)

Pino, who went on to found the national organization End Rape on Campus with her partner, Annie Clark, and now works at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, hopes that cases like hers move universities to see Title IX as more than a mandate to comply with—and instead as a key component of education access. This would require universities to recognize the impact that sexual assault often has on the education of survivors, who may transfer, change majors, take a semester off or even drop out of school after their assault.

“If students aren’t having that college experience that they are promised in brochures,” Pino asked, “how could they possibly have an equal access education, which is at the root of Title IX?”

As a queer survivor, Pino is also committed to expanding conversations around assault beyond an “archaic he said / she said” framework. “The oppressions that we face as already marginalized people are always further heightened when we experience sexual violence,” Pino said, adding that she hopes advocates will work in the future to “center marginalized folks more authentically, rather than as an afterthought”—and that universities, by thinking about sexual assault as a matter of educational access, will also begin to appoint people who understand these intersections to more campus positions.

Fortunately, Heldman says many schools are keeping Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault in place—but she recommends activists take a deeper look at their administration’s practices and continue to put pressure on universities to adopt best practices around sexual misconduct, including implementing “a clear policy with specific sanctions listed, bystander training, electronic and anonymous reporting options, a timely and fair adjudication process, survivor-centered support services that are tailored for marginalized populations and strong sanctions to discourage sexual violence on campus.”

But although Pino has spent much of her time in the last years fighting sexual assault on the national stage, she wants all activists to know that their resistance is critical—at every level and in every moment. “You don’t have to be on the front lines all the time to be part of the movement,” she told Ms., stressing resilience over resistance in work around sexual violence—especially for those who often have to constantly relive their experiences when they engage in the activism. “Art is activism. Self-care is activism. Motherhood and fatherhood are activism,” she said, “Showing up means something to everybody. It’s about finding what’s okay for you.”

In the wake of the culmination of her high-profile challenge to campus rape culture, Pino most importantly wants survivors to know that the movement for their own justice still belongs to them.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect survivor,” Pino declared to Ms. “No matter what you drank that night. No matter who you slept with or didn’t sleep with. No matter how you identify. No matter what you were wearing. Who you didn’t hang out with or who you did. It wasn’t your fault. And if you’ve never heard it, I want to be the first person to tell you that I believe you.”

Brock Colyar is a contributor at Ms. He is currently a journalism and gender and sexuality studies major at Northwestern University, where he founded a campus queer and radical feminist magazine and serves as a sexual health and assault peer educator. Much of his spare time is spent overthinking intra-feminist politics and Stevie Nicks. (Photo via Colin Boyle/The Daily Northwestern.)

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Inside Sex Workers’ Fight for the Next Ocasio-Cortez: ‘There’s an Awakening Happening’

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BROOKLYN, New York — This rainy Sunday, sheltered under a mess of trees and surrounded by a circle of supporters, Julia Salazar gave a short speech that covered a number of her core concerns, from labor rights to stable and affordable housing. Salazar, who’s challenging incumbent Democrat Martin Dilan for the New York State Senate’s 18th district seat in North Brooklyn, related all of these issues back to the cause of the day: sex workers’ rights, and the fight for decriminalization.

At the end of her remarks, Salazar heralded the historic meet-up—a canvassing event to talk to voters about Salazar’s sex-work platform—as a step towards “liberation for sex workers, and for everyone in our communities.” Gatherings like this one, in which sex workers, activists, and allies convene in parks, town halls, packed rooms and even Congress, have taken on an increasingly urgent tone in the wake of SESTA/FOSTA, an anti-sex trafficking law that has further criminalized an already criminalized community, putting sex workers out of work and reportedly pushing them into unsafe and exploitative positions. Despite SESTA/FOSTA, which also threatens online communication between sex workers, sex workers’ rights activists have continued to organize—not just against the legislation, but for nothing less than liberation.

Salazar’s sex-work policy, billed as “concrete steps toward decriminalizing sex work and upholding the rights of sex working communities in New York,” includes a number of proposals that would be familiar to sex-work activists and allies. But for a New York state Senate candidate, they’re revolutionary—which is one more thing that Salazar would like to change. “People will say that this is radical,” Salazar told the crowd, “That what we are doing today is radical, that what I’m describing is radical, but we all know that it needs to be the norm.”

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BROOKLYN, New York — This rainy Sunday, sheltered under a mess of trees and surrounded by a circle of supporters, Julia Salazar gave a short speech that covered a number of her core concerns, from labor rights to stable and affordable housing. Salazar, who’s challenging incumbent Democrat Martin Dilan for the New York State Senate’s 18th district seat in North Brooklyn, related all of these issues back to the cause of the day: sex workers’ rights, and the fight for decriminalization.

At the end of her remarks, Salazar heralded the historic meet-up—a canvassing event to talk to voters about Salazar’s sex-work platform—as a step towards “liberation for sex workers, and for everyone in our communities.” Gatherings like this one, in which sex workers, activists, and allies convene in parks, town halls, packed rooms and even Congress, have taken on an increasingly urgent tone in the wake of SESTA/FOSTA, an anti-sex trafficking law that has further criminalized an already criminalized community, putting sex workers out of work and reportedly pushing them into unsafe and exploitative positions. Despite SESTA/FOSTA, which also threatens online communication between sex workers, sex workers’ rights activists have continued to organize—not just against the legislation, but for nothing less than liberation.

Salazar’s sex-work policy, billed as “concrete steps toward decriminalizing sex work and upholding the rights of sex working communities in New York,” includes a number of proposals that would be familiar to sex-work activists and allies. But for a New York state Senate candidate, they’re revolutionary—which is one more thing that Salazar would like to change. “People will say that this is radical,” Salazar told the crowd, “That what we are doing today is radical, that what I’m describing is radical, but we all know that it needs to be the norm.”

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What’s At Stake in the Fight to Save SCOTUS and Voting Rights in America

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continues to make rounds of congressional courtesy calls seeking support, civil rights groups have been turning up the heat to push the U.S. Senate to either “press pause on the nomination” or reject President Trump’s pick outright. To achieve that end, representatives from such organizations—The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Urban League, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)—are rallying their multicultural constituencies to speak out. Under the banner, “#WhatsAtStake for Voting Rights in SCOTUS Fight,” this collective held a press briefing Monday to strongly communicate how Kavanaugh’s addition to the conservative-leaning high court would further undermine the franchise of people of color.

With midterms less than five months away and the 2020 presidential election in the wings, the civil rights leaders asserted that the stakes couldn’t be higher. “We consider his nomination an immediate threat to our community’s right to vote that is already under daring attacks,” says Suzanne Bergeron, senior director of civil rights and workforce policy for NUL, one of several organizations urging voters to call their senators in an effort to halt the confirmation process. “Having Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court to rule on voter rights cases could leave African-American voters even more vulnerable to voter intimidation and added suppressive tactics that negatively impact black voter turnout.”

The rapidly changing voter demographics have added intensity to this battle. “I will remind that the U.S. electorate is diversifying racially and ethnically at warp speed. Last year was the country’s most racially and ethnically diverse electorate ever, with nearly one in three eligible voters on election day being a person of color,” says Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “And the 2018 and 2020 elections promise to continue this trend with voters of colors comprising 44% of millennial voters, which is the largest generation of eligible voters.”

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference, which organized the call, argued that the Senate “must demand the release and full review of Kavanaugh’s records.” Declaring that “if confirmed, Kavanaugh would undermine voting rights enforcement in our nation,” she cited one of the decisions he made in his role as a judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals. In 2011, he wrote an opinion upholding South Carolina’s voter ID law that the Department of Justice had blocked, deeming the measure as being discriminatory to minorities in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“He refused to include language put forward by the other judges on the panel that acknowledged the critical role of the Voting Rights Act in preventing racial discrimination in voting,” she said. “It is telling and troubling that Kavanaugh refused to recognize the importance of the historic Voting Rights Act. Kavanaugh backed the spurious claim that the voter ID law would prevent voter fraud. But given that South Carolina could not produce any evidence of fraud, it’s clear the law’s real purpose was to suppress voting, plain and simple. What we know so far about Kavanaugh’s record is that he has been a partisan, politician operative. So we need to know more.”

Gupta, along with the group, also raised concerns about the nominee based on the track record of Trump’s previous Supreme Court appointment Justice Neil Gorsuch, who served as “the fifth and deciding vote in two devastating anti-voting rights decisions. One decision allowed voter purging in Ohio and the other upheld racial gerrymandering in Texas.”

Even before the Trump administration came to power, the Supreme Court tilted right in such cases. With the 5-4 decision in Shelby v. Holder in 2013, the court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that stripped the law’s formula to require all or jurisdictions of states with a history of electoral discrimination—many of them located in the South—to get “pre-cleared” by the federal government before making any adjustments to voting laws.

“It is quite clear that we are at a critical point in time in our history of defense of civil rights. For the last five years, because of Congress’ failure to act following the decision in Shelby County by the Supreme Court…we are evaluating proposals to change voting rights laws in important regions across the country,” Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF, said. “Without pre-clearance, we are left with federal court as the last resort to ensure that our laws reflect the constitutional rights of every individual who is eligible to vote.”

Nelson agrees: “Voting rights protect every other right we enjoy and it is essential that the next Supreme Court justice has a clear commitment to protecting access to the ballot box.”

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Democrats Want to Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick. They Just Have No Power to Do It.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday vowed to hold a vote on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor this fall, setting up a contentious political battle ahead of the critical midterm elections.

But while Democrats insisted that Kennedy’s replacement should not be considered until after voters have their say in November, many members of the party acknowledged the ominous political reality they now confront. Democrats are powerless to stop President Donald Trump from getting his second justice on the nation’s highest court.

“They hold all the cards,” said Jim Manley, a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “There’s not really anything left to say.”

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The Fight for Clemency Doesn’t End With Alice Marie Johnson [OPINION]

Earlier this month, the world watched as Alice Marie Johnson celebrated her first taste of freedom after serving 21 years behind bars for a first-time, non-violent offense. The 65-year-old great-grandmother was sentenced to life in federal prison in 1996 for drug trafficking. On June 6, President Donald Trump commuted her sentence just weeks after granting a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Following Johnson’s release from prison, White House officials reportedly began to consider granting clemency to several black hip-hop artists. Trump has also teased the idea of possibly granting clemency for Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of 17 charges that included an attempt to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Nevertheless, there are plenty of other incarcerated people of color deserving of clemency. Here are five people Trump could and should exonerate  to release them from prison or clear them of the charges that led to their arrest.

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Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for a murder in 2004 when she was 16 years old. According to her attorney, Brown, a victim of sex trafficking, killed a 43-year-old real estate agent because she feared for her life after he picked her up at a fast-food restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, and took her to his home with the intention to have sex. Brown’s lawyers also pointed out that because she suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, she did not have the mental state necessary to be held responsible for a premeditated murder. Prosecutors, however, successfully argued that she shot the man in cold blood and stole his car.


Marissa Alexander

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At 31 years old, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison back in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her abusive, estranged husband. The domestic abuse survivor says she fired the shot at the ceiling of her Jacksonville home in order to protect herself because her ex-husband had threatened to kill her. Her attorneys argued that she should be granted immunity under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground,” which allows a victim to use lethal force in their defense. However, despite having no previous criminal record or arrests, the mother of three was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alexander’s case gained national attention, especially after a Florida jury cited the “Stand Your Ground” law to vindicate George Zimmerman from any wrongdoing in the murder of Trayvon Martin the following year. The Free Marissa Now Campaign and Alliance worked tirelessly to spread awareness about her case and for her freedom.

After serving three years behind bars and two years in house detention with a surveillance ankle monitor, Alexander was finally released in January 2017. Yet, despite being free, Alexander’s criminal record has been a roadblock for some of her career aspirations and dreams. “Originally when I got out I wanted to try and be a paralegal, but then I realized that I’m a convicted felon and nobody is going to actually let me help people and reach them as much as I would like,” she told The Cut.


Christina Martinez

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Christina Martinez was 26 years old when she was sentenced to life in prison without parole for her participation in a robbery that turned deadly. According to a petition on Change.org, the mother of three served as an unknowing accomplice when her abusive boyfriend and his friends committed a house robbery.

Christina Martinez is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence who has been in prison for nine years as a result of her abuser’s lethal violence, reads the petition. Christina was only 19 years old when, under the abusive duress of her boyfriend, she drove him and his friends to a house where, without her knowing, they committed a robbery that resulted in a death. Christina’s boyfriend then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. By the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 20s, Christina suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse.


Mumia Abu Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal, a prominent African American political activist and former member of the Black Panther Party, was arrested and convicted of killing white police Officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia in 1981. He was initially sentenced to death, however, the United States Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional in his case in 2011, and he was re-sentenced to life in prison without parole. Nevertheless, Abu-Jamal and many advocates have maintained his innocence and push for his freedom.


Tammy Garvin

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Tammy Garvin, a survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking, has been locked behind bars for almost three decades after her trafficker robbed and killed one of his clients in 1991. In fear for her own life and the safety of her family, Garvin refused to testify against her trafficker, who was ultimately acquitted.

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Tammy Garvin is an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence and sex trafficking who has been in prison for 27 years as a result of her trafficker/abuser’s lethal violence. Tammy was only 14 years old when she was trafficked, and by the time she was convicted and sentenced to Life Without Parole in her early 30s, she suffered from the long-term effects of severe psychological and sexual abuse.


Assata Shakur

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Joanne “Assata Shakur” Chesimard is a political activist and former leader of the Black Liberation Army who was convicted in 1977 of the 1973 murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster. She has been living in Cuba, which granted her political asylum in 1984. Back in the 70s, she was a target of COINTELPRO, an FBI investigation that consisted of legal and illegal projects aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting political organizations.

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Murals Use Power of Art to Fight Stigma

In 2016 Kaiser Permanente launched Find Your Words, a public health awareness effort focused on reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging people to create a culture of acceptance and support by talking about it.

One way to do that is through the healing power of art.

Three cities across Colorado are displaying murals to encourage people to think, talk and speak up. In downtown Denver, bold messages remind passerby’s that “You Matter,” “You Are Brave” and “You Are Enough.”

A Colorado Springs mural carries an equally powerful message that “We Are In This Together.” That mural and the one in Denver were originally unveiled in October 2017.

More recently, Kaiser Permanente unveiled a third mural in the state along the scenic Pueblo Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo.

The massive 300-foot mural was designed by local artists Mike Fudge and members of the Creature’s Crew. Fudge and Creature’s Crew worked with local youth from the Pueblo Boys and Girls Club and the Daisy Club-Pueblo Pro Bono Mental Health Program, who pitched in to paint a 100-foot section of the mural.

Like in Colorado Springs, the third mural features the affirmation “We Are In This Together,” to assure those seeking help — either for themselves or a loved one — that they’re not alone.

For more information on mental health, depression and how to talk about it, please visit FindYourWords.org.

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This Week in Women: The Fight Against Sexism in Politics Worldwide Goes On

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Thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day in 2015. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

At least 59 U.S. women political candidates won big in Tuesday’s primary races, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. In light of these victories, Glamour had this terrific story about how motherhood, raising children and volunteering to strengthen their communities have become political assets for female candidates.

Overall, a historic number of women (about 600) are running or have said they’ll run for governor, House or Senate this year. But remember: even if women do well in November, numbers indicate men will still dominate womenin Congress by more than three to one. Change takes time and persistence.

The Chinese government is promoting some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women, according to a Tuesday report by Human Rights Watch’s China Director. The All-China Women’s Federation used to support women’s advancement in the labor force, but in recent years it has used its programs to promote women’s subservience, including teaching women how to sit, make tea and be good wives.

Meanwhile, Spain has a new leader, and nearly two-thirds of his cabinet are women. In Fuller news, our talented East Africa correspondent Neha Wadekar reported for Ozy this week on how women in Somalia are best positioned to wipe out terrorism there. In Forbes, Ewelina U. Ochab argues that sexual abuse can constitute religious persecution. Victims like Yazidi women targeted by ISIS, and Christians in places like India and Nigeria, are examples of how abuse can be associated with a woman’s religious affiliation, she argues.

Internationally, there is an upsurge in kidnappings and killings of mostly women and children in Uganda. Earlier this week, activists protested government inaction by dumping coffins outside parliament. Women in Peru are protesting the president for making light of a domestic violence case in which a woman was burned to death by her stalker, and a Swedish city is telling young girls who fear being sent abroad into forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear, which would trigger airport metal detectors and alert the authorities. In the U.S., fear of deportation is causing fewer immigrants to report domestic abuse—and family separation caused by deportation is turning pregnant immigrant women into single mothers.

Here are 10 women heads of state who we hope would never make light of violence against women.

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Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to raise awareness around the life-in-prison sentence given to black grandmother Alice Johnson for her role in drug trafficking, and it worked. On Wednesday, Trump commuted her sentence. But still, incarceration rates are rising for women nationwide, and way too many are for non-violent drug offenses. Alice herself had already served more than 20 years. She speaks here.

The majority of incarcerated women suffer from mental health issues, and that was also in the news this week as many grappled with the suicide of self-made fashion businesswoman Kate Spade, who had a 13-year-old daughter. Here, many women react.

Deborah Epstein, co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, announces in the Washington Post that she has resigned from the NFL Player Association’s commission on domestic violence, claiming the league’s efforts to address domestic violence in football are a facade.

The CEO of Qatar Airways claimed only a man could do his job because it would be too challenging for a woman. On Wednesday, he apologized. A new study finds that women students at the U.S. Naval Academy are more likely to be described by their managers as “inept, selfish, frivolous, passive and temperamental” than their male colleagues. Forbes has released its list of the highest paid athletes of 2018, and not a single woman made it into the top 100.

And from Ohio, our Midwest correspondent Brittany King reports for the Washington Post’s The Lily about a woman building bridges between people of different racial backgrounds in her community. A beautiful story for our divided country.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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If there are storms a-coming, as Stormy Daniels herself warned President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” it’s still sunny out there for the president inside his own party.

As primary season starts in earnest with four states voting tomorrow, there are few policy fault lines inside Republican primaries, but plenty of novel ways to argue over the true “MAGA” mantle.

In West Virginia’s Senate race, former coal baron Don Blankenship was pointedly anti-endorsed by Donald Trump Jr., yet responded by informing him that “your dad will have no better supporter” in Washington. His two major rivals would beg to differ.

In Indiana, one of the three major candidates, Rep. Todd Rokita, has campaigned with a cardboard cutout of Trump and was forced to take down yard signs that falsely suggested he was endorsed by the president. The other two candidates are aboard the Trump train, too.

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Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, GF Insult Each Other in Instagram Fight

Trouble in paradise. Things seemed to have turned sour between Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and baby mama Jen Harley, and on Sunday, April 29, the couple took to social media to write some cringe-worthy messages about one another.

“Note to self, can’t turn a natural born HOE, into a HOUSEWIFE, if you find them in the gutter then leave them in the gutter,” the Jersey Shore star, 32, wrote in a note on his Instagram Story on Sunday. “Not all people can be saved when they are so far gone. All you can say you did ur best and keep it moving.” He added the hashtags: “Facts” and “Yeahhh buddy.”

Ortiz-Magro followed up the initial post with a poll asking his fans: “If your significant other keeps sex videos of their ex, shouldn’t they show enough respect to delete them, esp after being in a new relationship for over a year?”

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Ronnie posted this to his Instagram story in response to Jen’s post. Ronnie Magro/ Instagram

He added “#GiveMeYourThoughts” and gave his followers the option to select “Yes” or “No.” He also shared a screenshot of a text conversation he had with his castmates, including Deena Cortese, telling them about the videos he claims he found on his girlfriend’s phone.

Harley also took to her Instagram Story to respond to her boyfriend, writing: “Can’t turn a coke head into a father! Yeahhh buddy.”

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The pair, who were first spotted together in July 2017, had been partying together on Saturday, April 28, and things seemed fine between them in the videos she shared on Instagram. In the clips, the pair were enjoying themselves and drinking, and the MTV personality was all smiles.

Ortiz-Magro and Harley welcomed their first child together, a daughter, on April 3. Us Weekly exclusively revealed that they named her Ariana Sky, and the reality star took to Instagram on April 18 to gush about fatherhood.

“So excited to be a #Father. Words can’t describe the feeling,” Ortiz-Magro captioned the photo. “You live your life not ever really knowing the meaning of true love until you have a child. True unconditional love. You love your significant other, you love your family. I have to say I understand when everyone said you’ll understand ‘when you have a child of your own or when you become a parent.’ I know I have still tons to learn but I’m excited for this new journey & chapter in my life with my beautiful girlfriend & my daughter.”

The reality TV star told his Jersey Shore costars that he was going to be a father during the premiere of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation earlier this month. On the latest episode of the show from Thursday, April 26, Ortiz-Magro dealt with some guilt after dancing with a woman at the club and bringing her home after. When he brought the girl into the bathroom, his roommates stepped in before he made a mistake.

“As soon as you knocked on the door, I was like, ‘This is not a good move.’ It felt so good though,” he told his costars Vinny Guadagnino and Pauly DelVecchio after she left. “It’s hard having a kid on the way and being with someone you’re not sure you should be with.”

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Former Detroit Lions general manager and NFL linebacker Matt Millen reportedly has a rare disease that forces him to undergo weekly chemotherapy and may require a heart transplant. The Morning Call in Pennsylvania reports that Millen, 60, was diagnosed last summer with amyloidosis, a rare disease that often goes undiagnosed because of symptoms resembling many…
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Iyanla Vanzant Says Mo’Nique Can’t Fight Netflix Alone

 

Iyanla Vanzant was asked to weigh in on the Mo’Nique/Netflix boycott controversy and the mixed reactions to the comedian’s fight for equality.

According to Vanzant, this situation is much bigger than Mo’s plight.

“Why are we surprised that she’s asking people to acknowledge that they diminish and demean us?” Iyanla asked when Madame Noire requested she speak on the situation. “They do it every day. The president of the country relegated us to the sh-thole, so why are we surprised at this? The question becomes what are we going to do about it?”

OWN’s darling life coach went on to say, “Mo’Nique can’t fight that battle by herself and people will not stand up for the battle or not stand up for the cause because it’s Mo’Nique, well, it didn’t start with Mo’Nique. So either we’re going to do it or we’re not, but don’t make this about Mo’Nique. It’s not about Mo’Nique.”

She added, “Mo’Nique is just saying what other people have refused to say.”

Speaking to pay disparities, Iyanla continued to point out reasons why Monique deserves our support.

“Number one, we keep acting like we’re shocked and surprised that we still living in a racist country when the president can talk about bad hombres and sh-thole countries, what is that? Why aren’t we doing something about that right there? The mere fact that brown people in this country, that we have relegated to Mexicans and we forget about Dominicans and Salvadoreans and Panamanians and all the cocoa brown people that he called bad hombres, we know that they get paid less than everybody else. So if we let them pay the brown people less, why do we think they won’t pay the Black people less? I don’t understand.”

Do you think Iyanla is right when she says this battle isn’t really about Mo’Nique?

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From Silence to Culture Shift: Inside the Fight Against Sexual Harassment in Egypt

The #MeToo campaign that took the world by storm strongly resonated with women in Egypt.

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Emboldened by the global flood of women breaking their silence on sexual harassment, Egyptian women also took to social media to share their experiences. Defying social norms, Egyptian women bravely spoke up to tell their stories of sexual abuse and harassment with the hope of showing the magnitude of the problem in Egyptian society today.

“Not a single day goes by when I don’t have to worry about my physical or emotional integrity on Egyptian streets,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “It’s never safe.” She isn’t alone: According to a recent UN report, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women are victims of sexual harassment, including verbal abuse, groping and sometimes even rape. Sexual harassment is so widespread in the country that some human rights activists describe sexual harassment in Egypt as an epidemic; that epidemic reached its peak during the January 2011 uprising, when women became victims of a series of mob sexual assaults during protests at Tahrir square.

2011 was also a turning point for many women: They started speaking out. They were no longer afraid to tell their stories. They took to the streets to protest sexual violence and demanded their voices be heard. Their signs read “Silence is unacceptable; my anger will be heard,” and “Down with sexual harassment.”

Egypt’s new law criminalizing sexual harassment and assault that came into effect in July 2014 signaled a new sign of hope for many Egyptian women, as did a recent court sentencing of seven men to life imprisonment for sexual assault. But while social media platforms and campaigns like #MeToo have given Egyptian women the opportunity to raise awareness on sexual harassment and shed light on their experiences, much work remains to shift behavior and culture.

“Women are afraid of being blamed for the assault,” Aliaa Soliman, Communications Manager at HarassMap, a volunteer-based organization that works to end sexual harassment, told Ms. “Our culture creates so many excuses for the harasser. People will ask the woman ‘why are you wearing these tight jeans?’ or ‘why are you out in the first place?’… These are the kinds of comments that women hear all the time when they get sexually harassed.”

When Amira, a 26 year old who was sexually harassed on public transportation, reported her incident to the police, they told her to go home. When she insisted, they told her that they know who her father is and where he works. “They stood uncomfortably close to me the whole time and everybody in the building seemed to be undressing me with their eyes,” said Amira in her interview with Egyptian Streets, an independent news media organization in Egypt. “They catcalled me and whispered dirty comments.”

“Punishing the harasser is always a good thing of course,” Soliman said. “However, the fact that sexual harassment is culturally not recognized as a crime needs more awareness. People need to be more aware about why the law is in place, and why sexual harassment is being criminalized. If people are not convinced with the law or don’t understand why sexual harassment is wrong, then the law will not be very effective.”

Many women in Egypt still choose to remain silent. And until new earth is broken in the fight against assault and harassment, many still will. “All of society must be engaged in stopping sexual harassment,” Soliman said. “Bystanders must act if they see harassment happening in front of their own eyes. Harassers must also know that there will be consequences for their actions. We have all to create a culture that simply doesn’t accept sexual harassment anymore.”

May El Habachi specializes in writing about development, health and expat life. Her writing has been featured in leading international publications including Newsweek Middle East, Global Living, Expat Go Malaysia, Kuwait Bazaar and Fair Observer, among others.

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Meghan Markle’s Half-Brother Blames Royal Engagement for Drunken Fight

Meghan Markle‘s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr., is speaking out about a drunken New Year’s brawl with his fiancée and blames the royal engagement for contributing to the fight.

As previously reported, Thomas Markle’s fiancée, Darlene Blount, landed in jail and was charged with fourth-degree assault on New Year’s Day after an altercation with Thomas in Oregon.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Thomas, 51, initially said that Blount hit him in the face before insisting that his injuries were self-inflicted. He bailed his fiancée out of jail, paying her $ 1,000 bond.

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Thomas told the newspaper that he and Blount are both planning to attend alcohol and relationship counseling, but said that the stress of suddenly being in the public eye, in the wake of the Suits star’s engagement to Prince Harry, contributed to their issues.

“It hasn’t been easy. Meghan’s relationship with Prince Harry has shone a spotlight on our family. It doesn’t help when you have issues and your sister is engaged to royalty. It adds a whole new level of scrutiny,” he told the paper. “We’ve been under a lot of stress because of all the attention. At some point you find yourself drinking too much to escape the pressure.”

Thomas, who has the same father as Meghan, 36, spoke with the Daily Mail last month about the royal wedding, saying he didn’t know if he’d be attending the nuptials at Windsor Castle in May.

“I don’t know if [Meghan] gets to invite who she wants,” he told the paper. “But she’ll reach out if she wants me there. She’ll call me. She knows where to find me. But that’s up to her, there’s no pressure. I wouldn’t mind seeing my little sister have the biggest wedding in the world. That would be incredible.”

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Standing with Fearless Girl in the Fight for Constitutional Equality

“Fearless Girl”—a statue depicting a small girl standing, hands on her hips, facing down the New York City Bowling Green Park centerpiece sculpture “Charging Bull”—was meant to call attention to the lack of female leaders on Wall Street. When she came on the scene in March, she served as a marker of women’s resistance and the power of investing in women’s potential—and now, she has become a centerpiece in the longstanding fight for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Originally commissioned by State Street Global Advisors and installed on International Women’s Day, Kirsten Visbal’s sculpture was initially only granted an 11-month display period. On November 17, Rep.Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12) gathered with lawmakers, advocates and activists in front of “Fearless Girl” to call on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to allow the statue to remain in place until Congress ratifies the ERA. In a letter to de Blasio, Representative Maloney requested the Mayor keep the statue in place to establish a visual reminder of how much work remains to be done in the United States before the country achieves gender equality.

“By linking the statue to the Equal Rights Amendment, you would be sending a very strong message about the need to add equal rights for women to the Constitution,” Maloney wrote. “Her presence would act as a constant reminder of what we need to achieve.”

2017 marked the tenth time Maloney has introduced the ERA in the House during her career in Congress. The body passed the ERA on March 22, 1972, but the Amendment ultimately fell three states short of the necessary three-fourths ratification threshhold to be added to the Constitution. Last March—45 years to the day after the ERA was passed in Congress—Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the bill, reinvigorating the fight for women’s constitutional equality. Now, ERA legislation is pending state legislatures in Arizona, Utah, Florida, Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina.

The ERA is closer than ever to becoming a reality, and women’s voices are carrying further than they ever have—from the halls of Congress to Hollywood studio lots. The time is ripe for a renewed and vigorous push for the ERA, especially as women everywhere find their newfound footing as activists before the backdrop of the Trump administration’s war on women. “While women and girl leaders are creating great change in their communities and across multiple sectors, the fight for true gender equity is far from over,” Meredith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said at the gathering. “The Equal Rights Amendment is a necessary step in the long road towards equal treatment for all.”

“Not only is New York the birthplace of women’s rights, but it is also the home of the continued advancement of women’s rights,” New York Lieutenant Governor Hochul told the assembled crowd. “Whether we’re talking about equal pay or freedom from harassment, New York is standing up and saying we will no longer accept the status quo… True equality requires a culture shift and New York’s women are prepared to step forward and demand the equal treatment we have been denied for far too many years.”

This new initiative positions “Fearless Girl” as a definitive embodiment of that cultural shift. “The Fearless Girl is speaking,” said NYC Women’s March Organizer Katherine Siemionko. “She’s saying—I am not going anywhere. My voice will be heard. My pay will be equal. My body will be respected. I will not be bullied or silenced. I will not be passed over. I will persevere because I am equal. This statue represents the future of women in this country… New York City cannot afford to remove this reminder. She is the child of liberty. If she can make it here, she can make it anywhere.”

ms-headshotLauren Young is an Editorial Associate at Ms. She has a Master’s Degree in European and Russian Studies from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Russian Civilization from Smith College. Follow her on @thatlaurenyoung.

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