RCA Records drops R. Kelly

On January 18, 2019, RCA Records and its parent company Sony Music finally announced that they were cutting ties with RKelly.

The work to hold RKelly accountable for sexual abuse of minors has been a long and harrowing battle for justice for all the Black girls who were disbelieved and made vulnerable to Kelly. This victory is for them. Sony’s decision to finally drop Kelly is in part thanks to UltraViolet members who followed the lead of Black women organizers working for years to #MuteRKelly.We were proud to work alongside leaders of the #MuteRKelly movement, Color of Change, Girls for Gender Equity and more. See what UltraViolet members did.

Former CBS CEO Les Moonves loses his $120M golden parachute

After months of pressure, CBS fired former CEO and sexual abuser Les Moonves for cause and revoked his $120 million severance package in December 2018.

In July, UltraViolet called on CBS’ Board of Directors to fire Les Moonves after a New Yorker article revealed that he sexually harassed at least six women.  UltraViolet commissioned a mobile billboard to circle CBS’ press tour in Los Angeles reading “We Believe the Women Sexually Harassed and Assaulted by Leslie Moonves – Why Doesn’t CBS?”. Just one week before CBS made the announcement, we partnered with NOW-NYC to hold a protest outside of CBS’s shareholder meeting to demand they take away Moonves’ golden parachute.

This is a huge victory for survivors of sexual assault everywhere. This decision shows that across corporate America, the tides are turning, and the new norm is that if you abuse women, you will lose your job and your golden parachute.

The Senate Allows Newborns on the Senate Floor

The Senate voted unanimously for Senator Duckworth‘s bill that modernizes the Senate’s anti-mother rules and will allow new parents to bring their infants to the Senate floor. More than 80,000 UltraViolet members joined MomsRising to support Senator Duckworth’s fight, thousands called their senators, and members delivered petition signatures and jumbo baby bottles to seven Senate Rules Committee members. This historic win sets a precedent for working parents, especially mothers–from now on, new parents in the Senate won’t have to miss votes to care for their babies.

 

The Atlantic’s new racist, sexist writer–Kevin Williamson–is fired

Let’s be clear: This is due to UltraViolet members speaking out, along with writer Jessica Valenti and our allies at NARAL Pro-Choice America and Media Matters for America. That includes the more than 25,000 UltraViolet members who signed a petition for him to be fired and more than 1,000 members who wrote a letter to editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who made the final decision to terminate Williamson on April 5, 2018. UltraViolet members also tweeted at him and The Atlantic‘s president and executive editor to pour on even more pressure. When we refuse to stand for a media that normalizes abortion stigma, racism, rape culture, and transphobia, we can win.

Steve Wynn resigns as CEO and Chairman of Wynn Resorts

After news broke that billionaire casino mogul and former RNC finance chair Steve Wynn sexually abused dozens of employees for over a decade, 35,000 UltraViolet members quickly demanded that Wynn Resorts fire Wynn and hundreds called Wynn resorts. Wynn used his position to harass and coerce hospitality workers, including manicurists and massage therapists, in an industry already filled with rampant sexual harassment. Wynn’s resignation sends an important message to men everywhere: You can and will be held accountable for your actions no matter how powerful you are.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon Resigns

Under pressure from Michigan State University (MSU) students, Michigan leaders, survivors, and tens of thousands of UltraViolet members, MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned for her complicity in Larry Nassar’s abuse.

Former USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar worked at MSU when he sexually abused 150 girls over three decades, and at least 14 university officials knew and ignored reports of his abuse. Tens of thousands of UltraViolet members signed a petition demanding Simon’s resignation, and hundreds called and tweeted at the university in a matter of days. In advance of a planned demonstration, Simon resigned. When we work together, we can hold enablers of a abuse accountable. 

 

UltraViolet members just defeated Trumpcare. Again.

On September 26, Senate Republican leaders conceded defeat on the “Graham-Cassidy” bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act! Because of pressure from UltraViolet members and allies, every single Senate Democrat and enough Republicans refused to vote to take away our care. UltraViolet members signed petitions; tweeted; made calls; shared graphics; showed up at local Senate offices for sit-ins, vigils, and speakouts; wrote letters to the editor; and more. For the time being, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. Read more.

UltraViolet members helped save the Affordable Care Act!

In July 2017, the Senate voted down the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act! Senate Republicans were inches away from stealing care from millions of people, but they were no match for tireless UltraViolet members who showed up, again and again, month after month. You held sit-ins and speak-outs, letter-writing and call Congress house parties, and even spur-of-the-moment rallies. Your work was integral to ensuring senators didn’t vote to rob millions of their health care. Read more

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