Soccer fans, activists rally at U.S. Soccer headquarters for equal pay
“It’s not complicated and it’s not right,” said Susan Hildebrand, national field director at Ultraviolet. “We’re here to support the team’s demand for equal pay. In addition to bringing home those four World Cup championships, the women’s team also brings in significant revenue.”
‘Acosta Enables Sex Trafficking’ projected onto the Labor Department building
Activists projected condemnations of Labor Secretary Alexander Acostaon the Department of Labor building Wednesday to protest his role in a controversial non-prosecution agreement with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested again over the weekend.
Progressive advocacy groups, including Credo Action, MoveOn, UltraViolet and the American Federation of Teachers, projected the words “Acosta Enabled Sex Trafficking” and “Acosta Must Go” on the building.
“By showing up as the leaders they are — powerful, smart and deeply connected to the issues impacting all Americans — [Warren and Harris] showed us what a president could be and it was thrilling,” said Shaunna Thomas, the co-founder of the women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet, calling Harris and Warren the winners of the debates.
Activists see NBC’s Democratic debate moderators as a win for representation
In an open letter this spring, the groups urged media outlets and other organizations to ensure that at least 50 percent of the moderators running the debates would be women and at least 50 percent would be people of color. UltraViolet Action, an organization dedicated to gender equity, spearheaded the letter, which also called out sexism in political media coverage writ large.
The group applauded the NBC lineup and urged other media outlets to follow suit.
“NBC’s decision to ensure that four out of the five moderators for the first Democratic presidential primary debate are women or people of color is a huge win for representation at the debates and a welcome change from the status quo,” said UltraViolet’s executive director Shaunna Thomas. “Our country has seen what happens as a result of unfair media coverage of presidential candidates — and this cannot be the reality in 2020.”
Netflix threatens to boycott Georgia over heartbeat law
National women’s group UltraViolet, which had urged Netflix to pull out of the state, commended the streamer for saying it would consider a boycott. Still the group is pressing Netflix to take an even more aggressive stand against the abortion ban.
“Netflix’s statement is appreciated, however waiting on the courts to act focuses on a distinction without a difference. The crisis moment is now,” said executive director and co-founder Shaunna Thomas. “We need Netflix to engage in this fight and use its economic power to speak out for Georgia women, and the hundreds of women who work on Netflix productions, to set an example for the whole country that putting women in danger has consequences – and refuse to do business in the State until the law is repealed.”
Hundreds of sexual assault survivors call for dismissal of upstate New York judge who did not send child rapist to prison
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The women’s advocacy group UltraViolet is asking the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct to remove McClusky. Nearly 35,000 people have signed their petition, including more than 675 survivors of sexual assault, the group said Wednesday.
“No one should have to go through an entire court case just to be told that their assault didn’t matter, but that’s what Judge McClusky said,” UltraViolet said in a letter to the commission.
Police Officer Responsible For Assaulting Dyma Loving Formally Charged
Police Officer Alejandro Giraldo, responsible for brutally assaulting Dyma Loving on March 5 in Miami Dade County, has been officially charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery and third-degree felony official misconduct, according to a statement from her lawyer. The disgraced cop turned himself in to authorities this morning.
For weeks, activists in the Miami area have been putting pressure on State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to charge Giraldo in the case. A Color of Change petition demanded the state lock the officer up, while another petition from UltraViolet called for the Miami Dade Police Department to fire Giraldo as soon as possible.
Activists Demand Criminal Charges Towards Officer Involved In Dyma Loving Arrest
“What the nation saw instead was a brutal attack on a black woman by officers who were mandated to protect and serve,” said Natalie Green, spokesperson for the women’s advocacy organization UltraViolet during a press conference Tuesday. “Her crime was asking for help.”