R. Kelly Dropped by Sony Music

(Variety)

Sony’s move comes after years of public calls, and even a petition from members of the #MuteRKelly movement, for the company to part ways with Kelly. Those calls intensified in the wake of Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which multiple women accuse him of sexual misconduct. In recent weeks a plane commissioned by the women’s organization UltraViolet and carrying a sign reading “RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R. Kelly” flew over Sony Music’s Los Angeles offices and a protest was staged outside of Sony’s New York headquarters. 

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Protestors Demand RCA Drop R. Kelly at New York Rally

(Rolling Stone)
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CBS board adjourns meeting without dealing with Les Moonves scandal

(USA Today)

“The board of directors has all the information they need to fire him with cause and to deny him the $120 million golden parachute,” said Natalie Green of UltraViolet, an online organization dedicated to fighting sexual assault and sexism in the public and private sectors.

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Confrontational Activism—Is it Here to Stay?

(Vogue)

Shaunna Thomas, the cofounder of UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy organization, vehemently disagrees [with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell]. “Until we came along,” she says, “the confirmation was a done deal.” Her six-year-old group has embraced bird-dogging as well as media-friendly gestures like flying a thank you christine banner over Christine Blasey Ford’s house in Palo Alto. UltraViolet’s activity surged during the Kavanaugh hearings, Thomas says. At Senator Susan Collins’s office in Portland, Maine, “hundreds of people started showing up. First weekly, then daily.”

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How the Kavanaugh Protests Reached the National Stage

(New Yorker)

When the doors to the Hart Senate Office Building opened at 7:30 a.m. last Friday, a few protesters making a final show of opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh were waiting to be let in. As they waited, a woman named Maria Gallagher, with dark hair and glasses, introduced herself to me. She told me she lived in the area and had taken the morning off from work in response to a call to action from the progressive organizations MoveOn and UltraViolet. I asked if she was planning to get arrested—many of those visiting the building that day were prepared for civil disobedience. She said “no.” She had told her employer that she would be in by noon.

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“Thank you Deborah”: Plane tows message of support for Brett Kavanaugh accuser over Boulder

(Denver Post)

Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself during a drunken dormitory party at Yale University in the early 1980s, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

The plane with the support message for Ramirez was commissioned by UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group that supports sexual assault survivors. The group also paid for a similar message for Ford that flew over Palo Alto, Calif. last week.

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Women’s group to project ‘Kavanaugh is a sexual predator’ on Supreme Court

(The Hill)

The group, UltraViolet, is prepared to project “Kavanaugh is a sexual predator and well documented liar” on the Supreme Court building on Tuesday night, the group said in an announcement.

The projection will also read: “He lied every time he testified,” and “Kavanaugh must withdraw.”

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Christine Ford Could Be Cross-Examined If She Testifies — But Experts Say That Would Be “Bonkers”

(Bustle)

“You don’t bring your character reference in for the people you’re interviewing for a job in order to cross examine their experience with the candidate,” says UltraViolet executive director and co-founder Shaunna Thomas. “You take it for what it is, you access whether or not you think what they have to say about that candidate is disqualifying, and then you make your choice.”

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Palo Alto moms link arms in front of Christine Ford’s home, chant ‘Protect Christine’

(San Francisco Gate)

While the Palo Alto neighbors marched in front of Ford’s house, the advocacy group UltraViolet hired a plane to fly over the region with a banner reading, “Thank you Christine. We have your back.”

“Ford has demonstrated tremendous courage in coming forward and sharing her story of how Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. She is a hero and we have her back,” explained Shaunna Thomas, a co-founder of the women’s advocacy group. “Violence against women should have no place in our society and it certainly should have no place on the highest court in the nation. Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination.”

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CBS chief executive Les Moonves is departing amid probe into allegations of sexual misconduct

(Washington Post)

Activists have been equally vocal about the move. Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of the women’s rights group Ultraviolet, also decried any possible payment.

“CBS’ decision to fire Moonves for cause is clearly the right decision. If they reward Moonves’ decades of sexual harassment with a massive golden parachute, it will be shameful and compounds the damage of his decades of unchecked abuse,” she wrote in a message to The Post. “As the first Fortune 500 company executive to be held accountable, CBS is setting the new standard that should become the norm across corporate America: ‘if you abuse women, you lose your job and your golden parachute.’”

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