by on September 11, 2018
Clockwise from top: Cynthia Nixon, Zephyr Teachout, Jessica Ramos, Letitia James. On September 13, New Yorkers will head to the polls for their state primaries. The 2018 Midterms are of crucial interest nationwide, from the upstart Democrats running to oust Republicans to the progressives seeking to replace long-term Democrats and push their party further to the left. In New York, a state that’s both widely blue and also widely rife with corruption, we’re seeing a flood of the latter. It’...
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by on August 27, 2018
On her final tour, her irony-free mix of politics and song seems as relevant as ever. Joan Baez during one of her final concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Joan Baez watched the mayor of Charleston, S.C., work himself to the point of tears. “She is going to sing not just a song, she is going to sing … the song,” John Tecklenburg declared from a makeshift stage in a downtown park. “This is a lady who’s not just talked the talk and sang the songs of our life, but she has …” an...
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by on June 10, 2018
They’re calling on the Government Accountability Office to look into the matter. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill. Even as the #MeToo movement shines a light on the pervasive problem of sexual harassment, there’s still little known about the economic costs associated with it. How much do workers and companies lose from job turnover, for example? What about the value of ideas that could have been generated if people had stayed in certain indust...
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by on May 22, 2018
A health care lifeline The federal Title X family planning program serves 4 million people annually and exists to help ensure that every person — regardless of where they live, their income, their background and whether or not they have health insurance — has access to basic preventive and reproductive health care, like birth control, cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and annual health exams. As public health leaders committed to ensuring acc...
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by on May 21, 2018
Affordable housing is vanishing as landlords exploit a broken system, pushing out rent-regulated tenants and catapulting apartments into the free market. Residents of 25 Grove Street in the West Village say they were harassed after the building changed hands in 2015. “It’s been a nightmare,” one longtime tenant said. The assault began shortly after a new owner bought the building at 25 Grove Street in June 2015. Surveillance cameras arrived first, pointed at the doors to rent-regulated...
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by on May 16, 2018
President Donald Trump waves to Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev as he leaves following a visit to the White House on May 16 In his annual disclosure of personal finances, President Trump acknowledged that he paid lawyer Michael Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 last year. Cohen and Trump defense attorney Rudolph Giuliani have both said some of that money was to reimburse Cohen for a $130,000 hush-money settlement with porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump...
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by on May 14, 2018
San Juan mayor who battled a hurricane and a president is Baccalaureate speaker Less than eight months after sparring with President Trump over the federal government’s aid to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (CAS’84) will give BU’s Baccalaureate address and receive an honorary degree. If past is indeed prologue, you could have spied Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto’s political horizon when she was in the eighth grade. Back then, the future mayor of Sa...
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by on May 14, 2018
  Arabelle Raphael says FOSTA has motivated her to start organizing within her community. On April 11, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which says websites can be held legally liable if their users post ads for prostitution, was signed into law. In the lead-up to its passage, the bill was responsible for the closure of a host of advertising and review sites used by sex workers, most prominently Craigslist Personals and Backpage, the latter of wh...
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by on May 9, 2018
For grassroots pro-choice organizations, visibility is a double-edged sword. This was especially clear during the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon cyberattack two years ago. For the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which led the event, more visibility meant the potential to raise more money to help those in need of abortion access. It also made them a target of vitriolic anti-choice trolls. During the 2016 Bowl-a-Thon, trolls pledged $66 billion in fraudulent donations, took...
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by on May 7, 2018
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is resigning amid allegations that he physically assaulted four women he dated. Schneiderman, an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, bowed to pressure from politicians, including Gov. Cuomo, who called for him to step down. "It's been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York," Schneiderman said in a statement. "In the last several hours, serious allegations, whic...
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by on April 9, 2018
When Alice Little, a legal sex worker, gave Refinery29 a peek at her life in the form of a Money Diary last year, the post received more than 300 comments. People wanted to know how Little got into this line of work and what she studied in school, and they wanted to get to know her more as a person. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALICE LITTLE. "I was struck by how muh I felt like I could easily be friends with this girl, despite the vast differences in our careers," one reader commented. Needle...
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by on March 5, 2018
Mona Marie's Poletic Justice studio in the Bronx is a hub for activism and self-love. BLACK WOMEN MAKING HISTORY: Mona Marie When the organizers of New York City's “Stripper Strike,” Gizelle Marie and Panama Pink, needed a place to meet last year, Poletic Justice was the obvious choice. “Why not a pole studio in the Bronx?” the studio’s owner, Mona Marie, said to me with a laugh. After the meeting, Poletic Justice regulars Marie and Pink took to social media to protest discriminat...
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