By Nick Baum
TUESDAY – 5/8/18
The attorney general for the state of New York Eric Schneiderman has resigned amidst allegations of sexual abuse, including four different women accusing him in the last several hours. As attorney general, Schneiderman was in charge of looking over the operations of every major department in the state, as well as serving as top lawyer for the state itself.
However, he claimed that while “he contests” these allegations, he believes that the controversy surrounding him has made his role ineffective, and resigning late Monday, May 7. Schneiderman had also spoken for the #MeToo movement, and had campaigned for women’s rights before.
The attorney general also tried to sue Harvey Weinstein, as well as applauding women for speaking up about their harassers and encouraged more to do the same. In an interview with the New Yorker, two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said they had both been in relationships with Schneiderman, complaining that he choked and slapped them around, forcing them to seek medical treatment.
Full statement here: “It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”
Sources: CNN, The Washington Post, The New Yorker
By Nick Baum
Edited by Alex Baum
THURSDAY – 4/12/18
Oklahoma, New Jersey, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arizona are just a few of the states whose public school teachers are rallying for higher education, as well as better funding for public schools in terms of materials, supplies, and anything that can help a teacher in the classroom.
For example, in Oklahoma, there have been ongoing protests by teachers for a week. Still, there has been no new legislation to satisfy the protestors. Instead, earlier in the week, the Oklahoma state legislature passed a new funding bill, taking money away from coal miners and oil companies and into education.
However, this still wasn’t enough with many teachers, as protests continued in the capital of Oklahoma City. A march comprised of teachers walked from Tulsa to the state capital, which spanned almost the entire protest itself. The future of these protests is unclear, but the action continues to pop up in other states.
Sources: CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News
By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 4/4/18
Today has marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights activist and spokesperson. He was fatally shot at a Memphis hotel in the early hours of April 4th, 1968 by James Earl Ray.
Today, MLK is being remembered for his long term action promoting civil rights for African Americans, and most famously known for his March on Washington, and speaking his famous “I have a dream” speech to the crowd.
Martin Luther King’s three surviving children, MLK III, Dexter, and Bernice detailed their thoughts about him and their memories to CBS News. They detailed on how they vaguely remember King himself, but it’s hard to forget his true heroism.
Sources: CBS News, History.com
By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 3/30/18
News came out that officer Blane Salamoni had finally been fired after a 2016 incident involving the killing of black citizen Alton Sterling. The shooting occurred in Baton Rouge in the spring of 2016 and sparked new Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.
The killing was recorded with a police body camera, which depicted officer Salamoni yelling profanities at Sterling at a convenience store, then firing six shots, killing Sterling dead at the scene.
Charges have finally been brought against Salamoni, and officer Howley Lake II whom was also at the scene has been suspended from the force for three days. The disciplinary actions against the two officers have been decided by chief Murphy Paul after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry didn’t charge the officers and the Department of Justice refused to investigate in May.
Sources: CNN, The New York Times
By Nick Baum
Yesterday, protests across the nationwide were started in efforts for better gun control, and less school shootings. The March for our Lives campaign was started after 17 students were killed when Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The march itself, organized by student survivors of the shooting, drew in large numbers across the nation, with the largest being in Washington D.C. There was also a rally and concert in Parkland, and was in memoriam for the 17 students whom were killed in the massacre.
The marches themselves also met little to no opposition, despite there being a few counter protests in Washington DC, supporting the second amendment. Speakers at the Washington event included survivors of the shooting, and Martin Luther King’s granddaughter, whom also used his famous “I have a dream” speech to promote more gun control.
Sources: CBS, NJ 12 News
By Nick Baum
It’s that time of the year again, International Women’s Day. The day was created to represent female empowerment and rights, while creating a pride to be female. March 8, the official date of the holiday, has been celebrated world wide, but this year has contained the biggest celebration so far.
The fast food chain McDonald’s swapped their famous yellow arch logo on many of their signs, turning it upside down so instead of an “M” for McDonald’s, it is a “W” for women. The chicken fast food chain KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken, changed their logo for the day by making their Colonel Sanders logo into a girl, a controversial yet celebrated decision by many.
The day has also been made infamous for the number of times the holiday “International Men’s Day” has been looked up. On Google, 3/5 of the search “When is International Men’s Day?” has been asked on International Women’s Day. (Hint, it’s November 19, mark your calendars, guys.)
Sources: Google, Business Insider