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UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union schedules protest following “false arrests” on campus

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RACHAEL GARNER

Students of color at The University of California-Berkeley’s Black Student Union have announced plans to orchestrate protest today (March 20) following the charges filed against two of the institution’s students.

The university’s public-affairs department released a statement on Tuesday revealing news regarding the recent arrest made by University of California police in response to a March 8 report.

The two students were allegedly spotted on campus by authorities, with one carrying a stun-gun, which is prohibited on campus by property by law.

“Following standard practice, officers asked her not to touch the weapon and told her that, due to safety concerns, he would need to take it from her,” the statement said.

“When the officer then reached for the stun device, a struggle ensued between the officer and the owner, as well as the second individual who sought to intervene.”

In that statement, Marc Fisher, UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for administration, said that “we recognize this arrest has become a racial issue for some of our community members. We are committed to supporting a fair and thorough investigation, and to taking the steps necessary to maintain a relationship of trust with our community and our guests while ensuring their safety.”

BSU plans to rally outside the campus near Golden Bear restaurant at noon Wednesday and asked that participants wear black to protest what it called police brutality.

“The constant targeting and harm directed at Black people is repugnant and unacceptable. We are calling on the black community and our allies to advocate for black lives on this campus through direct action,” demanding that all charges against the students be dropped, the statement said.

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Ava DuVernay addresses Boycott against Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein’s role in the convictions of five boys falsely confessing to raping a woman in Central Park with no physical evidence is now being reexamined.
The “Central Park 5” case was one of the most publicized of the 1980s. Film director Ava DuVernay released a chilling Netflix mini-series, dubbed When They See Us recounting the racial injustices during the case.
The hashtag #CancelLindaFairstein began trending via Twitter, with users demanding a boycott of the prosecutor-turned-novelist’s books.
DuVernay is finally speaking out concerning the uproar. Take a look at her sit-down with CNN.

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Missouri on track to become first state without an abortion clinic

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According to Planned Parenthood, Missouri’s last abortion clinic could possibly close its doors by the end of the week due to the state’s pending decision on whether or now it will renew the business’ license.

In a teleconference on Tuesday (May 28), Planned Parenthood reps reported that the current license for the St. Louis clinic expires Friday.

If a renewal is not set in place, the organization claims Missouri would become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

“This is not a drill,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president, and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This is not a warning. This is real and it’s a public health crisis.”

Gov. Parson signed a bill Friday banning abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Source: AP

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Ellen DeGeneres reveals she was sexually assaulted as a teen

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Entertainment veteran Ellen DeGeneres admits she was sexually assaulted as a teenager.

DeGeneres, 61, recently detailed about the traumatic experience which she alleges occurred after her mother Betty married “a very bad man” and was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly afterwards.

Speaking on Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’, she said: “He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine.

“Again, because I didn’t know about bodies, I don’t know that breasts are all different and … Anyway, he convinced me that he needs to feel my breasts and then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time.”

The daytime talk show host – who explained her mother Betty is “apologetic” about everything – also added she didn’t want to tell her mum about the incident at the time because she “knew that would ruin her happiness”.

Revealing why she has chosen to open up about the alleged abuse now, she said: “I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t … I was too weak to stand up to … I was 15 or 16.

“It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not, you know, ever let someone do that … I should never have protected her.

“I should have protected myself and I didn’t tell her for a few years and then I told her. And then she didn’t believe me and then she stayed with him for 18 more years. And finally left him because he’d changed the story so many times.”

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