In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 


Time’s Up Committee Joins Boycott of Singer R. Kelly. 

A committee for women of color within Time’s Up, an organization that played a key role in the #MeToo movement, is calling for a boycott of musician R. Kelly, who has been accused of a range of sexual misconduct.

The Time’s Up Women of Color committee, which includes director Ava DuVernay and television mogul Shonda Rhimes, asked that the music industry cut ties with the hit singer and songwriter while also seeking support for the #MuteRKelly movement that was started in 2017.


HUD Secretary Ben Carson Proposes Tripling Rent for Americans Receiving Housing Subsidies.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposes to at least triple the minimum rent that the poorest Americans pay for federally subsidized housing. According to an analysis on HUD by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, roughly 1.7 million people (including nearly 1 million children) would face eviction, hardship, and homelessness.

Current senior citizens and individuals with disabilities would be exempt from rental increases for six years if the proposal becomes law, HUD officials said.


Bill Cosby Guilty on All Three Counts in Indecent Assault Trial. 

A jury found Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.


Seattle Moves To Vacate Decades Of Marijuana Convictions.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes filed a motion Friday asking the Seattle Municipal Court to vacate all convictions and dismiss all charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession that were prosecuted in a period before marijuana was legalized statewide.

In a statement, Holmes called the motion “one small step to right the injustices of a drug war that has primarily targeted people of color.”


Seven States, Led by Texas, Sue to End DACA Program.

Texas and six other states sued the federal government in an attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The lawsuit joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia asserts that the Obama administration overstepped its authority when it created the DACA program.


Photo Courtesy of Time’s Up Now.


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