Bill Cosby tendered his resignation Monday, as his fellow board members were reportedly preparing to discuss whether he would remain on the Temple University board. The resignation comes in the wake of allegations of sexual assault made by women against the famous comedian.
After a damning article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity erupted in a firestorm of negative press, school officials leapt into action. But the timing of their response suggests it is more a public relations strategy rather than a real attempt to effect change.
With a grand jury failing to indict Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s murder, the country is left asking if justice is even possible anymore.
Activists and citizens in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country gathered in the streets Monday night to protest the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer.
“For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should ‘let the system work,’ and wait to see what the results are,” protesters and supporters in Ferguson explain in their open letter. “The results are in. And we still don’t have justice.”
Bill Cosby has been an active member of the Temple community and a significant donor, and is a member of the school’s board of trustees. Temple is also one of 55 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly mishandling students’ sexual assault claims under Title IX.
The Austin police chief’s response to two officers that cracked rape jokes—implying that “their heart[s] were in the right place”—is just the latest demonstration of a department culture that appears to be uninterested in addressing the needs of the city’s most marginalized citizens.
It seems like every week, there’s another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student. Though the circumstances of each case are different, one thing should be clear to us: The young people involved are never at fault.
Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.
As a continuing issue, the quiet, day-to-day use of sterilization as a weapon to infringe upon reproductive rights—especially those of disabled people—rarely bubbles up into the public consciousness.