#METOO, Midterms, and Arpaio’s Upcoming Battle at the 9th Circuit
Millions of women and allies have responded to actress Alyssa Milano’s call to share stories of sexual harassment via #MeToo. The flood of responses was triggered by sexual harassment allegations against well-known Hollywood producer / director Harvey Weinstein. The goal of the movement is to stand together against sexual harassment not just in Hollywood, but in all types of workplace and social environments. Click here for some of the latest tweets and related news.
Remember that pardon for Sherriff Joe Arpaio? The embattled former sheriff from Maricopa County in Arizona asked the presiding judge to vacate his conviction for contempt relating to racial profiling. And Judge Susan R. Bolton said no. In an eloquent yet well-reasoned opinion, Judge Bolton noted the “‘power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial recordkeeping.’” Put differently, the pardon did not “revise the historical facts” of Arpaio’s conviction. Next stop: San Francisco and the 9th Circuit. Predictions, anyone?
On a local note, congrats for being down with mid-terms!!! Now get back to work . . . fighting for equality for all that is! See you next week!