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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 

Educators running for office, Trump's sexual assault awareness month, a 91 year old civil rights champion

In 2016 Barack Obama proclaimed April “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention” month. Trump, being Trump, has decided to keep up the tradition as a joke, announcing recently that “sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability.”

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Last night activists staged a demonstration outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. to call him out for his own evasion of accountability, which I wrote about today for The Intercept.

Some photos from last night:


Also today at The Intercept I have a story I spent much of last week working on, looking at the four red states that recently launched teacher uprisings (West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona). In all four states the slogan “We’ll Remember In November” has become the rallying cry of educators and activists, as the legislative season winds down and they begin to turn their attention more towards the midterms.

And lastly, in CityLab I had a Q&A with Alexander Polikoff, a 91-year-old civil rights lawyer that to this day is still working to fight against housing segregation and discrimination. He’s pretty special and great.

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