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FBI: 12 Michigan juvenile trafficking victims rescued, 8 pimps arrested

Source: The Detroit Free Press

Twelve juvenile Michigan sex trafficking victims were rescued and eight pimps and their associates arrested last week as part of an annual, international hunt for abusers led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In all, 84 minors were rescued and 120 traffickers arrested during the FBI's 11th Operation Cross Country.

The initiative took place Oct. 12-14 in Michigan, officials said.


Nationally, the youngest victim recovered was 3 months old. The average age was 15.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/10/18/fbi-12-juvenile-trafficking-victims-rescued-michigan/777838001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

MORE needs to be done about the exploitation of our children.

Oh great, Steve Bannon is coming to metro Detroit

Source: Metro Times

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist and current chairman of the alt-right Breitbart News, Steve Bannon, will visit metro Detroit to speak at a GOP fundraiser.

The fundraiser will take place, of course, in Macomb County at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren on Wednesday, Nov. 8 — the one-year anniversary of Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Bannon (who was depicted on SNL last season as the grim reaper) ended up leaving his position at the White House in August due to clashes with other members of the administration. He has since returned to Breitbart, which routinely attacks members of the GOP who don't fully support Trump.

So it's a little bit odd that Bannon is speaking at this GOP event in Warren — especially a GOP event that is called "The Republican Unity Dinner."

Read more: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/10/18/oh-great-steve-bannon-is-coming-to-metro-detroit

Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol

Source: Los Angeles Times

A state legislator who was groped by a male lobbyist weeks after she was sworn into office. A legislative staffer-turned-lobbyist who for years would only wear pantsuits in order to project a “business-only” air. A government affairs director who faced inappropriate advances from an associate in full view of male colleagues who seemed oblivious as it happened.

As Hollywood takes a hard look at itself in the wake of the spiraling Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal, the women of California politics are publicly declaring: Us too.

More than 140 women — including legislators, Capitol staff, political consultants and lobbyists — signed a letter calling out the “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment and mistreatment that plagues their industry.

The signatories include six of 26 women in the Legislature, two retired lawmakers, a Board of Equalization member and officials from the state Democratic and Republican parties.

“As women leaders in politics, in a state that postures itself as a leader in justice and equality, you might assume our experience has been different. It has not,” read the letter, seen by the Los Angeles Times before its publication Tuesday. “Each of us has endured, or witnessed or worked with women who have experienced some form of dehumanizing behavior by men with power in our workplaces.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-women-harassment-capitol-20171017-story.html

Trump tweets vs. Fox news:


Charlottesville Hate Leader Wanted for Arrest After Protester Was Doxed and Swatted

Source: The Daily Beast

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Jason Kessler, the organizer of the August white-supremacist at the University of Virginia. Kessler is accused of sharing a protesters’ home address on Twitter, which was later followed by a false report to police that she was brandishing a gun.

The warrant was sworn out in front of a Charlottesville City magistrate for “use of a person’s identity with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass.” The Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine. Kessler was not in custody as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to a law enforcement source.

A Twitter account called New Byzantium tweeted the name, address and a photograph of the home of Emily Gorcenski. A previous tweet from that account shows it is linked to Kessler. Most of Kessler's past tweets about Gorcenski have since been deleted.


Gorcenski and another protester were pepper sprayed by Christopher Cantwell on Aug. 11, leading her to swear out a warrant on Cantwell resulting in his arrest. Cantwell is charged with illegal use of gasses and causing injury by caustic agent or explosive.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/charlottesville-hate-leader-wanted-for-arrest-after-protester-was-doxed-and-swatted?via=twitter_page

Melania Trump calls for aid to hurricane victims in new PSA

Source: The Hill

First lady Melania Trump is urging Americans to help with hurricane relief efforts in a new public service announcement, the White House announced Tuesday.

"The president and I have witnessed firsthand the compassion and commitment of Americans as friends, neighbors, and strangers continue to volunteer time and money to help one another following the recent hurricanes,” Trump says in the video, which was recorded in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Your help is still needed.”

The first lady's message comes after Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the mainland United States were battered by multiple hurricanes this season.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/355796-melania-trump-records-psa-calling-for-aid-to-hurricane-victims


Candidate for Georgia Governor is Giving Away Bump Stock Like One Used in Las Vegas Shooting

Source: Newsweek

A candidate for governor in Georgia is giving away a bump stock just weeks after a Las Vegas gunman killed 58 people after using a similar device to turn his semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon.

“Blaming guns or bump stocks for the actions of a lunatic, is the same as blaming McDonald’s for heart disease,” wrote Republican State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams in a statement announcing the raffle Monday. “An attack on bump stocks is an attack on the Second Amendment.”

Bump stocks, which fit around the grip and stock of the gun, allow the recoil from the weapon to continuously pull the trigger, modifying semi-automatic weapons to become fully automatic.

Williams said he was holding the draw “in solidarity with gun owners across the nation.”

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/candidate-georgia-governor-giving-away-bump-stock-one-used-las-vegas-shooting-686475?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

Woodland teacher suspended after kneeling during national anthem at school rally

Source: The Sacramento Bee

A Woodland High School chemistry teacher was suspended Friday for kneeling while the national anthem was played at a school assembly.

Windy Pappas had posters reading “Black Lives Matter” and “It’s okay to disagree with any sign here!!!” as the national anthem played during Woodland High’s rally to kick off homecoming week on Friday morning. She was dressed in school colors – orange and black – and had her right hand over her heart as she kneeled, based on a photo circulating on social media.

The rally proceeded without incident, but administrators later came to her classroom and escorted her to the school parking lot, she told The Daily Democrat. She has since been indefinitely suspended.

Pappas declined to comment Monday, citing a pending investigation.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article179175046.html

Pete Souza:

Carrie Fisher Is Still a Hero

Source: Jezebel

There’s been an unending stream of sexual assault stories hitting us over the last week. Let’s take a break to enjoy a story of women defending women, in which one of those women is Princess Leia.

Heather Ross is a screenwriter who was also a close friend of the late, great Carrie Fisher. The Blast reports that Ross called into 94.9 MixFM in Tucson and relayed a story to the hosts of The Morning Mix about how a Sony executive harassed her in 2000. At the time, Ross told Fisher about her harrowing experience, and Fisher decided to give the guy bothering her friend a little gift:

“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and she said, ‘I just saw (blank) at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow.’” Ross explained. “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be (clears throat) something of yours in a much smaller box!’”


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