Yesterday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who formerly served as the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was charged by French officials with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement with prostitution rings in Paris and Washington DC in 2010 and 2011. Strauss-Kahn could face up to 20 years in jail.
A civil suit filed by a New York hotel maid alleging that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulting a New York her in May has been postponed by a New York court. The woman, a 32-year-old African immigrant, stated that Strauss-Kahn attacked her after pulling her into his hotel room. The woman stated she eventually was able to escape and was treated for minor injuries at Roosevelt Hospital. Prosecutors dropped criminal charges due to a lack of credible evidence.
In 2008, Strauss-Kahn admitted to having inappropriate relations with a woman employee at IMF, although the IMF executive board stated at the time that "there was no harassment, favoritism or any other abuse of authority by the managing director." Prior to becoming managing director of IMF in 2007, Strauss-Kahn served as a former French finance minister, national legislator, and economics professor. He has been leading in the polls in France not only as the Socialist Party presidential candidate but also against incumbent President Sarkozy.
Media Resources: CNN 3/27/12; CBS 3/26/12; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/16/12
8/31/2015 Chicago Activists Continue Hunger Strike to Save Predominately Black Public High School - Chicago residents have entered the second week of their hunger strike protesting the closure of Dyett High School, in the predominately African-American Bronzeville neighborhood located on the South Side of Chicago.
Parents and community members are calling on the Chicago Board of Education to keep Dyett - the only open-enrollment, neighborhood school in its area - open and accept a community plan to revitalize the school with a focus on science and green technology. . . .
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .