News Roundup 09/24/19

Looking Forward to Paris Fashion Week

September 23rd, 2019 marked the first day of Paris Fashion Week, and there are a lot of things to look forward to! Rihanna, who is taking a break from Fenty Beauty Cosmetics to delve into the world of fashion designing, will be introducing some items from her new line at PFW. This is big change for her, considering everything she creates has only ever been released on her website. This will also be Virginie Viard’s first Paris Fashion Week since the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, who had been the creative power behind the modernized Chanel brand for years. Many attendees of Paris Fashion week are curious to see how Viard will do now that she has full control over the brand.

Source: Vice

San Francisco to Get Environmental Violation for Homelessness, Trump Says

This past Wednesday, President Donald Trump explained that his administration would soon be issuing a notice of environmental violation against San Francisco due to their problem with homelessness. Trump says what brought attention to this issue were the needles that were finding their way into the ocean. London Breed, San Francisco’s mayor, went on to call Donald Trump’s comment “ridiculous” and goes on to explain,

“San Francisco has a combined sewer system, one of the best and most effective in our country, that ensures that all debris that flow into storm drains are filtered out at the city’s wastewater treatment plants. No debris flow out into the bay or the ocean”. 

When President Donald Trump toured the new housing development in the city, he explained that he was far from satisfied with addressing homelessness the “usual” way.

Source: New York Times

Michelle Carter, Woman Who Told Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself, to Get Early Release

When Michelle Carter was 17, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy. In 2014, Carter frequently encouraged Roy to kill himself by breathing in heavy amounts of carbon monoxide. Roy was soon found dead in his car. His cell-phone was with him as well, which still had the text messages from Carter, asking if he finally did it.

Currently, at the age of 22, Carter is serving a 15-month sentence, but will be released two months earlier than her original release, despite parole being denied for her. In July, Carter’s attorneys had filed a petition for the Supreme Court to overturn her conviction, arguing that her right to freedom of speech should shield her from criminal responsibility.

Source: Huffington Post

Trump Officials Are Reportedly Pushing Their Anti-Abortion Cause to UN Members

The Trump administration continued their fight against abortion at the United Nations, and a letter asking different states to participate in this fight has reportedly been signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. This letter could give individual countries the ability to “determine the best way to protect the unborn and defend the family” and was sent to other governments who are also against abortions. These same officials are also working to get the word “gender” removed from the United Nation’s vocabulary, which many people believe is part of President Donald Trump’s campaign against those who identify themselves as transgender.

Source: Vice

The Right Wing’s War on the L.G.B.T.Q. Community

On September 16th, 2019, an Arizona Supreme Court ruling provided evidence that are many obstacles between the LGBTQ community and their rights. This issue began when Brush & Nib Studio, a company that creates wedding invitations, refused to help a gay couple even though Phoenix, Arizona has a law that prohibits discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The owners of Brush & Nib explained that designing anything that conflicts with their religious beliefs would violate their right to both freedom of religion and speech and were, therefore, exempted from the obligation to treat their customers equally.

Source: The New Yorker

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