News: #MeToo’s Original Roots, Lilly Singh is First Lady of Late Night, & More

National Domestic Workers Alliance seeks to pass federal legislation

The National Domestic Workers Alliance is an organization dedicated to advancing the recognized rights of people who work in homes and domestic settings. Currently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines a place of work as having 15 or more employees. This excludes many people, especially employees who work in domestic settings. The NDWA and many politicians such as Kamala Harris, are supporting a federal bill to protect the rights of domestic workers called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. If passed, domestic employees would benefit from federal paid overtime laws and some other protections employees are granted at workplaces with 15 or more employees. To learn more about the NDWC, visit their website here.

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Source: National Domestic Workers Alliance

#MeToo is a years old movement meant for black and brown women

The #MeToo movement that many know of today was introduced to them via Hollywood celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and the accused such as Louis C.K. and Harvey Weinstein. But MeToo was around for more than a decade prior. New York native and Civil Rights activist, Tarana Burke, started the movement as early as 2006. “#MeToo was created for black and brown girls,” Tarana shared while appearing on The Rundown with Robin Thede. In the video below, Burke and other activists discuss how MeToo was created because black and brown girls and women are often left out of rape, sexual assault, and harassment conversations despite being a large driving force behind passing legislation to protect from sexual harassment in many areas of life including the workplace.

Lilly Singh slated to replace Carson Daly show

YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will replace NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly with a late night show of her own entitled A Little Late with Lilly Singh, to premiere in September. With a 2,000 episode run, Daly concluded in March of this year. A Little Late’s name may be a bit of unintentional irony as Singh is the first woman to host a late night show on a major network. An oversight others have noted before. This opportunity is great representation for not only women, as Singh is an Indian-Canadian woman who identifies as bisexual. The late night show will be similar to her YouTube content, so fans of her channel will likely hop over to primetime to watch Singh shine in her new series.

image of Lilly Singh's YouTube banner
Lilly Singh’s YouTube banner

California passes police brutality bill

Proving yet again why its proudly touted as a progressive state, California passes a bill that introduces a legal standard for the use of deadly force by police. California governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill, Assembly Bill 392, that will include a more stringent standard of use of force. Having done his research, Newsom reported that people diagnosed with schizophrenia make up one third of the people shot by police. This legislation was reportedly inspired by the murder of California native rapper Willie McCoy. McCoy was shot at 55 times by six police officers while in his car. McCoy reportedly had a gun in his lap while leaning against his steering wheel. This legislation ensures that incidents like this in which the excessive force of six officers firing 55 rounds is not used on a barely conscious man who has yet to present himself as a threat. When numerous mass shooters who are white are safely escorted to prison by police officers, the contrast of a black man who appears to be semi-conscious in his vehicle being murdered by multiple officers because a gun is lying in his lap is a stark contrast. Other states passing similar legislation can help lessen police brutality and murder at a more national scale.

image of Willie McCoy, who six police officers shot at 55 times
R.I.P. to Willie McCoy, the victim of police homicide said to have inspired Assembly Bill 392

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