By Allison Lantagne
Hey y’all, welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly! Today is January 26th, 2018. Happy Friday!
In the midst of a shutdown that began on the anniversary of Trump’s first year in office, women came out for Women’s March 2.0 in cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, and even Palm Beach, Florida, home of Trump’s infamous Mar-a-Lago.
After a three-day showdown, both chambers of Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 8th. This bill has been criticised by more left-leaning democrats as it does not protect the status of immigrant DREAMers in any way, but it is possible that the DREAM act will be addressed by congress in the upcoming weeks.
The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles became the champions of their respective conferences this past Sunday, officially paving their path to the Super Bowl next week.
This Monday marked the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that constitutionally protected a woman’s right to an abortion free of undue burden via the 14th amendment guarantee of right to privacy. This anniversary is especially poignant as a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation currently hangs idle in the senate awaiting a vote.
Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison this week for his decades-long sexual abuses as a doctor for the United States Gymnastics team. He had also previously served at Michigan State University. Lindsey, an MSU student, writes more about this here. The case was widely followed, with over 100 of Nassar’s survivors giving victim statements at the trial. The presiding judge of this case, Rosemarie Aquilina, said to Nassar “You have not yet owned what you did. You still think somehow you are right, you’re a doctor, that you’re entitled, so you don’t have to listen. That you did ‘treatment.’ I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.” and, later, “I just signed your death warrant.” Nassar, who was already facing 60 years on child pornography charges, will now serve a minimum sentence of 100 years for the combined crimes.
Also this week, reports surfaced of a conversation between Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer about the wage gap between white women and women of color. While specifics are not discussed about how much Chastain and Spencer make comparatively, black women typically make 60 cents on a man’s dollar, whereas white women earn 75 cents. After Chastain and Spencer had this conversation, Chastain offered to tie her deal to Spencer’s in their upcoming film with Universal Pictures, so that Spencer could be assured to be making an equitable salary. Chastain has been praised for using her privilege to bring attention to those who have fewer advantages than she does.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced this week that she is pregnant with her second child. She will be the first sitting US senator to give birth. Duckworth is also a former Lt. Colonel who lost her legs while serving in Iraq.
That just about wraps up this week, folks. Your pop-culture plug is (four-category-nominated!!) Get Out. I watched this movie despite not being a horror fan and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to watch it again and see what I missed the first time. I’ll see y’all next Friday. Go forth and be news-savvy.