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PARIS — That’s a wrap.
To mark the launch of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s fall collection, inspired by Sixties youth culture, Dior has encased its Paris headquarters at 30 Avenue Montaigne with the colorful collage that served as the backdrop for her ready-to-wear show in February.
Among the torn images, culled from the protest and feminist posters of the May 1968 student uprising in France, are phrases such as “Women Empowerment,” “Youthquake” and “C’est non, non, non et non!” — a slogan that appeared originally on a Miss Dior scarf, but has a particular resonance in the #MeToo era.
“It was a moment of great change, and this is also a moment of big change, so the reference is because in ’68, like now, the young generation sent us a message. We have to listen to them and understand what they are really saying,” said Chiuri, who has championed a feminist agenda since joining the house in 2016.
Also in the patchwork of images is an archival photo showing a woman demonstrating in London in the Sixties brandishing a sign proclaiming “Dior Unfair to Mini Skirts,” an early example of a female consumer expressing dissatisfaction with the status quo, Chiuri noted with amusement.
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Thousands of Students Walk Out of Classrooms in Nationwide Protest Against Gun Violence

In a nationwide protest against gun violence, students across the country exited their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — a minute for each of the victims killed during the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In an effort to peacefully protest gun violence, the organizers of the January 2017 Women’s March created National Walkout Day to coincide with the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 victims were fatally shot.

More than 185,000 students from more than 2,500 schools were expected to participate.

“There’s gun violence in our schools and on our streets and we want to show the members of Congress and other adults in our lives that we are fed up with being unsafe,” Madison Thomas, national college coordinator for Women’s March Youth Empower, told PEOPLE. “We’re finally taking a stand and showing unified support for gun reform.”

Students around the nation have planned walkouts, including at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Communities with schools where other mass shootings occurred such as Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, are expected to hold walkouts as well.

Some school districts across the country have threatened disciplinary action against students who walk out.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Juvenile Defender Center will be staffing a legal referral hotline to connect students and/or their parents to local attorneys. The hotline number is 1-857-529-9373 (1-857-LAWYER3).

The wave of support for laws to prevent gun violence continues to surge. The student-organized March For Our Lives will take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C. There will be hundreds of sibling marches held across the world, according to the march’s website.

Students across the country will be showing their support through social media. EMPOWER, the group organizing the protest, is using the hashtag #ENOUGH, and students are also using the hashtags #NeverAgain and #StudentsStandUp.

To help you make your voice heard — and to let your representatives know you will vote on the issue of sensible gun legislation — PEOPLE has released its Call to Action with the contact information for every single voting member of Congress.

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Minnesota Museum To Remove Gallows Exhibit After Native American Protest

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has agreed to remove a controversial outdoor “gallows” sculpture following protests by local Native Americans. The large work includes design elements of seven different historical U.S. gallows, including one used to hang 38 Dakota Indians in the state in 1862.

“I regret the pain that this artwork has brought to the Dakota community and others,” museum executive director Olga Viso said in a statement announcing the decision that was posted on Facebook Saturday. “This is the first step in a long process of healing.”

The two-story structure entitled “Scaffold,” created in 2012 by Los Angeles artist Sam Durant and inspired by a dark history of American hangings, was intended as a criticism of capital punishment. But many in the local community considered it insensitive. The hanging of the “Dakota 38” after the U.S.-Dakota War in Minnesota was the largest state-sanctioned mass execution in U.S. history.

The artist now supports dismantling his exhibit, Viso’s statement said, and has told the museum’s executive director: “It’s just wood and metal ― nothing compared to the lives and histories of the Dakota people.”

“I am in agreement with the artist that the best way to move forward is to have Scaffold dismantled in some manner and to listen and learn from the elders,” she added.

Viso said she had hoped the choice of the work would trigger a valuable dialogue and increased awareness about capital punishment and violence. “I regret that I did not better anticipate how the work would be received in Minnesota, especially by Native audiences. I should have engaged leaders in the Dakota and broader Native communities in advance of the work’s siting,” she wrote in an open letter last week.

The details of how the work will be dismantled will be determined in meetings this week with tribal elders.

The large work ― with steps for visitors to climb to the gallows ― was to be one of 18 new works in a renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center to be unveiled June 3.

Protesters on the scene applauded the decision when it was announced, but many plan to camp out at the space until the exhibit is removed. And anger has still been running high, with some on the scene brandishing signs reading: “This isn’t art; this is murder.”

James Cross, who identifies as Anishinaabe and Dakota, told the Pioneer Press that the decision to erect the scaffold without any input from the Native American community was a “slap in the face.” 

“Scaffold” was praised by critics when it was shown in 2012 in Germany and in Scotland.

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These Cheeky Marc Jacobs Hats Let You Protest Donald Trump In Style

What do Marc Jacobs and President Donald Trump have in common? Not a whole lot, but they do both have ideas about what they want to make America. 

Jacobs’ “Make American Marc Again” hats, which retail for $ 65, are a play on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, widely used by various people as a form of resistance. It’s the most fashionable interpretation of the movement yet. 

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The product description reads that the hats are “a mantra to get you motivated,” and Jacobs recently posted a photo of the hats with only the caption “Just sayin’” on Instagram. Not much context, but then, the hats pretty much speak for themselves. 

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Jacobs has not shied away from making his political views clear since well before the election. He was one of the designers that created T-shirts for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and has spoken openly about his refusal to dress first lady Melania Trump.

“I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump,” he told WWD in November 2016, adding, “personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters.”

Buying a trucker hat embossed with this mantra might not be doing anything to help those people, but it’s certainly a fashionable way to protest.

Head to Marc Jacobs to shop. 

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Harrods Responds to Hospitality Workers Protest

Harrods has responded to a protest by its hospitality staff  by agreeing to stop taking a cut of tips left by diners.
Earlier this month, the British union United Voices of the World organized a protest outside the luxury department store amid an ongoing dispute over restaurant tips.
The union, which represents hospitality workers’ rights, complained that Harrods holds 75 percent of tips left by diners, which should be left to wait staff. It did not involve any of the retail workers. After the protest, Harrods confirmed that the company was directly engaging with its employees to review the internal “tronc” system which manages the distribution of the service charge.
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Wieners Rush Red Carpet To Protest Australia’s ‘Sausage Fest’ Film Awards

A group of women filmmakers wearing sausage costumes rushed the red carpet at one of Australia’s most prestigious screen awards to protest a lack of female nominees this year.

Sixteen members of the Women in Film and Television New South Wales chapter chanted “end the sausage party” on the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards red carpet Wednesday, interrupting live broadcastings of the event.

In the SBS World News Facebook Live video below, you can see protesters chanting and handing out flyers about their demonstration. Then one demonstrator yells,“Sausage roll!” That prompts all the protesters to drop to the floor and roll around the carpet.  

Protesters shouted out, “Gender roles not sausage rolls!” as security escorted activists off the red carpet, onlookers reported. One video that the Guardian’s Steph Harmon posted to Twitter appears to show a guard aggressively pushing a demonstrator. But WIFT president and sausage party protester Sophie Mathisen said the group was not surprised by the response. 

“None of the protestors were significantly roughed up, we were pushed around,” she said in an email to The Huffington Post. “You know, I think that the adrenaline meant that we didn’t really pay too much attention.”

WIFT supports Australia’s entertainment industry adopting a quota system to increase the number of women working in film and television. Research shows that when more women work in roles behind the camera, there is greater gender diversity on screen as well. 

“Women are making more content than ever before and this year’s nominations in not only feature films but also television categories are not at all reflective of this fact, a deeply disappointing and shameful situation for a body that proclaims to celebrate the width and breadth of screen excellence,” Mathisen said in a statement.

For those considering staging their own sausage party protests, Mathisen said that WIFT is making the costumes available for loan

“We think that this is a really important stance, something that we hope catches on,” she said. “There is disparity in a number of different industries, not just film industries, so it’s important that we actually start to call out these institutional biases and really raise awareness for them and institute change.”

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5 Cooper Union Trustees Resign In Protest

Five the 23 members of the Cooper Union board of trustees resigned Tuesday.

Chairman Emeritus Mark Epstein, board vice chairman Francois de Menil, Daniel Libeskind, Monica Vachher and Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill each called it quits Tuesday from the governing body of the New York City college. Epstein, Libeskind and Vachher released letters of resignation, and all three cited frustrations over their attempt to make Cooper Union more financially stable.

Their resignations come as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigates the financial practices of the board, the Wall Street Journal notes, and leaves the fate of the unpopular school president up in the air. The board had recently offered to let Bharucha go if Schneiderman would call off the inquiry. 

Students and faculty have protested the board and Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha for the past few years over a decision to start charging tuition, which the trustees said was needed to address a mounting deficit. The college had never actually charged tuition, instead offering full scholarships to all students. As many as half of the undergraduates starting in fall 2014 were only given scholarships to cover 50 percent of the tuition costs.

Cooper Union was long known as an esteemed arts, architecture and engineering that was one of the last remaining higher education institutions to waive tuition for all students. 

According to a copy of the resignation letters posted on the Committee to Save Cooper Union’s website, Epstein wrote:

As a donor, I am withdrawing my financial support for the college. Although I respect the rights of those of the faculty, alumni, and students, to act as they see fit, I no longer want to support them.

If the schools fail in the future, it will not be due to the change in the scholarship policy (a major part of the sustainability plan) as some will claim. It will be due to the organized opposition to it.

I’ve spent a good part of the last 30 years being pretty active for the benefit of The Cooper Union. These were not easy decisions to make.

Vachher stated in her letter of resignation:

Regrettably, it has become clear that these fiduciary goals are not shared by many on the board, and that the board is unwilling to make or support often difficult decisions that would be in the long-term best interests of the institution.

Adding his take, Libeskind wrote:

As an alumnus of the school who had joined the Board recently, I expected that in this difficult time of change, there would be a meaningful and open discussion – one which would assure Cooper Union’s stability and future.  My experience was far from that.

I do not support the leadership and direction of this Board.  I believe that decisions being taken are not in the best interest of Cooper Union.

Cooper Union alumna and activist Victoria Sobel told Hyperallergic, “What these people have in common is that not only were they tuition supporters, but they were also the staunchest Jamshed Bharucha administration supporters.”

The college regrets that the trustees resigned, board chairman Richard Lincer told the Journal, but each of the “difficult decisions facing the board has been discussed openly and thoroughly with all viewpoints heard from.”

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Illustrators Protest Qatar’s Alleged World Cup Labor Abuses With Redesigned Logos


Preparations for the 2022 World Cup, to be held in Qatar, may have already cost at least 1,200 people their lives, even though the event itself is still seven years away. If current trends continue, nearly 4,000 people will die constructing stadiums by the time the World Cup actually begins — a shocking 62 people per game played, according to a report by the International Trade Union Confederation.

Migrant workers building World Cup infrastructure have allegedly been forced to work up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week in blistering summer temperatures of 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more, according to an Amnesty International report. Many workers are said to be living in “squalid” conditions, with employers holding on to their identification cards and exit visas and treating the workers themselves “like animals.”

The competition and its sponsor, FIFA, have already come under intense scrutiny due to allegations of bribery and human rights abuses. Fourteen senior FIFA officials were indicted on Wednesday for racketeering conspiracy and corruption, and although Qatar was cleared of corruption allegations last year, Swiss authorities have announced investigations into both Qatar’s and Russia’s World Cup bids. FIFA has said that neither hosting invitation will be rescinded.

Qatar has promised reforms amid the damning reports, but the government has thus far mostly failed to deliver. Meanwhile, four of FIFA’s primary sponsors — Sony, Adidas, Visa and Coca-Cola — have called for investigations into the allegations, but none have pulled out of the World Cup.

As the controversy continues to grow, dozens of illustrators have come together to shed light on the issue. Many of them posted “anti-logos” on Reddit to protest the major sponsors still attached to the World Cup. The art and design blog Bored Panda has compiled some of the best of these images.

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Protest Music and the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution

These days, I watch the news feeds from Hong Kong. I only half-listen to the announcers, the people on the barricades or the experts. Instead, I listen to what’s going on behind the live shots of the talking heads in front of the action. I’m listening for music.

Hong Kong’s courageous Umbrella Revolution already has a soundtrack of its own. One song is “Under a Vast Sky” by Beyond, Hong Kong’s greatest rock band, with lines that still resonate many years after the song’s first release: “Forgive me for embracing freedom in my life.”
The other is “Do You Hear the People Sing,” the anthem at the heart of the musical Les Miserables: “It is the music of the people/Who will not be slaves again.”
But I’m actually listening for another song, or songs — songs that have inspired captive peoples for hundreds of years. I’m listening for “We Shall Overcome,” “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round,” “We Shall Not be Moved,” “This Little Light of Mine.” At some point, a microphone will capture a protest spiritual or a freedom song in Hong Kong.

I know this because those songs have been sung in the Arab Spring and on Tiananmen Square and at a thousand thousand rallies, protests, mass meetings and jails around the world, just as they were sung in Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago and Memphis.

According to Zora Neale Hurston, these songs were first spread by High John de Conquer, the African American mythic spirit of survival and defiance. From slavery to the civil rights era, High John sped along the mystic grapevine of black America, spreading courage and hope. Today High John is spread by social media.

In early September, a man named Bob Kraft — who I do not know — posted on his Facebook page a call for pro-democracy forces to gather at the Hong Kong Wall at Hong Kong’s Central Government office where all assembled would hear the stories and learn the freedom songs of the American civil rights movement. I don’t know how many people showed up — if any. But if not then or there, then High John de Conquer took the message somewhere else, again and again and again.

People sing freedom songs because they have power. Christian people, Islamic people, Jewish people and people with no religious faith at all sing them. They have been orally transmitted from generation to generation in an almost apostolic succession, waiting only for the need to arise. Like ancient stories of King Arthur, said sleeping dreamlessly under some hill in Wales, waiting to be summoned in the time of England’s greatest need, the protest spirituals and freedom songs are always there. Waiting. Waiting to be called upon again.

I have spent the last eight years tracking these songs, from the fragmentary records of the Antebellum South to the singing of “We Shall Overcome” at the funeral of every great African American freedom fighter for the last fifty years. I have immersed myself in them. When I hear them sung on a scratchy recording of a nameless mass meeting near Greenwood, Mississippi, the hairs rise on my forearms. Brother, there is power here.

One of the great heroes of the civil rights movement, Bernice Johnson Reagon, once said, “When you get together at a mass meeting, you sing the songs which symbolize
transformation, which make that revolution of courage inside you. You raise a freedom song.”

So, each night, I flip among ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera or PBS and listen for the sounds of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution. I’m listening to history being made, to history being sung. I’m listening for the digital footsteps of High John de Conquer.

Robert Darden is an Associate Professor of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media at Baylor University. His book Nothing But Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement will be released this month from Penn State University Press.
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Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki And 2 Congressmen Plan Protest Of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ At Metropolitan Opera

NEW YORK (AP) — Some big-name politicians are joining Jewish protesters in a growing firestorm against an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Gov. George Pataki and two U.S. congressmen are among hundreds expected outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the Met premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” It’s based on the 1985 murder of a disabled Jewish passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. The 69-year-old New York retiree was shot in his wheelchair and pushed overboard.

Organizers plan to bring 100 symbolic wheelchairs to the rally at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

The Met already has canceled its planned November movie theater and radio broadcasts of American composer John Adams’ 1991 work amid pressure from Jewish groups — especially the Anti-Defamation League — whose members say the music romanticizes Klinghoffer’s killers, along with the opening “Chorus of Exiled Palestinians.”

Met General Manager Peter Gelb warned the broadcasts could trigger anti-Semitism overseas.

But opera expert Fred Plotkin says the work depicts the Klinghoffers as the moral backbone.

“Does this opera present the killers in a favorable light? No,” he says. “Are the Klinghoffers far and away the most sympathetic characters in the opera, the ones we care about most? I believe so.”

The opera has been a lightning rod since February, when it was first scheduled for this season.

The opposition is now reaching fever pitch, with word spreading that protesters may try to disrupt Monday’s performance.

It’s the second large New York demonstration against the work since the Met’s Sept. 22 season opening night, when protesters carried signs that read “Klinghoffer Opera/Propaganda Masquerading as Art” and jeered at arriving spectators.

Plotkin notes that many “Klinghoffer” opponents have never seen the work.

The Met is advertising it with the slogan: “See it. Then decide.”

“The Death of Klinghoffer” was first premiered in Brussels in 1991, with little controversy, then in various European cities as well as at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it was greeted with both praise and anger — especially from Klinghoffer’s two daughters.

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Is ‘Let It Go’ a Protest Song for the Toddler Set?

At any given moment in America right now, thousands, perhaps millions of children are belting out the platinum hit from Frozen, “Let It Go.” Some of their moms are singing along, mainly because it’s impossible to get this tune out of your head.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song. I liked the movie. Idina Menzel has some serious pipes, as she will prove once again when she performs “Let It Go” at the Oscars on Sunday. But I worry that I’ll have a hard time sitting through her big number, because if I hear that song one more time I might stick my head in the oven. My daughters sing it, my niece sings it, my friend’s two sons sing it. A kid on the subway sang it at the top of her lungs on my 3 train the other day, all the way from Clark Street in Brooklyn to Times Square. Her father looked stricken and glassy-eyed. The song has been streamed 25 million times; the sheet music is sold out and on a three month backorder. It’s the show-stopping climax of the sing-along version of Frozen, in theaters now.

You have to ask yourself why “Let it Go” has imprinted so strongly on kids. Why is this hit bigger than other good ditties, like “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid or “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast? Here’s my theory: It’s a protest song for the under-12 set. They’ve had it up to here with our modern parenting methods in general, and our approach to discipline in particular. They don’t want to sit under the “peace tree” or earn another good-behavior sticker on yet another chart, and they especially don’t want to take a freaking time out. Just look at the lyrics of “Let It Go” and tell me Elsa isn’t in a time out (aka a “kingdom of isolation”), enraged and defiant and subverting the dynamic by embracing her exile.

“Let it go, let it go,
Can’t hold you back anymore.
Let it go, let it go,
Turn my back and slam the door.
Here I stand, and here I’ll stay.
Let it go, let it go…
The cold never bothered me anyway.”

Like so many parents of my generation, I practiced the time-out as a sensitive, well-reasoned response to naughtiness. So much better than spanking, right? My dad used to spank me when I was really, really bad. It always went like this: He would get home from work, hear about my crime, set me up at the end of a hallway that ran the length of our apartment, and give me a good swat. Then I was free to run down what I always thought of as The Spanking Hall, screaming at the top of my lungs. But after that, it was over. I’d come back and everyone would sit together, a little red in the face, eating dinner. We all felt bad, but no one was banished.

Just so we’re clear, I’m not advocating a return to corporal punishment. But perhaps we’re overusing the disciplinary alternatives in our quest to make sure our kids share, behave in restaurants, sit still at circle time and never go bonkers with a Sharpie. Should we give our kids a little more slack, before this songfest becomes a full-on revolt? Next time one of my daughters legitimately screws up, you know what I’m planning to do: [Sing it with me] Let it go.
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