Policy & Advocacy
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6/15/2018

Humanmade, a new San Francisco-based nonprofit, will train low-income Bay Area residents for jobs in 3D printing, laser cutting and other manufacturing fields, and help connect them with job opportunities. "There are more manufacturing jobs than ever and a lot of companies are struggling to fill them," says founder Ryan Spurlock.

6/15/2018

Indiana businessman Sam Shine has donated 6,200 acres of land adjacent to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The gift creates a nearly 100-mile conservation corridor along the coast.

6/14/2018

Inspector General Michael Horowitz will release a report today about his investigation into the handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails in 2016. The report is expected to place blame on former FBI Director James Comey for going against department guidelines and potentially former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for decisions she made.

6/14/2018

As anticipated, the Federal Reserve announced a one-quarter of a percentage point increase in its benchmark lending rate this week and signaled its intention for more rate hikes this year. Analysts say investors and homebuyers will especially feel the negative effects of this and future rate increases.

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6/14/2018

Women and people of color are struggling to be heard in film reviews as 77.8% are written by men and 82% are written by white critics, while just 22.2% are written by women and 18% are written by individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds, a new report from Associate Professor Stacy L. Smith and USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has found. Researchers evaluated 19,559 reviews of the 100 top-grossing films of 2017 posted on Rotten Tomatoes and noted that of the designated top critics, 76% were men and 24% were women, while just 2.5% were women of color. "The very individuals who are attuned to the under- and misrepresentation of females on screen and behind the camera are often left out of the conversation and critiques," said Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

6/14/2018

Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, was honored for her work fighting to end discrimination in Hollywood at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards Wednesday night, alongside several actors, including Brie Larson and Regina Hall, filmmaker Kimberly Peirce and ABC President Channing Dungey. "But what about people with disabilities? It's really about intersectionality," Di Nonno said. "When people think about diversity and inclusion, they forget gender and they forget that people can be a little bit of everything." Larson also used her time to highlight USC Annenberg's new research, which shows major gender and racial disparities among film critics.

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6/14/2018

Hiring more women in positions of power and people from diverse backgrounds is the only way to combat ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination in the entertainment industry, said directors and producers speaking at the PGA's Produced By conference, moderated by Gail Berman, PGA co-president and CEO of The Jackal Group. "The best way to fight this is to have inclusion, have a 50-50 crew," said director/producer Paul Feig. "The studios are now feeling like they need to do something, like they need to make a change," added Nicole Brown, senior vice president of TriStar Pictures.

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6/14/2018

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes will write and produce a series based on Jessica Pressler's New York Magazine story, "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People." This is Rhimes' first project with Netflix since signing a five-year deal with the company.

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6/14/2018

Women working in craft professions as script supervisors, production coordinators, assistant production coordinators and art department coordinators earn hundreds to thousands of dollars less per week than men working in male-dominated craft professions, according to a new study funded by the union IATSE Local 871. In response to the report, a coalition of advocacy groups, including Women in Media, the National Women's Law Center and the ACLU have signed an open letter calling for equal pay. "It is no longer acceptable for employees in traditionally female-dominated classifications...to be stuck with low wages that oftentimes make it difficult to make ends meet, especially in expensive cities like Los Angeles," the letter stated.

6/14/2018

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's budget would be subject to congressional appropriations beginning in fiscal 2020 under a spending bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee. The bill would give the IRS $11.6 billion for fiscal 2019, $186 million more than the budget in fiscal 2018.

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