On September 13th, the Indian Court sentenced four men to the death penalty. They were found guilty in the brutal gang rape and murder of a college student in Delhi that shook the world in December 2012. After waiting nine months for a verdict, this ruling has been met with mixed feelings from women's rights and social justice activists in India and world-wide. APF spoke with members of UN Women to discuss the implications of this high-profile case on women’s rights organizing and policy-making, and discuss India's misplaced perception of capital punishment as a means to address gender-based violence.
Riet Groenen, Chief, Ending Violence against Women Program, UN Women
Saraswathi Menon, Director, Policy Division, UN Women
In recent weeks, there's been a shake-up in the politics of policing in New York. First a court struck down the NYPD's longstanding and controversial practice of stop and frisk, ruling that the epidemic of police stops was both racially biased and unconstitutional. Then the City Council finally pushed through the Community Safety Act, landmark legislation to curb stop and frisk and beef-up oversight of officers. Earlier this month, a group of advocates from Street Wise and Safe, Queens Legal Services, and other organizations gathered at the Queens Pride House for a community forum on stop-and-frisk, to look at the unique struggles of the city’s LGBT communities, and what activists must do in the post-Bloomberg era to hold police accountable and to defend their civil rights.
With his one-man show "Universal Self," recently featured at the NYC International Fringe Festival, Kilusan Bautista uses hip hop performance and poetry to reflect on what it means to be young, confused and hyphenated, wavering between the third world and the hood. We speak with him about the evolution of his Filipino American identity and his journey as an artist and an educator.