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Oregon High School Athletes Not Afraid To Promote Feminism In The Locker Room

Centennial High School athletes are fighting back against the idea that bragging about sexual assault is locker room talk.

A picture of basketball, football, soccer and cross country athletes in a locker room at the Gresham school, wearing shirts that say “Wild Feminist” has been shared over a thousand times already on Facebook. The caption to the picture reads: “Sexual Assault is not locker room banter. #wildfeminist #reptheC.”

The shirts are from Portland-based clothing company Wildfang. Emma McIlroy, CEO and founder of Wildfang, told us over the phone Friday that the Centennial picture is part of a larger movement.

“Some of us at Wildfang were pretty upset by Donald Trump’s comments,” she said, speaking about the now-infamous comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 about non consensual groping and kissing.

Trump has called those comments, “locker room talk.”

“I don’t think he gets to speak on behalf of all men,” said McIlroy. “What you’re talking about is sexual assault and not locker room banter at all.”

So McIlroy and Wildfang contacted a coach at Centennial, who helped them make the picture in the locker room happen.

“Young men are a big part of the feminist movement,” said McIlroy.

“These guys are all over the country in locker rooms right now,” she continued. “These young men are the ones who go ‘no, that’s not cool–that’s not okay” if talk of sexual assault comes up.

One of the students in the picture, 17-year-old senior and basketball player Majax Nduta, said over Facebook that he’s been playing sports since 7th grade. “Not once have I said or heard anything like what Donald Trump considered ‘locker room talk’ while in a locker room,” he told us.

“The shirt represent that sexual assault is not locker room banter,” he said, “and I truly take a stand for that.”

The young men from Centennial aren’t the only male athletes standing up for feminism and against sexual assault. Wildfang has also posted a picture of Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson in a Wild Feminist shirt in front of some lockers, with the caption: “‘Sexual assault is not locker room banter’ #wildfeminist”

McIlroy said this is just the beginning. There are already more athletes lined up who will be posting pictures like these in the coming days, including a Timbers player.

“Young men are going to change the conversation,” McIlroy said.

“This wasn’t about celebrity,” she added, “this was about the future.”


Donald Trump may have lied about donating to 9/11 charities

Republican nominee Donald Trump claims he gave generously to help his city in the dark days after the deadly terrorist attacks. But new records show a pledged promise to donate $10,000 to a major 9/11 charity must have somehow slipped his mind.

City Controller Scott Stringer conducted a review of hundreds of pages of previously sealed records of the two main 9/11 charities at the request of the Daily News, and found that Trump and his charity hadn’t donated a dime in the months after 9/11.

“For the periods covered by the audits, we did not find any record of a donation from Trump himself or a Trump entity to either the Twin Towers Fund or the New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc.,” Stringer’s office said in a statement to the Daily News in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.

This appears to contradict Trump’s prior boasts of spontaneous generosity, made as his hometown reeled from the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history. The records show that through mid-2002 there is no evidence that Trump personally or through the Trump Foundation gave to either group.

The controller’s office pointed out that because the reviewed period only covered the year after the attacks for the Twin Towers Fund, they “are unable to conclude definitively that Trump never gave to either of these two funds.”

But it’s clear that he didn’t make the donation anytime soon after the attack, when help was needed the most. And previous reporting indicates that Trump’s foundation didn’t make any major contributions after that period, either.

In the weeks after the brutal attacks, Trump pledged $10,000 to the Twin Towers Fund as part of an effort Howard Stern was pushing. A report said Trump promised the donation in late September 2001, and the Daily News obtained audio of Stern’s Oct. 10, 2001, interview with Trump where both he and co-host Robin Quivers thanked him for that donation.

“He gave us $10,000,” Quivers said.

“Yes he did, to our fund,” Stern responded.

Trump didn’t dispute that he’d made that pledge. Stern was directing people to make out checks to the NYC Public Private Initiative at the time, using the “Howard Stern Relief Fund” as a marketing hook, as the website for the charity efforts shows.

The Daily News also reviewed every Form 990, which provides financial information for nonprofit companies or charities, for the Donald J. Trump Foundation from 2001 through 2014. There are no donations to the Twin Towers Fund or the NYC Public-Private Initiative listed.

The only Sept. 11th donation in those documents was a $1,000 donation in 2006 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, a group founded by Tom Cruise that used scientifically questionable methods approved by Scientology to help rescue workers.

The only recorded major donation to 9/11 causes that Trump has made was $100,000 from his foundation — which has been bankrolled by others without any money from Trump for years — to the 9/11 Museum in April 2016, as he sought to generate headlines after Ted Cruz attacked him for his “New York values” during the primary election.

After earlier reports suggested that the Trump Foundation hadn’t given anything to any Sept. 11th charity, his campaign implied he’d made donations to the American Red Cross after the attacks.

There is no evidence that the Trump Foundation did so, and the only way for Trump to prove he did so would be to release his tax returns — something he’s stubbornly refused to do throughout his presidential run.

Though it appears Trump didn’t donate directly to the Twin Towers Fund, his ex-wife Ivana held a fund-raiser for the cause at the end of October 2001, according to a report, which said she picked up the check for the 52 guests in attendance.

Trump’s apparent lie about donating to the Twin Towers Fund is the latest example of his misleading comments about his charitable giving — and his role in helping after the 9/11 attacks.

As the Daily News previously reported, Trump lied that $150,000 his company received from a government fund created to help small businesses recover after 9/11 was for reimbursement for his helping 9/11 victims by taking them in at his nearby building at 40 Wall St.

It’s also unclear whether Trump actually did help people at 40 Wall St., as he’s said. Trump’s campaign refused to respond to multiple requests for more information about his vague claims that he “allowed people, for many months, to stay in the building (40 Wall St.), use the building and store things in the building,” as he told Time Magazine in April.

Others who were intimately involved in 9/11 recovery efforts — as well as those who worked at the building at the time — have no recollection of Trump doing what he claimed he did.

“I don’t remember,” Nancy Lara, the building’s property manager at the time, told the Daily News in a recent phone call, after saying she wasn’t “inclined to talk about it.”

Lara defended Trump’s response after the attacks, saying “he did a lot” to make sure the air quality was safe and tenants would be fine in the building, which is near Ground Zero.

“Working for that organization, I can tell you everything was above board in terms of safety studies for people,” she said.


Donald Trump Called Deaf Apprentice Marlee Matlin ‘Retarded’

Just in case you thought Donald Trump was insufficiently awful: He repeatedly called a deaf actress “retarded,” three sources tell The Daily Beast.

Trump, who was accused on Wednesday of making sexual comments to Marlee Matlin, an Oscar-winning actress who once competed on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, also apparently had a habit of insulting, mimicking, and demeaning as mentally handicapped his star female contestant—all because she was deaf.

In 2011, Matlin, who is still the only deaf actor or actress to win an Academy Award for best actress, appeared on Trump’s NBC reality-TV series. By the end of the season, she had come in second place and earned her fair share of compliments from Trump in the aired footage. But according to three longtime staffers who worked on Matlin’s season of Celebrity Apprentice, Trump would regularly disrespect the actress and would even treat her as if she were mentally disabled.

Sometimes the insults would be behind her back; other times they would be right in front of her.

Due to extensive non-disclosure agreements signed by members involved with the production, every one of the sources asked to be quoted anonymously for fear of legal retribution.

“[Trump] would often equate that she was mentally retarded,” said one source, who described how kind Matlin and her interpreter Jack Jason were.

During the taping of the show, Trump would often scribble down notes while sitting at the table of “the boardroom”—the show’s primary set. A person familiar with the notes who helped clean up after tapings said that on one of the pieces of paper, Trump wrote: “Marlee, is she retarded??”

“He would write notes on his blotter, his papers in front of him, and he would scribble notes in it,” a source described. “It was usually just asinine things on them.”

During breaks, Trump would often remain mic’d up and engage in chit-chat with Donald Trump Jr. or other people in the boardroom for tapings.

“[Trump] would make fun of her voice. It actually sounded a lot like what he did [to] the New York Times guy,” another person who worked on The Apprentice for years told The Daily Beast, referring to when Trump mocked a disabled reporter last year. The source said this incident occurred outside the boardroom, during a break from filming. “Like, to make it seem like she was mentally not there? [It] sounded like he got a real kick out of it. It was really upsetting.”


Hillary Clinton’s experience makes her the right choice for president

The Idaho Statesman is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

We recognize a lot of you are not going to like our choice of a Democrat in this Republican state — where Sen. Ted Cruz won the GOP primary in a landslide and where Sen. Bernie Sanders soundly defeated Clinton in the Democratic caucus. But our hope is that you will consider our reasoning before critiquing our conclusion. At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need, more than ever, to listen to each other with respect.

Even though Donald Trump won the Republican nomination fair and square, his checkered past, vague policies and divisive statements have never convinced us that he is, indeed, a Republican. This is borne out by a growing list of GOP icons — generals, former presidents, former Cabinet members, national security experts and Republicans in Congress — who, like us, are convinced Trump’s allegiances begin and end with himself.

Our seven-member editorial board’s vote for Clinton was nearly unanimous, and we decided this before the audio and video surfaced of Trump’s lewd 2005 conversation about women. A few expressed low to medium enthusiasm for Clinton, and one simply would not endorse her. But the board was unanimous on one count: None could endorse Trump.

The board believes the 2016 presidential race ought to be about how the candidates intend to govern, keep us safe and create an atmosphere for economic growth for the nation. We also believe that Clinton is far from perfect. We did not ignore or dismiss her private emails, Benghazi and her lack of transparency. We talked at length about the poor judgment she has used and her reluctant acknowledgment of it.

But our conversation focused on the choice before us: Clinton or Trump. During our deliberations, we considered a long list of Idaho issues and essential qualifications for presidential candidates, and decided to highlight the ones below. We sourced the candidates’ records and policy statements to see whether they measured up. This led us clearly to Clinton.