“Acosta must step down as Labor Secretary immediately. His actions make clear he would rather protect a billionaire pedophile and sex offender than stand up for innocent children.”
Hours after Labor Secretary Alex Acosta held a press conference defending his decision in 2008 to offer what critics described as a “sweetheart” plea deal to billionaire Jeffrey Epstein—who was charged this week with sex trafficking—a coalition of progressive advocacy groups Wednesday night projected messages onto the Department of Labor building condemning Acosta as an enabler of sexual predation and urging him to resign.
“Acosta endangers women and girls,” “Acosta enables child sex trafficking,” and “Acosta must go” read the projections, which were planned by the American Federation of Teachers, CREDO Action, MoveOn, and UltraViolet.
— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) July 11, 2019
Heidi Hess, co-director of CREDO Action, said in a statement that Acosta “must step down as Labor Secretary immediately.”
“His actions,” Hess said, “make clear he would rather protect a billionaire pedophile and sex offender than stand up for innocent children.”
Hess went on to urge the House Democratic majority to launch an investigation into Acosta and President Donald Trump’s relationship with Epstein.
As Common Dreams reported Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sparked outrage by saying it is “up to the president” to probe Acosta.
“House Democrats should… use all power at their disposal to hold Acosta accountable and investigate Donald Trump’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein,” said Hess.
Shauna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet, echoed Hess’s demand, calling on Congress to “open a full investigation into why child sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein was protected over the survivors of his abuse.”
“That means investigating every single enabler of Epstein’s abuse, from Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to President Donald Trump, and every celebrity and business mogul in between, and includes starting impeachment proceedings into Acosta, who broke the law to hand a serial pedophile a sweetheart deal.”
“The American people cannot afford a president and Labor Secretary who would rather shield wealthy sexual abusers from prosecution than protect sexually trafficked children,” said Thomas.
Greenland row is Donald Trump positioning for an Arctic battle: expert
The diplomatic row that has erupted between Washington and Copenhagen over Greenland is just one part of a broader strategic battle being waged over control of the Arctic, according to one expert.
US President Donald Trump has cancelled a trip to Denmark and launched a war of words with his Danish counterpart, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, after she rejected his idea of the US buying Greenland as "absurd".
Mikaa Mered, professor of polar geopolitics at Paris' ILERI institute of international relations said Trump's unsolicited advances on the autonomous territory were a way to indicate US interest in the resource-rich Arctic -- and to distract from domestic issues.
‘We won’t give an inch’: India faces defiance in ‘Kashmir’s Gaza’
Young men sit beside a pile of rocks and a bonfire, protecting the only entrance to a besieged neighbourhood they call "Kashmir's Gaza" as a mosque loudspeaker broadcasts slogans of liberation.
In an act of defiance against New Delhi's controversial decision to strip the Muslim-majority region of its autonomy, Soura neighbourhood on the outskirts of Kashmir's main city of Srinagar has sealed itself off from security forces.
Since early August, residents have erected ramshackle barricades of tin sheets, wooden logs, oil tanks and concrete pillars, and dug trenches to keep soldiers at bay amid daily protests against India.
Second day of Italy crisis talks after prime minister resigns
Italy's president will hold a second day of talks aimed at solving the political crisis shaking the country on Thursday after the disintegration of the populist government.
President Sergio Mattarella will meet the main parties, including the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right League, after the breakdown of their dysfunctional coalition.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday after months of alliance sniping and a bid by League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to force a snap election, just 14 months since coming to power.
The nationalist, populist government's demonisation of migrants, promoted by Salvini in particular, and attempts to flout EU budget rules had angered many European leaders.