MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:41:23 +0000 Time's Up leader pledges openness after scandal http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/0c933f53501647ccaed3b08f3fccb347 The new leader of Time's Up, Monifa Bandele, is pledging openness and equity at the embattled women's rights organization. Her predecessor resigned in August over revelations the group’s leaders advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Sept. 24) 0c933f53501647ccaed3b08f3fccb347 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:22:36 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 20211. Still photo of Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:HEADLINE: New Time's Up Leader Pledges Openness and EquityASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Washington - 23 June 20142. Tina Tchen, former CEO of Time's Up, speaks at the White House Summit on Working FamiliesANNOTATION: Tina Tchen stepped down as CEO of Time's Up over revelations its leaders advised New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual misconduct scandal.POOLARCHIVE: New York - 18 January 20173. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo makes comment to reporters before walking awayASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 20214. SOUNDBITE (English) Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:"The specific constituents of Time's Up are those women who came together to say - and this answers the question, too, about the mission - we need an organization that specifically addresses sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Chicago - 20 January 20187. Protesters marching on streetASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: New York - 8 March 20178. Wide of Women's marchASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 20219. SOUNDBITE (English) Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Our our celebrities, our creatives and the industry of entertainment are going to be key in us moving forward. But there will be equity in who is driving this movement."POOLARCHIVE: New York – 10 January 202010. Various of protesters chanting outside courthouse where jury selection for Harvey Weinstein's trial is underwayASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 202111. SOUNDBITE (English) Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"In the driver's seat of of Time's Up, we also have women who are farm workers, who are restaurant workers, who are domestic workers like my own grandmother was."ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Los Angeles  – 20 January 201812. Still of 'Me Too' sign at Women's March Against Sexual violenceASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 202113. SOUNDBITE (English) Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"So one of the things that we're really going to be interrogating in this process moving forward are: What are our conflicts of interests? What are our guardrails? How do we both hold accountable and be in community with?"ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Los Angeles  – 12 November 201714. Still of MeToo founder Tarana Burke at Women's March Against Sexual ViolenceASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 202115. SOUNDBITE (English) Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"These are the mistakes that we make - that our organization has made - and we want to learn from that mistake. We want to use this crisis as an opportunity to be in the right relationship with the other organizations in our movement."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Los Angeles - 20 January 201816. Woman with sign at Los Angeles rallyASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 22 September 202117. SOUNDBITE (English) Monifa Bandele, Time's Up interim CEO:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"You know, I want to be able to say someday to my grandchildren that here's how we move the needle in the destruction of the patriarchy and the white supremacy."STORYLINE:Almost four years ago, a group of high-profile Hollywood women — producers, agents, movie stars — formed Time's Up, an ambitious initiative to fight sexual harassment in their own industry and beyond, as the #MeToo reckoning was taking hold.But now, Time's Up itself is on a mission to clean its own house — and salvage its very existence - after a damaging scandal that forced the departure of its chief executive, Tina Tchen, over revelations the group's leaders advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration after he was first accused of misconduct last year.Tchen's replacement, Monifa Bandele, is pledging that the embattled organization, currently re-evaluating its structure, will operate with a new openness and rededicate itself to "people power," giving a strong voice to women from all walks of life.She wants to make sure that "in the driver's seat of Time's Up, we also have women who are farm workers, who are restaurant workers, who are domestic workers like my own grandmother was," Bandele said in an interview this week, her first since taking interim leadership of the organization.Bandele, 50, who joined Time's Up last fall as chief operating officer, says she played no role in the highly criticized dealings with the Cuomo administration and was unaware of them until the release of the extensive report by New York's attorney general, which concluded Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women.She said the revamped organization, currently working with a consultant, will pay close attention to the inherent dangers of being connected to people in power, asking itself: "What are our conflicts of interests, what are our guardrails?"Asked the best way to do that, she said it was about "opening it up.""You have to involve the community that you represent in an ongoing feedback loop," she said.That might have prevented the damaging Cuomo episode, she added. "These are the mistakes that our organization has made and we want to learn from that," she said. "We want to use this crisis as an opportunity to be in the right relationship with the other organizations in our movement."Tchen's Aug. 26 resignation followed the earlier departure of the organization's chair, Roberta Kaplan. Both women had angered Time's Up supporters with the idea they'd offered any help to Cuomo, and that Tchen initially discouraged other Time's Up leaders from commenting publicly on allegations by one of his accusers, Lindsey Boylan.Time's Up was launched in January 2018 in the wake of revelations over sexual misconduct by mogul Harvey Weinstein. More than 300 women in entertainment — from Rhimes to actresses Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria — signed an open letter that established them as founders.Days later at the Golden Globes, attendees donned black in solidarity, and sported Time's Up pins. Oprah Winfrey made an impassioned speech saying that for powerful men who abuse, "Their time is up!"Celebrities will still play a role in the organization, Bandele said. Earlier this month, board members offered their resignations, and Bandele described it as an opportunity to reconstitute her  leadership team. But she said some members would be returning. The organization was "absolutely not" moving away from its celebrity component, she said."Our celebrities, our creatives and the industry of entertainment are going to be key in us moving forward," she said. "But there will be equity in who is driving this movement."Boosters of Time's Up point to its Legal Defense Fund. Housed and administered by the National Women's Law Center in Washington, it was established to help people with workplace misconduct claims — particularly those who can't afford legal help — by either funding their cases or connecting them with lawyers. It has raised just over $27 million, most during its inception, and funded nearly 300 legal cases.Bandele, a longtime activist and advocate, came to Time's Up from MomsRising, an advocacy group for mothers and families. She has also worked extensively on police reform. She took the helm as interim leader three weeks ago; she  says she's been on a listening tour and also working on a new action plan, to be shared soon.Her long-term goal? "You know, I want to be able to say someday to my grandchildren that here's how we moved the needle in the destruction of the patriarchy and the white supremacy," she said.SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:CLIENTS NOTE: VIDEO ONLY - SHOTLIST AND STORYLINE TO FOLLOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.STORYLINE:===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The new leader of Time's Up, Monifa Bandele, is pledging openness and equity at the embattled women's rights organization. Her predecessor resigned in August over revelations the group’s leaders advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Sept. 24) Time's Up leader pledges openness after scandal