Weekend reading

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The Golden Globes show why people of color need to be behind the camera, not just in front

Referring to abortion bans like Ohio’s as “heartbeat” bills supports anti-choice propaganda

45 brilliant things Samantha Bee said this year

North Carolina just gave Donald Trump a strategy for undermining democracy

My president was black: a history of the first African American White House–and what came next

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Wednesday watch: the bigotry of Trump’s cabinet

Despite a campaign driven by racism, Islamophobia and misogyny, some people have taken a wait-and-see attitude, thinking Trump’s rhetoric may have been just that, with no intention of following through.

His cabinet appointments should put that theory to rest, and this video from Think Progress provides a good summary of why we need to be alarmed and prepared to fight back.

10 books for our current political moment

We can hardly predict what the next four years hold for us, but the signs are anything but encouraging. We need to steel ourselves for the fight ahead, learn from the past and find comfort and encouragement anywhere we can, including books.

Here is some recommended reading for your holidays that feels just right for our political moment: Continue reading “10 books for our current political moment”

Weekend reading

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VICE launches apprenticeship program for formerly incarcerated people

Male tears for fears: embracing the ironic performance of misandry

Since the election, more than 4,500 women have registered to run for office

How software problems are leading to wrongful arrests

Oklahoma senator abandons measure requiring anti-abortion signs in public bathrooms 

10 charities working to provide food, shelter, education and medicine to Syrians

Wednesday watch: 5 things to do in the wake of Trump’s victory

A lot of people are reeling after a devastating election and searching around for the best ways to move forward. In this video for Mic.com, Black Lives Matter cofounder Opal Tometi offers 5 helpful things to keep in mind as we get ready to fight back.

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Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them

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It has certainly not gone unnoticed that women’s reproductive freedom has been at the mercy of mostly male politicians who have never had to grapple with the real impact of access to reproductive healthcare (except perhaps when arranging an abortion for a mistress). Just this past week, we saw two examples of men in power who are aggressively ignorant about the reality women deal with in this country and how abortion and birth control affect our lives.  Continue reading “Politicians are ignorant about reproductive freedom, and we need to educate them”

Weekend reading

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Film critic Marya E. Gates shares the films she watched during a year of only watching films by women, as well as a great list of films about teenage girls directed by women

The black person’s burden of managing white emotions in the age of Trump

The Walter Scott mistrial and the crisis of facts

California lawmakers to Trump: “if you want to get to [immigrants], you have to go through us”

The lesson from Standing Rock: organizing and resistance can win

Some showrunners are banning rape as a plot device