Weekend reading

 

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The kids who rocked the racial justice movement in 2016

If someone doesn’t like immigrants, ask them this question

Democrats don’t have a “religion problem”

Study: racism and sexism predict support for Trump much more than economic dissatisfaction

16 women of color who made history in 2016

Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted

Instead of trashing homeless camps, this city is providing them trash pickup 

Black Lives Matter launches site to support black businesses around the country

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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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Wednesday watch: 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a sobering and necessary look at the throughline from slavery to mass incarceration. DuVernay’s stellar group of experts, including Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Van Jones, walk you through the steps from slavery to Jim Crow to the exploding prison-industrial complex and the devastating impact it’s had on communities of color. There’s also a chilling segment on Donald Trump that is required viewing for anyone who doesn’t understand why so many communities are terrified at his election victory.

Check out the trailer below, and watch the whole film on Netflix.

Wednesday watch: Philando

Drummer Kendrick Scott created this moving and painful tribute to Philando Castile, who was shot by police in Minnesota while he was in his car reaching for his ID while his girlfriend and her daughter watched.

The video combines drumming with heartbreaking audio clips from the Facebook live video by Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. Scott talked to Mic.com about the importance of highlighting these injustices through art, saying “The more and more we point it out in our art, we’ll show people what the real and true truth is.”

Wednesday watch: Against the Wall

Harry Belafonte teamed up with black artists and activists for this simple and powerful video about police brutality. It features Michael B. Jordan (who also stars in an essential film on police brutality, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station), Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and more.

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Polish government performs u-turn on total abortion ban after massive protests

Study: Republican doctors more likely to discourage abortion care

President Obama signs first rape survivors’ bill of rights into law

Brown is the New White author Steve Phillips on how to build a Democratic majority that lasts

From Ava DuVernay’s “13th” to “O.J.: Made in America”: Four docs that define Black Lives Matter

The Democratic Party’s racial reckoning

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Actress Aya Cash talks about ageism in Hollywood

No touching. No human contact. The hidden toll on jail inmates who spend months or years along in a 7×9 foot cell

Corrections Corporation of America plans layoffs and CEO pay cuts as its stock keeps dropping

Florida ballot initiative would make abortion, birth control punishable by death

Resources for what to do instead of calling the police

A syllabus full of great resources from a course on the Black Lives Matter movement