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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: 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”

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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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

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Bitch media collected 20 pop culture moments that sparked readers’ feminism

Demoralized Democrats have a roadmap for success in Trump’s America. It was written by Jesse Jackson.

Here are the sanctuary cities ready to resist Trump’s deportation threats

Queen Sugar spent its first season becoming the most political show on TV

Spitting landed an HIV-positive man in prison for 35 years. Spitting doesn’t transmit HIV.

Trump’s HHS pick thinks there’s “not one” woman who can’t afford contraception

Thousands of veterans to form a human shield around Standing Rock protestors

Abandoning voters of color would be immoral and shortsighted

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As we survey the wreckage from the 2016 election, the lessons we draw will have implications for years to come. Everyone has a pet theory about why things went so terribly wrong for Democrats in a year when most thought victory was assured. The decisions made in the wake of this election will determine whether the left can stem the tide as Republicans now control the vast majority of state legislatures as well as the federal government. They will determine whether the Democratic Party will be a vibrant, relevant vehicle for implementing progressive policy in the future. They will determine how effectively we can fight in the meantime and protect the people who have the most to lose under a Trump presidency.  Continue reading “Abandoning voters of color would be immoral and shortsighted”