Weekend reading

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Graphic essay: What the Civil Rights movement can teach us about surviving Trump

Jeff Sessions fights for racist outcomes. Who cares what’s in his heart?

The vain, counterproductive myth that there’s no way most Americans can be racist 

Many mass shooters have a history of domestic violence. It’s time to pay attention.

A century of abortion onscreen, 1916-2016

These online services offer birth control without visiting a doctor 

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Wednesday watch: I Am Not Your Negro

The new film I Am Not Your Negro takes James Baldwin’s words from an unfinished book and turns them into an examination of race in America that is getting rave reviews.

Watch the trailer for this very timely documentary below. It opens in theaters on February 3.

Wednesday watch: a community remembrance project

The Equal Justice Initiative is creating a memorial by collecting soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims. Watch their video about the project and check out this New Yorker piece for more detail on how the memorial is coming together in an important effort to remind us of our harrowing history.

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.

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”

Weekend reading

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Photographer Mark Seliger captures the trans community of Christopher Street 

White man kills black teenager who bumped into him outside West Virginia store

Electoral college must reject Trump unless he sells his business, top lawyers for Bush and Obama say

Proposed bill would force Texas teachers to out LGBT students to their parents

How to help if someone is being harassed 

Democrats won the most votes in the election. They should act like it.

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.”