People protest the Republican tax scam outside the U.S. Capitol.

Weekend Feminist Cheat Sheet

If the Republican tax scam is passed, it would devastate American life, especially for women. In ten years, people making $40,000 to $50,000 “would pay a combined $5.3 billion more in taxes, while the group earning $1 million or more would get a $5.8 billion cut.

While the Senate debated the tax plan last week, Sen. Kamala Harris spent her time visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (the Trump of Israel). Her trip and previous comments against Palestinians are a troubling reminder of Harris’ much-less-than-progressive politics.

Alicia Garza’s piece on gender violence against domestic workers is a must-read. She writes, “Domestic work is done overwhelmingly by women of color and immigrants, and a long, racist history means they still aren’t protected like other workers.”

More than 180 women have reported sexual assaults at the largest chain of massage franchises in the country, Massage Envy.

In case you missed this week’s episode of Surprise! Many Powerful Men are Rapists!: Roy Moore (the Alabama predator running for U.S. Senate) might actually win and he’s pulling out all of the racist homophobic stops to make it happen; Matt Lauer had a fucking button under his desk which allowed him to lock the door to his office without getting up – a tool he used to harass at least 10 women; and last but not least, here is the full overwhelming list of allegations against the President of the United States.

Slightly older but another important read: Lilith‘s interview with one of the original members of the Chicago-based abortion collective Jane, which performed 11,000 abortions before Roe v. Wade.

“A Memo to Men from Latin America’s Fiercest Female Rappers.”

Young black girls and women from the group Assata’s Daughters are leading the fight against a new police academy in Chicago.

People are all over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting engaged. Thankfully, Teen Vogue and Jacobin are here to remind us of “the sexist and racist history of marriage that no one talks about” and that a just world would be one without royalty (especially the British monarchy!). Cheers to that!

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Mahroh is a community organizer and law student who believes in building a world where black and brown women and our communities are able to live free of violence. Prior to law school, Mahroh was the Executive Director of Know Your IX, a national survivor- and youth-led organization empowering students to end gender violence and a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research addresses the ways militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact communities of color transnationally.

Mahroh is currently at Harvard Law School, organizing against state and gender-based violence.

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