Amanda R. Matos

Amanda R. Matos, proud Nuyorican from the Bronx, NY, is the co-founder of the WomanHOOD Project, a Bronx-based youth-led organization for young women of color. She is dedicated to empowering communities of color through capacity building, political education, and civic engagement. Amanda has led community organizing and policy initiatives at Planned Parenthood of New York City and Girls for Gender Equity. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow. On her free time, Amanda eats doughnuts and watches great TV shows like Jane the Virgin and Blackish.

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House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Meet the Man Trying to Force Undocumented Women to Reverse Their Abortions

After months of doing everything in its power to prevent several undocumented women from accessing abortion, news has broken that Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) discussed “reversing” a young woman’s abortion using a procedure unsupported by science. The driving force behind the administration’s torture of traumatized young refugees seeking necessary reproductive care? Scott Lloyd, ORR director.

After months of doing everything in its power to prevent several undocumented women from accessing abortion, news has broken that Trump’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) discussed “reversing” a young woman’s abortion using a procedure ...

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#FreeDavia: Another Trans Woman Arrested for Self-Defense

On Friday, January 19, Davia Spain, 23-year-old trans activist, was arrested for “suspicion of domestic violence, burglary and battery.” Witnesses and supporters however argue that she was defending herself from her abuser and that Davia was being unfairly targeted because of her gender identity. 

On Friday, January 19, Davia Spain, 23-year-old trans activist, was arrested for “suspicion of domestic violence, burglary and battery.” Witnesses and supporters however argue that she was defending herself from ...

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Category 4 “Economic Hurricane” Hits Puerto Rico

It’s been over 100 days since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and now in the midst of disaster relief efforts, the island is confronted by the impact of the new tax bill passed by the GOP last month. Congressmember Nydia Velazquez calls it an “economic hurricane” because it screws over a slowly recovering Puerto Rico. 

It’s been over 100 days since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and now in the midst of disaster relief efforts, the island is confronted by the impact of the new tax bill passed by the ...

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15:  Demonstrators join a rally against the proposed Republican tax reform legislation on the east side of the U.S. Capitol November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. The rally was organized by a large group of liberal organizations, including MoveOn.org, National Education Association, Patriotic Millionaires, Stand Up America, Our Revolution, Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund, Tax March, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Communications Workers of America, Indivisible, Little Lobbyists, Main Street Alliance and VoteVets.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The GOP Tax Bill Violates Reproductive Rights

Today House and Senate Republicans passed a widely unpopular tax bill, sending it to President Trump’s desk to be signed. Though you might not guess it, this bill will directly impact people’s access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services. 

Today House and Senate Republicans passed a widely unpopular tax bill, sending it to President Trump’s desk to be signed. Though you might not guess it, this bill will directly impact ...

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Can algorithmic justice save us from the coming artificial intelligence dystopia?

I recently learned about an emerging field, algorithmic justice, from two friends I met in grad school. Algorithmic justice is a movement to address algorithmic bias in technology and artificial intelligence, which, as defined by the Algorithmic Justice League, is “like human bias [and] can result in exclusionary experiences and discriminatory practices.” As a self-proclaimed community organizer in our digital age, this piqued my concerns and interest on how AI is relevant to feminism and other social justice movements. 

I recently learned about an emerging field, algorithmic justice, from two friends I met in grad school. Algorithmic justice is a movement to address algorithmic bias in technology and artificial intelligence, which, as defined by ...

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Rapper Cardi B calls herself “the trap Selena”

Cardi B, rapper and self-proclaimed “regula degula shmegula girl from the Bronx,” is the first solo female rap performer to hold the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since Lauryn Hill did 20 years ago.

Cardi B, rapper and self-proclaimed “regula degula shmegula girl from the Bronx,” is the first solo female rap performer to hold the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since Lauryn Hill did 20 ...

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