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Playing Music: Paths Two Women Took After Their (Phenomenal) Teenage Band Fair Verona

I stumbled upon the awesome band Fair Verona in my early 20s. I was playing music myself, starting to run a small DIY record label Exotic Fever, and attending festivals such as MacRock, the Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference. This awesome band played the fest, and I heard rave reviews but missed it. I was fascinated; I heard they were teenagers and that they shredded. Later, I got to meet Fair Verona’s Shawna Potter, now of War on Women, then part of the awesome Baltimore band Avec. She and I had a Bikini Kill cover band for a while even called Rah! Rah! Replica. Forget Cassettes came to town, which was Beth Cameron of Fair Verona’s band at the time, and they ...

I stumbled upon the awesome band Fair Verona in my early 20s. I was playing music myself, starting to run a small DIY record label Exotic Fever, and attending festivals such as MacRock, the Mid-Atlantic College Radio ...

DACA turns five. Trump rolls back DAPA. Separation anxiety heightens.

Thursday June 15, 2017 marked the 5th Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival’s program, commonly known as DACA. On that same day the Trump administration announced that it was rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

Thursday June 15, 2017 marked the 5th Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival’s program, commonly known as DACA. On that same day the Trump administration announced that it was rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents ...

Linda Taylor, the original welfare queen

Confronting and subverting the “welfare queen” trope this Mother’s Day

Anyone who has done motherhood knows it is hard enough to bring life into the world. But racism and anti-Blackness make things especially hard for Black mothers, so let’s take a moment to debunk the stigma this Mother’s Day.

Anyone who has done motherhood knows it is hard enough to bring life into the world. But racism and anti-Blackness make things especially hard for Black mothers, so let’s take a moment to debunk the stigma this Mother’s ...

Paul Ryan looks to the side making a disappointed face

10 Reasons the ACA Made History for Women’s Health (and Why We Must Fight to Keep it)

The Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”) has helped tens of millions of women access comprehensive health care coverage. Women gained a lot from the ACA—and all of this progress is now on the chopping block.

The Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”) has helped tens of millions of women access comprehensive health care coverage. Women gained a lot from the ACA—and all of this progress is now on the chopping block.

Gender & Public Sector Careers: How Are They Connected?

The representation of women in healthcare and public policy-related leadership positions is predictably unimpressive: according to Ernst & Young Global Limited, “Only five countries in the G20 have over a third or more women in senior leadership roles across the public sector.  Canada (45.9%), Australia (39.2%), South Africa (38.1%), the United Kingdom (36.2%) and Brazil (33.8%)…”  Because the statistics for women in leadership is so low for this field, it is perhaps justified to put out a call-to-action for women to enter the profession in droves: especially since so many public health concerns affect women, specifically.  

The representation of women in healthcare and public policy-related leadership positions is predictably unimpressive: according to Ernst & Young Global Limited, “Only five countries in the G20 have over a ...

Why Do You Hate Us?

It wasn’t too long ago, that thousands of women and children from Central America, traveled hundreds of miles to our border seeking refuge from poverty and violence.  After surviving this harrowing journey and surrendering peacefully to authorities, these refugees were then greeted by xenophobic racists, demonized by the media, crammed into overfilled detention centers, and today many have been deported.

It wasn’t too long ago, that thousands of women and children from Central America, traveled hundreds of miles to our border seeking refuge from poverty and violence.  After surviving this harrowing journey and surrendering peacefully to authorities, ...

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