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The Wednesday Weigh-In: “Protester of the Year” Edition

Time magazine has named the “collective protester around the world” as its person of the year. The magazine goes on the newsstands Friday, and interestingly, amazingly, beautifully, the  cover photo is of a female Arab protester.

I’m thrilled to see the Arab Spring, and to a lesser extent, related protests around the world including Occupy Wall Street, honored and acknowledged in this way. It’s so rare for the grassroots origins of social change to be celebrated in large, powerful media spaces like this. And the street protesters of today deserve it!! They are working so hard, and sacrificing so much, in the name of social change.

Time managing editor Richard Stengel seemed to agree in an interview he gave to ...

Time magazine has named the “collective protester around the world” as its person of the year. The magazine goes on the newsstands Friday, and interestingly, amazingly, beautifully, the  cover photo is of a female ...

Quick Hit: Mona Eltahawy talks about being sexually assaulted and beaten by Egyptian police

Last Wednesday, Twitter erupted with the news that Eqyptian-American feminist journalist Mona Eltahawy was being beaten, sexually assaulted, and detained for 12 hours by Eqyptian security forces.

Back from Cairo, with her broken arms in casts, she spoke to Democracy Now about the assault, the recent clashes between protestors and police that have left 40 people killed and thousands injured, and the significance of yesterday’s first parlimentary elections.

Here’s what she had to say about the ongoing battle women face in the revolution:

Women are fighting. We’re kicking and screaming and shouting. Women have been part of this revolution from the very beginning. And women are demanding that whoever wins these elections, whoever gets the parliamentary majority, recognizes ...

Last Wednesday, Twitter erupted with the news that Eqyptian-American feminist journalist Mona Eltahawy was being beaten, sexually assaulted, and detained for 12 hours by Eqyptian security forces.

Back from Cairo, with her broken arms in ...

Public health crusaders: Japanese women take the capital

Hundreds of Japanese women have been holding a sit in on the steps of the  of the Japanese capital demanding  that their government provide better relief for some 30,000 children exposed to nuclear radiation by the Fukushima meltdown.

“Official recovery policy focuses on decontamination rather than protecting the health of those most vulnerable – children and pregnant women,” activist Aileen Mioko Smith, of Green Action Japan, told the Inter Press Service.

She continued, “Our meetings with officials to force faster evacuation programmes for high-risk groups are only met with promises to clear radioactive waste. This is totally irresponsible.”

On Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted that one of the Fukushima reactors showed ...

Hundreds of Japanese women have been holding a sit in on the steps of the  of the Japanese capital demanding  that their government provide better relief for some 30,000 children exposed to nuclear radiation by ...

Guest post: My hope for #occupy wall street

This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of Allison Burtch, a researcher and writer currently residing in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter!

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about Occupy Wall Street. Inspired by Adbuster’s call for action in July, protesters have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York City since September 17th. I’ve covered the story since the beginning, and am in full support of its stated goals. But I want to talk for a minute here about my hopes for the future of the protest, and in particular the importance of its continued radical inclusivity.

Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly operates under ...

This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of Allison Burtch, a researcher and writer currently residing in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter!

By now, I’m sure most of you ...

With great passion comes deep ambivalence: Saturday’s SlutWalk and me

This Saturday October 1st, SlutWalk hits New York City.

I’ve been following the SlutWalk movement for awhile now. Back in April I had the opportunity to interview the original SlutWalk Toronto founders. I’ve also written previously about my involvement with some of the SlutWalk NYC organizing efforts, and my disappointment in the media coverage around SlutWalk, and hosted a rich guest post by Harsha Walia outlining some of the incredibly valid critiques of SlutWalk and describing the thought process behind her decision to march. Other members of the Feministing family have written on the topic in great detail, including much of the crew in this group chat with Rebecca Traister, and Jessica Valenti ...

This Saturday October 1st, SlutWalk hits New York City.

I’ve been following the SlutWalk movement for awhile now. Back in April I had the opportunity to interview the original SlutWalk Toronto founders. I’ve also ...

This Tuesday, Rally in NYC to Demand That Our Leaders Take Rape Seriously

We’ve written previously about the infuriating acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. You can read more information about the case here, and about the protest here.

This Tuesday June 28th, we are holding a follow up rally at the Manhattan Supreme Court, where the sentencing of ex-NYPD Officers Moreno and Mata – who were found guilty of official misconduct but acquitted of the more serious crime of rape – will be held.

Come out to show your support and solidarity for justice and for taking rape seriously.

Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

And even if you can’t attend the rally, sign the petition on change.org to ...

We’ve written previously about the infuriating acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. You can read more information about the case here, and about the protest here.

This Tuesday ...

“For me, public opinion will be the ultimate verdict”: Woman from NYPD Rape Case Speaks Out

As Courtney and Jos wrote about previously, last week New Yorkers took to the streets to protest the infuriating acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. You can read more information about the case here. The defense claimed, among other things, that the accuser in the case, a young woman living in the East Village who had been celebrating a job promotion at a Park Slope bar, had been simultaneously too drunk to have a credible account of the incident, and sober enough to consent to sex. The jury convicted both officers of official misconduct, reducing the maximum possible jail sentence from 25 years to two.

Needless to say, New Yorkers were ...

As Courtney and Jos wrote about previously, last week New Yorkers took to the streets to protest the infuriating acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. You can read ...

Protest the acquittal of NYC cops for rape TODAY!

A coalition of feminists and organizations, including our very own Lori, have organized a protest today in response to the acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. The case was a disaster, hinging both on claims an officer did not rape the woman despite evidence to the contrary and assertions she was too drunk to remember the rape while also saying she was sober enough to communicate and consent.

Here’s the details:

WHAT: Protest against the acquittal of Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata
WHERE: 100 Centre Street, in front of the Manhattan Criminal Court New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, May 27, 5pm

WHY: We deserve to be safe. This verdict, and the way the NYPD acted, sends ...

A coalition of feminists and organizations, including our very own Lori, have organized a protest today in response to the acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. The case was a disaster, hinging ...

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