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Video: Tens of thousands march against police violence in NYC’s Millions March

Here’s an awesome time-lapse video showing the flood of people who came out for the Millions March in New York City on Saturday as part of the national day of resistance to police violence. The protest was initially organized by two young black women, 23-year-old Synead Nichols and 19-year-old Umaara Iynaas Elliott, gaining the support of many organizations and ultimately drawing over 50,000 New Yorkers, by the organizers’ estimate. 

Here’s an awesome time-lapse video showing the flood of people who came out for the Millions March in New York City on Saturday as part of the national day of resistance to police violence. The ...

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Feministing Reads: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

On the night of the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown and again the night after, marching the length of Manhattan with a few thousand others, trying and failing to find some place sufficient to accommodate our anger or our grief, our newly or long-broken hearts, our need to feel responsive or responded to, a line from Claudia Rankine’s Citizen floated on the surface of my full skull: “To your mind, feelings are what create a person, something unwilling, something wild vandalizing whatever the skull holds. Those sensations form a someone.”

On the night of the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown and again the night after, marching the length of Manhattan with a few thousand others, trying and failing to ...

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May we have this dance? On learning and writing as a trans woman of color

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I don’t find them, but if I do, I flip to the listed pages with newly crossed fingers praying I don’t find something dehumanizing.

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I ...

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Shonda Rhimes: “I haven’t broken through any glass ceilings.”

Shonda Rhimes accepted an award at the annual Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast the other day. And her acceptance speech is, in fact, as good as everyone is saying it is. 

Shonda Rhimes accepted an award at the annual Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast the other day. And her acceptance speech is, in fact, as good as everyone is saying it is. 

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Some tips for white people who have opinions on Ferguson

For many activists, these past few weeks have been rough. From Thanksgiving to holiday get togethers, ’tis the season for hanging out with people of diverse political opinions. Inevitably, the topic of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the ongoing protests against racist police violence comes up, and you may find yourself forced to explain institutionalized racism to a conservative relative. 

For many activists, these past few weeks have been rough. From Thanksgiving to holiday get togethers, ’tis the season for hanging out with people of diverse political opinions. Inevitably, the topic of Ferguson, Eric ...

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This stops today: Seeking strategies to end discriminatory policing

Yesterday I once again stared in rage at my phone as the texts began streaming in: another white cop walks after the extrajudicial killing of a black man. Soon, people would be pouring into the streets, and after that, national conversations about how to prevent this from happening again and again will once again catch fire. But what are our real options for justice?

Yesterday I once again stared in rage at my phone as the texts began streaming in: another white cop walks after the extrajudicial killing of a black man. Soon, people would be pouring into the ...

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A song for today: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest”

On days like today, like last Monday, like September 4th, like July 15th of 2013, May 2nd of 2012, and like many, many more, I reach for Sweet Honey in the Rock‘s “Ella’s Song,” a song composed of legendary civil rights leader Ella Baker‘s own words. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest,” Ella said. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes,” Sweet Honey sings.

On days like today, like last Monday, like September 4th, ...

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