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Over 1,000 Boston protesters show up for people in prison: “We see you.”

Last night, 1,400 Boston protesters marched in solidarity with others nationwide over the state-sanctioned murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown.

But their march went where many others didn’t: to jail. Protesters marched to the South Bay House of Correction, where they chanted, “We see you” and “Black lives matter.”

Last night, 1,400 Boston protesters marched in solidarity with others nationwide over the state-sanctioned murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown.

But their march went where many others didn’t: to jail. Protesters marched to the South ...

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A night of heavy hearts: Reflections on the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict

As if they were extras in a perfectly framed shot from a post-apocalyptic horror movie, a faceless row of heavily armoured riot police stood guard beneath a glowing “Seasons Greetings” sign hung between telephone poles, backlit by streetlamps and heedless traffic lights.

This was Ferguson; as political leaders urged calm from a besieged and powerless community, the police continued to master the finer points of irony, juxtaposing tear gas volleys with President Obama pleading for peaceful protest.

Last night’s failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, unarmed and surrendering, was a travesty on par with CeCe McDonald’s conviction, or with George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Like in those previous two cases, a ...

As if they were extras in a perfectly framed shot from a post-apocalyptic horror movie, a faceless row of heavily armoured riot police stood guard beneath a glowing “Seasons Greetings” sign hung between telephone poles, backlit ...

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Dear Sweden, Can I come over? An intellectual exercise in asking for asylum

Ed. note: This is a guest post.

Sometimes I get tired of being a black woman in America. Countless times I’ve threatened to move somewhere else. I’ve even recently joked that maybe I’ll just move to Sweden and ask for asylum. 

Ed. note: This is a guest post.

Sometimes I get tired of being a black woman in America. Countless times I’ve threatened to move somewhere else. I’ve even recently joked that maybe I’ll just move to Sweden and ...

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UChicago students speak out against institutional failures with trending #LiabilityoftheMind hashtag

University of Chicago students took to Twitter last night, calling out widespread misogyny, Title IX violations, queerphobia, transphobia, racism (including these Halloween costumes), ableism, lack of mental health services, lack of support for low-income students — and institutional tolerance of it all.

The #LiabilityoftheMind hashtag, started by UChicago student Olivia Ortiz, quickly trended on Twitter in Chicago. (“Liability of the mind” plays on a common UChicago slogan, “Life of the mind.”) Says Ortiz, “As a student of color and sexual assault survivor on campus, I’ve constantly felt like a liability in the eyes of my university. Instead of condemning and disciplining the real liabilities (students and administrators who violate the law and further marginalize minorities on campus) the University ...

University of Chicago students took to Twitter last night, calling out widespread misogyny, Title IX violations, queerphobia, transphobia, racism (including these Halloween costumes), ableism, lack of mental health services, lack of support for low-income students — ...

The Feministing Five: #Newsfail with Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein

Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, founders and stars of Citizen Radio, have taken yet another step into the media ecosystem. They have recently released their newest work, #Newsfail, a book that critiques why mainstream media continues to fail citizen consumers. Allison and Jamie’s hilarious work gives example after example about why we should expect more from our media, whether it’s why rape culture apologists shouldn’t be on air or why the LGBT movement should move beyond just securing marriage equality.  #Newsfail mixes in high level analysis with every-day humor, once again proving that developing a critical lens can be great fun. Don’t take our word for it; seriously, pick up your copy soon!

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Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, founders and stars of Citizen Radio, have taken yet another step into the media ecosystem. They have recently released their newest work, #Newsfail, a book that critiques ...

Photo of the Day: #FergusonOctober

The Weekend of Resistance in the Ferguson area culminated in an overnight march and sit-in at St. Louis University lasting until the early morning hours today. Hundreds of protestors, including relatives of Vonderrit D. Myers Jr., the black teenager killed by an off-duty police officer last week, joined the march, which included playing hopscotch, jumping rope, and tossing footballs in the streets. Earlier, 17 protestors were arrested at a peaceful sit-in at a gas station. More acts of civil disobedience are planned throughout the day, as organizers take a cue from North Carolina’s Moral Mondays protests. Follow #FergusonOctober and #OccupySLU for updates.

The Weekend of Resistance in the Ferguson area culminated in an overnight march and sit-in at St. Louis University lasting until the early morning hours today. Hundreds of protestors, including relatives of Vonderrit D. Myers ...

How about everyone who isn’t a black woman just stops writing about black women

After reading the New York Times story about television producing mogul Shonda Rhimes that starts by saying “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,'” I have a modest proposal. No one who isn’t a black woman should be allowed to write about the cultural products created by black women.

Not a forever moratorium, but at least, I don’t know, a couple decades. And this isn’t to say there aren’t talented, non-black woman cultural critics who have done good work around the music, art, film, and television produced by and centering black women. Slate has a decent piece up about “Clair Huxtable, feminist hero” written by ...

After reading the New York Times story about television producing mogul Shonda Rhimes that starts by saying “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry ...

Chart of the Day: The pay gap for women of color

Earlier this week we got the terribly exciting news that, according to the latest Census numbers, the average American woman now makes 78 cents, instead of 77 cents, to the average dude’s dollar. But, as we know, the gap–which hasn’t improved in a decade–varies a lot by race.

Here’s a chart from ThinkProgress showing how the wages of women of different races compare to those of white men:

Earlier this week we got the terribly exciting news that, according to the latest Census numbers, the average American woman now makes 78 cents, instead of 77 cents, to the average dude’s dollar. But, as ...

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