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After an altercation with the police during an Occupy Wall Street protest in March 2012, activist, Cecily McMillan, was unfairly convicted of second-degree assault, a felony and now faces up to seven years in prison.  "Cecily McMillan was found guilty of deliberately elbowing officer Grantley Bovell in the face as he led her out of a protest in March 2012. She has maintained that hers was a reaction to having her breast grabbed from behind by the officer. Cecily is well known among her Occupy peers...
  These are not your Grandmother’s porcelain collectibles. Artist Jessica Harrison has created a new series of iconic porcelain figurines. Her new body of sculptural work features romanticized women in pastel ball gowns with tattoos covering their bodies. From neck to wrist, each woman is covered in ornate body artwork. Harrison has featured similar figurines in her work before, however, in a much more morbid light.  The Scotland-based artist researched “the relationship between interior and exterior spaces of the body” and recently completed practice-led PhD that was funded...
The U.S. senate gets an A+ this week for confirming former Arizona U.S. Attorney, Diane Humetewa, as the first-ever Native American woman to hold the position of Federal Judge. After winning a unanimous 96-0 vote, Humetewa is to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona! At present, Humetewa is the first active member of a Native American tribe (Hopi) to serve in the federal government and only the third Native American in history to do so. Her new position is a milestone for this country...
  Upon hearing news of the rapist list that was publicly inscribed inside of a Columbia University bathroom stall- I decided to do a little digging and fortuitously opened a Pandora’s Box of unnerving sexual assault mishandlings by the “renowned Ivy League.” On May 15th Columbia University custodians found a little PSA written in sharpie on a bathroom stall, sporting the headline: “Rapists On Campus,” subsequently listing 4 names of male undergraduates. A flier was also handed out around campus with similar features, identifying one name as...
The pitch: let’s use an image of a 14 year old girl being shot by the Taliban to sell our mattress brand. Yeah… sounds like a great idea! Advertising company Oligvy and Mather’s India branch decided to use Malala Yousafzai’s likeness and personal plight to sell Kurl-on mattresses. Malala is an international heroine whose work as an education activist began when she was a just pre-teen. She started writing an anonymous blog for the BBC, depicting the life of a schoolgirl under the Taliban’s rule and spoke...
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