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The death toll has risen to 36 at the Oakland warehouse-turned-art-space, Ghost Ship, in what was one of the deadliest building fires in the city's history. The fire broke out late Friday night and investigators are still sifting through the wreckage in the search of any more victims and, hopefully, answers as to how the fire started. Here's how you can help the victims of the Oakland fire, and the surrounding community: 1. The Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghost Ship Oakland Fire – This YouCaring.com fundraiser...
The Satanic Temple is stepping in to challenge the horrific anti-choice Texas law requiring burials or cremation for aborted fetuses. They say the new law violates one of the 7 tenets of The Satanic Temple: "one's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone." In a statement, the Satanic Temple says that “burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice” and therefore the law violates religious freedom under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Reform Act. They write: “Clearly, the State of Texas has no...
Dear White Liberal Feminists, After Donald J. Trump’s election to the highest and most powerful political office of the United States last week, many of you have approached me, and my black brothers and sisters especially, with tearful eyes and somber faces. In person, in private, in public, and in the digital sphere, you have bemoaned the state of this world and our political landscape. You have lamented the deep-seated divisiveness of this country. You have wept, you have hugged, and you have gingerly asked, “How...
The holidays are coming up, and that means we're finding the best gifts for you to give your friends...or keep for yourself. In this roundup of home gifts, we have an adorable mushroom-adorned box of matches, a cute cat-shaped bird feeder, and sheets — embroidered in gold featuring the phases of the moon.  This Indigo & Shibori kit provides everything DIY-decorators need to trick out their textiles in a safe and simple way.INDIGO & SHIBORI NATURAL DYE KIT, $42, GRAHAMKEEGAN.ETSY.COM A meticulously illustrated menagerie of animals in...
The ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency could have devastating effects: on the economy, on civil rights, on the environment, on foreign relations, on — and this is not hyperbole, given his blase attitude towards nuclear missiles — life as we know it. We need him to not be president, period; or, if president, to remove him from office as soon as possible, whether through impeachment or resignation. That is the prime directive. Here’s how: I: Don’t feed the trolls — even the famous ones. Vice President-Elect and...