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Mel Gibson is enjoying a career Renaissance of the likes of Matthew McConaughey or Winona Ryder. The problem here, though, is that Gibson’s career isn’t recovering from a string of bad rom coms or a shoplifting charge — instead, he has a long track record of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic statements, plus domestic violence charges that he plead no contest to. In an industry that constantly celebrates white male alleged abusers from Roman Polanski to Woody Allen to Casey Affleck (black men like Nate Parker...
  “Kitten Lady” Hannah Shaw Rescues Orphans The Shelters Won’t Take Hannah Shaw never planned on becoming a professional kitten rescuer. But she also never dreamed she’d stumble across a tiny, mewling orphan stuck in a tree. “I thought surely there was someone who would help this kitten,” Shaw, 29—aka “Kitten Lady”—says of the discovery she made in Philadelphia in 2008. “But I learned that nobody was going to help this kitten unless I helped this kitten.” Most super-young kittens like the one Shaw saved—who grew up into...
Yesterday, President Donald Trump removed protections for transgender students that President Obama had put in place. These protections had allowed trans students to use the bathrooms that matched their gender identity, not the gender they were assigned at birth. According to the New York Times, Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy Devos initially resisted the bill, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed for it. Trump himself had previously said that trans people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” so this decision is a sign of...
Come Together: A Community Organizing How-To
 By Mikki Halpin There’s a saying in community organizing that if you want to be an activist, walk out your front door, go to your neighbor’s house, and start talking. It sounds simple, but that’s basically it. Community organizing is some of the most hands-on, sustainable, results-oriented kind of work you can do to change the world, and you can totally do it. Here’s how: Define community any way you want to. Maybe for you, “community” literally is the people on your block...
Writer Kassi Underwood’s debut memoir May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion follows her on a road trip across the United States as she takes part in healing ceremonies after having an abortion at nineteen. Graceful in its example of how one can turn a painful experience into a moment of inclusive activism, the book is now inspiring a new grassroots movement around open conversations about abortion. Underwood took some time to talk to BUST about the experience of writing the book,...
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