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Alejandra Pablos, a prominent Latinx activist, has been detained by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in retaliation for her immigrants’ rights work. The Phoenix New Times reports that Pablos was detained Wednesday morning by the Tuscon office of ICE in relation to trespassing charges filed against her during a peaceful protest at an ICE office in Virginia in early January. An ICE officer in Virginia specifically called Pablos' deportation officer in Tuscon to single her out for her role in that protest, according to her fellow activists....

  The New York Times recently announced that editors are seeking stories from college students on the topic of “Navigating Sex in the ‘Gray Zone.’” With the current climate of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, debates have sparked over what constitutes consent. The idea of a “gray zone” is often referred to — meaning sex that isn't completely consensual, but isn't sexual assault, either. In googling this so-called “gray zone,” another term comes up: “unwanted sexual experience." The word “unwanted” is glaringly obvious here. This  "gray zone" was constructed...
“Be Uncommon, Change History” are the words that greet you in large black font as you enter the Achievement First Brooklyn High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It is exactly the message Tola Lawal, the director and creative force behind Gyrl Wonder, is instilling in young female students of color. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to empower and support those students to excel in their studies after graduating high school. During the school year, the Gyrl Wonder Mentorship program focuses on teaching students about...
Frida Kahlo Gets Her Own Barbie Just before International Women’s Day, Mattel has revealed their plans to release 17 new “Inspiring Women” Barbie dolls, based on real-life women icons including Katherine Johnson, Gabby Douglas and Frida Kahlo. Remezcla reports that some fans of Kahlo’s work and legacy are criticizing Mattel for erasing much of what made her a barrier-breaking woman from her doll, including her unibrow and her disability. Read more about the new line of dolls at CNN. Michelle Obama Meets The Two-Year-Old Who Was Couldn't...
If you scroll down to my bio real quick, you’ll see I attend the University of Tennessee. Good Ol’ Rocky Top. On Saturday, February 17, white supremacists came to my school. The Holocaust-denying organizer of the Charlottesville rally came to my school. And my fellow students refused to remain silent in the face of hatred. Honestly, the Nazis chose the wrong group of people to mess with, because UT students have had a lot of practice standing up to bigotry.  Matthew Heimbach has been called the...
Sharice Davids, a former White House Fellow and all around badass, is running for a Kansas Congressional seat. If elected, Davids will not only be the first Native American woman in Congress, but also the first openly gay Kansas representative, reports The Seattle Times. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin. "As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity," Davids writes on her campaign website. Her first priority as a Congressional representative is increasing gun...
Recently, I was groped on the subway staircase. A man stumbled up to me and put his entire palm on my skirt, right above my pelvic bone. I turned after him and yelled, “Are you f**king kidding me?” (eloquent, I know) and off we both went, me struggling not to pass out from my stress reaction and him, I don’t know, likely not thinking about it ever again. But here’s what I’ve been thinking about: It didn’t end there for me. On the train, I dissociated,...
2018 Oscar Awards Ignore #MeToo Movement Apparently the Academy didn’t consider the #MeToo Movement when they awarded not only one, but two sexual abusers in this year’s Oscars. “I thought we had evolved,” Donya Fiorentino, ex-wife of Gary Oldman, told TMZ after Oldman was awarded for Best Actor despite her accusations of domestic violence against him. “What happened to the #MeToo movement?” Read more at Jezebel. Female Children’s Book Writers Come Forward About Sherman Alexie After women started speaking out about Harvey Weinstein, children’s book author Anne Urus...
Watching the Oscars last night was a WEIRD experience. The Academy — and E! News on the red carpet beforehand — made an effort to acknowledge the Time’s Up and Me Too movements against sexual harassment and assault...while simultaneously celebrating accused abusers. The night kicked off with Ryan Seacrest hosting E! News’ red carpet. Although quite a few celebrities skipped chatting with Seacrest, many others stopped to talk with him — and neither Seacrest nor his interviewees mentioned the sexual assault and harassment accusations against him....
Common and Andra Day Share The Oscars Stage With Social Activists During a surprisingly calm Oscars night, Common and Andra Day used their platform to highlight the work of social activists. While performing their nominated song “Stand Up For Something” (from the movie Marshall), the duo highlighted activism in various fields, including Tarana Burke (#MeToo), Patrice Cullors (Black Lives Matter), Janet Mock (#GirlsLikeUs) and Dolores Huerta (the Dolores Huerta Foundation). Learn more at Variety. And The Oscar Goes To...After weeks of speculation, the Academy has spoken. Read...