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Women Working for Women began as a Facebook group in response to the election as a place for women to connect to each other and inform one another. It has since turned into “IRL” groups in cities across the country. I attended the inaugural meeting of the New York City chapter on February 18th. The event took place in a cool Chinatown loft and featured wine donated by Vinfluence, a company that supports various nonprofits. “I was drawn to help build Women Working for Women because I...
  The FBI released its file on Gamergate, an online movement that looks to stop feminist criticism of video games. How did they look to stop these types of critiques? With constant online harassment of avid female game journalists and bloggers, such as Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian. ...and the FBI refused to prosecute these men, who went as far as to send death and rape threats, even when they confessed to the harassment. Because who cares about the safety of women, right? One specific incident, heavily referenced...
On Tuesday, more than 100 women lined up in front of Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio in Minneapolis. Each one awaited a tattoo designed by artist Chelsea Brink: scripted letters of the already-storied quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren earlier this month. Explaining Warren's silencing, McConnell said, "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Immediately following McConnell's condemnation of Warren, his words began appearing everywhere — on t-shirts, memes, stickers, signs. And now tattoos.  While waiting to...
  Donate To Or Volunteer With These Crucial Organizations. American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org) Working through litigation and lobbying, the ACLU was created “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country.” Center for Reproductive Rights (reproductiverights.org)A legal advocacy group using Constitutional and human rights laws to advance reproductive freedom. EarthJustice (earthjustice.org) This environmental law agency fights for wildlife and land preservation, healthy communities, and clean energy. Everytown for Gun Safety (everytown.org) A non-profit advocating for common-sense gun laws. International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org) A group working for...
Trump's right-hand minion Kellyanne Conway has some very particular thoughts on feminism that are not only offensive but unsurprisingly wrong and contradictory. Here are a few of our favorite moments: 1. “It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” — The Washington Post, Jan. 23 2. When asked about the Women’s March, she said, "I frankly didn't see the point.”- ABC This Week, Jan....
  In response to the chaos surrounding recent town hall meetings held by Republican lawmakers, certain among them have refused to hold these events altogether. Rep. Tom MacArthur, from New Jersey's 3rd District, held a one-hour telephone town hall in early February rather than a formal meeting, telling North Jersey News that he didn't "want to be baited into having an an event that some outside group [could] just make a spectacle out of." MacArthur's constituents were invited to call in their questions to the representative, but the...
Starting tonight, join witches around the world as they put a binding spell on Trump! A Facebook event for witches, Mass Spell To Bind Donald Trump Feb. 24, vows to cast spells every waning crescent moon at midnight until Trump leaves office. “This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system — the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST—DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants,” the pinned...

"Just like the men!" Cartoon. New-York Tribune, March 1, 1913 When African-American women demanded the right to vote, they faced resistance from racists, from sexists, and even from other suffragistsBy Sabrina Ford America’s recent presidential election was a painful one for many of us. But amid all the traumatic sound bites, one of the few highlights was watching women in their late 90s and older—born before the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote—gleefully casting their votes for a female president for the first time.Of course,...
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...
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