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Shortly after the news broke out that Elliot Rodger went on a shooting spree targeting young women who'd rejected his advances at UCSB, many outraged Twitter users responded with stories of their own—stories about assault, discrimination, and pain.  Given the history of Twitter activism, I wasn't surprised that the tragedy generated this much discussion. Since hashtags make Twitter uniquely equipped for organizing, it was pretty evident that the backlash against the shooting would come via hashtag. Read More
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 as one of their staunchest advocates of non-violent protest. Read More
Today we want to wish Rosario Dawson, a lovely 35th birthday! She has led a wonderful acting career in which she has played many powerful, challenging female roles and continues to be a role model in the feminist community. Dawson has strong familial roots in activism and has always been an avid supporter of several different organizations dedicated to immigration rights, women's rights, the environment, and so much more. Read More
    Puerto Rican, American musician, Ani Cordero, is playing a concert at Joe's Public Theater on Thursday, MAY 1st, for International Workers' Day. In partnership with the North American Congress on Latin America, Cordero and her band will perform song's from her latest album, 'Recordar: Latin American Songs of Love & Protest' to inform a new generation of indie music audiences about the history of activism, women's rights, and social change in Latin America. Ani is a pioneer of the world music scene. Read More
The poster as seen from the artists' own drone #NotABugSplat The project is known by the hashtag “Not A Bug Splat” because the phrase "bug splats" is military slang often used by drone operators to refer to killings. "Bug splats." Did we just enter the world of the sci-fi novel Ender’s Game?!  It is no wonder that activists sought a new approach to confront this insensitivity and also raise awareness to the horrific reality of civilian casualties due to such drone attacks. Read More
I’m a huge sloth fan. I did a project on them in fourth grade and have been hooked ever since. I even made fan art, people:    Maybe it’s because I find their give-no shits attitude toward moving inspiring… and it totally makes me feel better about neglecting my gym membership… Regardless, sloth- activist, Monique Pool, is my hero/has my dream job. Pool founded Green Heritage Fund Suriname as a sloth rescue center out of her home in Suriname, South America. Read More
  The feminist Twitter goddess Suey Park, responsible for December’s activist hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, has a special gift for us: #ActivistPickUpLines. From its inception, feminism has been a complicated uphill battle with its fair share of internal conflict, not to mention that we live in a world where people shy away from the movement because of prejudice and stereotypes; it’s quite refreshing to see some witty feminist conversation making the rounds on mainstream social media. Read More
  The Ukrainian feminist group Femen, known for their public topless demonstrations protesting sex tourism and lack of women’s education, are nothing if not controversial. Praised for their passion and media-savvy, they’ve helped spread awareness and activism on a global level; on the other hand, historians and strategists struggle with the group’s lack of focus. The group has been criticized by fellow feminists for using their bodies for media attention without clearly stated objectives. Read More
I'm sure you can recall the amazing guerrilla feminism exhibited by the intelligent and witty women of FORCE, the group behind the faux-PINK Victoria's Secret consent line last year, featuring a full campaign around a fake line of panties, donning messages of enthusiastic consent and modeled by racially diverse women of all shapes and sizes. For just a moment, we thought Victoria's Secret joined us in this century, only to realize the panties were just an illusion; a fictional aspect of a very well done viral activism. Read More
Everyone knows Rosa Parks as the quiet, humble woman who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus nearly 60 years ago. She is eternally personified as the gentle saint responsible for a revolution. What many people don't know is that Parks was so much more than one occupied bus seat. A profile by Danielle McGuire reveals that Parks had a history of outspoken activism, and dedicated much of her life to fighting sexism and brutality. In 1943, Parks was elected secretary of the NAACP's Montgomery branch. Read More