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Yuri Kochiyama died peacefully in her sleep on May 31, 2014. A devoted advocate of civil rights, and friend of Malcom X, her death is a great loss for everyone fighting against social inequality. Before she was friends with Malcom X and became invested in similar activist tactics, her life shaped her early, troubled vision of the world. As a child, her father was arrested within hours of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He died in prison 43 days later ... Read More
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her. Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly ... Read More
I have some choice words for Kevin D. Williamson, roving correspondent of the National Review. Kevin wrote an article for the online publication, which was reprinted in the Chicago Sun-Times, stating that actress and activist Laverne Cox is not a woman. Yeah, I know, let that sink in for a minute. This white male is trying to tell anyone who will listen that the revolutionary transgender activist is in fact not the gender she identifies with simply because she was ... Read More
You've heard of #YesAllWomen, but what about #AllMenCan? Elizabeth Plank dreamed up the heartening flip side to the #YesAllWomen coin. Searching through the #YesAllWomen tag, you'll find tweets detailing the hurtful minutiae of sexism which plague daily life as a female.    Since the #YesAllWomen posts have left me feeling like I've been dragged through the dirt, and the horrible related news stories piling up all over the web, I'm glad that ... Read More
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 ... 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. ... 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. In addition to being an awesome social ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More
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