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As three more victims of the South Carolina church massacre were being laid to rest this Saturday, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old Charlotte-based activist, took a stand. Newsome climbed the 30-foot flagpole in front of South Carolina's State House to remove the Confederate flag. As the Capitol police ordered her down, Newsome continued her act of civil disobedience and took down this symbol of oppression. She paused in her descent to declare, “I come to get you in the name of God. Read More
Orange is the New Black ’s Laverne Cox is an accomplished actress, outspoken trans-rights activist, and boundary-busting sex symbol whose unique pop-culture platform is helping her change the world. I’VE INTERVIEWED A few celebrities in my day, but Laverne Cox is the first to mention “cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” within the first ten minutes. Or, you know, at all. By the time we’re done chatting in N.Y.C. Read More
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 after police failed to comply with his family's requests regarding his necessary medication. Read More
  Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou died this morning at the age of 86, but girl, did she live a full life. The way that Dr. Angelou's life overflowed with incredible achievements and wisdom is not just admired by all, but her unwavering dedication to helping others will forever be appreciated. As will her perseverance during the toughest of times. Angelou's long and honorable journey devoted to social justice through activism, education, and the arts is an inspiration to all. Read More
  We've been closely following the work and status of admirable teenager Malala Yousafzai ever since we first heard reports of her attack back in October. The 15-year-old advocate for women's education rights was gunned down by the Taliban, shooting her in the neck and head. She amazingly survived this awful crime and has been continuing to speak her mind and raise awareness for these pressing issues ever since.  Now Davis Guggenheim, of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth fame, has announced he's putting together a documentary about the Pakistani lady's life. Read More
As we blogged yesterday, Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old activist from Pakistan, was shot in the head and neck after members of the Taliban held up the van she was riding home from school in. The bullet barely missed Malala’s brain, and other students also suffered injuries.  The shooters have been identified, but the Taliban is still promising to kill Malala if she survives.  She has been especially active in advocating for girls’ education, something that the Taliban wants to end. Read More
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side. Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or expand your knowledge of black liberation? Look no further. Read More