Weekend reading


A new ad campaign in Scotland focuses on teaching men not to rape.

A Twitter user kicks off a conversation that dispels myths about the way women dress contributing to sexual assault.

On the heels of the wildly successful Between Two Ferns video with President Obama, Mother Jones looks at Funny or Die’s commitment to spreading political messages through satire.

How black thought leaders are left out of conversations about public intellectuals.

Eight black female inventors you might not know.

The Florida prosecutor who bungled George Zimmerman’s prosecution leads the state in death sentences against black men. She’s also trying to put Marissa Alexander behind bars for 60 years. Several organizations are mobilizing to tell Gov. Rick Scott to get rid of her as state attorney.

An abortion doctor and former colleague of George Tiller’s wins a victory in her fight against a conservative medical board in Kansas.


4 fundamental rights that are hard to come by if you’re poor

photo via thinkprogress.org
photo via thinkprogress.org

Americans like to think of our country as a land of opportunity where every man, woman and child has a shot at success. With hard work and dedication, anyone can make it.

The growing income gap belies the idealistic rhetoric. There are many straightforward ways in which low-income people struggle–if you aren’t making enough money, feeding and housing your family can be difficult to impossible. But beyond meeting these basic needs, there are also fundamental rights we as Americans like to think are income blind. The reality is quite different.

Continue reading “4 fundamental rights that are hard to come by if you’re poor”

Weekend reading

photo via Slate
photo of a bus station in North Carolina via Slate

Pictures from the South show the ridiculousness of Clarence Thomas’s claims that the years of his childhood weren’t “race conscious.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is working to take decisions about prosecution of military sexual assault out of the chain of command to ensure justice for survivors. Or, according to Republican Mike Turner, “getting a whole lot of attention for a debate that’s over.”

Thanks, sexists, for helping raise lots of money for female candidates.

How a geology grad student got the NRA charged with the second largest campaign finance fine in Rhode Island history.

The Daily Show eviscerates Arizona’s anti-gay discrimination bill.

If you wonder if anti-choice politicians really care about women, just listen to VA state Sen. Steve Martin, who described pregnant women as “hosts.”

Weekend reading

Oakland-based author Monique Morris’s new book Black Stats exposes racism and punctures myths about black America.

Alyssa Rosenberg explores how hip-hop is on trial in the Michael Dunn case and beyond.

For Kids in the Hall fans and watchers of the LGBT rights struggle in Russia, Buddy Cole covers the Olympics in Sochi.

Questioning gendered media portrayals of drunkenness.

Ten dangerous anti-abortion bills that are gaining traction this year.

The “ban the box” campaign is picking up steam and giving former prisoners a chance to rebuild their lives.

Weekend reading

overlay of MLK Jr. Way in over race map of Oakland, via Colorlines
overlay of MLK Jr. Way over race map of Oakland, via Colorlines

Residents of neighborhoods with a street named after Martin Luther King are $6,000 poorer than those in neighborhoods without one.

Characters who have, or just think about having, abortions in movies and TV often die.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: “The desire to put a history of American racism, which is to say a portion of America’s roots, in a corner is a kind of wish-fulfillment.”

President Obama draws attention to unjust application of drug laws, noting, “We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”