Weekend reading

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Photographer Mark Seliger captures the trans community of Christopher Street 

White man kills black teenager who bumped into him outside West Virginia store

Electoral college must reject Trump unless he sells his business, top lawyers for Bush and Obama say

Proposed bill would force Texas teachers to out LGBT students to their parents

How to help if someone is being harassed 

Democrats won the most votes in the election. They should act like it.

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Organization of the month: Southern Poverty Law Center

 

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As we come to terms with the devastation that a Trump administration could bring, many organizations are going to need our time, energy and dollars. With reports of hate crimes on the rise perpetrated by people emboldened by Trump’s racist, xenophobic, misogynist rhetoric, the Southern Poverty Law Center will play an important role.

SPLC monitors the activities of hate groups around the country like the Ku Klux Klan (which, remarkably, has endorsed the president-elect). They also have a team of lawyers and advocates fighting for economic and racial justice and working to combat mass incarceration. Their work will be crucial as we stand up to the hatred Trump incites and will try to codify with his team of bigots. You can find out more here and donate here.

Weekend reading

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Samantha Bee will be the Jon Stewart of the Trump years

The electoral college is an instrument of white supremacy and sexism

The importance of being an angry woman 

What to say to the women in your life after the election of Donald Trump

It’s time to diversify the Democratic Party leadership

My husband’s unconscious racism nearly destroyed our marriage”

Wednesday watch: Samantha Bee & John Oliver on facing reality of Trump

As we still grieve and process and prepare for action, a double recommendation this week on dealing with the wake of Trump’s victory. Watching these two comedians will be an important coping mechanism for four years of a Trump presidency.

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spoke about the importance of treating this election as anything but normal (a stance I couldn’t agree with more).

Samantha Bee looks at the sore winners in the Trump camp, and urges people to send Paul Ryan reports of hate crimes since he doesn’t seem to be taking the problem very seriously.

White people, we need to step up in the fight against Trump

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The nightmare has become reality. A bigoted, misogynistic sexual predator has gone from punchline to president-elect of the United States. Like many people, I’ve spent much of the last week wallowing in the immense grief this news has caused, and focusing on the self care that is important for activists to stay in the fight long term.

 

And fight we must. The discussion about what should have been done differently has only just begun. We must continue that conversation and ensure that we take the right lessons from this experience. But we also have work to do to prepare to greet the era of Trump with the full force of a defiant movement that will not let his hatred represent our country and endanger our people.

Continue reading “White people, we need to step up in the fight against Trump”

Not shrews or saints: let’s treat women like human beings

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The flip side of the torrent of misogyny unleashed on Hillary Clinton this election season (and frankly, most of her professional life) is the idea that we should elect women because we have magical womanly qualities that will make us kinder, gentler, more effective leaders. We’re nurturing. We’re compassionate. We care for the earth and its inhabitants as if they were our own wee children.  Continue reading “Not shrews or saints: let’s treat women like human beings”

What it’s like canvassing in a swing state for Hillary Clinton

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This endless slog of an election can wear you down, especially with the avalanche of hatred Donald Trump has unleashed. It’s easy to feel powerless and discouraged.

I find one of the best ways to get some perspective is to get out and talk to voters directly rather than wallowing in press coverage. It gives you a mission and some agency and is a tremendously important part of winning an election. I spent last weekend in Reno going door to door for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates, and I wrote a piece about what that experience was like for Broke-Ass Stuart. 

“EXCUSE ME!”

I tense up as the tall gray-haired man wearing grandpa glasses yells to grab our attention and then stands a little too close for comfort. I was with 3 other women outside a Starbucks in Reno wearing Hillary Clinton t-shirts as we got ready to knock on doors and talk to voters. Outside of my Bay Area bubble, I realize I’m assuming random people (well, white men at least) are Trump supporters until they prove otherwise. I prepare myself for a possible lecture about how we shouldn’t whine about Donald Trump’s tape since we ladies all love reading 50 Shades of Grey so much.

Read the rest here.