Weekend reading


Gun control group takes on open carry policies at grocery stores in new ads.

Janet Mock on how she came to embrace the term feminist.

A new Minnesota law provides doulas for incarcerated women.

10 documentaries about political women.

Police in North Carolina arrested a young black activist and politician for distributing voting rights leaflets.

Private prison stocks are rising with the influx of unaccompanied migrant children.

Weekend reading


The first episode of The Daily Show’s new podcast goes behind the scenes of their great piece on campus sexual assault.

A man is facing online threats for taking in a Guatemalan refugee family to demonstrate compassion to his children.

Why we should stop calling abortion a “difficult decision.”

”My past is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.” Meet the first female head of a major North American professional sports union.

Trayvon Martin’s mother writes a moving open letter to the family of Michael Brown.

What happens to police officers who kill unarmed black men.

A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested protesting in Ferguson.

The female voter’s guide to being wooed by political parties.

Female directors on the movies that influenced them.

Weekend reading

insanely sexist vintage airline ad
insanely sexist vintage airline ad via @DanielDKraus

A photo essay captures North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement, fighting for progressive change against an aggressive right wing legislature.

As I get ready to head back to Capitol Hill this week, this explains why I’ll be seeing mostly men there until 2121.

The Central Park Five have settled their civil rights lawsuit against New York City for $40 million. You can watch a moving documentary about their horrifying ordeal here.

Advice for the media on how to cover Hillary Clinton without being sexist.

What the US men’s soccer team would look like without immigration.

Angela Davis talks to the LA Times about returning to UCLA decades after she was fired from there, prison abolition, capitalism and more.

A study shows that judges with daughters are more likely to rule in favor of women’s rights.

Weekend reading

photo via Slate
photo via Slate

A new report gives advice to female candidates.

Seven major Supreme Court cases on reproductive rights, union organizing and more that will be decided this month.

I’m really excited for the new film Obvious Child, starring the hilarious Jenny Slate and showing an abortion story we don’t usually see in movies.

On a related note, if you’re looking for movies written by, directed by and/or starring women, IndieWire does a weekly roundup.

The New York Times on the need for a compassionate response to the increase in undocumented children crossing the border.

The Toast amusingly tells you how to talk to babies about gender theory.

Famous authors offer thoughts on feminism.

Happy birthday to actress and transgender rights activist Laverne Cox.

I’m looking forward to seeing Key & Peele introduce the Hillary Clinton anger translator.

Weekend reading

VlogBrothers take on mass incarceration in the US.

How prosecutors are using rap (and not other traditionally white genres of music) as evidence to convict people of crimes.

Everything women could buy if they made as much money as men.

Why there’s not a strong rationale that undocumented immigrants should obey the laws that prohibit them from entering the US.

A project called “Not a Bug Splat” shows drone operators whom they’re killing.


Weekend reading

Artist Omer Fast raises awareness through a striking film about drone warfare, called 5,000 Feet is the Best.

A high school soccer team wore hijabs to support their Muslim teammate who was barred from playing in one.

When Fred Phelps protested Fred Rogers, of whom he said, “he was a wuss and he was an enabler of wusses.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates insightfully takes on Paul Ryan’s “inner city” comments. Mychal Denzel Smith responds to criticism of Coates’s piece and rails against respectability politics.

A homeless, mentally ill veteran “baked to death” in his cell at Rikers.

The case for open borders.


Weekend reading


Undocumented youth use Justin Bieber to take on double standards in deportation policy.

A brief history of Republicans saying crazy things about women.

Amanda Hess offers a satirical script for what is sure to be a horrible Lean In movie.

Please stop using sex to sell vegetarianism.