The left needs to celebrate to survive

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Anyone who has spent time organizing for political change knows it isn’t easy. You have to deal with setbacks, rejection, long hours, seemingly insurmountable challenges. But we finds ways to persevere and recognize that major social change is a long-term project. Some people get discouraged and don’t stick with it, and the great Rebecca Solnit identified how some people in the movement contribute to that problem in”letter to my dismal allies on the US left“: Continue reading “The left needs to celebrate to survive”

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Meet the first same-sex couple to get married in Dallas, Texas, who’ve been together more than 50 years.

White Americans think protesting improves our nation–unless black folks are involved.

25 famous women on the best advice they’ve ever given or received.

Medical examiner rules Freddie Gray’s death a homicide.

The number of people who use a gun in self-defense is pretty much negligible.

A border agent allegedly claimed that a three-year-old crossed the border to “look for work.”

Lisa Wade: “I am a white woman. No more murder in my name.

Study shows how men overcompensate when their masculinity is questioned.

Students successfully got Columbia University to divest $10 million from private prisons.

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A photographer looks at the things women carry to protect themselves.

Ireland just became the first country to pass marriage equality by popular vote.

85 films by and about women of color.

RH Reality Check investigates the lack of progress on processing the backlog of rape kits.

Students in Florida were called “sexy” while undergoing transvaginal ultrasounds they were pressured into doing.

The Nebraska state legislature voted to end the death penalty.

How much water are the richest Californians wasting? It’s a secret.

Congrats, you have an all male panel.

Is your OB-GYN a member of an anti-choice group?

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The first couple to get married when marriage equality reached Alabama.

Finally dealing with campus rape means that some men will have it tougher.

A New Jersey judge ruled that claiming to “cure” gay people is consumer fraud.

13 awesome podcasts bringing black voices to the mic.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes are still five times more common today than before 9/11.

A new textbook could revolutionize the way students learn about reproductive rights.

New York is illegally shackling inmates during labor.

Celebrate your right to vote with these vintage suffragette valentines.

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Activists held a Michael Brown protest during a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance.

“It is past time to stop seeing Malala as simply the girl who survived, as a symbol. (The Times called her a ‘global emblem.’) She is a girl who leads.”

The producers of the great new show Transparent say they welcome debate about casting Jeffrey Tambor as a trans woman.

Good (bad?) news: court rules that gay marriage won’t lead to “sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.”

5.8 million Americans can’t vote because of their criminal records.

A response to anyone who says Texas’s anti-abortion laws don’t place an undue burden on women seeking care.

What it looks like when a lawyer is appointed for a fetus.

Watch Laverne Cox and bell hooks talk about feminism and pop culture.

Islamophobia on American TV news is out of control.