Do you think Instagram is just celebrities and influencers? Nope

Ten Instagram Advocacy Accounts You Should Be Following OutvoteAug 6 · 2 min read This election year has proven unlike any other. Campaigns and voters across the country have had to mobilize on social media in lieu of traditional organizing and canvassing, making Instagram activism more common than ever: we’re inundated with Stories every day … Continue reading Do you think Instagram is just celebrities and influencers? Nope

78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail this fall

This article contains a wonderful map showing which states allow voting by mail aka absentee voting. Do click thru. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/vote-by-mail-states/? At least 78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail in the fall The coronavirus pandemic is set to change the way millions of Americans can vote in November, as states expand access to … Continue reading 78% of American voters can cast ballots by mail this fall

AOC refuses to let a man get away with calling her an abusively sexist names

I don't agree with all of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's beliefs and goals, but I totally admire both her skill with words (when questioning or in speeches) and her refusal to let others get away with lazy labels and false apologies. Unfortunately, it still requires a high sense of personal responsibility to speak publicly against language … Continue reading AOC refuses to let a man get away with calling her an abusively sexist names

Is the constancy of national borders trivial or a sign of modern power?

Axios produces articles that feed my desire for new perspectives -- like this. Turns out it's been decades since a major redrawing of the world's map. Part of this is a reflection of the increasing tendency of nations to protect their own societies rather than to expand, but couldn't it also be that modern warfare … Continue reading Is the constancy of national borders trivial or a sign of modern power?

Broad-based genetic study documents the violent history of slavery in the United States

Blacks and other people of color (BOPOC) protesting their treatment by police and other authority have to fight constantly to get recognition of the very real discrimination they undergo. This study documents that mistreatment in the Americas extends back hundreds of years. Yes, in certain areas, small slivers of the protests have been hijacked by … Continue reading Broad-based genetic study documents the violent history of slavery in the United States

Men concerned about exclusion

Have been listening to a fantastic webinar from The Nature Conservancy featuring women who have been deeply involved in conservation as landowners and activists. One of the first questions that came in to the speakers: "If women become more active, will they be excluding men from their groups?" (Their wording was a bit more snarky.) … Continue reading Men concerned about exclusion

Anti-racist literature sales are up but differ by region

If you'd like the charts to display properly, you'll have to click thru. Great reading ideas here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/business/black-owned-bookstores-anti-racist-literature/?tid Demand for anti-racist literature is up.These black bookstore owners hope it lasts Library and book sales data show how interest in anti-racistand social justice titles exploded after George Floyd’s death By Brittany Renee Mayes,  Lauren Tierney and  Dan … Continue reading Anti-racist literature sales are up but differ by region

Trump playing games to remove legal immigrants their status

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-the-trump-administration-is-turning-legal-immigrants-into-undocumented-ones/2020/07/09/15c1cbf6-c203-11ea-9fdd-b7ac6b051dc8_story.html? Opinions How the Trump administration is turning legal immigrants into undocumented ones A parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters in Detroit where drive-thru naturalization services are being conducted during the coronavirus outbreak. (Carlos Osorio/AP) Opinion by Catherine RampellColumnistJuly 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. EDTAdd to list The Trump administration is turning … Continue reading Trump playing games to remove legal immigrants their status

White privilege becomes apparent when married to a black man

I don't believe this article would have been printed in this type of magazine until now. It's filled with useful perspective. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/relationships/a32909116/white-privilege-marriage-essay/— I Thought I Understood White Privilege. Then I Married a Black Man. My relationship with Jordan has taught me more about race than any protest or rally ever could. By Genevieve Roth Jun … Continue reading White privilege becomes apparent when married to a black man

In just three years, Trump has made the U.S. an international pariah for being selfish, harmful, racist, and incompetent

Those who saw headlines on this issue a few days ago -- Americans being barred from Europe -- may have hoped that they'd change their mind. But why should they? Our mastery of COVID-19 is pitiful and is not improving. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/world/europe/europe-us-travel-ban.html? BRUSSELS — The European Union will bar most travelers from the United States, Russia, … Continue reading In just three years, Trump has made the U.S. an international pariah for being selfish, harmful, racist, and incompetent

Want to understand Florida — here’s a novel that may help

PLEASE NOTE: This is a book review not written by me about a book that he concedes is sharp, brilliant, mean, and exasperating. I'm posting it because it looks like a fun read that will undoubtedly produce many discussions. And how lovely to have a topic that is new. The Dark Soul of the Sunshine … Continue reading Want to understand Florida — here’s a novel that may help

Racism is baked into common phrases

https://bestlifeonline.com/common-phrases-racist-origins/ 7 Common Phrases That You Didn't Know Have Racist Origins You should remove these expressions and words from your vocabulary. By Chelsea Bengier June 16, 2020 iStock It can be hard to keep track of every new slang word or trending term being used, seeing as language is constantly changing. But long-established expressions deserve … Continue reading Racism is baked into common phrases