“None of this would have happened without feminism” – @polblonde

feminism - i need feminism because

Feminism there. Pretty frickin’ crucial and transformative, whether you like it or not. Some top points here: piece by Joan Smith on the Independent. (No, of course you shouldn’t read BTL. Rookie mistake.) In 1997, when I began writing a weekly column for The Independent on Sunday, Labour had just won a landslide election victory. I wasn’t a fan of Tony Blair, an antipathy that […]

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research: “Trump embodies the classic authoritarian leadership style: simple, powerful, and punitive”  – @amandataub

politics - trump, authoritarianism, US politics

Here’s a very detailed essay on Vox which explores why and how authoritarianism is popular in the US and how it’s benefiting the likes of Trump in the run-up to the US election. The main message is that we should not think that this is some sort of temporary trend or anomaly or that it’s not to be taken seriously. There’s far-reaching support […]

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#inhaste: Mind the gap: why are unaccompanied children disappearing in their thousands? – @5050oD

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From opendemocracy (Mind the gap: why are unaccompanied children disappearing in their thousands?): The ‘disappearance’ of 10,000 migrant children after arriving in the EU made recently headlines in British newspapers and across the world. The Observerreported data from Europol, the EU’s criminal intelligence agency, drawing an explicit link between the fact that thousands of young migrants had vanished after registering with […]

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How Barack Obama has reformed America’s prisons: “Obama continues to emphasise action over rhetoric” – @TheEconomist

criminology - teenagers in prison

WHEN Barack Obama took office 7 years ago, many wondered whether the first black president would pursue an agenda that brought particular attention to racial inequality. A year later, the New York Times wrote that Mr Obama had “steered clear of putting race front and centre in his administration”, sparking some frustration among black leaders. Later in his presidency, Mr Obama […]

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#todayin: dear gods! How the other 1% lives: wealth gap not the only way in which global elite is taking advantage

Oxfam’s latest report, focused on an increasingly obscene wealth inequality and the stranglehold exerted by a global elite, had one central message: The era of tax havens that have made this possible must be brought to an end. The report – An Economy for the 1% – was timed as a call to action for influential delegates to the annual meeting […]

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#aroundup: The biggest justice movements of 2015 (from @rhrealitycheck)

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From RHrealitycheck: If we learned anything in 2015, it was that activists of all ages and backgrounds are up for the challenges that lie ahead. We at RH Reality Check are certain not a day went by this year without aRepublican presidential candidate oranti-choice public figure saying something awful about already marginalized groups, a person of color being killed or assaulted by the police, an […]

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Sex worker healthcare access in Ireland

feminism - (prochoice) never again

Guest post by Georgina Burke, a recently retired sex worker A couple of months ago, I found myself in probably the worst depressive episode I’ve had to date. One of those ones you can see coming for months, but you’re there trying to battle away at general life things and you don’t have the time to deal. It creeps up […]

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Women On The Run: 10 Heartbreaking Refugee Quotes

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1. “I made a criminal complaint against the police officials who raped and beat me, and I am afraid they will kill me…They kill trans women often. I had many friends who were murdered.” Anonymous transgender woman, El Salvador Trans women are even more likely to be threatened, assaulted, and killed in their home countries, as well as on their […]

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#womensstories: Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’

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Child Brides Photo Series Proves Girls Are Simply ‘Too Young To Wed’ On Huffington Post: Photographer Stephanie Sinclair’s images aim to raise funds for girls forced into a practice that affects more than 14.2 million girls every year. When Mejgon was 11 years old, her father sold her to a married 60-year-old Afghanistan man for two boxes of heroin. “In […]

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Racism and solitary confinement

criminology - rikers island, prison

According to the study, a black or Hispanic inmate is more likely than a white inmate to be diagnosed with a mental illness in conjunction with solitary, and later in his jail stay — meaning he’s more likely to receive a diagnosis either because he has already been psychologically damaged by solitary, or because he’s acting out to avoid the […]

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Prison: a treacherous place for a child

criminology - children in prison (1)

Thirty-three children have died in English child prisons since 1990. A powerful new book exposes how Britain’s most vulnerable children are routinely damaged by the state. When Alex Kelly was six years old, medical examinations revealed that he had been repeatedly raped over many years. He was subsequently taken into the care of Tower Hamlets council. In January 2012, when Alex […]

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