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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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#womensstories: a graphic novel illustrates the architecture of immigration detention

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In the United States, a Congressional mandate requires that approximately Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fill 32,000 beds in immigration detention facilities every day. In Canada, nearly 100,000 people have been detained since 2006. But for most North Americans, these massive detention facilities are largely invisible. That’s by design. The physical architecture of these spaces remain hidden to the general […]

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‘Sextarianism’ is drawing new battle lines in Northern Ireland


The attitudes of individual politicians and political parties, and, more importantly, the policy responses to issues of sexual citizenship and sexual commerce have taken on a deeply conservative and fervently activist bent. Northern Ireland has become a hotbed for what we might term “sextarianism” – a politicised dislike of those whose sexual identities, beliefs and practices are non-heteronormative, “deviant”, or […]

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Press release: Joint Committee on Human Rights – coalition government’s domestic policy on violence against women and girls

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Below is the press release of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the coalition government’s domestic policy on violence against women and girls. Headlines: Domestic policy lagging behind efforts abroad. Government’s reputation could be damaged if it fails to ratify (and follow through on) the Istanbul Convention. (Question: who cares about the Government’s reputation?! What about the violence! What […]

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All politics is identity politics

The implication of this usage (which is widespread, and by no means limited to people who agree with Chait) is that somehow an identity is something only women or African-Americans or perhaps LGBT people have. White men just have ideas about politics that spring from a realm of pure reason, with concerns that are by definition universal. […] Not addressing […]

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Gender, Social Science, and Black Lives Matter (Feminist Reflections)

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“Black men are stereotyped as violent, while black women are rendered invisible. Here’s why the gendering of black lives matters.” Good Monday read on PSmag: On thesocietypages: The systematic oppression of black people has been thrust into national consciousness because of the visibility of recent police brutality against black men. Black Lives Matter (BLM), the emerging social movement challenging this […]

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