Melissa Harris-Perry: Michael Vick, Racial History, and Animal Rights

After feeling as if her comments regarding Michael Vick were not properly contextualized on her appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, Melissa Harris-Perry took the opportunity to flesh out the history of race and animal rights on her group blog today.  I was happy to see she tackled the issue of Tucker Carlson’s recent comments that Michael Vick should be executed as punishment … Continue reading Melissa Harris-Perry: Michael Vick, Racial History, and Animal Rights

Pollitt Weighs in on Assange

Katha Pollitt dedicated her most recent column in The Nation to discuss the left’s reaction to sexaul assault charges against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks.  Pollitt writes, “What’s disturbing is the way some WikiLeaks admirers have misrepresented the allegations, attacked the women and made light of date rape.”  I particularly liked the last few sentences, which sums up the whole point of her piece: One … Continue reading Pollitt Weighs in on Assange

This Week: Georgia prison rebellion, possible HIV cure, & more

Stigma and Violence Against Transgender Sex Workers RH Reality Check: “Doubly stigmatised as transsexuals and as sex workers, pushed into street work, they become victims of abuse and violence perpetrated by bystanders, customers, their own ‘sisters,’ and (sadly) even by those who should be protecting them – the police.” 21 Companies That Have Excluded Women From Leadership Huffington Post: “The figures are outrageous and point … Continue reading This Week: Georgia prison rebellion, possible HIV cure, & more

This Week: When sexual assault matters & more

A New Nursing Home Population: The Young NPR: “Over the past 20 years, federal laws and policies have established a civil right to get long-term care at home. But NPR’s investigation found that is only sporadically enforced.” Obama Signs Bill to Pay Black and Native Farmers—Finally! ColorLines: “The signing of this bill will provide $1.5 billion to settle claims with black farmers and $3.4 billion … Continue reading This Week: When sexual assault matters & more

President Obama’s Compromise

Obama’s endorsement of a compromise that will extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy has set many progressives and radicals into a rage—and rightly so.  As Obama continues to deride the “professional left” as being too ideologically pure, the left recognizes the real-life consequences—not just abstract principles—that these tax cuts promote. There have been some great responses from progressives today, but I especially liked … Continue reading President Obama’s Compromise

New: Libby K Likes To Play

Check out this new sex blog, Libby K Likes To Play. Here’s an introduction from the author: I wanted to start by introducing myself. I am a mid twenties lady living in Brooklyn, NY. I am a cis-gendered woman, who identifies as queer, and is currently in a monogamous relationship with a cis-gendered guy. I am active in anti violence work, with a focus on … Continue reading New: Libby K Likes To Play

Middle Class Disappearing As Top 1% Earn 23.5% of Income

Video courtesy of C-SPAN. It seems like Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent from Vermont) is quickly becoming a favorite of all my friends, as he called out virtually everything that is wrong with our country’s budget allocation in just over thirteen minutes. The statistic above is from 2007. Coincidentally, I’ve been listening to The Evens a lot lately. Their song “Dinner with the President” reminds me … Continue reading Middle Class Disappearing As Top 1% Earn 23.5% of Income

This Week: The Racial Politics of Personal Space, Defending the Secession, & more

“He Needed a Girl, and He Snatched Me Up” American Prospect: “It’s not just the exclusive all-male, all-white clubs or obvious hate-speech but the kind of casual privilege that lets an older, white man touch a younger, black female in a sexual way, and that dictates her continued politeness in the face of such an obvious invasion.” Art and Activism Come Together to Make DREAM … Continue reading This Week: The Racial Politics of Personal Space, Defending the Secession, & more