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August 2015



What I’m Reading – August 30, 2015

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– “While Sarkeesian admits the harassment has taken its toll – how could it not? – she brings the conversation back to the bigger picture. “There are a lot of people who are being targeted who don’t get the attention I do. Women of colour and trans women, in particular, are not getting media attention and not getting the support they need.”” Anita Sarkeesian interview: ‘The word “troll” feels too childish. This is abuse’ (via @JessicaValenti)

Hurricane Katrina

– “A decade later, we remain locked in maddening partisan battles as our public infrastructure crumbles beneath us—as if the consequences are irrelevant, or distant, or easily contained. ­Katrina already taught us that the fate of black lives cannot be separated from that of whole communities. Black lives matter.” From New Orleans to Ferguson, a Decade of Asserting Black Lives Matter (via @mHarrisPerry)

Native Alaskans

– “In announcing that Sally Jewell, the secretary of the interior, had used her power to rename it, Mr. Obama was paying tribute to the state’s Native population, which has referred to the site for generations as Denali, meaning “the high one” or “the great one.” The peak, at more than 20,000 feet, plays a central role in the creation story of the Koyukon Athabascans, a group that has lived in Alaska for thousands of years.” Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali (via @nytimes)

Police Violence

– “It’s hard to imagine a better cautionary tale about police use of force than that of James Peters, a former Scottsdale police officer who shot and killed six people between 2002 and 2012. But instead of being taught to fresh-faced academy students as an example of what not to do, Peters himself is teaching police departments how and when to use their guns.” Ex-Cop Who Killed Six People Now Teaches Other Officers When to Use Their Guns (h/t @deray)


– “I was told by one manager to go back out to that plantation, go back out to the cotton field. They thought it was hilarious, but I didn’t think it was one bit funny,” said a woman who has worked as a counter and gate agent for more than 30 years at National, which occupies a site that once was a 1,000-acre plantation. “They even used the n-word.” American Airlines being sued by African-American employees for overtly racist patterns and practices (via @ShaunKing)

Sex Worker Rights

– “Rentboy was an “internet brothel,” Currie states in the release. This ignores the government’s own complaint and its detailed accounting of Rentboy’s alleged activities. It is not possible to conduct prostitution on the internet; there’s no such thing as an “internet brothel.” How the Feds Took Down (via @melissagira)

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