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March 2017



What I’m Reading – March 26, 2017

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Fight Back

  • “But we really mean it this time when we say there’s a tech tool that will take the headache out of reaching out to your congresspeople. It’s called “Resistbot,” and it’s by far the easiest way to gradually chip away at Trump’s spirit.” This New Anti-Trump Tech Is The Most Genius Thing Of 2017 (by Kate Ryan for Good Magazine)

Horrific Executive Orders and Legislation

  • “The affected airlines are Royal Jordainia, Egyptair, Turkish airlines, Saudia airlines, Kuwait airways, Royal Air Morocco, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad. The email – described as a “circular” – is not a public regulation, but airlines will be expected to enforce the new rule. Airlines were issued the circular on Monday and given 96 hours to comply; the rules apply to flights both to and from the US, according to Royal Jordanian airlines.” US bans larger electronic devices on some flights from Middle East (by Sam Thielman for The Guardian)
  • “Documentary evidence confirms she complained to others at the time about these statements, including to law school administrators. A second former student from the same class has submitted an anonymous declaration to the Judiciary Committee stating that Judge Gorsuch “said that many female lawyers became pregnant, and questioned whether they should do so on their law firms’ dime.” If accurate, these descriptions— which are corroborated by more than one person and were reported contemporaneously — suggest that were Judge Gorsuch elevated to the Supreme Court, critical precedents and legal interpretations protecting women from sex discrimination at work would be at risk.” Reported Gorsuch Statements Show Disqualifying Disregard for Women’s Workplace Rights (by Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center)

Police Violence

  • “Both deputies pulled their weapons and fired at Renee. It was 6:57 p.m., one minute after they had entered the house. That one minute would become a focal point during the investigation into Renee’s death.” Pregnant mom calls for help, ends up killed by police. Her tribe wants answers (by Amy Radil for KUOW)
  • “While the details of the morning Hayes died are still fuzzy, news of the grand jury’s decision is sure to spark anger amongst community and family members who’d called for Hearst’s badge in the wake of the shooting.” The Portland Officer Who Killed Quanice Hayes Last Month Won’t Face Charges (Dirk VanderHart fore the Portland Mercury)
  • “Police killings are actually increasing in the United States, according to new data, but because our current president is leading every news cycle, brutality is being pushed to the back burner, activists contend. The rate of police-involved deaths of American citizens is higher than in any month in 2016, and January and February each saw more killings of Americans by police officers than in any month in 2016, according to” More Americans Killed by Police in 2017, but Trump Dominates Headlines (by Angela Helm for The Root)


  • “Around the country on March 1st, small groups of disabled people — along with friends and families and professionals focused on social justice — gather in real and virtual spaces to name the dead and to mourn. When weather and accessibility permits, we meet outside and light candles. I had spent months reading reports about the murder of disabled people, and decided to finish the project by flying to Washington and processing my own sorrow with some of the organizers of this somber ritual. I sat with my community, listening, our voices hushed.” Disabled Americans: Stop Murdering Us (by David M. Perry for Pacific Standard)


  • “Yes, in the clearest display of the bigotry still plaguing the NFL, no team – in a league desperate for capable quarterbacks – has signed Kaepernick, a man who led a team to the Super Bowl just a few years ago, and, oh yeah, started a nation-wide conversation about racial injustice and police brutality last year when he took a knee during the national anthem before football games.” The bigotry behind Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment (by Lindsay Gibbs for Think Progress)
  • “But thanks to Twitter user @BlackMarvelGirl, who shared pictures of the eight Black girls who had been reported missing, the news quickly went viral last weekend. Some of these teenagers have thankfully been found in the last couple of days, but that still leaves two questions unanswered: Where are the remaining kids, and why hasn’t this made national news?” Black & Latinx Teenagers Keep Disappearing In D.C. — But No One’s Talking About It (by Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez for Refinery 29)

And Finally, A Little Joy:

The ACHA Bill Was Killed & People Are Celebrating With The Best Pop Culture Gifs

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