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April 2017



What I’m Reading – April 9, 2017

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Fight Back

“New York has become the first state to ensure that no immigrant will be detained and permanently separated from his or her family solely because of the inability to afford a lawyer. Without counsel, a study shows, only 3% of detained, unrepresented immigrants avoid deportation, but providing public defenders can improve an immigrant’s chance of winning and remaining in the United States by as much as 1000%.” New York State Becomes First in the Nation to Provide Lawyers for All Immigrants Detained and Facing Deportation (VERA project press release)

Trans Bigotry

““We recognize the quality championships hosted by the people of North Carolina in years before HB2,” the NCAA wrote. “And this new law restores the state to that legal landscape: a landscape similar to other jurisdictions presently hosting NCAA championships.” This is blatantly untrue. Only two other states, Arkansas and Tennessee, ban municipalities from passing LGBT nondiscrimination protections. No other state has North Carolina’s new prohibition on any subdivision of government creating policies assuring transgender people have access to restrooms.” NCAA caves, rewards North Carolina for stigmatizing transgender people (by Zack Ford for Think Progress)

Sexual Assault and Harassment 

“In the gymnastics world, among fans and athletes, the Nassar story is the story. “In the community it’s everywhere you look,” said Lauren Hopkins, who runs the gymnastics site The Gymternet, in an interview with The Huffington Post. The popular gymnastics podcast Gymcastic has covered the story extensively; four of the last five episodes have been about sexual abuse in the sport. Yet the story has barely broken through from the gym world into mainstream sports coverage, let alone prime-time news.” A Huge Sports Sex Abuse Scandal Is Unfolding, And You Probably Haven’t Heard About It (by Chloe Angyal for Huffington Post)

“Most of us can recognize explicit sexual violence — “everyone’s seen the guy jumping out of the bushes,” Schwimmer noted — but predatory men often take advantage of power structures in the workplace, pressuring women into uncomfortable, and even dangerous, positions. It might not be as obvious, Schwimmer said, but subtlety doesn’t matter.” These powerful sexual harassment PSAs by David Schwimmer are must-sees. (by Robbie Couch for Upworthy)


“Emails show that undercover officers were able to pose as protesters even within small groups, giving them extensive access to details about protesters’ whereabouts and plans. In one email, an official notes that an undercover officer is embedded within a group of seven protesters on their way to Grand Central Station. This intimate access appears to have helped police pass as trusted organizers and extract information about demonstrations.” NYPD officers accessed Black Lives Matter activists’ texts, documents show (by George Joseph for The Guardian)

“But the unemployment rate for Blacks is still nearly twice that of the national one. At 8 percent, there are 1.6 million Black people looking for viable work in this country. The rate for Whites is half that (3.9 percent). It’s 5.1 for Latinxs and 3.3 for Asian Americans. Rates for Native Americans are not published in this report.” Your Quick Reminder That the Black Unemployment Rate is Still Too High (by Kenrya Rankin for Colorlines)

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