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February 2017



What I’m Reading: February 12, 2017

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Fight Back

  • “As a first step, we propose to help build an international strike against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights on March 8th. In this, we join with feminist groups from around thirty countries who have called for such a strike. The idea is to mobilize women, including trans-women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle–a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions.” Beyond Lean-In: For a Feminism of the 99% and a Militant International Strike on March 8 (via Viewpoint Magazine)
  • ““In pretty much all cases,” Jennings says, CBP officers have searched travelers’ devices in tandem, or asked them “to divulge their passwords, or log into their accounts, and show what’s on there,” he says. “It’s quite invasive.” Although the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects U.S. citizens against “unreasonable searches and seizures” without a warrant, the country’s points of entry historically have been places where such searches are considered reasonable.” How to protect your data when traveling internationally (by Seth Rosenblatt, via The Parallax)
  • “”I’m not going to the White House,” the Patriots’ Devin McCourty told Time in a text message Monday. “Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”” One by one, black New England Patriots players are refusing to visit Donald Trump’s White House (by Zak Cheney Rice via Mic)

Horrific Executive Orders and Legislation

  • “Trump has been vetting candidates to run the agency, which regulates the safety of everything from drugs and medical devices to food and cosmetics. Among them is Jim O’Neill, a former Health and Human Services official who is an associate of the Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter Peter Thiel. O’Neill has argued that companies should not have to prove their drugs work in clinical trials before selling them.” Trump’s FDA pick could undo decades of drug safeguards (Katie Thomas via Boston Globe)
  • “The men and women who reportedly handcuffed small children and the elderly, separated a child from his mother and held others without food for 20 hours, are undoubtedly “ordinary” people. What I mean by that, is that these are, in normal circumstances, people who likely treat their neighbors and co-workers with kindness and do not intentionally seek to harm others. That is chilling, as it is a reminder that authoritarians have no trouble finding the people they need to carry out their acts of cruelty. They do not need special monsters; they can issue orders to otherwise unexceptional people who will carry them out dutifully.” Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump (by Chris Edelson, via Baltimore Sun)
  • “The agent pressed. Did my meetings and talks abroad focus on U.S. law or the law of other countries? Not understanding what any of this had to do with my ability to return home, I found myself explaining that in addition to the Constitution, the United States is bound by international treaties. I explained that there are fundamental human rights that belong to everyone and apply in all countries in the world, including the United States, and that my work covers both.” Flying Home From Abroad, a Border Agent Stopped and Questioned Me … About My Work for the ACLU (by Hini Shamsi via ACLU)
  • “Lupita is thought to be one of the first undocumented immigrants to be deported under Trump’s executive action, and may even be the first since Trump became president to be arrested while meeting with immigration officials. Her case has garnered national attention because her community rallied around her. They did the same thing several years ago, the first time Lupita was detained.” Jackie Rayos-Garcia Tells About the Deportation of Her Mother, Guadalupe García de Rayos (by Aura Bogado via Teen Vogue)
  • “A group of protesters, including her two teenage children, chanted “liberation, not deportation” as they surrounded a van for nearly three hours to keep it from leaving an Arizona immigration center with Rayos inside, an organizer, who asked not to be named, told Fusion. One protester, Manuel Saldana, bound himself to the van’s tire.” This mom of two has lived in the U.S. for 21 years. Last night she was hauled off in a deportation van. (by Wilfred Chan via Fusion)

Reproductive Rights

  • “As Rewire reported in May, 77 percent of all those sterilized in North Carolina were women; about 2,000 were people 18 and younger. Before the 1960s—when Black people became the majority of those sterilized—poor, rural white girls were the primary targets of authorities and women reformers.” Segregation had “shielded some Black women from the eugenicist’s scalpel,” explains Rebecca Kluchin, a health-care historian, in the film because they were excluded from white health-care institutions. After the racial segregation era of Jim Crow, North Carolina’s Black population became eligible to receive public assistance, which also meant it became a target population for sterilization.” ‘State of Eugenics’ Film Sheds Light on North Carolina’s Sterilization Abuse Program (by Tina Vasquez, via Rewire)


  • “Let’s first take a look at Greenland. A very large country, right? Almost as big as the entire continent of South America. But when its position is shifted to the same latitude of the USA, it’s clear that Greenland is nowhere near as big as we thought. And when moved still further to the equator, we can see that it’s nothing special compared to other islands.” After You’ve Seen These Maps, Your Image of the World Will Never Be the Same Again! (via Bright Side)

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