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January 2017



What I’m Reading – January 21, 2017

Written by , Posted in Feminism, Politics, What I'm Reading

It happened. But then the next day, millions of people showed up to fight back. Now we have to keep it up.

Fight Back

  • “Women’s March crowds at cities across the country on Saturday have grown so large that the only way to capture them is with overhead shots. Below, overhead photos and videos from Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Memphis, Nashville, Boston, Raleigh, and more.” Overhead Shots Show Massive Women’s March Crowds in Cities Across America (via @Slate)
  • “In some ways, protecting ourselves digitally in the Trump era will be the same as protecting ourselves in any other era, since good digital practices are important no matter who’s in power or what’s happening in the larger political sphere. The free speech threats under Trump, however, could well be greater than anything we’ve experienced in the past.” How To Protect Yourself Digitally In The Trump Era (by Vivian Wagner, via @ESTBLSHMNT)
  • “Allred said at the press conference that after Zervos came forward, Trump “lied, debased and denigrated” her in public, denying that he’d ever met her. She pointed out some of the many public statements Trump made about Zervos and the other women who accused him of sexual assault or harassment.” Former Apprentice Contestant Summer Zervos, Who Accused Trump of Sexual Harassment, Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Him (by Anna Merlan, h/t @Jezebel)
  • “I know that Empress Duchess Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, Queen of my heart, said “when they go low, we go high.” But see? I’m going to act like she followed that up with a silent “except when it comes for Donald Trump, then all bets are off.” I need that, because that dude goes so low that I feel like we have no choice but to go gutter.” A Handy Guide to Disrespecting Cheeto Satan From Inauguration and Beyond (by Luvvie Ajayi, via @Luvvie)
  • “Murphy had traveled to Philly from Toronto, where another data-rescuing hackathon had taken place a month prior. Murphy brought with her a list of all the data sets that were too tough for the Toronto volunteers to crack before their event ended. “Part of the work is finding where the data set is downloadable—and then sometimes that data set is hooked up to many other data sets,” she said, making a tree-like motion with her hands.” Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump (by Zoe Schlanger, via @Wired)

Disability Rights

White Supremacy

“Justice” System

  • “Lori Kavitz is a mother of two boys, and is exactly the kind of prisoner this program was created for and yet, her clemency request was denied just last week. Advocates have no idea why. Meanwhile, men with much more significant criminal histories have already received clemency under the project.” Obama’s Clemency Program Has Failed Incarcerated Women (by Britni, via @ESTBLSHMNT)
  • “Republican lawmakers in the state introduced a bill last week in the legislature that would not hold motorists liable for negligently running over someone obstructing a roadway. The bill was introduced in response to a year of protests over a proposed pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.” Running over protesters on roadways could soon be legal in North Dakota (by Justin Boggs, h/t @AdamWeinstein)
  • “For much of modern American history, police officers were considered, by most judges and jurors, to be the most reliable narrators in a courtroom — professional and neutral arbiters of facts. The increasing prevalence of camera footage eroded that bedrock of the justice system, wiping out powers long held by law enforcement. Within the last half decade, a new reality has set in for cops, lawyers, and judges: Videos have replaced police reports and testimony as the most credible version of events, proving time and again, with increasing frequency, that police officers lie.” Blue Lies Matter (by Albert Samaha, via@BuzzFeedNews)


  • “The co-worker, however, did not want to speak with him, and instead left the office. In an effort not to be left alone with von Keyserling, the victim left with her co-worker. As she walked by, he allegedly “pinched her groin area.” She responded that if he ever did that again, she would punch him.” Connecticut Politician Arrested For Grabbing Woman’s Groin, Called it A ‘Joke’ (by Lauren Evans, via Jezebel)

45th President’s Policies

  • “At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.” Trump team prepares dramatic cuts (by Alexander Bolton, via @TheHill)
  • “However, photographs of the crowd gathered to watch the inauguration of the 45th president showed a smaller crowd than in past ceremonies, particularly the massive crowds that gathered to watch Barack Obama be sworn in as the nation’s first black president.” President Trump’s Spokesman Just Lied About The Size Of The Inauguration Crowd (by Salvador Hernandez, via @BuzzFeedNews)

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