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Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Dear Sisters, We Fought Together
One year ago, 300 high-profile actresses partnered with activists to launch Time's Up, a movement to fight systemic sexual harassment in every workplace with the tagline, "No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance..." It has now raised over $22 million for its legal defense fund and helped almost 4,000 people fight sexual discrimination. For New Year's, they released a powerful, celebratory video. 2018, they declare, "was just the beginning."
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Sunday, December 30, 2018
After A Year of Grief and Death, "We Are Here and We Will Never Leave"
With Palestinians facing staggering losses - the nation-state law, the Jerusalem embassy, the raids, arrests, demolitions, the hundreds of unarmed civilians killed and 30,000 injured, largely in Gaza's ongoing Great March of Return protests - 2018 was the year "Israel finally went completely rogue," and formally became an authoritarian apartheid state. From the daily and nightly hell of the Occupation, Palestinians hold fast to a concise message: "Sumud, steadfastness."
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Sending Ladders, Hedges, Money, Beaded Curtains Or Pretty Much Anything Else Besides A Friggin' Wall
Except for red-meat fans, people are some fed up with Trump's chimera to keep out "our migrant siblings and fellow human beings." As he frantically moves the goal posts - Mexico to taxpayers, concrete to "unfathomably stupid" slats - others suggest stellar alternatives: A privacy hedge, a wall of gravestones and, the best, ladders to lift people up and over. In fact, donations go to RAICES to pay for asylum cases. Their tagline: "We welcome you to the coalition of reasonable adults."
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Monday, December 24, 2018
Holy Infant So Tender and Mild
The body of Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, who died in Border Patrol custody, has been returned to Guatemala, but grief, rage, haunting questions and, in this season, a deep sense of dissonance remain. "I f you aren’t capable of manufacturing the slightest bit of compassion for the hurting and the hungry and the terrified and the desperate right now," asks John Pavlovitz of his fellow Christians, " what on earth are you singing for? "
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Sunday, December 23, 2018
The Invidious Theft of What Was His: Wrestling While Black
Another small, cruel, cutting indignity: A black varsity high school wrestler, faced with an ultimatum by a racist ref to cut his dreads or forfeit a match, stood pained and still as a white trainer hacked off his hair and identity in a video that's gone viral. Amidst the uproar, New Jersey has opened a civil rights investigation and the ref has been benched. From the ACLU: "This is not about hair. This is about race."
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
The Final Adult Has Left the Room
Markets tank, shutdown looms, turmoil mounts as Defense Secretary James Mattis, the last of the "Axis of Adults," quits. His fiery resignation letter, described as "a 21-gun fuck you" to an idiot king who's out of control, declares one last time that tyrants are bad and allies are good and Trump is wrong about everything. With just him and his mindless ghouls left, the consensus is we're all gonna die. In the meantime, be kind to each other.
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Stigma Not Science: And Then They Came For the Military With HIV
Two HIV-positive members of the Air Force have filed suit against Trump's Defense Department for discharging them as “unfit (for) military service" - aka icky - though both have been treated, suffer no bad health from the virus, and are highly recommended by superiors. Lawyers say the airmen's firing under an insidious new rule violates their equal rights under law and is “arbitrary, capricious (and) an abuse of discretion," which pretty well sums up the reign of our current mob boss.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
We Won! And That's the Way We Want It! And They're All Coming Back! And I Have No Idea What I'm Talking About! Like, None!
Sure, bring our troops back from Syria et al in a rational, informed way. But Trump unilaterally, incoherently declaring victory over ISIS - still 30,000 strong - isn't it. In a bonkers, blathering video, he celebrates fictional "historic victories," praises U.S. troops as "heroes of the world" who've "killed ISIS," claims “we’ve taken back the land,” and says our dead soldiers - points to sky - are “up there looking down on us, and there is nobody happier." What the ever-loving fuck.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Blind, Burrowing, Thin-Skinned: Meet the Dermophis Donaldtrumpi
To those who consider Trump a reptilian shape-shifter, mazel tov: Now he officially is one. Thanks to a species-naming auction for Rainforest Trust, a small, blind, worm-like, newly discovered amphibian who buries its head in the ground will be named Dermophis donaldtrumpi. The name, says its creator, is "perfect" for the new caecilian, from the Latin for "blind...perfectly mirroring the strategic vision (Trump) has consistently shown towards climate change.”
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Monday, December 17, 2018
Voice For the Voiceless
A small feel-good sliver in a feel-bad framework: Pihcintu, a sweet-voiced, multicultural chorus of refugee girls and women here in Portland, sang today at the U.N. to celebrate a new Global Compact on Refugees aimed at supporting the largely poor countries that host the world's 25-million-plus refugees. The compact, which will help the U.N give food, shelter and succor like that once accorded Pihcintu members, was approved by all but two countries; the U.S. was one.
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