If we allow gun violence to continue blighting communities of color, we have failed. But if we enact gun control measures that aid the police state in criminalizing Black and brown bodies, we have also failed.
We’ve got data and timelines and infographics and conversation on topics including: white actors getting Oscars for playing people of color, white savior narratives, roles that garner nominations for Black actors, the shocking lack of nominations for Asian, Latinx and Native American actors and so much more.
There were some moments of anti-racist creativity that were so sublime, I’d like to take a moment to honor them. These are the top ten moments of radical art or artful activism that I encountered in my own little world this year.
A gay deaf woman was attacked in anti-gay crime in the UK, an NBA player apologizes for calling a ref an anti-gay slur, a hung jury in the first case in connection to Freddie Gray’s death, a leading center for ex-trans therapy is finally being shut down and more news!
“And I thought how interesting is it that America can be this dark star, death star, and also at the same time this incredible shining light.”
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could greatly impact Native Americans and their political sovereignty, two Muslim women were bombarded with racist comments at an Austin restaurant and management did nothing, traffic lights with same-sex couples were removed from the Austrian city of Linz, same-sex parents in Arkansas can both be on their child’s birth certificate now and more news stories!
Protesters in Minneapolis demand to see video evidence of how Jamar Clark died, Jackie Biskupski is the first openly gay Salt Lake City mayor, student action at Yale and other universities and more.
Here’s a link roundup of things you should read about the Paris and Beirut terror attacks and the aftermath, and a short news fix with LGBT news and racial justice news.
A rundown of everything that happened at the University of Missouri and the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement, the Mississippi Supreme Court issues its first gay divorce, the Nebraska Health and Human Services will list the names of same-sex spouses on birth certificates and more news!
Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthoods across the state and obtained patient record information, a school district outside Chicago could lose up to $6 million in federal funding for not allowing a teen trans girl to use the correct locker room, Hillary Clinton will stop accepting money from private prison companies and more news stories.
Corey Jones, a 31-year-old black man, was killed by a police officer after his car broke down after 3 a.m., five black churches have been set on fire in the St. Louis area, a Texas judge ruled health officials can still deny birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants, opponents of Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance debut a terrible ad aimed against trans women, and more news stories.
An arrest in the murder of Kiesha Jenkins, Planned Parenthood announces they’ll no longer accept payments for their fetal tissue donation program, investigators say killing of Tamir Rice was “reasonable,” Bernie Sanders updates views on gun violence and more news stories.
Updates on what we currently know about Sandra Bland’s arrest and death, the US’s most extreme abortion ban struck down, Republicans’ new effort to protect “religious freedom,” and more!
A NYPD officer is being investigated for assaulting a black queer woman, Black Lives Matter protestors take over the Netroots Nation conference, Rachel Dolezal still stands by her views of herself and more news stories!
The Pentagon plans to lift their ban on trans people serving in the military, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao resigns, the FBI reports Dylann Roof was able to buy a gun because of a background check flaw and more news stories.
“When White America responds to an act of terror on the Black community by withholding the kind of support it has consistently shown itself, is that not racism exactly?”
The Supreme Court will rehear cases on strict abortion laws in Texas and affirmative action, the KKK will hold a rally on the South Carolina statehouse grounds, Bree Newsome is awesome and more news stories.
Jennicet Gutiérrez of FAMILIA TQLM ejected from a White House reception for speaking out about LGBT detainees, Mo’ne Davis is drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters, a new report from the ACLU about the wealth gap between black and white Americans, court cases regarding witches, and more!
A LGBT Latino mural was vandalized multiple times last week, Google will remove revenge porn from their search results, a Florida officer is suspended after forcing a teenage girl to strip and more news stories.
“Now more than ever, I think it’s important to say alabanza to those who were slain, to lift their names up in prayer and to remind those of us still living that Black lives do matter — they’ve always mattered and will always matter.”