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Footage Shows Police Pepper Spraying Seattle Teacher At MLK Rally

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Infuriating

Video footage surfaced yesterday depicting Seattle police pepper spraying Seattle high school teacher Jesse Hagopian on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, unprovoked, just after he’d finished making a powerful speech about racial equality. That day, a rally had been held in Seattle in honor of Dr. King. Hagopian marched and spoke to participants about the importance of Black lives. When he was sprayed shortly afterward, he was on the phone with his mother planning his two-year-old son’s birthday party. In the video, he can be seen walking past police holding his phone before rushing out of the frame in shock. Keep reading »

The Civil Rights Act Now Covers Protections For Transgender Individuals

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  • The Justice Department is now interpreting the Civil Rights Act to include protections for transgender people. (The Grio)
  • The Miss World Pageant is no longer including the bikini portion. (The Independent)
  • Nonviolent drug criminals who are serving bloated sentences that they wouldn’t be serving under the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act might be eligible for clemency. (The Root) Keep reading »

What The Revolution Looks Like

There were four #HandsUpWalkout events protesting for racial justice happening in Chicago on Monday. Three marches; one in the Loop, and two in Hyde Park on the south side, near the University of Chicago campus. And then a fourth, a town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, hosted by the Social Justice Initiative at UIC as well as the Black Youth Project. I had my choice of which to attend, and while I really and truly love photographing political demonstrations, it seemed like the better idea to sacrifice aesthetic for content and attend the town hall. Keep reading »

Faith In Humanity In A Revolutionary Age

Faith in humanity is the only faith I have. As in, I don’t have faith in a god or anything particularly spiritual. I’m not going to waffle over that and say that there’s a possibility that a god, in fact, does exist, or that I could be wrong. I am certain that I’m not wrong. I will, however, say that it takes the same kind of faith for me to say that I know I’m not wrong that it takes for other people to say that they know for sure that a god does exist. Inasmuch as that’s the case, I acknowledge the possibility that other people’s gods exist for them as purely, simply, and undeniably as there is no god for me. Keep reading »

Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

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  • Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film “A Raisin In The Sun” and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of Spike Lee’s earliest films, “Do The Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever,” and was the first Black woman to star in major roles in a prestigious Shakespeare festival. Dee, was married to the actor Ossie Davis and together they received a joint National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. [New York TimesColorLines]
  • Louisiana’s governor has signed a restrictive abortion bill into law which requires that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their clinic. It also mandates a 24-hour waiting period for abortions. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

“Matriarch Of The Gay Rights Movement” Edith Windsor Looks Back On This Momentous Year

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Edie's Love Story With Thea

This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The women got engaged in 1967 and Edie wore a circular brooch with diamonds, so that coworkers and neighbors would not know they were a couple. For 40 years they stayed engaged, finally marrying in Canada in 2007. After Thea died, Edie was hit with $600,000 in taxes, because her U.S. government did not recognize her same-sex marriage as valid. By ruling DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court affirmed the right of gay couples to have their marriages recognized on the federal level. As a runner-up for TIME magazine’s Person Of The Year distinction, here Edith speaks with TIME about the depth of her relationship with Thea and hiding their sexuality from anyone but their closest friends for decades. “There’s some legitimacy that we never knew we were lacking,” Edith said about getting married. “If you really care about the quality of someone’s life as much as you care about as your own, you have it made.” What a sweet and lovely woman. Edith, you’re my person of the year. [TIME]

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