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  • Rolling Stone: Caitlyn Jenner, and Moving Past the Transition Narrative Last year, TIME Magazine told us we had reached the “transgender tipping point,” featuring on its cover the stunning actress and activist Laverne Cox, one of the most high-profile transgender women in America. It was a huge moment for trans visibility. Read More at Rolling Stone
  • Rewire: Low-Income Communities Are Disproportionately Put at Risk for Health Problems Chicago’s Southeast Side is a working-class area in a period of transition, moving from an industrial past with strong roots in steel to a revitalized present. Along the way, the community is facing a considerable problem: what to do with the remnants of industry, including polluted and closed sites. Read more at Rewire
  • The Guardian: For mentally ill too often prison means solitary, neglect, and even death “Since Tony’s death I have not stopped,” she says, “and I want to ensure that this never happens again. This is a way of life in the ADC.” Her nephew’s death radicalized this prison reformer, turning her into a force of nature who nearly explodes over the course of our conversation, frustrated with what she ...
  • Time: Why Tech Can’t Help Us Find Missing Airplanes In an era where it’s possible to track a stolen Macbook Pro at the click of a button, it seems ludicrous to imagine an entire airplane disappearing. Yet, that’s exactly what happened this year, twice, when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously vanished in March, followed by a similar disappearing act on the part of AirAsia ...
  • Vice: Trying to Vote While Disabled Sucks Voting is “a fundamental characteristic of citizenship,” says Ari Ne’eman, co-founder of the ​Autistic Self Advocacy Netw​ork and presidential appointee to the ​National Council on ​Disability. “People with disabilities deserve to be recognized as equal citizens and equal participants in society. When our voting rights are denied, it’s a fundamental undermining of our equality under ...
  • The Daily Dot: Inside the real world of Teach for America Is Teach for America (TFA) a neo-liberal disaster contributing to the utter destruction of U.S. public schools, or is it an innovative program providing new opportunities to children growing up in underprivileged communities? Can the students of the Internet age help fix education? It’s one of the most controversial education reform initiatives in the United States, with passionate ...
  • Daily Dot: How the digital economy is holding women back We are all hustlers, but we are not all equal. Statistics show that 75 percent of unpaid interns are women, and in 2012, 55 percent of freelancers in the digital economy were women. Many argued this was a positive development, allowing women to set their own schedules, control their income sources, explore alternate careers, and ...
  • ThinkProgress: Why Aren’t Mentally Ill Americans Invited To This Week’s Hearing On Their Own Privacy Rights? This Friday, House Republican Tim Murphy is holding a hearing on whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “helps or hinders patient care and public safety” in the context of mentally ill patients. The hearing, a followup to his hearing last month in which he reiterated false claims about mental illness and violence, will notably not ...
  • The Guardian: Comment is free: Pinkification: how breast cancer awareness got commodified for profit The gradual commodification of breast cancer reflected a failure of the movement, in that it wasn’t able to adapt quickly enough to fight the commercialisation of breast cancer awareness. Now, groups like Breast Cancer Action are having to fight cancer on two fronts: battling for patients, as well as fighting the rise of pinkification. Read more at The ...
  • Alternet: Are Police in Schools Making Students Safer, or Putting Them at Greater Risk for Abuse? Increasingly, young people in America are getting caught in the collision of “zero tolerance” laws and growing concerns about school safety – and paying an irrationally high price for it. A series of school shootings and threats in the 1990s, including the Columbine massacre in 1999, radically changed the concept of “school safety” in the ...