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Safety is Not Just About Shootings: American Students Face Multiple Threats

The conversation regarding school safety cannot start and stop with guns and shootings. Since 2018 began, at least 8 school shootings have occurred in the US involving injury or death. In the days since the most recent widely publicized shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, several conversations have erupted regarding U.S....

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It’s Still Censorship: On the CDC Banned Word List

In choosing to even suggest censoring certain terms, the federal government only continues its long tradition of wielding the narrative to its pleasure, with dangerous consequences for the rest of us. Recent media reports cited an alleged directive by the US administration to prohibit the use of seven words in documents related to the 2019...

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Don’t Be A TERF: Transmisogyny 101

We cannot divorce transmisogyny from its roots in both transmisia and misogyny, nor can we ignore the ways in which the patriarchy significantly and tangibly impacts trans women. Time and time again cis folks, including cis women, will invalidate trans women’s womanhood by claiming we do not experience oppression under cisheteropatriarchy. Cis women, for example,...

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What The Shut Down of Gothamist And DNAinfo Means For Journalism And Workers’ Rights

It cannot be erased that the Gothamist and DNAinfo shut-down was an intentional, retributive attempt to thwart socialist empowerment of the people and reinforce capitalist exploitation. On Nov. 2, users attempting to access news websites Gothamist and DNAinfo, were met with this shut down note, including employees who had no advance notice of the shutdown. The...

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Profit Over People: US Slave-like Labor and Human Trafficking Still Exist

The truth is profit-driven exploitation and trafficking of people of marginalized identities is not only state-sanctioned, it is foundational to the US. State-sanctioned labor exploitation, slavery, and human trafficking are bedrock institutions of the colonial US nation-state, to this day. The trafficking and enslavement of millions of people of African descent was abhorrently abused by...

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Reframing White Supremacist Patriarchy as Non-Violent is Violence

White supremacist patriarchy is deceptive and manipulative, not only making things disappear but making other things appear in its place. White supremacy is a fatally insidious system. And when it intersects with the devastation of other systems of oppression, like cisheteropatriarchy, the results are catastrophic. This manifests clearly in privileging of white people over Black,...

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The Lasting, Racist Legacy of Colonialism on the Environment

Puerto Rico is without resources. Meanwhile its colonial government plays golf. By Holly  Peoples with enduring colonial histories are time and again marginalized and disadvantaged. Meanwhile colonizers continue to profit off of our lives and our land. And in the age of widespread pollution, ecological devastation, and climate change, it is we the colonized who...

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On DREAMers, DACA and the Model Immigrant Trope

For all the clamor and the rush to post, protest, and support undocumented people, there are millions of immigrants whose experiences have been erased from the story. Earlier this week, Donald Trump’s administration announced its decision to rescind the Obama-era policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, shaking the nation’s immigrants, especially the...