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Cleveland Transit Officer Pepper-Sprays ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activists

The officer confronted a crowd of activists who had begun locking arms and chanting in protest over the way he forcefully detained a 14-year-old. “The crowd was determined that the youth would NOT be harmed or killed and were fierce, as we know it’s a real possibility,” explained one witness, Kimberly Ellis.

The officer confronted a crowd of activists who had begun locking arms and chanting in protest over the way he forcefully detained a 14-year-old. “The crowd was determined that the youth would NOT be harmed or killed and were fierce, as we know it’s a real possibility,” explained one witness, Kimberly Ellis.

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‘We on the Freedom Side': Why I Stood Up for Black Lives at Netroots Nation

Taken at a Stop Mass Incarceration Network rally in New York City early spring."

Doing social change work is scary and will make you uncomfortable; it will change you, for better or for worse. But that’s part of what showing up and taking a stand means. And what choice do we have?

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The Quality of Black Lives Matters Too

A woman at Union Square in New York City in late April, where an event was held in support of the Baltimore Uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.

#BlackSpring is here: the uprisings happening in cities nationwide as part of a collective fight for racial justice in all areas of Black lives.

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When It Comes to Police Brutality, Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

A recent police shooting in South Carolina illustrates the importance of video when it comes to issues of race and policing. It also reminds us of the complications inherent in crime-related imagery—especially regarding how much people only see what they want to believe.

A recent police shooting in South Carolina illustrates the importance of video when it comes to issues of race and policing. It also reminds us, however, that video alone is not enough to overcome or combat the violence resulting from implicit bias.

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Covering Youth Sexuality: How the Media Can Do Better

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

“Youth” is just one of many identities we experience during our lives, and stigmatizing or shaming a person because of age fails any social movement fighting against oppression.

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What Janet Mock Can Teach Us About Womanhood and ‘Realness’

From the cover of Janet Mock's new book, Redefining Realness.

While the media has moved on from Piers Morgan’s awful interview to the next topic du jour, many of us are still getting around to unpacking Janet Mock’s story and the struggles facing trans people that, unfortunately, continue to be overlooked by mainstream media for the more “titillating” aspects of their stories.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Black Unwed Mothers: A Q&A With Tanya Fields of the BLK Projek

Fields drew attention during a recent live-streamed conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, when she asked about the tearing down of Black unmarried mothers by other Black women.

Fields drew attention during a recent live-streamed conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, when she asked about the tearing down of Black unmarried mothers by other Black women. RH Reality Check spoke with her about being a woman of color leader, stereotypes placed on Black unmarried mothers, and more.

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A True Ally Rejects Racial Hierarchy, and Other Tips From Feminists of Color

Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.

Feminism needs to center the experiences of all women of color in the movement. As a starting point, here are some suggestions from several smart women.

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Eve Ensler Is Wrong That for Women and Trayvon Martin, ‘Our Struggles Are One’

Ensler's letter to Martin (pictured above) was not the right place to push an agenda about a campaign to end violence against women, especially without first acknowledging the fear many people are taught to feel about men of color—a fear that is just as present in the women’s movement as it is in each of the United States of America.

Ensler’s letter to Martin was not the right place to push an agenda about a campaign to end violence against women, especially without first acknowledging the fear many people are taught to feel about men of color—a fear that is just as present in the women’s movement as it is in each of the United States of America.

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