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Black Gay Male Criminalization and the Case of Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, a college wrestler who's been charged with "recklessly infecting another with HIV," offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

Johnson, a college wrestler who’s been charged with “recklessly infecting another with HIV,” offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

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More Than ‘Just Women’s Issues’ in Moral Week of Action

Moral Week of Action demonstrators gather in front of the office of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

August 26 was Women’s Equality Day. But true to the spirit of Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber’s “moral fusion movement,” the discussion of “women’s issues” wasn’t limited to abortion or birth control.

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Women’s Equality Day Comes to North Carolina, Amid the Moral Week of Action

Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women's Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state's recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.

Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women’s Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state’s recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.

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Students Walk Out With Their Hands Up to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

A Syracuse University student at a Monday #HandsUpWalkOut event on the steps of Hendricks Chapel.

Hundreds of students at around ten colleges walked out of class in solidarity on Monday, expressing their anger at the lack of justice for Brown and the other young people of color killed in police shootings.

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‘Moral Mondays’ Movement Expands to 12 States for ‘Moral Week of Action’

Rev. Dr. William Barber speaking at a Moral Monday rally

Starting on Friday, August 22, a broad coalition of faith, labor, and social justice organizations will hold events in 12 mostly Southern states with a different social justice theme every day.

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The Evidence Is In: Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Critical to Public Health

Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?

Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?

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Detroit Mayor Unveils New Plan to Address Water Shutoffs

The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.

The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.

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‘Freedom Riders’ and Evolving Pro-Choice Protests

Clinic escorts outside a Planned Parenthood facility.

The Freedom Rides are a powerful symbol, but we—and Stop Patriarchy, which began an “Abortion Rights Freedom Ride” on July 30—should think deeply about what they mean in conversation with the history of abortion rights.

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Obama Signs Third Executive Order This Year to Help Federal Contract Employees

A June protest in Washington, D.C., featured low-wage federally contracted workers dressed like Rosie the Riveter.

Most federal contractors play by the rules, the White House said, but every year tens of thousands of Americans are denied overtime wages, subjected to health and safety risks, or discriminated against based on gender or age.

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Detroit Emergency Manager Grants Mayor Control Over Water Department

Mike Duggan on May 21, 2013

Although Mayor Mike Duggan promises to have a “new plan shortly” to address the city water department’s highly criticized effort to collect delinquent bill payments, activists who have been protesting the shutoffs remain unconvinced that the change in leadership will have any tangible results.

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