As part of a holiday charity campaign, the Walmart Foundation last month donated $1.5 million to food pantries across the country, while hundreds of thousands of Walmart’s own workers struggle to feed themselves and their families thanks to the corporation’s famously low wages.
If, in the broader sense, conversion therapy is any set of actions designed to convince trans people to abandon our genders and sexes, governments large and small are the biggest offenders out there.
When determining whether to pardon the Salvadoran women incarcerated on abortion-related charges, the country’s National Criminology Council gave “unfavorable” recommendations for 12 of them based on factors such as “scarce economic resources.”
Young people from across the globe explain that being a nice person means doing the right thing, and that it’s important to remember “all of us are capable of being this human.” [via Upworthy]
Mic recently experimented with the predominantly male trend of “manspreading,” or spreading one’s legs in a cramped public space like a bus or subway car. “As it turns out, people respond very differently to a woman taking up tons of space on the subway,” Elizabeth Plank of Mic writes. “It involves a lot more staring, glaring and photo-sharing. When men do it? Not so much.”
The debate over whether trans women should be admitted to women’s colleges calls our very womanhood into question, as if we are not “really” women.
While overall American families have rebuilt their household wealth during the economic recovery in the wake of the Great Recession, not all households have benefited equally from the economic recovery.
Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns explains that his decision for wearing a “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” t-shirt, which was criticized by the head of the local police union, was “a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons to innocent people.” So, as he says, “a call for justice shouldn’t offend or disrespect anybody.”
Contrary to a narrative that young people are apathetic or lazy or too busy texting to care about human rights, in fact young people are at the helm of the movement for justice for all people. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they pull off in 2015.
RH Reality Check recently asked its colleagues working to advance justice movements throughout the country to share what affected them most in 2014 and their greatest wish for 2015.