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Social fragmentation is the core challenge of our day. We long to be together, but we are apart. We are isolated by distrust, polarization, trauma and incivility. We live in a hyper-individualistic culture that pays lip service to community but which actually values success above relationship, ego above care, the market above society and tribal divisions over common humanity. A Nation of Weavers
Mr. Harris is an independent historian and a regular contributor to the History News Network. For more information see www.JamesThorntonHarris.com.
2018 was an annus horribilis for freedom of the press. Reporters Without Borders announced that 63 professional journalists were killed, of whom 49 were specifically targeted for death by an army or rebel group.
The Women’s Agenda is a tangible declaration of how we will protect and defend our rights, safety, health and communities. Our Agenda will serve as a work plan to Congress and will create the road map we will use to mobilize our constituents into 2020 and beyond.
In Women’s Media Center by Montana Bass
In November, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a proposal for new rules regulating how schools respond to issues like sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and intimate partner violence on their campuses.
By Jesse Green New York Times
What does it mean to say an actor is radiant in a role?
By Leah Fessler
Gloria Steinem is one of the most legendary social-justice organizers and writers in American history. Having fought at the forefront of the women’s movement since the 1960s, Steinem, now 84, has hardly slowed down. She’s been an advocate for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and this month, her life’s work became the subject of an off-Broadway play.
In the conversation with writer and Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis Taylor Jr.talked with her about rage, the hearings to put Brett Kavanuagh, credibly accused of sexual assault by three women, on the Supreme Court, and tennis player Serena Williams’ recent experience with an umpire at the U.S. Open.
from BBC News
Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.
Institute for Women’s Policy Research: Women Candidates; the Cost of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Building Women’s Political Careers: Strengthening the Pipeline to Higher Office. Women Candidates: How to Win the Next Time Around. A record number of women are seeking elective office in 2018.
By Lisa Bialac-Jehle
Get credit cards in their own names.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 gave women that right. The law forced credit card companies to issue cards to women without a husband’s signature.
By Meg Garber in The Atlantic
It was the most unexpected moment of an otherwise dully divisive evening: a group of lawmakers taking a speech that wasn’t about them and insisting that in fact it was.
NCLCV Releases 2018 Environmental Legislative Scorecard
Where did legislators rank on North Carolina’s environmental priorities in 2018?
By Stephanie Pappas
For the first time ever, APA is releasing guidelines to help psychologists work with men and boys.
At first blush, this may seem unnecessary. For decades, psychology focused on men (particularly white men), to the exclusion of all others. And men still dominate professionally and politically: As of 2018, 95.2 percent of chief operating officers at Fortune 500 companies were men. According to a 2017 analysis by Fortune, in 16 of the top companies, 80 percent of all high-ranking executives were male. Meanwhile, the 115th Congress, which began in 2017, was 81 percent male.
By Jasmine Weber in HyperAllergic
A Chicago-based firm has launched a satirical campaign to build a border wall replica around the Mar-A-Lago. They will donate all proceeds to the International Refugee Assistance Program. Click here to continue reading
Monday numbers: A closer look at the impact of gerrymandering on the 2018 election
By Billy Ball
When North Carolina Democrats and Common Cause N.C. filed a suit in Wake County Superior Court last week, it was the culmination of roughly two decades of claims that the state’s top lawmakers had manipulated district lines for partisan advantage.
A linguist explains how Trump uses lies to divert attention from the “big truths.”
President Donald Trump has hacked the media.
As Vox’s Ezra Klein argued recently, the press is in a lose-lose situation — and we all know it. Trump thrives on opposition, and often the media plays right into his hands, feverishly chasing every lie and half-truth he utters or tweets.
by Larry Allen
An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I’m a liberal… I’ve always been a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:
1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.
By Robert S. McElvaine in the Washington Post
Where does sexism come from? Why do evangelicals ignore the president’s serial mistreatment of women? Why does the U.S. Constitution still not guarantee equality for women? Why do women earn less than men? Why didn’t most conservatives care whether the accusations of sexual assault brought against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh were true?
It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
by Froma Harrop in the News Chamber of California
Americans are hurting as their country descends into dysfunction, polarization and widespread anger. Democrats are feeling an extra dose of despair with the elevation of the intemperate and partisan Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
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