Activism

Anti-Trump Protests Break Out Across Several Major Cities in the U.S.

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On Wednesday  night, across several major cities, people took to the streets to protest Donald Trump. People in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta turned out in the thousands. Between 5,000 and 8,000 people began marching toward Trump...

Open Thread: Is Hashtag Activism Real Activism?

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Former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown says no.

Beyoncé Is Snubbing the Media, But Does It Even Matter?

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Sometimes it feels like Beyoncé is everywhere. On blogs, all across social media, on our radios, blaring from the speakers in the gym. Despite Bey’s attempted takeover of our lives, apparently she’s been snubbing the press. I know what you’re thinking–#bishwhere? (thanks Rihanna). Few months go by...

Brothers on the Block’ Hopes to Prevent Violence in Chicago By Taking to the Streets

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The news pouring out of Chicago has been startling. Hundreds of murders have taken place, violence-plagued weekends have occurred, and the city’s politicians have been seemingly unable to do anything to keep citizens safe. While some have called on the military to intervene, other Chicagoans...

Are You an Armchair Activist?

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Activists are important facets in pushing back against oppression and questioning power structures. Activists raise awareness for social injustices. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist. bell hooks is an activist. President Obama was an activist when he was organizing in Chicago....

An Activist Fights Breast Ironing, a Ritual Mutilation Practice of Girls in Cameroon

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In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman’s femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl’s breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is typically carried out by...