Members of Pussy Riot were attacked by police with whips, then beaten, pushed, dragged and had their hair pulled as the punk performance group set up for an unpermitted performance in front of a mural in Sochi. There were plenty of cameras to capture the brutality of the special Cossack police, hired to handle drunks and rowdies.
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday February 19, 2014 4:20 pm|
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Thursday January 16, 2014 2:45 pm|
You read that right, Beyoncé has taken to the pages of The Shriver Report to offer her assessment on gender equality.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday September 23, 2013 6:30 pm|
The women of Pussy Riot have repeatedly made their intentions clear– as artists, they view “changing the world” as an extension of their jobs. Their actions, including this current hunger strike, confirm that they’re not fucking around. This isn’t a political endorsement or an appearance in a PSA – they’re intent on uprooting the system that they’re up against.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday September 4, 2013 11:20 am|
You have likely heard a lot about Robin Thicke and his summer hit Blurred Lines. Famous for its funky bass line and for being “sort of rapey” – the song has been in headlines as of late for taking center stage at the MTV VMAs and being the subject of a copyright dispute with Marvin Gaye’s estate. The song has repeatedly been taken to task for its problematic lyrics and now a parody courtesy of Law Revue girls has hit YouTube that lyrically addresses what’s so wrong.
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday August 18, 2013 6:30 pm|
Three years ago I found myself closing the chapter on my marriage. I did this against the advice of my friends who tried persuading me to stay for the children, for the sake of security and until I finished my studies. I had spent 10 years in an unsatisfying marriage and the thought of one more day for the sake of something/somebody else just was not acceptable. I left the marriage and while the emotional release was satisfying; but being independent and having to be responsible for my family was a reality I don’t think I fully grasped.
|By: RH Reality Check Tuesday July 30, 2013 5:05 pm|
As Todd Akin and the country at large learned during the 2012 elections, pregnancies resulting from rape are very real and sadly all too common. If there was one silver lining in the entire debacle and “debate” over Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, it was that it helped expose a previously under-reported problem: 31 states allow rapists to sue for custody or visitation of children conceived by rape. It might initially seem like it wouldn’t be much of a problem—most of us probably ask ourselves why rapists would bother to want these children at all—but the fact of the matter is that rapists rape because they like to hurt and control women.
|By: Angola 3 News Wednesday April 24, 2013 2:00 pm|
–An interview with Theresa Shoatz and Matt Meyer
This month, a 30-day action campaign was launched demanding the release of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz from solitary confinement, where he has been held for over 23 consecutive years, and 28 of the last 30 years, in Pennsylvania prisons. On April 8, when the campaign began, Maroon’s legal team sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), demanding his release from solitary confinement and promising litigation against the PA DOC if he is not transferred to general population by May 8.
The action campaign describes Maroon as “a former leader of the Black Panthers and the Black freedom movement, born in Philadelphia in 1943 and originally imprisoned in January 1972 for actions relating to his political involvement. With an extraordinary thirty-plus years spent in solitary confinement…Maroon’s case is one of the most shocking examples of U.S. torture of political prisoners, and one of the most egregious examples of human rights violations regarding prison conditions anywhere in the world. His ‘Maroon’ nickname is, in part, due to his continued resistance—which twice led him to escape confinement; it is also based on his continued clear analysis, including recent writings on ecology and matriarchy.”
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday April 17, 2013 11:00 am|
In Argentina and Brazil, a sector of workers that has long labored invisibly is moving out of the shadows and gaining legal protections. Their counterparts in Jamaica and Uruguay are sparking a new political consciousness from the friction between tradition and globalization. Around the world, private homes are becoming labor’s latest battleground as domestic workers stake out their rights.
Despite stretching into every region of the world, domestic work has historically been excluded from conventional labor laws, regardedly merely as “women’s work.” A breakthrough came in 2011 with the passage of the groundbreaking Convention 189 on domestic workers’ rights by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN special agency for labor rights. The convention lays out principles for fair treatment at work, including the right to a fair labor contract and a safe work environment, freedom from exploitation and coercion, and legal recourse against abusive employers.
|By: Michelle Chen Monday April 1, 2013 12:10 pm|
Originally posted at In These Times
This year’s World Social Forum, a transnational gathering of social activists, took place in Tunis, a city bubbling with unrest as it struggles to shake off a legacy of authoritarian rule while navigating tensions over women’s rights, labor and nationalism. At the gates of the gathering last week, these faultlines became starkly apparent when a caravan of trade unionists and rights advocates found themselves unexpectedly blockaded. Border police, under official orders, refused entry to a delegation of 96 Algerian activists that included members of the embattled union SNAPAP, known for its militancy and inclusion of women as leaders and front-line protesters.
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday March 27, 2013 1:05 pm|
The politics of immigration touch upon major faultlines in American society: not just the legal boundary between citizen and foreigner, but also lines of race, class, nationality, culture and, increasingly, gender. Women, who make up about half of the U.S. immigrant population and an estimated 40 percent of undocumented adults, face unique challenges as migrants. However, gender issues have gone almost entirely unremarked in official immigration-reform talks–that is, until a Senate hearing last Monday, when Mee Moua, head of the Asian American Justice Center, seized an opportunity to call out the invisibility of women in the debate.