When 14-year-old Bresha Meadows shot her father after allegedly enduring a lifetime of his abuse, she could have just been one more girl processed through what’s become known as the abuse-to-prison pipeline. But instead, the #FreeBresha movement arrived to question the harsh, punitive nature of our juvenile justice system.
Tell Them Our Names - Atavist
For the first time in months, they all danced. The guards gave them the day off. Some stood and watched them, trying to cover up their smiles. Others yelled at them to stop shaking, stop smiling, stop feeling anything other than trapped. Maybe these guards could not handle their visible, temporary joy. Maybe, thought Pauline, these guards do not want to be reminded that we are human. Or maybe they just want to feel powerful. The women kept dancing.
Hillary Clinton's Humans of New York Interview Resonates Because We've All Experienced That Moment - Sojourners
Different settings, similar goals: Keep the women from learning too much and leading too loudly, or — heaven forbid — shrilly. Hillary’s now viral appearances in Humans of New York took thousands of women back to the moment (or moments) when they were told how to be or what not to become.
Ten Times We Tragically Failed Tamir Rice: A Hasty, Hyperlinked Poem - 20-Something Survival
When the third minute passed / And the snow beneath you knew you / better than we did.
How Not to Respond to Grief: On Refugees and Paris - 20-Something Survival
There is a phrase common in the US that is meant to express heroism: “These colors won’t run.” But often they do. They run from peaceful solutions to war in favor of dropping bombs from a safe distance. They run from refugees who are running for their lives. They run from Syrian children washed up on a beach.
Maybe you even went to a liberal arts school and majored in film studies or creative writing but you gave up on your dreams just in time to pay your first phone bill.
"As a woman, I speak up passionately. And I believe that passion comes from the fact that we are the givers of life. So if black people are being killed, we birthed that person. If you are threatening the lives of our children, black women will stand up."
The often untranslated calligraphy reminds a Westerner of at least one important thing: There are many things about these women that we don’t understand. There exists a diverse array of experiences and beliefs in Iran that are — just like the calligraphy — not automatically translatable.
Tips for Female Presidential Hopefuls (humor piece) - McSweeney's
Consider becoming PTA president instead. We’d really be more comfortable with that.