Category: Current Events

Don’t Forget About Serena

Don’t Forget About Serena

—Ralina L. Joseph
A black woman icon such as Serena Williams has to bear the disproportionate burden of not only being the target of racist attacks, but also of being above responding to them, maintaining a pose of “strategic ambiguity.”

Back to school as a trans kid

Back to school as a trans kid

—Ann Travers
For trans kids who use the summer break to transition, the new school year is full of possibilities: ranging from a newfound feeling of comfort and acceptance to discrimination and danger.

Personal experience, political action

Personal experience, political action

—Joyce Antler
Radical feminists taught their generation that telling your story and listening to the stories of others are crucial steps to politicization. Fifty years later, aspiring women office-holders are learning that bearing witness to women’s experiences may be the best route to political success.

In memoriam: Samir Amin

In memoriam: Samir Amin

SAMIR AMIN (1931-2018)
Samir Amin’s razor-sharp intellect, penetrating analysis, strong anti-imperialism, conviction in the importance of third world solidarity, and deep and continuous commitment to progressive causes around the world will continue to remain an inspiration.

Prosecutors, John Oliver, and Criminal Justice Reform

Prosecutors, John Oliver, and Criminal Justice Reform

—Daniel S. Medwed
Earlier this month, John Oliver did a segment on the work of American prosecutors, including their nearly unbridled power to charge people with crimes, choose whether to disclose evidence, and offer plea bargains. Daniel Medwed reflects on the changes since the publication of his 2012 book Prosecution Complex. Get the ebook on Amazon now for only $1.99.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Crazy Rich Asians

What We Talk About When We Talk About Crazy Rich Asians

—Lori Kido Lopez
Effective Asian American media activism requires analyses of media industries and audiences as well as readings of a film’s specific meaning and how fictional representations connect to larger structures of racism.

The long history of separating immigrant families

The long history of separating immigrant families

—Deborah A. Boehm and Susan Terrio
In recent weeks, the crisis of separated families has dominated the news. But the current crisis has been unfolding for decades, part of a long history of separation and suffering that immigrant children and families have experienced because of US immigration policies and practices.