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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Paola Paredes

Ecuador (Global Voices) – Ecuadorian artist Paola Paredes has created a photo series, titled “Until You Change“, to protest against the existence of underground centers intended to “cure” homosexuality in Ecuador. Most of these illegal centers are disguised as religious “clinics” to rehabilitate those with drug or alcohol addictions. According to the photographer, homosexual and transgender men and women sent by their families are locked up and subjected to brutal abuse and humiliation. On her website, the artist writes: “It was four years ago that I first learned about the private ‘clinics’ that claim to cure homosexuality in Ecuador. My first thought was that Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative Activism Badass Women Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative

World (openDemocracy) – The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up to the dumbfounding results of the US presidential elections last November. But perhaps for many, equally as surprising has been the massive, and mostly nonviolent opposition in the US to Mr. Trump’s dystopian agenda that favors the rich and Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle classes, its sexist assault on women’s rights, and the fact that it doesn’t give one whit Read More

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New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million Activism Environment Politics 

New Anti-Protest Laws: Fine For Organizations Supporting Activism, Up To $1 Million

World (Sputnik) – In the wake of the increasingly violent repression of legal dissent in the US, the state of Oklahoma has moved to place fines of up to $1 million on protesters. New laws intended to severely punish those exercising their constitutional right to disagree with existing legislation and policy will now see possible fines of up to $1 million in the US state of Oklahoma, after legislators rushed what they termed “emergency” anti-protest laws into effect. The new laws allow for increased fines on those found guilty in Oklahoma of engaging in protest actions that result in the damage of infrastructure, especially oil and gas equipment. They also include a new wrinkle, in which Read More

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Minimum Force Necessary: A Moral Argument For Nonviolence Activism Featured 

Minimum Force Necessary: A Moral Argument For Nonviolence

World (Waging Nonviolence) – “Bernard? Oh yeah, he’s great. He was always the principles guy.” That was what an old Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC, organizer told me when I mentioned that I had been trained by Bernard Lafayette, co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence curriculum and a legend of the civil rights era. “I was always a strategies guy,” this elder went on to tell me. “I believed in nonviolence as an effective strategy, but Bernard was always talking about nonviolence as a principle.” I let out a little laugh. In that moment, I was proud to have been Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights Activism Badass Women Featured 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Defenders of the Environment & Human Rights

World (openDemocracy) – “What is the state? We are the state! The state is the state thanks to us” said Havva Ana (Mother Eve), a 63-year old woman who, in July 2015, joined a demonstration to block the demolition of ancient forests in Rize, Turkey. What Havva Ana meant was that the state depends on the people for its legitimacy – and that it must not prioritise short-term profit over their rights and wellbeing. The forests of Çamlıhemşin have, for hundreds of years, provided livelihoods and ancestral connection in the Black Sea region. In the face of the destruction, Read More

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Anti-War Music: American High’s Album Debuts May 8th Activism Music 

Anti-War Music: American High’s Album Debuts May 8th

Sacramento (Girl Underground) – Feel-good 70’s inspired pop music isn’t a lost art. The idea that music as an art form can be directed to making a political statement is still a popular outlet for the frustrations artists feel towards the current political climate. In an age where many, many people are entirely disenchanted with politics and afraid of the looming possibility of World War III, it is impossible for people to stay silent. Sharing in this mindset is the Sacramento-based American High, who released their debut album Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement on March 8th, 2017. Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk Activism Badass Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Oksana Oliinyk

Ukraine (Global Voices) – “I don’t really like Europe. In Europe, 99 percent of things are finished; here, there is work to be done,” says Oksana Oliinyk, standing in the small Soviet-era shop she and her husband Orest have just opened in the village of Khrystanivka in east-central Ukraine. Behind her are five rows of shelves she’s populating with books—the building blocks of the village’s first library. “A man came to the shop today and saw them, and I told him they are free to take away,” she says. “He told me he doesn’t have time to read because he works. Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women Standing Up Against Child Marriage in Mozambique Activism Badass Women Culture 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women Standing Up Against Child Marriage in Mozambique

World (New Internationalist) – For many, the gentle rushing sound of the ocean lapping at the shore symbolizes freedom. It conjures images of exotic horizons, paradise islands and beach-hut bars. For Flavia Fioretta, the ocean waves also mean freedom. They remind her of the trip she took with her mother to Tofo beach in Inhambane, Mozambique, when she was 14 years old, just before she was forced by her father to marry. She says it is the last time she remembers being truly free. Flavia’s story is typical of many girls in Mozambique. She fell pregnant when she was 14. She felt too Read More

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Global Earth Day March for Science Activism Environment Featured Science and Nature 

Global Earth Day March for Science

World (Sputnik) – Responding to an alarming rise in science denial in the West, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 600 cities around the globe are celebrating the use of science as the way to view the physical and natural world when formulating global policy. March for Science, taking place in hundreds of cities, seeks to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments,” the movement’s website explains. “We are at a critical juncture,” said science communicator and event emcee Cara Santa Maria. “Science is under attack,” she said, according to the Washington Post. Read More

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Conscious Threads: Labor Activists Demand Transparency in Clothing & Shoe Industry Activism Environment Featured 

Conscious Threads: Labor Activists Demand Transparency in Clothing & Shoe Industry

London (Human Rights Watch) – More apparel and footwear companies should join 17 leading apparel brands that have aligned with an important new transparency pledge, a coalition of unions and human rights and labor rights advocates said in a joint report issued today. The pledge commits companies to publish information that will enable advocates, workers, and consumers to find out where their products are made. The 40-page report, “Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry,” comes just ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse disaster in Bangladesh. It calls Read More

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