It’s less than two weeks into 2015, and already the year is too much. Let’s look at the news.
I see a lot of “light it up blue” stuff being posted around the ‘net today. It makes me sad, really. See, the “Light It Up Blue” campaign is a project of Autism Speaks. Their name is ironic, considering they do not have any Autistics on their board, and one Autistic on ONE advisory committee. Read More Why I’m Not Blue
The protests in Egypt and Tunisia have shone a spotlight on Facebook and Twitter as vehicles for democratic revolt, particularly the nuts and bolts work of getting the word out, organizing, and presenting a united front to the Egyptian government. Stateside, we’ve seen Tiger BeatDown’s Sady Doyle organize two Twitter hashtag protests in the last six weeks, #MooreandMe and #DearJohn, both of which have garnered national media attention and resulted in apologies from Michael Moore and the removal of the “forcible rape” language from Republican-backed bill H.R.3. Read More A Brief History of Internet Activism
When we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it’s tempting (particularly for the privileged, who don’t deal with the prejudice people of color face on a daily basis) to forget that true equality is still a goal to be striven for. But, as long as the college graduation rate of African American students is significantly lower than that of white students, as long as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is raked across the coals for “prejudice” (when all she did was have the decency to admit that one’s personal background will necessarily define one’s worldview), as long Tea Party members in Tennessee are advocating for significant changes in public school curriculum so that “[N]o portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership,” we, as a nation, clearly still have a long way to go. Read More Who are the Civil Rights Activists of Today?