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AUGUST 2013

 
 

WHITEWASHED JOURNALISM


Why do only white-passing Latinas make it to our screens?
The embarrassingly low number of Latinas hosting shows on English-language news networks or leading mainstream cable news programs can intimidate any Latina hoping to make a career in news media. But realizing that the bulk of these women could pass as White can deter interested and talented Afro-Latinas from even pursuing a job in the field. Chicana scholar Gloria Anzaldúa regularly reminded readers that Latinas are mestiza, a mixture of races and cultures. But the diverse range of features that Latinas possess because of their mixed ancestry is repeatedly ignored, with only light-skinned Latinas "graced" with strong European genes capturing the media's attention. Colorism, a form of discrimination where one group is treated more favorably based on the color of their skin, is often discussed in its relation to dark-skinned African-American women in the media. It's rarely mentioned, however, that this same problem plagues Black Latinas. Read Full Article by Raquel Reichard, Adios Barbie.


 

GOVERNMENT PROSECUTIONS HIDE THE TRUTH

Estimated number of Americans who have top-secret security clearance: 1,400,000 - 8/13 Harper's Index Given that so many have access to top-secret information, it's amazing more hasn't leaked. We have no democracy when top officials are the only ones privy to the "truth." Check out this list of major whistleblowers, who brought attention to abuses of government or large corporations. Many of these whistleblowers were fired from their jobs or prosecuted in the process of shining light on their issue of concern. According to John Lewis, Snowden acted in tradition of civil disobedience. "Lewis, a 73-year-old congressman and one of the last surviving lieutenants of Martin Luther King, said Snowden could claim he was appealing to "a higher law" when he disclosed top secret documents showing the extent of NSA surveillance of both Americans and foreigners."Read Guardian Greenwald on Democracy Now explains, "Here we are in the midst of one of the most intense debates . . . over the dangers of excess surveillance, and the administration . . . decides that there is this massive threat that involves the closing of embassies and consulates around the world . . ." UK border cops can seize and retain all your data without suspicion or charge. Read Cory Doctorow. What does it say when a government prosecutes those who tell the truth? Is "anti-government" really a proper description if those it is used against are striving for legitimate, lawful, government? When a government acts beyond the bounds of its legal charter it ceases to be legitimate.

 

YOUR RIGHT'S ON CAMPUS: KNOW YOUR IX

Know Your IX is a campaign that aims to educate all college students in the U.S. about their rights under Title IX. Armed with information, sexual violence survivors will be able to advocate for themselves during their schools' grievance proceedings and, if Title IX guarantees are not respected, file a complaint against their colleges with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
This campaign was built by a large collective of survivor-activists and allies seeking to share the expertise of their first-hand experience with violence, the law, and activism.To get started, we encourage you to choose an option from the "I want to…" drop-down menu. If you'd like to get more involved with the campaign, check out "Spread the word" and sign up for the Know Your IX Action Team.

 

 

PROGRAMS THAT WORK TO END RAPE & HOMICIDE

Check out this great PSA, share with friends, and interrupt this paradigm. Help boys grow into men who will have the option to love and respect females. Let's find out what programs really work? One solution from Massachusetts targets themen most likely to kill and then they make it hard for them to carry it out by using GPS trackers. Jill Vines Loftus, director of the Navy's Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response has found a combination of programs is the most effective solution. At a major US Naval Station in Illinois, where sexual assaults had long been "pervasive", a multi-dimensional program of prevention has, over the past three years, reduced the number of assaults by 60%, judged both by reports and by surveys. One blogger suggests 101 Ways For Men to be Allies. The list is exhaustive, so maybe consider a few at at time. Start anywhere on the list, maybe number 47? And finally check out Jennifer Siebel Newsom's new documentary film, The Mask You Live In. It asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?

 

8 THINGS TO HELP INSURE JUSTICE

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. . . (Trayvon) Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said: "My message to you is: Please use my story, please use my tragedy, please use my broken heart to say to yourself, we cannot let this happen to anybody else’s child." . . . Martin’s case has highlighted other cases of injustice and double standards. A prime example of this is Marissa Alexander, an 32-yea--old African-American mother of three, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for shooting at a wall to scare off her abusive husband. No one was killed. No one was even hurt. Alexander's husband, whom she had a restraining order, admitted to abusing Marissa, as well as "put[ting] [his] hands" on all his "baby mamas." Alexander attempted to use the Stand Your Ground law. But unbelievably, a jury took 12 minutes of deliberating to sentence Alexander to 20 years. See what YOU can do now to help. Read Feministing Article.

 

NATIVE WOMEN EASY PREY

#NOTBUYINGIT RICK ROSS

"I've been raped my whole life. What else do you want to know?" A trafficked Anishinaabe woman in her late 50s said this to me during an interview in Duluth. She was 4 the first time she was raped. As one of five women who interviewed 105 Native trafficked women in Minnesota for the report "Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota," I hear her words reverberate in my mind. I think of her. I wonder if she is OK. I wonder if she is still alive. I still feel her pain and desperation that began at such a young age and continued through decades of abuse and degradation in prostitution as an adult. Wondering if she is still alive is not hyperbole. It’s realistic. The United States doesn't compile the numbers, but a Canadian study found that women and girls who are prostituted have a 40 times higher death rate than those who are not. Read Christine Stark's article.

A ship passes through the Duluth harbor entrance. The Duluth harbor is notorious among Native people as a site for the trafficking of Native women from northern reservations.


 

DC MARCH FOR JUSTICE

harper's index 5-13

The NAACP, along with the National Action Network, Realizing the Dream, and many others will host a march in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The march will be held on Saturdary August 24th, 2013. It will be energized by your participation. We march for a brighter future. March on behalf of Trayvon, and the thousands of other young African American men who have been the victims of racial profiling and gun violence. March for Re-enactment of the Voting Rights Act, for Immigration Rights and for all that MLK stood for 50 years ago. Find out more.


 

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