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JUNE 2013



Becoming a mother forced artist Janine Macbeth to search for a new definition of fatherhood. After giving birth to two children, Macbeth found that old gender norms and ideas about fatherhood were not just hopelessly outdated, they were breaking her down. So after her second son was born, she and her husband started from scratch to explore new ways to be a family. “Oh, Oh, Baby Boy!”, company Blood Orange Press, is her tribute to that journey. It’s a celebration of loving, engaged fathers, the children they once were and the ones they now raise. Ahead of Father’s Day, Macbeth joined me over the phone from her home in Oakland, Calif., to talk about engaged fatherhood, the importance of showing images of loving men and fathers of color, and the political space she’s creating to tell more stories like these with her new publishing company. 

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Celebrate Papa's Day - Send an orginal E-Card! Families with two fathers? Families with just one father? And families with none? Immigrant families; families connected by love and commitment, if not blood; families with a father behind bars—those are all still real and legitimate families.   Each e-card in the series is a real work of art, and entirely customizable. Send one here.



upsetting rape culture

A Baltimore-based art and activist group has announced that it is collecting stories from survivors of rape and abuse to create a giant quilt for the national mall. “The Monument Quilt” will occupy the lawn of the national mall, like the historic installations of the AIDs quilt for one weekend in the summer of 2014.  The quilt will also be a GIANT picnic blanket that invites the public to sit, eat and talk. Add YOUR story.



If convicted of hacking-related charges, Deric Lostutter could get more jail time than the rapists he went after.
In April, the FBI quietly raided the home of the hacker known as KYAnonymous in connection with his role in the Steubenville rape case. Today he spoke out for the first time about the raid, his true identity, and his motivations for pursuing the Steubenville rapists. Lostutter may deserve more credit than anyone for turning Steubenville into a national outrage. Can you sign the petition telling the U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice that Lostutter is a hero, not a criminal? Sign here. Read More.



When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn't worked out that way, though. Exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems.
Sânandrei is a poor village in Romania with run-down houses and muddy paths. Some 80 percent of its younger residents are unemployed, and a family can count itself lucky if it owns a garden to grow potatoes and vegetables. Alina is standing in front of her parents' house, one of the oldest in Sânandrei, wearing fur boots and jeans. She talks about why she wanted to get away from home four years ago. . .. Read More



Chris Hedges debated University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone—the man who hired Barack Obama to teach constitutional law at that school and later served as the president’s informal adviser—on the question of whether NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor.

Stone argued that Snowden’s actions were simply criminal and that he deserves punishment for making “the decision, on his own, without any authorization and any approval by the American people to reveal classified information about which he had absolutely no expertise in terms of the danger to the nation, the value of the information to national security. ... That was a completely irresponsible and dangerous thing to do.” Hedges responded: “What we’re really having a debate about is whether we’re going to have a free press left or not. If there are no Snowdens, if there are no Mannings, if there are no Assanges, there will be no free press. Watch Debate



The tobacco and alcohol industries share common policy goals when facing regulation, opposing policies such as tax increases and advertising restrictions. In the early 1980s, tobacco companies started efforts to build coalitions with alcohol and other industries to oppose cigarette excise taxes, clean indoor air policies and tobacco advertising and promotion constraints. Alcohol companies were often identified as a key partner and source of financial support for the coalitions. These coalitions had variable success interfering with tobacco control policy-making. The combined resources of tobacco and alcohol companies may have affected tobacco control legislation. These alliances helped to create the perception that there is a broader base of opposition to tobacco control. Advocates should be aware of the covert alliances between tobacco, alcohol and other industries and expose them to correct this misperception. Read More



Child model advocates are in talks with state policy makers in New York to improve protections for runway and print models under the age of 18. On June 5, Sen. Jeffrey Klein, co-leader of the New York State Senate, and Sen. Diane Savino, chair of the State Labor Committee, agreed to propose legislation that will give print and runway models under the age of 18 who work in New York state the same protections and benefits afforded to all other child performers. The average fashion model begins her professional career between the ages of 13 and 16, according to Model Alliance, an advocacy group based in New York City that was founded by Sara Ziff, a 30-year-old model. Under the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, models under the age of 18 have limited protections in regards to working hours and rest breaks, meaning that on many occasions such provisions are either ignored or violated. Seventy-six percent of models have been exposed to drugs and alcohol, eighty-seven percent have experienced a "surprise" nude photo shoot or casting and currently no child models have provisions for chaperones, according to the Model Alliance website. Read More


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