Over the last few weeks, women across the country who I’ve talked to all expressed a feeling of anxiety and terror as we witnessed America’s institutions edge closer and closer to what feels like an actual breaking point. As we ripped open our deepest wounds to lay bare for society the true, real experience of

Yesterday, North Carolina’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, working with Republican State Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, delivered the repeal of House Bill 2 (HB2)—a move Cooper both campaigned on and included in his priorities for the 2017 legislative session. The repeal was aimed at repairing the state’s reputation with businesses that

Seventy-five years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans — most of them American citizens by birthright — to forfeit their homes, belongings, and businesses, and to be incarcerated behind barbed wire in concentration camps. This act, which came in the midst of what

In the week since Donald Trump signed an executive order that banned immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., we’ve seen an outpouring of support for immigrants in every corner of American life. Americans gathered in airports across the country, waving signs and welcoming new people. Companies such as Budweiser joined in with

To Resist Tyranny, Look South

For the last two weeks, progressives have been glued to the confirmation hearings of a not-so-secret cabal bent on rolling back the gains of the Obama era. A Department of (In)Justice, a Department of Health that won’t guarantee health coverage, and a Department of Energy whose head won’t rule out cuts to energy efficiency and renewable

This past Sunday marked the second of three presidential debates. So far, discussions of race in these debates (and in our broader electoral discourse) seems exclusively focused on the inherent criminality of communities of color, despite efforts from young people of color in social justice movements to shift the conversation. Black folks are only discussed

This week the Justice Department announced an end to the use of private prisons over the next five years. The decision is one to be celebrated, and we should take this moment to recognize the work of the ACLU, NAACP, AFL-CIO, Sentencing Project, and many more, as well as the organizers, especially people of color,

This week the Movement for Black Lives released a comprehensive and intersectional policy platform that aims to radically alter the rules—i.e., the policies, practices, and institutions—that undergird the persistent inequities and injustices experienced by black Americans. The new platform is the product of a collaboration between more than 50 organizations representing thousands of individuals from across the

Last night Ivanka Trump, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s daughter and political partner-in-chief, was warm and poised, portraying her father as all that at least some would want him, as a presidential candidate, to be: A fighter, but generous. Tough, but caring. Strong, but empathetic. And in the middle of this performance of increasing superlatives,

The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile sparked a high level of political action and calls for justice across the country. Yet all over social media, I saw folks questioning the respectability of protesters, arguing that they should be arrested for breaking the rules. This kind of talk always happens when the most marginalized