Corporations profit off racism. It’s time for us to stand up to them | Rashad Robinson

We must prevent corporations from writing the exploitation of black and brown labor into the law in permanent ink I am often asked to name the civil rights issue of our time. As the head of one of the countrys largest racial justice organizations, I travel the country a lot and I get to hear from a lot of different people. This question always comes up. Yet, it is hard to accept the premise of the question because there isnt much difference between the most important racial justice issue of our time, and the most important racial justice issue of all time. At any given moment in American history, the prevailing forces of racial inequity have remained the same. Our …

How Hillary Clintons Press Secretary Self-Radicalized and Became a Resistance Leader

Brian Fallon was once one of the most sought after operatives in Democratic politics: a brass knuckle brawler with experience at the highest levels of government, a cellphone filled with the top journalists in town, and a reputation for being preternaturally on message. Most offices would have died to hire him. But that was before he decided to devote his career to making the courts more progressiveand to doing so with little care for who he pissed off along the way. Now, many top Democrats cant stand him. I get two varieties of responses, Fallon said of the reception his judicial advocacy gets among his Democratic brethren on the Hill. Obviously, some of these Democratic senators that weve been not …

How does Twitter chatter warp our thinking about what’s popular and important?

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Donie’s big picture point We hear almost every week now about Facebook removing sets of pages and accounts that were deceptive and disguised. Often these pages have been active for years, with hundreds of thousands of followers. It makes you wonder, how much of the discourse of the past decade — so much of it dictated by what is “trending” or what people are talking about online — has been shaped by inauthentic accounts? Like a police drug bust photo op… The Information’s Nick Wingfield adds: “It is devilishly difficult for Facebook to root out this kind …

Alice Rivlin, first woman to lead White House budget office, dies at age 88

Washington (CNN)Alice Rivlin, the first leader of the Congressional Budget Office and the first female director of the White House budget office, died at age 88, The Brookings Institution said Tuesday. “Above all, she forged a commitment to providing objective, nonpartisan information to help the Congress make effective budget and economic policy,” Hall said. “And her commitment to high-quality analysis, well thought out and clearly presented, continues to be a guiding principle of CBO.” As Brookings noted, Rivlin worked in three separate presidential administrations and was the founding director of the CBO, a nonpartisan office whose analyses of proposed legislation sets the terms for Washington policy debates. She went on to become the director of the White House Office of …

Tomi Lahren Weighed In On Alabama’s Abortion Ban In A Way That Has Everyone Surprised

Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Tomi Lahren’s Comments On Alabama’s Abortion Ban Might Surprise You By Chelsea Stewart 3 min ago The world is talking about Alabama’s new abortion law. While the measure, which prohibits almost all abortions in the state, has received praise from anti-abortion advocates, it’s drawn rebuke from abortion rights supporters. Even some conservatives aren’t happy with the measure, like political commentator Tomi Lahren — and no, I’m not kidding. Tomi Lahren’s comments on Alabama’s abortion law say that it is “too restrictive.” The comments came a day after Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill, known as the Human Life Protection Act, into law. It bans abortion in almost all instances, including in cases of …

15 Ex-Racists Describe The Exact Moment Their Viewpoints Changed

By Markus Spiske By Markus Spiske 1. “Actually interacting with the people I supposedly hated.” 2. “I come from a family of racists. They spoke of other (than whites) races using ethnic slurs as common as commenting on the weather. When I was about 5, my older brother and i went into the local bakery to pick up an order for our mom who was waiting in the car. A black boy was in front of us in line. This was something i hadn’t often seen and i said very loudly to my brother, ‘look it’s a [n-word]!’ Over 40 years later, I have a very diverse friend group, but still feel shame on how I made that boy feel …

Twitter Is Divided Over A Debate On Washing Your Legs In The Shower

These Tweets About Washing Your Legs In The Shower Have Twitter Divided By Chelsea Stewart 3 days ago It’s good to see the world debating the important things in life. No, not politics, silly. It’s a debate about leg washing. After a Twitter user posed a question on the topic, the social media platform erupted into a back-and-forth that may make you question everything. These tweets about washing your legs in the shower show that people are seriously divided on the issue. It started on May 9 with a simple question posed by a Twitter user who goes by the name Conor Arpwel: Do you wash your legs when you take a shower? Nearly 700,000 have taken the poll, as …

Maybe Youll Never Be The Same After An Abusive Relationship And Maybe Thats Okay

Natalia Vela Updated May 14, 2019 By Jack Antal Hiding my favorite benzodiazepines – Xanax and Klonopin – in lipstick tubes and vitamin bottles, the false calm they’d bestow upon me and then the fog. How hard it was to stay away from single-edge razor blades and sharper things. The constant hunger. The trash always in need to be taken out, full to the brim with empty glass bottles of one thing or another. Our dog sensing the hurricane brewing in the pit of my stomach, licking my hands, my legs, my face, knowing the imminent deluge was a dangerous thing; more anxious than me, maybe. Never sleeping before 3 in the morning and always waking up before 8. My …

Beto ORourke to The View: My Vanity Fair Cover Was a Mistake and Elitist

In the midst of a reset of his kicking off his 2020 run reinforced a perception of privilege and was a mistake. A day after Meghan McCain said. You went across the country alone on a road trip after you lost your election and you said you, quote, sometimes help raise your kids. She added: These are things in my mind that a female candidate wouldnt be able to get away with. Do you think you can get away with more because youre a man, and do you have any regrets about launching on the cover of Vanity Fair? ORourke conceded McCains point, adding that there were things hed been privileged to do in his life and that hed had …

How to think about inclusion in tech, with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Part 2)

Technology is very much in the business of, quite literally, changing the world. When I was deciding whether to write for TechCrunch, I tried to imagine a human life on this planet, in 20 or 30 years, that would not have been dramatically impacted in one way or another by the new technologies we’re creating today. I couldn’t picture such a person, so I decided this ongoing series on tech ethics was the right thing to do with my time. Below is the second part of my interview with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a brilliant young author, activist, and the first Black woman in history to hold a faculty position in theoretical cosmology. Her work critically analyzing the politics of the science …

When did Bran Stark become the most relatable character on ‘Game of Thrones’?

Same, Bran. Same.Image: Helen Sloan / HBO Game of Thrones Season 8 has had no shortage of twists, good and bad. (Okay, mostly bad.) But the biggest one, in my book?  Bran Stark, he of Three-Eyed Raven nonsense, emerging as the most relatable character in all of Westeros.  No, really. Up through Season 7, I was, like so many others, a Bran hater. I sighed theatrically whenever his scenes came up, I yelled at the TV as yet another kind-hearted Northerner sacrificed themselves for him, I took pleasure in dunking on him relentlessly.  watch jon snow gradually realize that bran is a fucking weirdo pic.twitter.com/hvV8UXSbgW — Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) April 15, 2019 Bran may not be much of a talker …

Gaga and Bradley set the meme-osphere and our loins ablaze this week with their Oscar’s performance All the Memes

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE; HBO, NETFLIX, KFC, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, GETTY IMAGES/AMY SUSSMAN, GETTY IMAGES/GARY MILLER, GETTY IMAGES/JEFF KRAVITZ, vicky leta / mashable May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. So far, 2019 hasn’t been a particularly sexy year. When you think about, we’ve all had to watch a lot of straight-up nonsense go down. Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture, Jeff Bezos’ “sexts” leaked, and Sonic the Hedgehog got a full set of human teeth, for goodness sake. Gross! A bunch of this year’s pop culture moments have been genuinely disappointing, but we’re not going to let that harsh our self-love vibes. From sexy fashion statements and …

John Oliver’s deep dive on the Green New Deal is an eye-opener

Chances are you’ve probably heard talk about the Green New Deal over the past few weeks. But what exactly is it, and why are so many politicians getting charged up over it? Here to break everything down is John Oliver — with a little help from a very sweary, R-rated version of Bill Nye. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

One of the Most Effective Anti-Trump Groups in the Country Is Now Tackling Voter Suppression in the States

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts. American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a State Accountability Project. The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter lawsand to potentially tie them back to …

One of the Most Effective Anti-Trump Groups in the Country Is Now Tackling Voter Suppression in the States

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts. American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a State Accountability Project. The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter lawsand to potentially tie them back to …

One of the Most Effective Anti-Trump Groups in the Country Is Now Tackling Voter Suppression in the States

One of the foremost agitators of the Trump administration is turning its sights on state governments in the hope it can turn the tide of voter suppression efforts. American Oversight, which launched after the 2016 election with the goal of digging into the unseemly underpinnings of the current president, is launching what it calls a State Accountability Project. The objective is, in practice, similar to what the organization currently does. But this time, the target is different. Instead of trying to unearth evidence of corruption and political malfeasance inside the White House, American Oversight will be looking into state governments to dig up the actual motivations, communications, and moneyed interests behind restrictive voter lawsand to potentially tie them back to …