“I believe very strongly that people on the left are too prone to do things that are emotionally satisfying and not politically useful. I have a rule, and it’s true of Occupy, it’s true of the gay-rights movement: If you care deeply about a cause, and you are engaged in an activity on behalf of that cause that is great fun and makes you feel good and warm and enthusiastic, you’re probably not helping, because you’re out there with your friends, and political work is much tougher and harder.”—In Conversation: Barney Frank (via aminatou)
Sex education programs that only teach about not doing it have gotten a bad rap on Feminist Wednesday for reinforcing gender stereotypes, discouraging dialogue, and ignoring the reality that some teens will have sex even if they aren’t told about it. Moises Pacheco has been an abstinence only sex ed teacher for a number of years, and he came on the show to squash some of our ignorance about how open-minded an abstinence-only sex education can be.
“About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. In 2000, the share was at a low of 41 percent, before the dot-com bust erased job gains for college graduates in the telecommunications and IT fields. Out of the 1.5 million who languished in the job market, about half were underemployed, an increase from the previous year.”—
About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years. In 2000, the share was at a low of 41 percent, before the dot-com bust erased job gains for college graduates in the telecommunications and IT fields.
Out of the 1.5 million who languished in the job market, about half were underemployed, an increase from the previous year.
Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West on "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto"
Molly Adams and Brian Babylon spoke to the rabble-rousing duo Dr. Cornel West and Travis Smiley, hosts of the Smiley & West show from Public Radio International, about their new book: The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. Dr. West and Mr. Smiley shared their thoughts on assumptions we often make about poverty, from the personal images we have of poverty to the presumptions we make about the impoverished’s lives and motivations. And now, an excuse to post this epic Cornel West mind explosion gif:
Trans activists and allies are very excited by the news that trans women will be allowed to participate in all Miss ______ pageants in the future. However, Laverne Cox points out the gaps in support for trans women of color, particularly those from low income backgrounds, be pointing to the lack of media coverage for CeCe McDonald. Cece is being held on second degree murder charges in Minneapolis for a fight that she did not instigate. Read more at the link.
The Westchester District Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday that the case of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., who died two hours after being shot by White Plains police, will be presented to a grand jury within a month.
Approximately 172,134 people have signed a petition urging the district attorney’s office to release audio and video of police’s Nov. 19 response to a medical alert, which the Chamberlain family said documents officers using a racial slur and expletives before unhinging the Winbrook Public Housing apartment door and shooting the 68-year-old former marine and corrections officer.
On Peace Prize Thursday with @coyapaz we’ll be talking about the Trayvon Martin case from a different “what if” perspective. What if George Zimmerman had been a police officer? We’ll look at why police departments seem to lack the oversight and review that regulates wrongdoing at other workplaces.