Tag: identity-rights

Calling Out Sexual Abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses Is a Horrific Struggle

In 2013, after Debbie McDaniel left her Jehovah’s Witness congregation in McAlester, Oklahoma, she went to police and told them members had been sitting outside her apartment, monitoring her every move. The Witnesses, she said, were trying to make the case that she was unfit to parent her son, on account of being in a […]

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Suicide-by-Text Is a Disturbing New Form of Domestic Violence

Last week, for the second time in recent Massachusetts history, a young woman was charged with manslaughter for texting her boyfriend messages encouraging him to kill himself. Alexander Urtula, 22, and Inyoung You, 21, were both students at Boston College last May when, on graduation day morning, Urtula leaped off a parking garage to his […]

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Border Patrol Agents Are Sharing a Coin Joking About Migrant ‘Caravans’

On Friday, ProPublica reported that Border Patrol agents have been circulating coins that mock the expectation that they care for migrants rather than chase them down and police the border. Federal agencies have long dispersed official “challenge coins” to boost morale among employees, but at a time when the brutal conditions at Customs and Border […]

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This Ad Agency Is Getting $12 Million to Make Border Patrol Look Fun and Cool

Advertising titan David Ogilvy, considered by many the “Father of Modern Advertising,” once said that “advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.” This week, Ogilvy employees got to test their founder’s message. After Sludge posted federal figures last month showing a $12.7 million US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) contract with Ogilvy for […]

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This Is Who Sells Those Crappy Shampoo Packets AOC Found in Migrant Detention

Left photo: (Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images). Right Photo: AOC’s Twitter Account On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of Congress toured migrant detention centers in Texas. Afterward, they described scenes of cruelty and despair, bolstering previously reported allegations of deeply inadequate hygiene and generally hazardous conditions in facilities like these. In addition to meeting people who […]

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Wayfair Is Profiting from Immigration Detention, So I’m Walking Out

Left Image: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Right Image: A temporary migrant detention facility in Clint, Texas. (PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images) On Tuesday, employees of an e-commerce brand emerged as unlikely activists in the fight over the fate of migrant children at America’s southern border. Workers at Wayfair, mostly known for patio furniture and sofas, went public […]

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