Tag: social justice

Former Cheerleader Reaches $145,000 Settlement With Kennesaw State University for National Anthem Protest

Screenshot: The View A former Kennesaw State University cheerleader who took a knee during the national anthem at a KSU football game has reached an out-of-court settlement with the school. From the Marietta Daily Journal: Former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean filed a lawsuit in 2018 after receiving backlash to her public protest with four other […]

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Library of Congress Announces New Exhibit, Book Telling Rosa Parks’ Story In Her Own Words

For decades, we’ve been told of the courage and fortitude of Rosa Parks. Now, for the first time ever, the story of the woman who invigorated the Civil Rights Movement will be shared in her own words. On Dec. 5, the Library of Congress will debut the first exhibit of the Rosa Parks Collection: “Rosa […]

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Until Freedom Announces Day of Outrage in Honor of #AtatianaJefferson

On Oct. 12, police killed Atatiana Jefferson in her own Fort Worth, Texas, home. Advertisement Refusing to allow her death to go unpunished, Until Freedom—a collection of activists, organizers, and survivors of racial injustice—will lead a national day of action on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Jefferson. According to a press release […]

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The Next Standing Rock Is Everywhere

There won’t be another Standing Rock. At its height, the mobilization against the Dakota Access Pipeline, beginning in 2016, was a historic Native-led movement against the same kind of land grabs Indigenous people have been fighting for centuries. The protests, on their own, were similar to hundreds of others; but the brutality of the private […]

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Stanford students use AR to keep spotlight on campus sexual assault

One of the key features of new augmented reality applications is persistence — the use of cloud-based anchors to place digital objects in spaces that multiple people can visit and see. Now a group of Stanford students is relying on persistence to deliver on a promise broken by the university’s administration, using virtual signage to […]

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Jay-Z Touts His NFL Partnership as the Evolution of Colin Kaepernick’s Protests. But Is It?

Photo: Kevin Mazur (Getty Images for Roc Nation) I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit bewildered at Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s decision to partner with the NFL. In case you missed the big news yesterday—which, of course, you didn’t, because you read all about it here at The Root—the man who gave us […]

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Ebola Outbreaks Are About Inequality

Living conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern province of North Kivu were already precarious when the first cases of Ebola were reported there last July. Only eight days earlier, officials had declared an Ebola outbreak on the western side of the DRC over. Suddenly, World Health Organization officials faced an outbreak they […]

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Angela Davis to be Inducted Into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Photo: Jemal Countess (Getty Images) The National Women’s Hall of Fame prides itself on celebrating the achievements of transcendent women throughout the course of American history. And this fall, educator and activist Angela Davis will be recognized for both her courage and accomplishments. The Associated Press reports that Davis is among the class of 2019 […]

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Kim Kardashian West Partners with Lyft to Provide 5,000 Former Prisoners With Transportation to Job Interviews

Photo: Evan Vucci (AP Photo) Kim Kardashian is problematic as hell. She’s also inexplicably gone from socialite to social justice superheroine as of late, being instrumental in commuting the life sentence of non-violent offender Alice Johnson; deploying her legal team to assist Cyntonia Brown in her eventual clemency; and unleashing her white privilege to address […]

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ACLU Files Lawsuit After California Church Is Removed as Polling Place for Supporting Black Lives Matter

Photo: iStock With the 2018 midterms three months away, the Fresno, Calif., country clerk and register of voters received a rather peculiar grievance. Specifically, according to the Washington Post, a voter—who I assume suffers from an acute case of white fragility—wanted to know “Why it was okay to have a Black Lives Matter (a known […]

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