The photographs are beautiful, and the message behind them is anything but superficial.
Jan26

The photographs are beautiful, and the message behind them is anything but superficial.

If you’ve flipped through a magazine since, oh, the dawn of time, you’ve probably seen photographs of women who are retouched almost beyond recognition. These girls become “flawless,” losing anything — bruises, scars, cellulite — that could identify them as less than what our society considers perfect. Emily Lauren Dick, a photographer, is not having any of that. With her book “Average Girl: A Guide to...

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5 invaluable tips on how to resist from a first-time activist.
Jan26

5 invaluable tips on how to resist from a first-time activist.

Lisa Raymond-Tolan spent much of Election Night, and the week that followed, frozen. Still reeling from her election-induced catatonia, Raymond-Tolan, an occupational therapist from Brooklyn, began noticing posts from friends on Facebook urging people to call their local elected officials. There were Trump’s proposed appointments to oppose, the Electoral College to lobby, investigations into Russian election interference to...

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Everyone who wants to resist Trump should read this new manual.
Jan19

Everyone who wants to resist Trump should read this new manual.

Like many young activists of her generation, Johnetta Elzie got her first taste of resistance online — speaking out against the 2011 execution of Troy Davis to her then-small Twitter following. “I was just determined to be a part of the change. I was determined to at least be able to say, ‘I tried,'” Elzie says. Demonstrators protest the execution of Troy Davis at the White House in 2011. Photo by Paul J....

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‘We the People’ updates Shepard Fairey’s 2008 ‘Hope’ poster for the Trump years.
Jan19

‘We the People’ updates Shepard Fairey’s 2008 ‘Hope’ poster for the Trump years.

No matter who is in office, hope and change will always be possible. Artist Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster is, perhaps, one of the defining images from the 2008 campaign to elect President Barack Obama. The image, as ubiquitous in 2008 as Donald Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” caps were in 2016, inspired optimism for a world no longer defined by political party. Red and blue, the poster...

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My single mom didn’t teach me these 5 life lessons. It made me stronger.
May05

My single mom didn’t teach me these 5 life lessons. It made me stronger.

A Mother’s Day celebration of brave, badass single moms everywhere. When I was a child, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my mother. Sometimes, the sound of her keys unlocking the door late at night was all I heard from her. When my parents’ marriage ended, my mother worked day and night to support us. I remember her handwriting — from all the little notes she left us about dinner and chores — better than I...

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A homeless man was tried for stealing $4.50 worth of food. Here’s what the judges said.
May05

A homeless man was tried for stealing $4.50 worth of food. Here’s what the judges said.

In 2015, Roman Ostriakov was sentenced to six months in an Italian jail for attempting to steal $4.50 worth of cheese and sausage. Ostriakov was convicted for stealing cheese and sausage. Photo via torange.biz. His sentence was finally overturned this week by a panel of judges for the sort of reason that restores your faith in humanity just a little bit. Italy’s Supreme Court in Rome. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/Getty Images....

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