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This Giving Tuesday, Support Organizations Led By Women of Color [Op-Ed]

Ms. Foundation for Women’s Ruth McFarlane imagines a world where the people who know how to achieve real change can organize instead of worrying about how to make ends meet.

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Silence Will Not Protect Us: Immigrants Speak Boldly Despite Threats of Violence [Op-Ed]

Project South’s Azadeh Shahshahani on how the state and White supremacists have united to target immigrant activists—and why it won’t work.

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Preserving Our Democracy Starts with Saving our Environment [Op-Ed]

Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Derrick Johnson and Mustafa Santiago Ali say the communities that are pushed to the sidelines know the most about environmental justice.

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What Andrew Yang's Stumbles on Race Reveal About the AAPI Community [Op-Ed]

Slant’d co-founders Katerina Jeng and Krystie Yen say Yang’s remarks on the campaign trail illustrate the need for a conversation about the role Asian Americans play in racial politics.

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Despite the Hype, I Hated 'Slave Play' [Op-Ed]

Black theater writer Juan Michael Porter II isn’t buying the hype about playwright Jeremy O. Harris’ controversial Broadway hit.

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It's High Time We End Hyde If We Are Serious About Racial Justice [Op-Ed]

The Hyde Amendment blocks women from using federal funds such as Medicaid to end unwanted pregnancies. On this 43rd anniversary of a rule that places undue burden on women of color, we say enough is enough.

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The '94 Crime Bill 25 Years Later: It's Time for a Reckoning [Op-Ed]

Justice advocates say we must address the harm caused by the legislation and create a new vision for safety and freedom.

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It's Time for Twitter to Ban Trump [Op-Ed]

Communications strategist Collette Watson on how the 45th president uses Twitter to set the media agenda and shape a public conversation that stokes nativism, xenophobia and demagoguery.

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From the Killing Fields: Not In Our Name [Op-Ed]

Khemarey Khoeun—the first Cambodian-American woman to be elected to public office in the United States—on the political ad that seeks to tie AOC to the Khmer Rouge government.

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In Defense of a Mushu-less Mulan: It's Time to Take Asian Leads Seriously [OP-ED]

As Disney releases live action versions of its classic films into the world, writer Claudia Vaughan argues that losing the fantastical aspects of “Mulan” will finally allow us to treat the warrior with the weight and complexity she warrants.

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On Loving Day, a Call to Decolonize Love [Op-Ed]

Fifty two years after the Loving v. Virginia decision, the legalization of interracial marriage has not resulted in a more liberating environment for interracial relationships. To move past legalization and towards liberation, we must decolonize love.

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Why We Can't Afford to Leave Race Out of School Funding Conversations [Op-Ed]

On the 65th anniversary of the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility senior fellow Roseann Liu breaks down why it’s imperative to call out racism when advocating for fair school funding.

The city of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

From Notre Dame to Flint, Our Giving Exposes Who We Are [Op-Ed]

Writer Wei Jia and Project South’s Azadeh Shahshahani explore why the cathedral is being rebuilt by billionaires, but—five years after the water crisis began—Flint still doesn’t have safe water.

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Election 2020: Ignore Women of Color at Your Own Peril [OP-ED]

The women behind Intersections of Our Lives say that if there’s one thing that can be learned from the last election, it’s that the votes of women of color should not be taken for granted.

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'I'm Black and That's Not Going to Happen': A Queer Black Femme on the Mueller Report [OP-ED]

National LGBTQ Task Force’s Candace Bond-Theriault says it never made sense for Black folks, queer folks and feminists of color to put faith in the Mueller report because they know better.

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From Fyre Fest to Theranos, the Invisible Racial Subtext of Raising Capital [Op-Ed]

Lynnise Pantin, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at Columbia Law School, argues that it is possible to create an environment that prioritizes equality of access to capital for entrepreneurs of color.

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Guided by Love, Abortion Care Providers Are Voices For Their Communities [Op-Ed]

On Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, Whole Woman’s Health’s Marva Sadler shares what guides her mission to provide quality, compassionate abortion care.

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Congress Must Pass Raise the Wage Act, Secure Better Future for Women [Op-Ed]

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Saru Jayaraman and Destiny Lopez connect the dots between securing increased pay for women earning a tipped wage and improved access to reproductive health care.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.

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How the Promise of Roe v. Wade Left Women of Color Behind [OP-ED]

Roe has never been full of promise for women of color, immigrant women and women with low incomes. But if the Trump administration gets its way, we have the most to lose.