2020’s Scariest Costume: Voter Suppression – The reFRESH

October 30, 2020

Art by @niabydesign

Written by Jackson Bird

This week we’re continuing to raise the alarm about the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, shining a light on people with intersecting identities that are often overlooked, and preparing for the U.S. general election with a few deep breaths.

What we’re checking out…

Election Day may be this Tuesday in the U.S., but it’s likely we won’t have a result that evening. Here’s how long it could take and a breakdown of all the timing and deadlines state-by-state.

ICYMI Vanity Fair’s cover story profiling Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is well worth a read.

Meet the Black Muslim women emcees using hip-hop to celebrate their identities and spread unapologetic political commentary.

What does it mean to be queer in a rural culture? Hunter Sarah Keller shares their story of self-discovery.

How new tech is implicitly and explicitly being employed in ways that author Ruha Benjamin has dubbed “The New Jim Code.”

After the Girl Scouts of the USA posted an image congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on her appointment to the Supreme Court, She’s The First co-founders Christen Brandt and Tammy Tibbetts wrote about why that was not ok––why “nonpartisan” does not mean what people assume it does for nonprofits and why the fact that Justice Barrett is a woman does not make her a good choice for women.

Ready to love your cozy, oversized cardigan even more? Learn more about its feminist history. (Hat tip to The McPherson Memo, subscribe here)

The next week might be difficult. If you need a whimsical, physical stress reliever, Play-Doh just launched their line of scented Play-Doh for adults.

Our reFRESHing Talk of the Week is truly refreshing because more and more late-night talk show hosts are yielding the floor to allow their guests to speak openly about important issues, which is just what Billy Porter did on The Late Late Show with James Corden this week. Porter’s response to Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment starts at 4:54, but the whole interview is worth a watch to hear more about the pre-Stonewall LGBTQ+ movement, funding the arts, and why, as a Black man in America, nothing surprises Porter.

 

The latest from our speakers…

Our co-founder Courtney Martin worked with The Holding Co. to establish the first-ever Care 100 list and six of our speakers were honored on it. Congratulations to Aisha Nyandoro, Natalie Foster, Jess Morales Rocketto, Ai-jen Poo, Mia Birdsong, and Miriam Zoila Pérez!

Alicia Garza (fresh off the victorious release of her new book The Purpose of Powerpenned an op-ed for The Root about the silencing of Black women sexual assault survivors.

Jamil Smith interviewed Soledad O’Brien for Rolling Stone’s special edition interview series.

 

Words of wisdom from Nilofer Merchant

Aimee Allison was profiled in Diablo Magazine.

Chloe McKenzie wrote in Amherst Magazine about financial trauma and wealth literacy

Ai-jen Poo offers a step-by-step plan for the incoming Congress to support U.S. families, in her latest for TIME.

Like what you see? Get the reFRESH in your inbox each week.



What we’re checking out…

Election Day may be this Tuesday in the U.S., but it’s likely we won’t have a result that evening. Here’s how long it could take and a breakdown of all the timing and deadlines state-by-state.

ICYMI Vanity Fair’s cover story profiling Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is well worth a read.

Meet the Black Muslim women emcees using hip-hop to celebrate their identities and spread unapologetic political commentary.

What does it mean to be queer in a rural culture? Hunter Sarah Keller shares their story of self-discovery.

How new tech is implicitly and explicitly being employed in ways that author Ruha Benjamin has dubbed “The New Jim Code.”

After the Girl Scouts of the USA posted an image congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on her appointment to the Supreme Court, She’s The First co-founders Christen Brandt and Tammy Tibbetts wrote about why that was not ok––why “nonpartisan” does not mean what people assume it does for nonprofits and why the fact that Justice Barrett is a woman does not make her a good choice for women.

Ready to love your cozy, oversized cardigan even more? Learn more about its feminist history. (Hat tip to The McPherson Memo, subscribe here)

The next week might be difficult. If you need a whimsical, physical stress reliever, Play-Doh just launched their line of scented Play-Doh for adults.

Our reFRESHing Talk of the Week is truly refreshing because more and more late-night talk show hosts are yielding the floor to allow their guests to speak openly about important issues, which is just what Billy Porter did on The Late Late Show with James Corden this week. Porter’s response to Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment starts at 4:54, but the whole interview is worth a watch to hear more about the pre-Stonewall LGBTQ+ movement, funding the arts, and why, as a Black man in America, nothing surprises Porter.

 

The latest from our speakers…

Our co-founder Courtney Martin worked with The Holding Co. to establish the first-ever Care 100 list and six of our speakers were honored on it. Congratulations to Aisha Nyandoro, Natalie Foster, Jess Morales Rocketto, Ai-jen Poo, Mia Birdsong, and Miriam Zoila Pérez!

Alicia Garza (fresh off the victorious release of her new book The Purpose of Powerpenned an op-ed for The Root about the silencing of Black women sexual assault survivors.

Jamil Smith interviewed Soledad O’Brien for Rolling Stone’s special edition interview series.

 

Words of wisdom from Nilofer Merchant

Aimee Allison was profiled in Diablo Magazine.

Chloe McKenzie wrote in Amherst Magazine about financial trauma and wealth literacy

Ai-jen Poo offers a step-by-step plan for the incoming Congress to support U.S. families, in her latest for TIME.

Like what you see? Get the reFRESH in your inbox each week.



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