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Of Primary Importance – The reFRESH

James Yamasaki elections

Artwork by James Yamasaki Written by Jackson Bird.  This week we’re celebrating big primary wins, daydreaming about successful midterm elections, and remembering the work we have yet to do. What we’re checking out… Primary season is well under way as we head toward the November midterm elections in the U.S. and this year, more than ever, […]

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White People, We Need To Do Better – The reFRESH

Photo via Euronews Written by Jackson Bird.  This week we’re holding white people accountable and reflecting on how we can be better progressives. What we’re checking out… FRESH Co-Founder Courtney Martin wrote an excellent piece this month for speaker Sarika Bansal’s magazine BRIGHT. The article, about the unfortunate trend of optics over genuine inclusion in white-led companies, kept whirring in our […]

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Kids These Days – The reFRESH

Emma Gonzalez illustrated by Shering Snippets

Art by Shering Snippets Written by Jackson Bird.  This week we’re throwing our full support behind the students of Stoneman Douglas high school, calling for educational reform at every level, and looking to the future. What we’re checking out… It’s only been fifteen days since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but the […]

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Reclaiming Our Time – The reFRESH

Image via Women’s March. Artwork by Iman Geddy. Written by Jackson Bird.  This week, we’re watching HRC share What Happened, learning about the larger impact of deportation, and reclaiming time for all women. What we’re checking out… The Emmy’s on Sunday were refreshingly dominated by people of color, women, and queer folks (if you haven’t watched […]

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The power of hard data and the New American Dream — The Weekly reFRESH

Courtney Martin giving a TED talk

Pic via TED. This week, we’re watching/reading about what we can learn from our enemies, hard proof that Hollywood hasn’t changed, and a reinvention of The American Dream. What we’ve been checking out… Love this: A crew of 20 women scientists/superheroes teamed up to collect data on the lack of representation of female speakers in conferences […]

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