Between Georgia’s HB 481 law (not yet in effect and liable to be at least temporarily stopped by a court), Ohio’s bill that seeks to ban private health insurance coverage of abortion, and Alabama’s bill that would criminalize all abortion, the fight for access to abortion and reproductive healthcare has heated up. These bills are misogyny and patriarchy at their finest, seeking to control the lives and health of those who aren’t cisgender men. We’re angry. Are you? Let’s get to work.
A number of candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination have voiced their support for an increasingly mainstream position among Democrats: paying reparations to black Americans. Today, let’s talk about how the United States was built on the backs of slaves, how the Founding Fathers embedded the inequality of black people in the Constitution, and how the federal government built up the wealth of the white middle class during the New Deal, promoting redlining and other modes of racial segregation. Let’s talk about police killings of unarmed black people and mass incarceration. Let’s talk about reparations.
We’re done with taxes. (Hooray?) Now it’s time to get caught up on some items that might have gone under your radar with everything else in the news for the past few weeks (or months, or years).