Small Political Actions to Take Each Week — No Matter What Party You’re In

small political actions to take each weekWhether or not the current issue of separating immigrant families at the border has contributed to your outrage fatigue or spurred you into taking action (and/or brought you to tears, as it did even for an on-the-air Rachel Maddow), you may be looking for small political actions to take each week to make your voice heard — no matter what party you’re in.

In the meantime, you might find it helpful to read our posts on the benefits of meditationhow to relax after a stressful day, how to take a partial social media break, how to focus on work (when other things are going on) … and, for very simple stress relief in general: coloring books for adults. If you want to get even more involved, check out our resources for women running for office.

Here are four websites that make it easy to learn about small political actions to take each week — plus one bonus site that helps you make a difference in other ways. If you know of any other groups with small political actions to take weekly or daily, we’d love to hear about them!

Daily Action

This site, which was created by the Creative Majority PAC (which is run by artists, musicians, and writers and assisted by MoveOn.org) sends daily action alerts by text to its subscribers — and they aren’t solely requests to call your representative. To start receiving them, text the word DAILY to 228466 (or just sign up on the site). One recent example: Call a company that’s in the position to profit from the separation of immigrant children from their families and tell them you won’t support them until they stop contributing to ICE’s actions.

Americans of Conscience Checklist

Writer Jennifer Hofmann puts together a non-partisan weekly email with actions to take on issues such as voting access, equality for all Americans, respectful treatment of immigrants, and so on — with the philosophy that “We’re Americans first and party second.” This week’s email suggests actions like asking your elected officials to hold town halls in July, or thanking the five Democratic and Republican senators who “mov[ed] to curb executive branch overreach by limiting President Trump’s authority on tariffs ” — along with many other things to do.

5 Calls

This site is an open-source project made by volunteers that encourages people to go beyond easy online efforts (retweeting, etc.) and call their representatives. You can sign up to get weekly email alerts that give you a phone number and short script regarding key issues such as “Demand Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen’s Resignation” and “Protect the Affordable Care Act and Its Protections for Preexisting Conditions.” You don’t have to sign up to get information on actions like these, though — just check the site and click on a particular issue that’s important to you.

My Civic Workout

I really like the mission of this site (which is run by a small team): “to help those feeling overwhelmed, daunted, and disheartened to engage in meaningful civic activism.” (Really, how many of us does that apply to?) You can sign up to receive a few emails a week that offer 5-minute, 10-minute, and 30-minute activism “workouts,” meaning you may be encouraged to educate yourself on a key issue, call your representative, attend a political rally, etc. Here’s a recent example.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator’s tagline is “Your Guide to Intelligent Giving,” and we linked to it in our post on how to help charities by donating money, time, or something else. If you want to take action but your time and/or mental energy is significantly limited, you can use this site to help you decide where to donate (according to an organization’s financial health, accountability, and transparency). Find a particular charity’s score or use the site’s Giving Basket tool, which allows you to donate to multiple charities at once, give anonymously (if you prefer), and get a single tax receipt. This is a good option if you want to make a donation without ending up with piles of unsolicited mail (really, who needs more return address labels?), because you can choose how much personal information, if any, to share with each charity. (Here’s a general donation tip: Money given to a 501(c)(3) is tax-deductible on your federal return, while money given to a 501(c)(4) is not.) By the way, you can also try GuideStar, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and CharityWatch

Have you found a good way to learn about small political actions to take each week? Have you signed up for email or text alerts that share them? Have you limited your consumption of news or stopped using social media because of outrage fatigue or other reasons? What are your favorite non-partisan organizations that are taking political and community action in ways you admire? 

If 2018 / Trump is getting to you, the urge to disengage is high (outrage fatigue is real!) -- so we rounded up groups and resources that encourage small political actions each week to save you from being overwhelmed and still get your voice heard.

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Anthony Bourdain reportedly cremated in France, less than a week after suicide

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s body was cremated Wednesday and his ashes will be flown home Friday, according to People.

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St. James’s Retailers, Barbour International Take a Streetwear Turn at London Fashion Week Men’s

STREET SMARTS: Traditional men’s wear retailers from Jermyn Street, St. James’s took to the sidewalks of London for their fourth open-air show in a see-now-buy-now format during London Fashion Week Men’s.
New to the fashion week fixture were brands Paul & Shark, Aspinal of London and Grenson. The three brands joined seasoned labels Harvie & Hudson, John Smedley, Lock & Co. and Aquascutum in flexing their sartorial muscles.
The Jermyn Street retailers favored mustard yellow and cornflower blue separates. Bright, colored socks added a pop to traditional looks.

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There were also streetwear staples in the mix, in the form of a camouflage-print windbreaker, a fishnet vest top and laid-back pieces such as cable-knit jumpers, gray track pants and basic T-shirts.
The see-now-buy-now presentation also saw female models dressed in men’s wear. One model wore a dark green slim-fit suit while another showed off a more summer-y look: Navy blue tailored shorts and a relaxed red pullover.
Later in the week, Barbour International showed off streetwear looks, too, incorporating elements from the brand’s classic Bedale jacket and T-shirts with retro-style brand logos.

Barbour International Men’s spring 2019. 
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This Week in Women: The Fight Against Sexism in Politics Worldwide Goes On

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

Thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day in 2015. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

At least 59 U.S. women political candidates won big in Tuesday’s primary races, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. In light of these victories, Glamour had this terrific story about how motherhood, raising children and volunteering to strengthen their communities have become political assets for female candidates.

Overall, a historic number of women (about 600) are running or have said they’ll run for governor, House or Senate this year. But remember: even if women do well in November, numbers indicate men will still dominate womenin Congress by more than three to one. Change takes time and persistence.

The Chinese government is promoting some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women, according to a Tuesday report by Human Rights Watch’s China Director. The All-China Women’s Federation used to support women’s advancement in the labor force, but in recent years it has used its programs to promote women’s subservience, including teaching women how to sit, make tea and be good wives.

Meanwhile, Spain has a new leader, and nearly two-thirds of his cabinet are women. In Fuller news, our talented East Africa correspondent Neha Wadekar reported for Ozy this week on how women in Somalia are best positioned to wipe out terrorism there. In Forbes, Ewelina U. Ochab argues that sexual abuse can constitute religious persecution. Victims like Yazidi women targeted by ISIS, and Christians in places like India and Nigeria, are examples of how abuse can be associated with a woman’s religious affiliation, she argues.

Internationally, there is an upsurge in kidnappings and killings of mostly women and children in Uganda. Earlier this week, activists protested government inaction by dumping coffins outside parliament. Women in Peru are protesting the president for making light of a domestic violence case in which a woman was burned to death by her stalker, and a Swedish city is telling young girls who fear being sent abroad into forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear, which would trigger airport metal detectors and alert the authorities. In the U.S., fear of deportation is causing fewer immigrants to report domestic abuse—and family separation caused by deportation is turning pregnant immigrant women into single mothers.

Here are 10 women heads of state who we hope would never make light of violence against women.

Other Stories From This Week

Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to raise awareness around the life-in-prison sentence given to black grandmother Alice Johnson for her role in drug trafficking, and it worked. On Wednesday, Trump commuted her sentence. But still, incarceration rates are rising for women nationwide, and way too many are for non-violent drug offenses. Alice herself had already served more than 20 years. She speaks here.

The majority of incarcerated women suffer from mental health issues, and that was also in the news this week as many grappled with the suicide of self-made fashion businesswoman Kate Spade, who had a 13-year-old daughter. Here, many women react.

Deborah Epstein, co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, announces in the Washington Post that she has resigned from the NFL Player Association’s commission on domestic violence, claiming the league’s efforts to address domestic violence in football are a facade.

The CEO of Qatar Airways claimed only a man could do his job because it would be too challenging for a woman. On Wednesday, he apologized. A new study finds that women students at the U.S. Naval Academy are more likely to be described by their managers as “inept, selfish, frivolous, passive and temperamental” than their male colleagues. Forbes has released its list of the highest paid athletes of 2018, and not a single woman made it into the top 100.

And from Ohio, our Midwest correspondent Brittany King reports for the Washington Post’s The Lily about a woman building bridges between people of different racial backgrounds in her community. A beautiful story for our divided country.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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AURIGNAC, France (Reuters) – French performance artist Abraham Poincheval on Friday stepped out of a giant wooden statue in the shape of a prehistoric man wearing a lionskin, after spending seven days trapped inside.


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Shark Week turns 30 and highlights include Ronda Rousey facing off against a shark

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The annual aquatic extravaganza known as Shark Week celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer with a full-to-the-gills lineup of celebs and sea creatures.

Airing from July 22-29 on Discovery, this year’s Shark Week boasts more than 19 hours of programming.

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LONDON — This year’s Graduate Fashion Week was one of the largest events to take place in size and ambitions with more than 5,000 pieces of work on display from 500 students — the majority of whom hailed from outside the U.K.
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity that was founded in 1991 and aims to bring together British and international fashion universities and elevate the creative industries.
“We’ve had more visitors than we’ve ever had. We’ve got 37 U.K. universities and 51 international ones, so we have managed to create a global stage for everyone,” said Mark Newton-Jones, chairman of Graduate Fashion Week.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between graduates and employers, we’ve introduced a protégé program so everyone up for an award tonight will be mentored by a designer or leader in the industry,” he said.
Hosted in east London’s Old Truman Brewery, the awards ceremony opened with a personal message from British Prime Minister Theresa May. “I am very proud of the U.K.’s fashion industry, some of the most iconic brands and biggest names in the business hail from the U.K. Graduate Fashion Week plays such an important role in the process of nurturing the very best talents.”
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2 Climbers Die at Yosemite’s El Capitan a Week After Another Fatal Fall

(YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.) — Officials say two people have been killed after they fell while climbing El Capitan at Yosemite National Park.

The National Park Service says it happened around 8 a.m. Saturday while the two people were climbing the Freeblast Route.

Park rangers and search and rescue personnel responded to the scene but the climbers didn’t survive the fall.

The names of the climbers were not immediately released and officials would not provide any additional information.

This is the second fatal incident in Yosemite National Park in a little over a week.

Last week, a hiker fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions.

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Solo Plummets in Second Week at Box Office After Disappointing Debut

(LOS ANGELES) — “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65 percent in weekend two with $ 29.3 million from North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

“Solo” has now earned $ 148.9 million domestically, which is still shy of “Rogue One’s” December 2016 opening weekend of $ 155.1 million and over $ 135 million short of where “Rogue One” was in its second weekend.

The 65 percent drop off is one of the highest in recent “Star Wars” history, although it is less steep than the second week fall of the franchise’s last film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which slid 67.5 percent in weekend two this past December — but, that was also after a $ 220 million debut.

Internationally, “Solo” added $ 30.3 million, and globally the film has netted $ 264.2 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention given to “Solo’s” less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could have actually negatively affected its second weekend earnings.

“Box office got conflated with perceived value of the movie and that might have affected its second weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Sometimes news of the box office can impact a movie’s bottom line.”

He noted that in comScore’s audience survey, most of the over 1,000 people polled “really liked” the movie.

“Solo’s” tumble brought it even closer to “Deadpool 2,” which is now in its third weekend in theaters and still managed to reel in an estimated $ 23.3 million to take second place. With a domestic total of $ 254.7 million and a crowded marketplace with both “Solo” and “Avengers: Infinity War” surrounding it, “Deadpool 2” is still only about $ 30 million behind where the first film was in its third weekend.

Shailene Woodley’s lost-at-sea drama “Adrift” fared the best of the three newcomers, which included the horror pic “Upgrade” and a Johnny Knoxville comedy “Action Point.” ”Adrift,” from STX Entertainment, washed up in third place with $ 11.5 million, while the others struggled to make a significant impact.

“Upgrade” opened In sixth place with $ 4.5 million, behind both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($ 10.4 million) and “Book Club” ($ 6.8 million), and “Action Point,” which was not screened for critics, landed in ninth place with a dismal $ 2.3 million.

This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” became its highest grossing film ever with $ 7.9 million, and Pantelion Films, which scored a similar feat with “Overboard,” which is now up to $ 45.5 million.

Even with “Solo’s” stumble, the year-to-date box office is still up 6.2 percent as June kicks into gear with some big movies on the horizon, including “Ocean’s 8,” ”Incredibles 2″ and “Jurassic World.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $ 29.3 million ($ 30.3 million international).

2.”Deadpool 2,” $ 23.3 million.

3.”Adrift,” $ 11.5 million.

4.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $ 10.4 million.

5.”Book Club,” $ 6.8 million.

6. “Upgrade,” $ 4.5 million.

7.”Life of the Party,” $ 3.5 million.

8.”Breaking In,” $ 2.8 million.

9.”Action Point,” $ 2.3 million.

10.”Overboard,” $ 2 million.


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Books coming out this week: The Honey Farm, Calypso, and more

Books coming out this week: The Honey Farm, Calypso, and more


Books coming out this week: <em>The Honey Farm</em>, <em>Calypso</em>, and more

Congratulations, we did it: We made it to summer. Well, okay, it’s not ~officially~ summer quite yet. But once Memorial Day arrives, it might as well be. ‘Tis the season of summer Fridays, white pants, and pool days. Plus, if the books coming out this week are any indicator, it’s also officially summer thriller season.

Authors know what readers want, and that’s to curl up in the summer sun (or shade) with a scary book. And this week, they really delivered. There are brand new psychological thrillers, twisted mysteries, and police whodunits hitting bookshelves. There’s even a YA thriller, because the genre truly knows no bounds.

Of course, if thrillers aren’t your thing, the books coming out this week also include deeply thoughtful memoirs (hey, David Sedaris) and a women’s fiction read or two. Basically, whatever you’re in the mood to read right now, you’ll find it on this list.

Here are 11 books coming out this week that you don’t want to miss.

1. The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye, out May 29th

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To keep her struggling bee farm afloat, Cynthia starts a residence program for artists. People come to work on the farm in exchange for free room, board, and freedom to pursue their creative passions. As the story beneath the surface begins to reveal itself — and as more and more residents leave — the novel builds to a twisted conclusion that you won’t see coming. The Honey Farm is one of the most satisfying books you’ll read all summer.

2. Calypso by David Sedaris, out May 29th

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It’s David Sedaris. You know you want to read it. Calypso is packed with plenty of the painfully funny laugh-out-loud moments you’ve come to expect from Sedaris. But it’s also his most deeply moving work yet.

3. Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson, out May 29th

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Lies You Never Told Me is so. Damn. Readable. It’s downright un-put-down-able. This twisted YA suspense novel follows two different narrators: Elyse, a shy teen in Portland who just landed the lead in her high school play, and Gabe, a teen in Austin thinking about breaking up with his girlfriend. Though seemingly unrelated, once you discover the link between the two narrators, your brain will explode.

4. So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta, out May 29th

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Did you know that before appearing on Parks and Rec, Retta got her start as a standup comedian? Or that before that, she graduated pre-med from Duke? Retta’s hilarious memoir touches on everything from her humble upbringing to her obsession with designer handbags. Not only will you get to read delightful stories about her time playing Donna on Parks and Rec, but you’ll also learn a lot about how she got there. Reading Retta’s memoir is like hanging out with someone you’ve known your whole life. You’ll read it in one sitting, then immediately wish for a second installment. It’s that fun.

5. All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire, out May 29th

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When Elliott and Catherine meet, something just clicks; they get along perfectly. Then, Elliott has to leave. When he comes back a few years later, everything has changed. He’s prepared to do whatever it takes to win Catherine back. Just as she’s ready to trust him, Elliott becomes the prime suspect in the case of a missing student. But Catherine has a secret of her own. And trust us: You won’t see it coming.

6. The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Alinejad, out May 29th

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For years, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad has challenged tradition and spoken out against injustice. She was arrested as a teenager, served divorce papers to shame her family, and spent nine years trying to regain custody of her son. Alinejad was eventually exiled from Iran and now, following Donald Trump’s immigration ban, is yet again separated from her child. The Wind in My Hair is an exceptional memoir from an exceptional woman.

7. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, out May 29th

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Nobody writes psychological thrillers like Ruth Ware. Nobody. And her latest atmospheric novel, about a woman who is the accidental recipient of a mysterious letter offering her a large sum of money, is no exception. You’ll thoroughly enjoy playing detective along the way.

8. True by Karl Taro Greenfeld, out June 1st

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True will do whatever it takes to make her dream of playing professional soccer a reality. But she also has to clean the house, pay the bills, and take care of her autistic sister. And she has a bit of a temper. Will True’s anger — and all of the other things, both in and out of her control — keep her from achieving the one thing she really wants?

9. A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir by Nancy Balbirer, out June 1st

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A Marriage in Dog Years is, as the title hints, two stories in one. There’s the story of Nancy’s terminal marriage, and the story of Nancy’s terminal beagle, Ira. As both stories come to an end at the same time, you’ll do some serious reflecting on life and love.

10. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson, out June 1st

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When Marnie’s marriage ends after just two weeks, she isn’t left completely empty-handed: Her ex’s eccentric great-aunt Blix left her the brownstone. Blix, who saw something in Marnie before she passed, is determined to turn her into a matchmaker just like she was — even from beyond the grave. Matchmaking for Beginners is lovely from the inside out.

11. See Her Run by Peggy Townsend, out June 1st

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When Hayley Poole’s body is found in the desert, her death is ruled a suicide. But Aloa Snow isn’t convinced. As Aloa investigates, she learns that Hayley was running from someone very powerful. Now, Aloa has to do the same.

Happy reading!

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The Week in Movie News: Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Spider-Man Villain, the Boba Fett Movie Is Back On and More

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John Oliver Shines a Light on the Unregulated Rehab Industry on Last Week Tonight

On Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked at rehab, a.k.a., “the most common place to go after hitting rock bottom other than Dave & Buster’s.”

According to Oliver, rehab is where people go to address drug or alcohol addiction, but aside from that “the word rehab is so broadly defined as to be close to meaningless.” Now that addiction is recognized as a disease, and not a moral failing, it has evolved into a $ 35 billion industry with rehab facilities across the country with names like Promises, Passages, and Milestones, and other “names that sound like perfumes worn exclusively by widows.”

Unfortunately, according to Oliver, there is no set definition of rehab, no federal standards for counseling practices or rehab practices, and many rehab facilities don’t involve “evidence-based care” at all. You could get a traditional 12-step program or you could get something like equine therapy, even though there is no empirical evidence that it helps with addiction.

Rehab is typically just the first step in a lifetime of recovery, but according to Oliver, many of them make broad claims about their success rates, many of which are completely self-reported and with no data to back them up. Plus, in many states, opening a rehab facility is easy. According to Oliver, in Idaho, so long as you aren’t working with teens, you don’t need a license at all to open a rehab center. In Florida, if you want to open a so-called “sober home,” there is nothing to stop you. O.J. Simpson could open one right now “which would obviously be called The Juice Cleanse and there is nothing standing in his way.”

Adding to the problems, according to Oliver, it’s nearly impossible to find good, unbiased information about addiction and treatment online or through TV ads. “Everything about this industry is difficult to navigate” and as Oliver notes, that is a real problem, because rehab is truly an issue of life and death — and even for him, no laughing matter.


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The Day Katharine Hepburn Came to New York Fashion Week

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When designing his latest collection, Gilles Mendel had one film star uppermost in his mind: Katharine Hepburn. The designer, representing the fifth generation of the eponymous J. Mendel label, hosted visitors at the Ladurée in Soho, so there were macaroons to nibble on alongside the furs and gowns if you so wished.

I didn’t see anyone wishing to nibble on a macaroon, except in the restaurant proper whose patrons quietly observed the brief burst of fashion madness unfolding around them.

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Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about the new book, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum. Reviews include Lincoln Center Theater’s production of My Fair Lady, and Abingdon Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of The Gentleman Caller @ Cherry Lane Theatre.   This read more
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Fashion Month, which includes New York, London, Milan and Paris, has always been one of the most celebrated times on the fashion industry calendar.

Taking place twice a year, from February to March and again from September to October, editors, buyers, celebrities, stylists and other industry personnel gathered in the world’s fashion capitals for the unveiling of top designers new season collections.

These industry festivals are used for buyers to decide what they wanted off of the runways and for editors to figure out what they were going to feature in editorials for their upcoming issues.

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If there is profundity to be found at Paris Fashion Week, it happened early with the Anrealage presentation.

Rimmed with LED lights, the constructed triangular arena made of chrome and concrete allowed models to be viewed from all sides as they came bounding from backstage like cyber-punk cowboys at a dystopian rodeo. Meticulously synchronized lights flashed and dimmed, from one hue to another revealing that each garment looked entirely different depending on the light cast.

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From #MeToo to “We Believe You”

This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to bar convicted domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. The hope, he said, is that the legislation would help save lives and “sever the undeniable connection between domestic abuse and deadly gun violence.”

And at long last, the U.S. this week also allowed dozens of men, women and children to enter the US and apply for asylum from the caravan of people (mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) who trekked some 2,000 miles from southern Mexico. The caravan is predominantly made up of women and children fleeing violence. Fuller Project contributing photographer Meghan Dhaliwal, based in Mexico City, has been following the caravan for the New York Times. Check out some of her photos here.

Last weekend, more than 30,000 people protested in Pamplona, Spain against the acquittal of five men accused of gang raping a woman during the 2016 running of the bulls festival. Some protesters chanted, “Yo te creo”—”I believe you.” Spain’s government said it would consider changing rape laws. And for the first time since World War II, the Swedish Academy will not award the Nobel Prize in literature this year; the academy is currently embroiled in a very public sex abuse scandal in which Jean-Claude Arnault, a photographer with close ties to the academy, sexually assaulted at least 18 women.

As Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen rages into its third year, women are starving themselves in an attempt to save their children, The Associated Press’s Maggie Michael reported this week. Two months ago, Trump happily touted a $ 670 million deal to sell U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia, and we learned today that U.S. troops are secretly on the border.  This conflict is spiraling down—aid groups had predicted 50,000 children would die by the end of 2017. Already nearly 2 million are out of school due to this tragic conflict.   

Women’s voices are needed more than ever in that region. Not far from Yemen, Fuller Project reporter Neha Wadekar travelled to Somalia to tell the story of a 28-year-old female police officer who defends Somalia’s #MeToo women—victims of rape and assault who want justice. Read her reporting in British ELLEStay tuned in the coming weeks for more Fuller Project reporting from Chiapas, Mexico, the Hebron Hills in the West Bank and Knox County, Ohio.

Other Stories from The Week

On Wednesday, Iowa’s legislature passed a “heartbeat bill” making it illegal for women to get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. This normally happens around the six-week mark, when many women do not yet know they are pregnant. If it’s signed into law by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, an outspoken opponent of abortion, most abortions would effectively be banned, except in cases of rape or incest. Less than ten percent of abortions performed by medical professionals in 2016 occurred before a woman’s sixth week of pregnancy. Meanwhile, South Carolina senators met early this morning to pass a bill to ban all abortions, except when a mother’s life is threatened, or in cases of incest or rape. They failed—but only just.

In Ireland, abortion is largely illegal, but that will be challenged in a late May 25th referendum in which voters will decide whether to repeal the constitution’s 8th amendment, which states that a fetus has the same rights as its mother. Such a repeal would allow parliament to draft a law permitting abortions in hospitals up to 12 weeks. Many Irish women now travel to the UK and elsewhere to seek out abortions.

Stormy Daniels continues to be one of Washington’s most powerful women: On Wednesday night, the Trump team accidentally admitted on Fox News that Trump reimbursed $ 130k to his lawyer, Michael Cohen, effectively paying off an adult film star for her silence. The payment could violate campaign finance laws.

Take a moment to read this Ms. Magazine Q&A with Nikole Hannah-Jones, an intrepid reporter with the New York Times covering race relations in America, MacArthur fellow, and co-founder of the Ida B Wells Society, an organization supporting reporters of color in the pursuit of investigative journalism. It’s named after pioneering investigative journalist Ida B.Wells, who battled rampant sexism and racism to report the truth about discrimination and racism.

In Pacific Standard, Elizabeth Weingarten, the director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative at New America, argues that gender is crucial to understanding national security and that it must be taught in international relations classrooms. In the New York Times, Claire Cain Miller writes about how a common interview question about salary history fuels the gender pay gap.

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Sophia Jones is a senior editor and journalist at the Fuller Project.

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Paris Fashion Week Is Dressing Heroines for Battle

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If there’s a war to be waged on behalf of humanity, consider calling the design houses of Esha Sethi Thirani and Alleira Batik to dress our heroines for battle.

Part of the Oxford Fashion Studio group show, each designer presented structured and architectural details—a stiff bell sleeve here, a puffed shoulder there, a precisely draped cape—that exuded strength without sacrificing femininity.

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PARIS—Inside the dimly lit interiors of the Hotel de Ville, classical music played as Anna Wintour held court, standing in the murky shadows. Lesser mortals waited on benches set between the easels decorating Thom Browne’s Fall/Winter 2018 runway, like an artist’s studio.

A procession of models wearing dog’s heads were drawn by a female painter, while others showed-off Browne’s deconstructed designs that recast the idea of the feminine in this collection that was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s official portraitist, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a rare female painter who succeeded in an 18th century male-dominated milieu.

Another model wore a bulging plastic sculpture that resembled a woman’s body splitting at the seams, bringing to mind some of the over-sized, provocative women painted by Le Brun from the society of her day.

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This week marks the return of Christina Aguilera, yes, but don’t forget about Enrique Iglesias — back with his first English-language single in four years — and Florence + the Machine, revving up for a new album release later this summer. Also: indie singer Jessie Reyez critiques sexual double standards in a sharp, empowering new song; Shawn Mendes and Khalid reflect on gun violence and provide an anthem for the kids in “Youth;” and rapper Desiigner surprise-releases a debut EP that shows off his signature sound.


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How The Creators of Wicomicon Executed A Blerd Convention In A Week

Karama Horne was moved to tears when she entered the room at 1100 Wicomico St. in Baltimore on Saturday morning. She knew people were going to show up but just how many, she wasn’t sure. The week prior, one of the largest, blackest, most diverse fan-organized conventions, Universal FanCon, had indefinitely postponed its 24-hour event leaving fans stranded with hotel bills and plane fares they couldn’t get out of. Knowing the financial hole people were in, but also understanding the longstanding stigma and perhaps the consequences of the cancellation of the convention, prompted Horne and her friends to band together to create and hold WICOMICON on the same day Universal FanCon was supposed to be held.

“I was so frightened that I couldn’t be there,” Horne told Black Enterprise. “My team members were there and were working round the clock but I was just so frightened that people wouldn’t show up.”

Horne was right to be concerned. After all, she was one of the well connected black nerds (blerds) in the community. She had also promoted the Universal FanCon to her more than 15,000 Twitter followers. The inaugural comic book and genre convention for people of color also included LGBTQ and the disabled. Billy Dee Williams, comedian Orlando Jones, writer Roxane Gay, and many other superstar talents were already scheduled to feature. There was even going to be a rave by Kristian Nairn (Hodor of Game of Thrones.)

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Stephanie Burke, 45, was not going to miss it for anything in the world. For one, the convention was being held in her backyard—Baltimore. As the author of over 70 fantasy and erotica books, a cosplayer, and a black woman with a disability, it was an opportunity to fellowship with like-minded individuals. Although the convention promised an experience of epic proportions, Burke wasn’t convinced they could pull it off so she erred on the side of caution. She didn’t purchase any tickets. A week before the convention was supposed to kick off, the organizers suddenly postponed (canceled) the event. There were rumors of misappropriated funds and out-of-control egos.

“I tend to research any event that I’m paying to go to and something didn’t seem quite right,” Burke said.

Others, however, weren’t as lucky as Burke.

Horne, a writer and producer at Syfy Networks had dipped into her personal and professional networks to help promote Universal FanCon. When she found out the event was never going to happen, she knew she had to shoulder some responsibility. People were coming from as far as Hawaii, London, even Japan, she said.

So, the friends came up with an idea: to host a similar convention, in the same city, as a replacement for the canceled Universal FanCon. Only this time, they had under a week to pull it off.

Uraeus of Black Heroes Matter, Patrick Strange of New Release Wednesday, Andre Robinson of Carbon Fibre Media, Keith Chow of The Nerds of Color, along with Horne, worked round the clock to launch the one-day pop-up event within a week. They delegated tasks between themselves and went to work.

Once again, they all dipped into their networks, this time, they would take anything they could get. “This was a labor of love,” Horne said. They all took personal financial hits. Chow, who is the founder of Hard Noc Media quickly slapped together a landing page on his company website. He was also in charge of making sure vendors were taken care of. Chuck Collins, a former bouncer coordinated with Baltimore Police Department to ensure the safety of convention attendees who were most likely going to be dressed up in costumes with fake guns. Horne worked on recruiting panelists. Robinson, who is partners with the building owners at 1100 Wicomico St., volunteered two floors in the building to house the pop-up event, spending days hanging lights and cleaning up. Elijah Kelley, founder of BeABossNow, an app that allows business owners to hire virtual assistants gave up his app for free. April Reign, the founder of #OscarSoWhite reached out to the group to ask how she could help. The cast of Syfy shows Killjoy and Into the Badlands, who had been scheduled to appear at Universal FanCon and had canceled, also reached out to WIMICOMICON. They insisted they wanted to be a part of WICOMICON and that they will shoulder the travel expenses on their end.

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Every night, the organizers, who all lived in different cities (Uraeus, Robinson, and Chow live in Baltimore and Horne resides in Brooklyn.), would jump on a conference call to provide updates on how they were faring on individually assigned tasks.

They would name the event “Wicomicon,” just putting an “N” behind the Native American word which Horne said means “a place where homes are built.”

“The event was amazing, especially considering the circumstances,” Burke said. “The space, the vendors, the volunteers were all amazing and it was a shock that it came together.”

By day’s end on Saturday, close to a thousand people had walked through the doors at the convention space, to Horne’s amazement. Vendors, who most certainly would have lost money were able to get a space on the second floor, while panel discussions continued on the other. A cafe space was provided by Robinson on another floor where food and beverages were served.

“This is a labor of love,” Horne said. “Vendors who would have lost so much money were able to recoup some money and move inventory and we did that.”

Even with her affiliation with Universal FanCon and the Black Girl Nerd brand, she remains optimistic. She hopes that they’ve been able to change the narrative on what could have been a disappointing weekend for a lot of people. One that would have fractured trust between the black, disabled, and LGBTQ community.

“When you see things like this in the news, you hope it isn’t a brother or a sister. It’s not like we don’t know how to organize. We know how to do business,” Horne said. “But each of us brought something to the table, to change the narrative and give the artists attending some hope. Representation still matters and we wanted to show that.”

With the support and success of WICOMICON, fans are already asking about a WICOMICON 2019. Horne is not denying that there are ongoing discussions about a convention next year.

“We’re not saying that we’re not going to do it,” she said. “We just want to do it right.”

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This Teacher Ditched the Classroom to Make $500 a Week Tutoring From Home


Every weekday morning, Jen Ross rolls out of bed around 5 a.m., throws on her familiar orange uniform shirt, breaks out her guitar and and walks five feet to her office, where she teaches English to students who live 7,200 miles away.

From her home in Mount Dora, Florida, Ross teaches Chinese children as young as 4 years old how to say words like apple, banana or monkey — or simply strums G, C and D chords while an especially energetic tyke writhes with joy.

She also has students who can carry on full conversations, dreaming about visiting the Statue of Liberty or Ross’s native Florida while teaching her about the biggest landmarks in China. She teaches the English language, but also the very concept of a conversation.

Ross does all this while working as an independent contractor for the online education company VIPKID, which the former public school teacher turned from a side gig into a full-time job last August.

Now, working for the company that employs 30,000 remote tutors, she’s able to pursue her true passion of writing and working toward a masters in fine arts while making $ 22 an hour — more than $ 520 a week, working 24 hours for VIPKID.

“And now I can live the stay-at-home dog life,” Ross says with a laugh.

The workload is a huge leap from her time as a public school teacher.

Here’s How This Teacher Ditched the Classroom for VIPKID

“I loved it,” she said. “I loved building relationships with the students and seeing them learn.”

To them, she was Ms. Ross, the guitar-strumming teacher who sang songs about writing.

But outside the classroom, she was burned out from 60- to 80-hour weeks and the lack of vacation. If she wanted to take time off, arranging for a substitute teacher — if she could find one — was often more work than it was worth.

“I always wanted to write, but I didn’t have the time or mental energy to write — at all,” says Ross.

In 2016, she quit teaching and took a job at a local Allstate office, where she learned to sell insurance. It was soon after that she saw an ad for VIPKID on Facebook.

After watching encouraging videos of current tutors on YouTube, she signed up. Two weeks later, she started the journey that would lead her to a true work-from-home lifestyle.

Interested Yet? Here’s Exactly How to Become a VIPKID Teacher

At its core, VIPKID is an a la carte, online educational service for teaching English to Chinese students.

Every day, thousands of teachers open up half-hour teaching blocks (lessons are 25 minutes long), then VIPKID users log in and choose the teacher and timeframe they prefer. (We’ll have more on how to make the most of this system below.)

VIPKID provides teachers slides and a lesson plan for each teaching block.

Because Beijing is 12 or 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time (depending on daylight saving time), you’re best to do the lessons early in the morning. But weekends offer more flexibility, because the Chinese students aren’t in school.

VIPKID teachers earn a base rate of $ 7 to $ 9 per block they teach. But you can also earn a $ 1 incentive for each block if you teach 45 classes a month and another $ 1 if you finish the classes on time.

Ross, who just got a raise, makes the maximum amount per block: $ 11, or $ 22 an hour.

VIPKID requires a bachelor’s degree, one year of teaching experience, high-speed internet and the ability to pass a background check. But you don’t need to know Chinese.

After applying, you’ll go through some mock lessons. You’ll find plenty of information on how to breeze through those tests here.

It took Ross two weeks to get through the process, but she said she thinks she could have done it faster if she hadn’t been working full time.

8 Tips to Get the Most out of VIPKID

Jennifer Ross credits the joy of working as a VIPKID tutor for restoring her energy and passion for other projects. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

Ross doesn’t make her full income through VIPKID. She also teaches two guitar lessons and tutors four local students every week.

But she was able to finally quit that insurance job in August 2017, thanks to the $ 500 a week she was bringing in through VIPKID.

“At first, it was really scary,” she says. Now, she’s a pro.

Here are 10 tips and tricks Ross shared for aspiring VIPKID teachers to make the most out of the tutoring service:

1. Find a VIPKID Veteran for Advice

At first, running a gauntlet of back-to-back 25-minute teaching blocks can seem overwhelming. Having a friend, family member or former colleague who is teaching through VIPKID to guide you will help immensely, Ross says.

“Find someone who knows what they’re doing,” she suggests.

There are also plenty of helpful videos on YouTube.

2. Find an Original Angle for Your Teaching Style

You’ll be competing with thousands of other remote teachers for the attention of Chinese parents, so having an original bio and teaching style will keep regulars coming back.

Ross uses her guitar and sometimes plays along with students who break out their own instruments during a lesson. Here’s an example of a VIPKID-sanctioned musical number:

To see New Zealand is my wish

I want to eat some yams and fish

That definitely slaps with an electric guitar under it.

Ross also uses puppets during lessons, because the really young student might not even understand the concept of a conversation. She can summon a funny voice and use her puppets to help set the stage for the lesson of the day.

Jennifer Ross says that before communication is fluent, fun objects often bridge the gap. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

3. Stick With Mornings or Evenings — Not Both

As mentioned earlier, you have more flexibility working on the weekends. But Ross suggests picking either mornings or evenings to avoid burnout.

“Unless you don’t like sleep,” she says.

4. Be Prepared

You’ll get summaries of the lessons before you actually have to start teaching — so learn them!

Ross has been doing this long enough that she knows most of the lesson plans, but being unprepared can turn a 25-minute lesson into a stressful teaching experience.

5. Learn How to Pace Yourself

It’s a big learning curve trying to figure out how to limit — or stretch — a lesson to 25 minutes.

But Ross suggests not sticking to the allotted one-minute-per-slide rule and moving forward if your student finishes a slide early. That way, you’ll have time to linger on slides they’re struggling with. If you have some time left over at the end of the lesson, go back over some of the material you covered.

6. Pick the Amount of Work That’s Right for You

Ross tries to fit in 24 hours of VIPKID a week, working in a few hours each morning or evening, depending on daylight saving time. This offers several benefits: She’s guaranteed the $ 1 incentive and makes more than $ 500 a week.

But even if you only teach a few hours per week, the income can put a dent in your cable, utility or cell phone bill at the end of the month.

7. Recruit Qualified Friends

Ross has only recruited five or six of her fellow teachers, but this is another way to make extra cash with VIPKID.

You can make $ 50 to $ 60 per referral. Plus, you can serve as their mentor and help them get through their first few weeks on the job.

8. Get Ahead of Your Taxes

As an independent contractor, you’ll receive a 1099 form from VIPKID to file your taxes — which, regardless of this being a side gig, you do have to do.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to doing your taxes as an independent contractor. But Ross says it’s really not as scary as you might think.

VIPKID Can Be a Real Life Changer

Jennifer Ross’s home office allows her optimum flexibility for being a VIPKID tutor. Carmen Mandato/ The Penny Hoarder

Since she started working from home (and way fewer hours than the 80 per week she previously taught), Ross says she’s completely changed her lifestyle.

“I eat healthier and I exercise more,” she says. “There are so many things that go along with the whole package here.”

Later this month, she’ll take a vacation to Asheville, North Carolina. She’ll pack for the cooler weather and bring headphones and her computer.

And, of course, a few puppets, in case she wants to pick up a few VIPKID teaching blocks.

“There’s nothing like being able to pass the joy I have for reading, writing, and learning or playing guitar on to a kid,” Ross says. “There’s nothing that can match that feeling, and I’m so glad I found a way to keep doing that that’s more conducive to a healthy lifestyle.”

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. As a drummer, he’s not sure how his musical talent would translate into teaching, but he’s really considering giving it a (rim)shot.

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National Women’s Health Week, May 13–19, 2018

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About National Women’s Health Week

During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

Stuck in the office?

  • Organize a lunchtime walk with your coworkers.
  • Encourage everyone to stand at your next meeting.
  • Host a healthy potluck or lunchtime salad bar.
  • Start a friendly competition with coworkers. Track your steps, water intake, or other healthy activities.
  • Invite a local fitness instructor to teach a free yoga or Zumba class.

Join in the fun during your free time!

  • Cook up something healthy! If you need inspiration, check out these recipes.
  • Turn on your favorite music and dance.
  • Sip on water instead of soda and sugary drinks.
  • Take a walk with your neighbors.
  • Attend a fitness class.

Are you an employer or a public health professional?

  • Host a health fair.
  • Hold a free or reduced-cost health screening.
  • Organize a healthy cooking class or fitness activity.

These steps are the foundation for a lifetime of good health. They can help you be as healthy as possible, whether you’re 20 or over 100!

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During Money Smart Week, April 21–April 28, more than 1,000 libraries across the country will host educational events that focus on financial issues such as the following:

  • first-time home buying
  • home renovation loans
  • personal spending plan (otherwise known as a budget!)
  • the property tax appeal process
  • financial aid packages and how to evaluate them
  • the right Medicare plan
  • the basics of wills and trusts
  • options for tax-free savings
  • charitable tax strategies, and more

“During Money Smart Week, libraries in rural, suburban, and urban communities are helping people examine their personal finances, whether that involves estate planning or budgeting for groceries,” says Felton Thomas Jr., executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library.

“Libraries will use fliers and books and displays, and provide programming that will help their specific community, by connecting patrons with experts and advisers,” he continued.

Library patrons—and you don’t need a library card unless you’re checking out materials—will meet with money experts, not librarians.

Partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland and the Veterans Administration, the Cleveland Public Library has designed its Money Smart Week to work with veterans.

“It will be like a fair,” says Thomas, who is also a past president of the Public Library Association. “We want to get them signed up for their VA benefits. There will be different educational institutions, reps from the VA, and OhioMeansJobs [an employment initiative in Ohio].”

In Chicago, the public library is focusing on those in the sharing economy, such as Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb, who are now figuring out tax questions.

“IRS Taxpayer Advocates will be on hand to help patrons in the sharing economy,” Thomas said. “Other libraries are focusing specifically on children 5–8 years of age learning money management.”

In Pickerington, Ohio, a library will have a grocery store providing tips on how to manage the food budget.

“Every library is doing what it thinks is important for their community,” Thomas says, noting that no one socioeconomic group is targeted. “Everyone can learn to budget their funds better.”

“Money Smart Week shines a light on what libraries do,” says Thomas. “Libraries do this kind of programming all the time.”

To learn about activities at your local library, visit the Money Smart Week website.

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This Week in Women: Violence Against Women Hurts Communities Around the World

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The Community Costs of Domestic Violence

This Monday in a front page story for USA Today, we reported that in 2017, more officers were shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to domestic violence than any other type of firearm-related fatality, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This alarming trend has only continued in 2018.

So far this year, six officers have died in domestic violence-related shootings. That includes two police officers in Westerville, Ohio, who were shot responding to a 911 call from a woman who said she had previously been threatened and sexually assaulted by her husband, a cop who tried to protect a neighbor from her estranged husband and an officer who was trying to apprehend a man who had allegedly just murdered his ex-wife.

Violence against women is an important story at The Fuller Project because it impacts so many women, at such a great cost to society. We’re committed to reporting on it, on those affected by it and on innovative and new strategies to reduce and prevent it. Please take a few minutes to read our compelling reporting, and share on social media.

More Stories From The Week

The family of Marie Colvin, a war correspondent killed in Syria, is trying to take the Assad regime to court for what they say was a deliberate assassination of the journalist. This mom running for Congress says the Federal Election Commission should allow congressional candidates to use campaign funds for child care.

The muted response to two brutal cases of the rape and murder of young girls has brought “acute national shame” on India, writes Barkha Dutt in The Washington Post. In El Salvador, the New York Times reported that women are leading a campaign to end the incarceration of women who have abortions and miscarriages. In Kenya, a woman who was abused by nurses during childbirth won a landmark legal case in March that set a precedent requiring quality care for women. This week, NPR reports on the issue of maternal mortality in poor countries.

An investigation by The Intercept into complaints of sexual abuse in immigration detention centers revealed “a staggering” 1,224 complaints, half of which were against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. And this week, The Lily writes about the wrenching choice facing an American-born teenager whose undocumented parents were deported back to Mexico. Will Lulu stay with her family in Mexico or return to the U.S., the only home she’s ever known?

Who are the young girls throwing stones in Kashmir?

The New York Times investigated how NFL teams treat their cheerleaders. Some requirements include: weigh-ins, no sweatpants in public, and restrictions on nail polish and jewelry.
More next week on what’s happening around the world for, by and about women.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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It is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week and Dr. Carol Brown wants you to know exactly what your risk factors are and when its time to see a doctor. She is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist which means her specialty is diagnosing and treating cancers that affects a woman’s reproductive organs.

For more than 25 years, she has used her skills as a surgeon to provide high-quality and compassionate care to women with ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vulvar cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and this year, Dr. Brown serves as the 50th president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

 WHY DOES IT SEEM LIKE CANCER EFFECTS MINORITY COMMUNITIES AT A HIGHER RATE THAN WHITE COMMUNITIES?

People of color, including Asians, Hispanic/Latinos, American Indians and Blacks are affected by some cancers at higher rates than other groups. Blacks in the U.S. have the highest death rate of any racial/ethnic group for lung, colon, breast, prostate and uterine cancer.

The causes of these inequalities are complex, but through research we are learning that biologic differences in the cancer itself may explain many cancer disparities experienced by Blacks and other diverse populations. Socioeconomic factors, especially poverty, also contribute to cancer disparities through barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment information and services.

WHAT’S ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT CANCER IN GENERAL?

The risk of being diagnosed with cancer increases with age because most cancers require many years to develop. According to data from the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 2 Black men and 1 in 3 Black women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

The lifetime probability of dying from cancer is about 1 in 4 for Black men and 1 in 5 for black women. The one thing that most people don’t know about cancer is, that today, unlike in the past, most cancers can be cured with the right diagnosis and treatment, and even more cancers can be prevented by pursuing a lifestyle minimizes their risk.

The World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that about 20% of cancers that occur in the US are due to poor nutrition (including excess alcohol consumption), physical inactivity, and excess weight, and thus could be prevented.

BLACK WOMEN ARE DYING FROM CERVICAL CANCER AT A RATE 77% HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, BUT THIS IS PREVENTABLE. WHY? HOW IS THIS PREVENTABLE?

The rate at which Black women in the U.S. are dying from cervical cancer is comparable to that of women in many poor nations. What makes these findings especially disturbing, is that the majority of cervical cancer is caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus(HPV).

Between primary prevention- which means getting ourselves and our children,  boys and girls, vaccinated with the HPV vaccine so that we never get the virus- and secondary prevention-which means getting your PAP smears on a regular basis so that cervical pre-cancer can be detected early and treated- cervical cancer is an almost completely preventable disease.  Many studies have shown that the most common reason Black women and any women in the U.S. die from cervical cancer is that they have not had recommended screening with PAP smears.

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD WOMEN STOP GETTING PAP SMEARS?

Many cervical cancer screening guidelines say that women over 65 who have had regular

screening with negative results don’t need to have PAP smears.  But based recent research that shows almost 20% of cervical cancer in the US occurs in women over age 65 and the research that death rates for cervical cancer are highest for Black women over 65, I recommend women continue to get regular cervical cancer screening past age 65 and for at least as long as they are sexually active.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY FOR WOMEN TO DETECT CANCERS AFFECTING THEIR REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?

The best way for women to detect GYN cancer in an early stage is to get vaccinated against HPV to prevent cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancer; to get regular screening tests, either PAP smears or HPV testing for these same cancers with your OB-GYN or primary health care provider; and most importantly to know the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancer so that cancers of the uterus and ovary, for which there are no screening tests available, can be found in the earliest possible and curable stage.

Many of the signs of uterine and ovarian cancer are commonly experienced by most women at some point in their lives. But when things like pelvic pain, bloating, bleeding or discharge happen for a long period of time and you have no other explanation; see your doctor and ask about your risks for ovarian and uterine cancer and whether your symptoms could be a sign of these diseases.

Knowing your family history can be especially important for reducing your risk and even preventing uterine and ovarian cancer- for both of these there are known mutations in cancer-causing genes that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

There are medical and surgical options for both uterine and ovarian cancer that can help women who are at increased risk because of their family history from every getting the disease. For more information about GYN cancers and clinical trials please check out these great videos put together by my colleagues at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology  at https://www.sgo.org/patients-caregivers-survivors/clinical-trials/.

WHY ARE CLINICAL TRIALS FOR CANCER IMPORTANT?
Here’s what we know: Clinical research in underserved populations equals cancer health equity. Put simply, clinical trials are a crucial step to finding new and promising ways to improve treatment for cancer. Most medical advances have come as a result of clinical trials.

Participating in cancer clinical trials is the best way to level the playing field for Black people and all underserved groups affected by cancer.  We’re not just talking about the best in terms of care, but access to the best in new therapies, access to new drugs and interventions before they are widely available. If the treatment is a success, you are among the first to benefit.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR CLINICAL TRIALS?

Before the clinical trial

All people affected by cancer should ask their doctor about clinical trials and whether there are any available for their particular disease and stage of treatment. If you are interested in a specific clinical trial, your doctor will explain to you the purpose of the trial and how it affects you, including the main risks and benefits of taking part through a process called informed consent. It’s important to know that participating in a clinical trial is voluntary and if you decide not to participate, it will not affect the care your doctor will give you.

During the clinical trial

Once you are on a clinical trial, the researchers running the trial will want to carry out regular tests, including physical exams and sometimes imaging tests, on you to find out how your treatment is working.  At the same time, they will be on the lookout for any side effects – so you may be asked questions about any new symptoms you experience while you are receiving treatment on the clinical trial.

Doctors will also look at the wider effects of a treatment on your life as a whole – in other words, your ‘quality of life’. So, they may ask you if you’re able to take part in your usual day-to-day activities, or if you need any extra help around the home or to look after your family.

 After the clinical trial: How will trial results be used?

After you finish treatment on a clinical trial, your doctors may still see you and follow you for symptoms on a regular basis for a long period of time to understand all the effects the treatment has had on you and your cancer. For some cancer clinical trials where you are receiving a specific treatment, your participation may give your doctor results that can be used to help find the best available treatment for your particular situation.

Results of cancer clinical trials are also used by your doctor and researchers to help cancer patients in general and to find new and more effective, less toxic ways of treating cancer. Results of the clinical trial you participated in should be made available to you by the researchers if you want them.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN CLINICAL TRAILS?
More than twenty years after Congress required that research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) include minorities, and women, less than 2% of all adults with cancer in the U.S. participate in a clinical trial. For minority and underserved people who suffer severe disparities in cancer incidence and death rates, participation in clinical trials is critical. Participation in clinical trials can help us understand how gender, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences can affect the way cancer progresses and how well patients respond to treatments, as well as aid in the development of new treatments and ways to prevent cancer.

 

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This Week in Women: What Trump (and the Mainstream Media) Got Wrong About Immigration and Rape

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Talking Back to Trump on Immigration, Rape and Abortion

Once again, control of and concern for women’s sexuality played a central role in a major news story this week—but more as a political football than as an issue of true value in and of itself.

On Thursday, President Trump’s offhand remark that women immigrating without documentation into the U.S. were being raped “at levels that nobody has ever seen before” set off a firestorm. His press secretary doubled down, reiterating that women and young girls are victimized on the journey north, and that it’s “quite bizarre that reporters would cover this up.”

Plenty of brave journalists have reported on this over the years, but not enough have given this issue its due, and the media reaction today risks marginalizing sexual assault even further. This New York Times story insensitively implied that sexual assault wasn’t happening because people “hadn’t heard about it” even when we know most rapes aren’t reported. And the Washington Post headline said Trump “conjures up a new immigrant rape crisis.”

Sexual assault is real—and the problem here is not that Trump is imagining it, but that he’s leveraging it politically with zero commitment toward helping affected women. He also fails to acknowledge that individuals from U.S. border patrol and police officers as well as smugglers, traffickers and fellow migrants have all been accused of sexual assault.

This is too big an issue to be spun into a political back-and-forth that misses the point. An Amnesty International investigation estimates that as many as 60 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the migrant trail, and Fuller Project’s own reporting has also uncovered the prevalence of sexual assault on migrant women and girls. Journalists must be allowed to continue to report on sexual assault in the future—without being labeled as advancing Trump’s viewpoint.

Abortion, on the other hand, has the full attention of the Trump administration. This morning, The Hill reported that the head of The Office of Refugee Resettlement keeps a spreadsheet of detained refugees who are either pregnant or want abortions. “Creepy” was how this commentator described it.

More Stories from the Week

Winnie Mandela passed away Monday, and as debate “rages” around her legacy, we see how hard it is for some to accept a woman—a black woman—as a powerful leader on her own terms. Many news outlets chose to describe her primarily as wife to Nelson Mandela, instead of leader of a revolutionary movement. Others accused her of cashing in on his name, or of being racist. Would a white man who played a leading role in overthrowing decades of oppressive rule be described asa bully or primarily a husband, or treated with such hostile scrutiny, the Guardian asks. Here’s a balanced quick overview of her life. With women’s legacies too often viewed through a biased lens, it’s no wonder they represent fewer than eight percent of public statues depicting historical figures in the U.S., and none of the 44 memorials maintained by the National Parks Service, according to a 2016 study.

Police identified the shooter at YouTube offices in California as a woman, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, in her 30s. Women have been involved in only 3.75 percent of active shootings, according to a 2014 F.B.I. study of 160 active shooting incidents.

A landmark gender study revealed on Thursday that Rwandan men enrolled in a program for fathers and couples are much less likely to use violence against their female partners and spend almost one hour more per day doing household chores. Given that working with men in this way is a relatively newer approach to ending oppression of women, this study makes a deeply significant contribution to the evidence base.

In Canada, women now make up 44 percent of Canada’s top diplomats, compared to 29 percent three years ago (UK is still only 19 percent). This interesting article out this week tells the story of women in Canada’s foreign service.

On Wednesday Massachusetts passed comprehensive reform to address untested rape kits. Here’s a quick story, and we’ll have a bigger one for you next week.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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Rachel Roy will be the headlining designer at Memphis Fashion Week, which runs April 11 to 15. She will show her spring 2018 collection on the runway.
Throughout the weekend, Roy will host and participate in several Memphis Fashion Week events. On April 12, she will host a “Fashion Night Out” event and trunk show where guests can shop the runway looks at her Rachel Rachel Roy pop-up shop. On April 13, she will be honorary guest at an influencer luncheon and participate in a Q&A with Abby Phillips, the creator of Memphis Fashion Week, at the Memphis Country Club.
On April 13, she will be the featured designer and show 30 looks from her spring Rachel Rachel Roy contemporary and curvy apparel, swimwear and jewelry collections on the runway at Graceland. In her collection statement, Roy said, “I love marrying contemporary influences with historical references, blending high and low, old and new, and finding the harmony in different influences. For me, design is storytelling and spring is always a fully charged fresh start.”
Other designers presenting on the runway are Ituen Basi from Nigeria; This Is Sloane from Austin, Tex.; Daniel Magana bridal from Orange County, Calif., and TIENA from Memphis.
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Six years after the last Arise Fashion Week, the event that billed itself as Africa’s premier fashion showcase despite strong competition from rival platforms in South Africa and Nigeria made a comeback — and made it with a strong statement, care of supermodel Naomi Campbell walking down the runway.
Campbell jetted into Lagos, Nigeria last Thursday, and on Friday opened Nigerian designer Lanre Da Silva Ajayi’s show in a shimmering metallic gold gown with a fringed gold skirt. The audience was totally unprepared for the supermodel surprise. Then she opened the celebrated South African design duo Kluk CGDT’s fashion show, strutting along the catwalk in a glamorous fringed lilac geometric-print coat dress.  She elicited whoops of approval from the audience.  “We are so honored,” Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit said.
Campbell’s presence in Lagos was expected as part of her AFW promotional duties, which included meeting with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari; she toured a luxury development with him. But no one expected her to actually walk any of the shows.

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This Week in Women: Trump’s Military Budget is No Match for Women Peacemakers

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

Copyright Melanie Chapman

Last Friday, Trump approved the largest U.S. military budget in history—authorizing nearly $ 700 billion dollars in 2018, and another $ 716 billion next year. Since the media coverage was muted, here’s a few details about what’s on the Pentagon’s shopping list: missile defense programs ($ 4 billion), an aircraft carrier ($ 4.5 billion) and two nuclear powered attack submarines ($ 5.5 billion).

Russia is also amping things up: This article Wednesday in Defense One reported how Russia will pour money into drones and robotics as well as information warfare. Even attacking “non-military targets” is now fair game, said Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

In other frightening signs that we’re marching toward war, Trump appointed John Bolton as his new National Security Adviser—even though he was terribly wrong about the more than trillion-dollar, failed Iraq war. And diplomats are disappearing: 27 countries, as well as NATO, ousted at least 151 Russian diplomats this week over the poisoning scandal in the UK; Russia on Thursday began expelling U.S. diplomats. As we know, Trump has spent the last year gutting the U.S. State Department.

On April 11th at The New York Times building, there will be a day-long seminar encouraging journalists to report on peace and reconciliation as fervently as they report on conflict. I’ll be speaking, along with Sebastian Junger, Lynsey Addario, Zainab Salbi, Fuller Project board member and veteran journalist Laurie Hays and Fuller Project advisor and longtime editor Robert Rosenthal. Click here to attend.

Part of this reporting needs to include those who are resisting war and conflict, upholding civil society and opposing authoritarianism. Yet, as The Fuller Project wrote this week at Ms., women anti-war activists have a long history of being dismissed as less serious, and considered not central to the “real issues” of conflict and war.

Not true. Right now, Russian women are risking their lives in opposition to Putin; Turkish women are opposing Erdogan; and there is an international coalition working for a peaceful reconciliation with North Korea. Meanwhile, there is an active behind-the-scenes movement on Capitol Hill to implement more fully legislation that ensures women always have a voice in reducing conflict.

These stories rarely get told. (Fuller Project correspondent Sophia Jones and photographer Andrea DiCenzo are in Iraq, traveling across the country reporting on how women are faring in post-ISIS times. Watch out for theirs.)

Meanwhile, the exclusive all-women’s club, The Wing, is under investigation over whether its female-only policy violates anti-discrimination laws. And on Twitter, feminist Jessica Valenti has led a very vocal chorus in opposition to the Atlantic magazine’s recent hiring of a right-wing columnist who called for women who’ve had abortions to be hanged.

In other news this week, the national backlog of untested rape kits may be eased soon. Sources told The Fuller Project this week that Massachusetts is about to vote on legislation that would: mandate an annual statewide inventory of rape kits, require the timely testing of newly collected rape kits, require the submission and testing of all backlogged kits; establish a statewide rape kit tracking system and grants victims the right to know the status of their kits. It’d make Massachusetts one of the most advanced states in the country in addressing the backlog of untested rape kits. We’re standing by to report on this big story.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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How much do you love denim? Because if it’s as much as we do, you feel like you can never get enough—and we mean that in the sense that your closet can never have too many pairs, nor do you tire of seeing great jean-centric looks on inspiring women.

If you’re in our camp, you’ll be glad to know it was a denim-heavy week in the celeb world. A few of our favorites were Emma Roberts, Zoey Deutch, and Gigi Hadid. Of course, there were also a fair share of party looks where hero dresses took center stage—Jourdan Dunn and Chrissy Teigen totally crushed it in that department. See our picks for the five best dressed style stars this week below.

On Jourdan Dunn: Peter Pilotto F/W 18 dress (coming soon). Similar Styles: Explosion Sequined Striped Cocktail Dress ($ 249); Sam Edelman Patti Sandals ($ 100)
On Chrissy Teigen: Alexander Wang Zip Detail Pajama Dress ($ 895) and Kaia PVC Sandals ($ 595)
On Emma Roberts: Krewe CBD Blonde Tortoise + 24K Titanium Sunglasses ($ 295); Tanya Taylor Marta Boot ($ 417)
On Zoey Deutch: Lorod Cropped Zip-Up Jacket ($ 575) and Zip-Through Pants ($ 450). Similar Styles: Cloverpost Direct Hoop Earrings ($ 75); Rag & Bone Ellis Boots ($ 595)
On Gigi Hadid: Oliver Peoples sunglasses; PLNY LALA sweatshirt; NewbarK Melanie Loafer ($ 695)

Next up, check out more standout celebrity style from ladies like Margot Robbie and Winnie Harlow.

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The Week in Movie News: 'Captain Marvel' Reveals Resurrected Characters, 'Tintin' Sequel Still On and More

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Captain Marvel will resurrect villains of MCU past: Marvel's Captain Marvel began production this week with Brie Larson starring as the cosmic superheroine. The movie will be a prequel, so it shouldn't be a surprise, but three new characters just revealed include longtime MCU regular Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Guardians of the Galaxy villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and…

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