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Democratic congressman will introduce the first bill to abolish ICE

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan
Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

The progressive movement to abolish immigration and customs enforcement has officially reached Congress.

On Monday, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan announced he intends to introduce a bill in Congress that would officially abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Lawyers demand release of 20 transgender women asylum seekers in ICE custody

Holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, near the Mexican border.
Holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, near the Mexican border. Andres Leighton/AP

A group of lawyers has filed petitions demanding the release of 20 transgender women asylum seekers, all of whom are being held by ICE despite credible evidence that their gender identity puts them at serious risk of persecution in their home countries.

The average black trans woman doesn’t live beyond 35. On my 34th birthday, I’m celebrating them too.

Ashlee Marie Preston celebrating her 34th birthday
Ashlee Marie Preston celebrating her 34th birthday Ashlee Marie Preston /Mic

To draw attention to the statistic of the average lifespan of a black transgender woman, trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston had a special birthday cake made when she turned 34. On it were the photographs of 77 black trans women who died before the age of 35.

In an essay for Mic, Preston wrote about the lack of intersectionality in LGBTQ activist communities, which tend to focus entirely on the “G” in “LGBTQ,” casting trans women of color by the wayside.

The academy just invited hundreds of new members. Could this make the Oscars less white?

The academy invited a new class.
The academy invited a new class. Chris Pizzello/AP

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the voting body behind the annual Oscars, just announced a new class of invitees. It’s been two years since the organization voted to implement a series of changes intended to make the voters, and the Oscars themselves, less homogeneously white and male — a response meant, at least in part, to address the issues underscored by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, started by activist April Reign.