Editor's Note: Every Thursday, I'll be rounding up my favorite pieces from the past week so that PolicyMic Pundits can more easily read and comment on the great content being written about sex, sexuality, gender, and race in politics and culture, in addition to updates from our community and GIFs galore! You can subscribe to get updates delivered straight to your inbox.
Highlights This Week:
Last Friday, the A/C broke in the PolicyMic office. In the middle of New York’s heat wave, sitting at my desk in midtown was nearly unbearable.
The only thing that kept my sweaty fingers on my keyboard was my excitement for this week’s discussion on climate change. In the past few days, I’ve edited and posted pieces from young people across the nation tackling one of the world’s most pressing problems. Join the conversation at Millennials Take On Climate Change, Mic and share your favorite pieces, and let me know what you think on Twitter: @sameier12
(Sneak preview: In August, I’m planning to tackle education reform. Get ready. )
Updates From Our Pundits:
Pundit Suzanna Bobadilla has been all over the interwebs this week, along with fellow contributor Wagatwe Wanjuki, for her work on Ed Act Now. (For more on Ed Act Now, be sure to read Jayson Flores’ piece from a few weeks ago.) Check out her PolicyMic shout out in this interview with Lip Mag!
We <3 you too, Suzanna.
Great work, Liz Plank!
What did you do last week? I’ll share any outstanding writing achievements in our community, and highlight the great work that all of our Pundits do offline as well. If you have anything you’d like for me to include about yourself or a fellow PM writer, please send it along!
As always, help us continue to grow our section by sharing our call for new writers! Recommend any friends or colleagues who you think would be interested.
Must Reads From Last Week:
This Gay Couples’ State Wouldn’t Marry Them—So Their County Did (Rachel Pincus) — In Montgomery County, Pa. yesterday, four lesbian couples and one gay couple received licenses to marry in Norristown, the county seat. This follows a lawsuit challenging the state marriage ban.
[7 Mics, 3 Comments, 2 Shares]
Democrats Claire McCaskill and Kirstin Gillibrand Clash Over Sexual Assault in the Military (Natalie Smith, @nsmith10) — What happens when two female Democratic senators, both darlings of the women's movement, find themselves on opposite sides of sexual assault in the military?
[4 Mics, 5 Comments, 2 Shares]
One Of the Most Powerful Protests in the History Of Immigration Reform (Johnathen Duran, @JohnathenDD) —Nine undocumented activists were detained after they entered a border crossing to protest President Obama's deportation machine. Here's how you can help the Dream 9 and #BringThemHome.
[4 Mics, 10 Comments, 656 Shares]
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Planet (Eric Moll, @KXLBlockade) — Just trying to change our own carbon footprint is a waste of effort. We can't shop our way out of this one. When it comes to climate change, there is much more important work to be done.
[8 Mics, 12 Comments, 193 Shares]
This is What Happens All Too Often to Black Men in America (Ari Joseph, @BlueGreenChill) — Overt, legal racism may have been supplanted by a more subtle form of prejudice, but its effects remain just as damaging.
[12 Mics, 55 Comments, 126 Shares]
I Went to a Crisis Pregnancy Center and What I Saw Will Shock You (Jaclyn Munson, @OnwardnFword) — For nearly 30 years, EMC FrontLine has claimed to defend life- but an inside look into the crisis pregnancy center reveals a more sinister operation.
[34 Mics, 292 Comments, 1193 Shares]
This Senator Wants You to Know You’re Eating GMO Food (Maribel Hermosillo, @Cualania) — Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is challenging the secret addition of the Monsanto Protection Act to the spending bill passed in March.
[10 Mics, 15 Comments, 1008 Shares]
More Proof That Comprehensive Sex Education is the Only Kind That Works (Christine Salek, @christinesalek) — Teen pregnancies are down in California, even as the rate of sexually active teenagers remains the same. There's only one logical explanation: comprehensive sex education works.
[5 Mics, 12 Comments, 277 Shares]
Bipartisan Prison Reform is Decades in the Making – And Its Time Has Come (Yi Wu, @lamplitbeantown) — This year, the Justice Department, bipartisan legislators, and members of the judiciary have all come out to demand sentencing and penal reforms amidst the ballooning of our prison population.
[5 Mics, 10 Comments, 24 Shares]
Thanks for reading! Please encourage friends to subscribe here. Send me your feedback, give me a tip for what I should be reading, and tell me how I can do better: firstname.lastname@example.org.