Elijah the Prophet was nowhere to be found in San Diego on the last day of Passover—especially not at the Chabad Synagogue, where one congregant was killed and three injured, including the rabbi, by a right-wing extremist packing a semiautomatic rifle on Saturday morning. In keeping with anti-Semitic violence spreading the globe, a symbolic seat was set aside in the synagogue not for Elijah, the resolver of all disputes, but for the Angel of Death, that final plague that passed over the Jews before their exodus from Egypt, but wickedly followed the Diaspora for millennia thereafter. True to form, the San Diego assailant was on a crusade for Jewish death, six months to the day when eleven were murdered and six injured in a similarly motivated white supremacist shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Chabad in San Diego, and the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, are now bi-coastal anti-Semitic bookends, an unthinkable reminder that houses of worship are no longer such … [Read more...] about Trump Said the Synagogue Shooting is ‘Hard to Believe.’ But Hate-Fueled Violence is Becoming Reliable.
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We’re over a year and a half away from the 2020 presidential elections, where (if we’re really lucky and don’t mess it up) the Democratic nominee will unseat Donald Trump from his cancerous presidency. But that’s a long 19 months, and in the interim we are stuck with the Trump administration dismantling rights and protections for women and LGBTQ people, piece by piece. Elections have consequences, and the last three years we’ve seen those consequences take devastating effect. The first concerns an issue that impacts sexual assault and abuse survivors across the globe. Earlier this week, the UN Security Council proposed a resolution on sexual violence, aiming to reduce rape as a weapon of war and to provide health and humane services for the victims of assault. The US threatened to veto the resolution over mentions of “sexual and reproductive health,” considering the phrase a dog whistle for abortion. It’s a hideously misguided assumption … [Read more...] about The Trump Administration Is Making Life Worse for Women and LGBTQ Folks at Home and Across the World
A new report suggests that Warner Bros. is panicked about blowback from the presence of actor Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. They’re worried now? No doubt the underwhelming reception of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has influenced higher-ups at Warner Bros. to take a harder look at the Depp’s presence as the major villain of the piece. Had it been a slam-run hit, we might not be having this conversation. But the fact of the matter remains that Crimes received a chilly critical reception, with 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, and didn’t exactly apparate away with the global box office. (While the film technically was #10 in 2018’s worldwide top-grossing movies, it took in the lowest receipts of the Harry Potter cinematic universe to date—not the results you hope to see from the second installment of five.) As the proposed three more movies planned for Fantastic Beasts are likely undergoing some retooling, the … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp May Be Bad for the Fantastic Beasts Franchise and Water Is Wet
Updated 9:30 am PST, Saturday, February 23, 2019 In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2018 photo, University of Michigan student Dylan Gilbert poses outside her dorm room at the Martha Cook residential building in Ann Arbor, Mich. "There's a line between freedom of speech and hate speech," she said. The University of Michigan insists it protects free speech, even as it faces a lawsuit alleging its harassment policies trample First Amendment right. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP) less In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2018 photo, University of Michigan student Dylan Gilbert poses outside her dorm room at the Martha Cook residential building in Ann Arbor, Mich. "There's a line between freedom of ... more Photo: Max Ortiz, AP Photo: Max Ortiz, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this … [Read more...] about University of Michigan underlines free speech protections
Welcome to The Week in Reproductive Justice, a weekly recap of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies! After weeks of backlash directed at bills in Virginia to protect later abortion, this week, several state legislatures advanced bills that would severely prohibit or ban earlier abortion altogether. Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee all moved forward fetal heartbeat ban bills that would ban abortion at about six weeks—or, in essence, ban all abortions, because many women don’t even realize they’re pregnant at that point. The hypocrisy of anti-choice lawmakers who demonize, lie about, and attempt to criminalize later abortion could hardly be more apparent, or harmful. Many seek later abortion care for a litany of extreme health situations, and often seek later abortion as a humane option in the face of grave fetal abnormalities that can only be discovered at about 20 weeks. But others are forced to seek … [Read more...] about Anti-Choice Lawmakers Help Cause the Later Abortions They Hate So Much