Ms. Magazine turns 40; Creflo Dollar on ‘disrespect;’ Obama and his game changing move

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Oh Ani DiFranco, you will always be a 90s folk hero to me!

Good Monday morning folks! I tried (really hard!) to get my news roundup done yesterday but some things (like naps) just got in my way. So here it is…food for thought on a Monday morning.

Ms. Magazine, Wonder Woman and 40 Years of Change

  • Ms. Magazine was one of the first feminist magazines;
  • The article celebrates the magazine for what it stood for in the beginning and how it has adapted to change throughout the years;
  • The comments section is incredibly important because it brings into conversation voices who were (are) not represented in the magazine’s pages.

Something to cry about: Report from the kitchen floor

  • Creflo Dollar, the pastor at an Atlanta mega-church, allegedly choked and punched his daughter because he felt she was being disrespectful;
  • This (graphically real) piece, from The Feminist Wire, is a response to that incident from a child abuse survivor;
  • “What are Creflo’s daughter’s needs? I can’t speak for her, but I can imagine that what she didn’t need was a standing ovation for her father or a bunch of nostalgic people with internet access telling pornographic stories about the beatings they meted out to their own children. I imagine that what she needs are consequences for the perpetrator and a guarantee that this will never happen again.”

Obama’s DREAM Act Game-Changer

  • President Obama used his authority on Friday to no longer deport undocumented immigrants “if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military;”
  • While he doesn’t have the authority to provide them citizenship, only Congress has the ability to do that, he can (and did) authorize these folks to have a renewable two-year work visa so they can work legally in the United States without fear of deportation;
  • “…it’s hard to overstate the impact of this decision on those eligible. At least for the time being, they will no longer have to fear exile from the only place they’ve  ever really lived.”

Hey yo, I’ve also updated my Read This page. Fantastic 1970s memoir about the lesbian feminist scene in Los Angelos!

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