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Assessing Betsy DeVos' Rollback on Disability Rights

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President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a parent-teacher conference at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 14th, 2017.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ten months in, the damage that DeVos is doing to America's most vulnerable is becoming clear.

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David M. Perry, Pacific Standard Magazine

Oct 24, 2017 | Last January, Betsy DeVos went before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and delivered what may have been the worst performance of a potential cabinet secretary in modern history. She didn't seem to know anything about federal education policy, which wasn't surprising on its own: Her track record as a school-choice advocate in Michigan had emphasized privatization and theocracy, rather than pursuit of high-quality public education. Worse, from my perspective as the parent of a disabled child, she was specifically ignorant about special education, an arena where her prospective office has outsized influence. She got confirmed anyway, if narrowly.

Ten months into the Trump administration, the damage that DeVos and her appointees are doing to America's most vulnerable is beginning to show. A few weeks ago, she announced significant changes to the department's guidance on Title IX as it pertains to sexual assault in schools. Then, last week, the department rolled back 72 policy documents that specifically detailed the rights of disabled children in schools.

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Sexual harassment, assault: Change the story

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Participants at the Women's March, Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 21, 2016 (NCR photo/George Goss)

  • We're not far from the scary world of "The Handmaid's Tale," but we don't have to keep repeating the story. Men in power can demonstrate that women are equal. They can call other men to examine masculinity. They can accept that women and men both desire sex and can control their urges. We can talk about crimes of power and the crime of silence among those who hold it. We can change.
  • Related: From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’

 

Mariam Williams, National Catholic Reporter

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I watch it because a coworker recommended it, though she said it was scary. She didn't mean this in the seasonal, Halloween way. She meant "The Handmaid's Tale" is scary because it's so plausible.

Mariam Williams is a Kentucky writer living in Philadelphia. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden. She is a contributor to the anthology Faithfully Feminist.

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From the Archives | Let’s Stop Referring to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as ‘Women’s Issues’, Linda A. Seabrook and Quentin Walcott, Huffington Post

  • We all benefit when responsible men stand in their communities as shining examples of healthy and respectful masculinity.
  • Related: “Dear Kim. Please stop using the term ’empowerment’ when you really mean ‘marketing’.” 

 

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04/28/2016 | From reproductive rights to paid family leave to sexual and domestic violence, our society neatly categorizes issues where women bear the brunt of the burden as “women’s issues,” turning them into problems for women and women’s rights advocates alone to solve. But this framing couldn’t be more wrong, and only serves to reinforce the practice of victim blaming that is so pervasive in our society.

As we close another Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can’t help but wonder — where are the voices of the men? Yes, women are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, but men are overwhelmingly perpetrators. It comes down to male behavior and conditioning, so preventing and addressing violence requires men to be engaged in this issue, and take action as well. And breaking the cycle of violence starts with addressing how boys are conditioned to model “male” behavior and attitudes.

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The Only People Who Still Believe In Russia-gate Are Those Who Desperately Need To

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  • The ruling elites still need their war with Russia, necessitating even more fear-mongering propaganda to manufacture support for new cold war escalations.
  • Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again

Caitlin Johnstone, Medium

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September 21, 2017 | So if you’re having trouble keeping up, you are meant to believe wholeheartedly that Donald Trump is simultaneously:

  • dangerously incompetent,
  • mentally unstable,
  • a closet white nationalist, and
  • a treasonous Kremlin agent.

You are meant to find a way believe all of these things without seeing any contradiction or absurdity among the lot of them. If the notion that someone can be both politically inept and mentally ill while also simultaneously working as a double agent for another government while also simultaneously covertly plotting to turn America into an all-white ethnostate starts to feel a little incredible to you, you’re meant to seclude yourself within an adamantine media echo chamber and bathe in the waters of Verrit and #TheResistance until it all makes sense again.

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How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again, Paul Street, Counterpunch 

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  • Perverse political logic works to sustain the strange new neo-McCarthyite anti-Russian madness, which is rooted in the U.S. imperial agenda, not any relevant Russian influence on U.S. life and politics.
  • Related: On Trump, McCarthyism, and the Russia Hacking Charges

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Envisioning An America Free From Police Violence and Control

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  • In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design.
  • Related: 4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

Rashmee Kumar, The Intercept 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jay Kvale 

 

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https://cdn-ed.versobooks.com/images/000010/546/9781784782894-5a539d7f727ddb71411f1c7ca7930d80.jpg October 15 2017 | Images from the mass protests in St. Louis last month against the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith felt like déjà vu: raised fists, Black Lives Matter signs, swarms of police armed in full riot gear. But this time, as police made arrests on the third night of protests, they began to chant “Whose streets, our streets” — a refrain that, stolen from the voices of protesters, mutated into an unsettling declaration of power, entitlement, and impunity.

So far this year, 773 people have been fatally shot by police, according to the Washington Post, while independent databases that include other causes of death by police report tolls above 900. In the three years since the flashpoint of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, pushes for reform have reverberated through all levels of government, most notably from former President Barack Obama’s policing task force. And yet, much like gun violence itself, police brutality in the United States remains stuck on repeat. A new book published last week goes beyond the rhetoric of reform to interrogate why we need police at all.

https://cdn01.theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/10/Rashmee-Kumar_avatar_1508025504-1508025504..jpg Rashmee Kumar is the copy editor at The Intercept. She has previously worked at Guardian US, NJ Advance Media, and the Star-Ledger. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in journalism and media studies.

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4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality, David M. Perry, The Nation 

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  • Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence.
  • Related: It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant.

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A Blueprint for Child Care Reform

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  • It’s Time to Do Better for Children and Families
  • Related: How to Confront the Military Recruiting Playbook

 

Katie Hamm, Center for American Progress / Julie Kashen, Make It Work Campaign

https://www.americanprogress.org/content/themes/cap_core/img/c3_CAP_website_header_logo.svgSeptember 7, 2017 | The United States can do better for the millions of families struggling with the high cost of child care. Prioritizing child care puts families first and helps children succeed in school and life. It’s an investment in our education system and our future workforce and is one the country cannot afford to ignore.

This report outlines a progressive vision for child care reform that guarantees financial assistance on a sliding-scale basis for middle- and low-income families with children ages 12 or younger and children with disabilities up to age 18. CAP and Make It Work propose child care reform that meets the following benchmarks.

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Julie Kashen is the policy director at the Make It Work Campaign, an education campaign that unites people around policy issues impacting working families, including paid family and medical leave, equal pay, and child care.

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  • Part !: Military Recruiting and How To Confront It
  • Wars start in our high schools, and this is where we can help to put an end to them.
  • Part 2: Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed
  • It’s time for a national discussion on military recruitment, something not likely to happen while the media moguls continue to ignore this important story.

Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017

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  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now, Jessica Valenti, The Guardian
7 October 2017 | A year after the Trump Access Hollywood tape, allegations of sexual harassment emerge – finally – against a leading film producer
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Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, HuffPost
October 6, 2017 | I believe every word that was written in the New York Times, because very similar things happened to me.
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Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’, Angelina Chapin, HuffPost
10/16/2017| Guys consider our bodies disposable. The pressure should be on men to stop predatory behavior.
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Story 4: Men and #metoo, Tom Ehrich, On the Road
October 20, 2017 | I see no safe way to navigate the minefield of male-female relations. Nor should there be a safe way.
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Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right, Claire Fallon, HuffPost
The phrase that gives us permission to ignore sexual harassment.
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Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well, Matthew Dessem, Slate

Building an industry and culture in which powerful men don’t feel women are theirs to threaten, cajole, intimidate, and harass will require us to skip the cultural amnesia this cycle.
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  • writers Graham Peebles, Glen Ford, Tom McCarthy, Karin Kamp and Kristin Miller, Sharona Coutts, Jack Jenkins, Jefferson Morley, Annie Holmquist,  Kurt Andersen, , Peter Cole, George Martin Fell Brown, Lois Beckett, Shane Burley and Alexander Reed Ross, Charles P. Pierce, Paul Blumenthal, Kevin Young, Harvey Wasserman, and others;
  • cartoonists Angel Boligan, Nate Beeler, Mr. Fish, Arend van Dam, Bill Day, Jim Morin, Joep Bertrams, Clay Bennett, Mike Luckovich, and others;
  • from Dandelion Salad, Black Agenda, The Guardian, Moyers & Company, Rewire,  Think Progress, AlterNet, Intellectual Takeout, The Atlantic, In These Times, Socialist Alternative, The Guardian, Esquire, HuffPost, Equality PAC, Counterpunch, Truthdig, ;

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