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What we read: June 19, 2020

No burying the lead here, the first good news for a long while came from the landmark United Supreme Court decision on Monday who found in a 6 to 3 decision that “the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” Conservative justices Gorsuch and Roberts joined with the liberal minority in this decision, a decision that is key to protect LGBTQ employment rights. This decision doesn’t mean the fight is done, of course, but it is a very positive step toward equal rights.

Next, if you still aren’t sure why abolition is necessary, watch Angela Davis in her livestream where she calls for “Abolition Feminism,” and now.

And then, if you are still wondering, “but what will we do without the police if something goes wrong,” Mother Jones wrote about an alternative to the police already in existence in Oregon. There are options to a post-police world, and while I’m not saying I fully understand all of them, it is pretty clear that abolition is entirely possible.

One of the things I’ve been talking to some of those who study civil rights protests is how and why these protests feel different. This article discusses why and how prolonged protests are something we might just need to get used to and shares some thoughts about why this time is different, including a discussion of how the COVID19 pandemic may have created a stronger feeling of community across the world and also citing the solidarity being seen across civil rights movements.

Perhaps the most amazing thing I explored this week was this feature on indigenous artists exploring climate change through their work: “By combining Smith’s virtual reality filmmaking with the ’80s-style visuals of Yuxweluptun’s paintings, Unceded Territories explores the intersection of environmentalism and Indigenous rights.” And it is stunning, immersive, and meaningful.

This week, Terry Gross interviewed Diana Greene Foster on Fresh Air about her longitudinal study exploring the experiences of women who were denied an abortion and those who had an abortion. It is a 36-minute listen (or quicker read), but I strongly encourage you to check it out.

The Boomer vs Millenials one-sided critique on TikTok has been all over the internet, and Vox-The Goods dug in. Full disclosure, I really have no idea what TikTok even is, having stopped before SnapChat, so this article also provides an intro to TikTok that I found useful. I’m not mad that folx are shaming millennials (as I am one), but I am feeling a little shamed that there are Boomers on TikTok when I … am not.

And, finally, here’s how to support outdoor organizations working toward a more inclusive outdoor community.

Late breaking news: As I was editing this for publication, I received a notification that the US Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration blocking “the administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected more than 600,000 so-called “Dreamers” from deportation.” This is amazing news (with the caveat that the decision was based on the ruling that the Trump administration didn’t follow the rules). Yet, for now, it is a huge win.

SCOTUS seems to be on a bit of a tear, and if they hadn’t allowed the pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail, this might have been the best SCOTUS decision week ever.

Today is Juneteenth, and so we take a moment of silence in remembrance, commemoration, and also acknowledgement of how far we still have to go for civil rights, racial justice, and equity.

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