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WEEKLY ROUND UP: JANUARY 23

January 23rd, 2016     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

Illustration: Erin McPhee

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated this week. Black Lives Matter organizers marked the holiday by engaging in widespread action, linking the legacy of MLK with today’s movement for racial justice.

The 88th Annual Academy Award nominations were announced this week. For the second year in a row, all of the acting nominees are white. In light of a repeat #OscarsSoWhite performance, Director Spike Lee, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and other prominent people in the film industry have stated that they will not attend the awards ceremony.

In this week’s bizarre news, the Toronto Police Service, at a time in our history when violence perpetrated by the police is being called out across the world, has announced that they will be arming front-line officers with military-grade assault weapons. In related news, watch Stephen Colbert get schooled by activist DeRay McKesson on privilege and racism in the context of police violence:

The city of Flint, Michigan is in the news this week for widespread sickness among residents caused by contaminants in the city’s water supply. In November of 2015 residents filed a lawsuit against the city citing low quality water causing long-term poor health outcomes in a predominantly low-income, Black city.

The world’s oceans are a giant garbage dump. Good work humans!

This video of a haka performed at a New Zealand wedding ceremony made me cry (with joy).

Our pals at The Public Studio, an activist design studio specializing in changing the world, are looking for interns!

Our podcast for the sex issue is out! Check it out here!

Tags: activist report, environmenal issue, media savvy, news flash, race and racism, recommended reading

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