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I’m starting a “Shit MRAs Say” tag on my blog where I can put the screencaps and the harassing anons, for reference. If you don’t want to see that, feel free to blacklist “shit mage rights activists say”. A lot of it will be re-tagging stuff I’ve already got on my blog, but it will involve some posting of screencaps, all of which will go into my queue. 

Women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul arrested in Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested a women’s rights activist without clarifying their reasons for doing so, the Daily Intelligencer reported.
  • Loujain al-Hathloul, 27, was reportedly transferred from Dammam to the capital, Riyadh, where she will be questioned by the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution, according to Amnesty International
  • She is being denied access to an attorney and barred from contacting her family during her detention, which the organization believes has something to do with her advocacy on behalf of Saudi Arabian women.
  • The country is infamously oppressive when it comes to women and girls. Read more (6/6/17)

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Saturday’s Google Doodle honored Josephine Baker, the famous black entertainer and later civil rights activist, on what would be her 111th birthday.

Born on June 3, 1906, in the city of St. Louis, Baker rose from poverty and obscurity to become an international sensation and one of the highest paid performers in Europe. A symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s, Baker earned fame as a cabaret performer and singer and spent years in Paris, where she aided the French resistance against Nazi Germany during World War II as a spy and troop entertainer. Read more. (6/3/17, 6:16 PM)

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Far-right activists and anti-fascist groups clash in Portland at dueling rallies

  • Hundreds of anti-fascist organizers and others descended on downtown Portland, Oregon, on Sunday to face off against a smaller but vocal contingent of right-wing demonstrators, CNN reported.
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler had asked the federal government to revoke permits for two right-wing “free speech” events, including Sunday’s Trump Free Speech Rally, in the wake of the MAX murders. 
  • But organizers Patriot Prayer ended up being allowed to host the event, albeit with heavy security; riot police and federal agents with body armor, batons and long arms lined the streets, while loudspeakers announced movement restrictions for attendees of both the Trump event and counter-demonstrations.
  • The situation quickly escalated, according to FOX 12 Oregon’s live feed. Read more (6/5/17)