If you’ve been on social media for even five minutes this week, you likely saw a newsfeed filled with people’s stories of sexual assault and harassment, using the hashtag #MeToo. It may have taken off this week, but Tarana Burke created the “me too Movement” ten years ago. After working with sexual assault survivors, “particularly young women of color from low wealth communities,” she sought to create “radical community healing” through empathy.
Here at Small Victories, we are all about recognizing the years of work that’s so often necessary to create change, and Tarana’s commitment is a beautiful illustration of this. But she also reminds us that while the hashtag may feel like a tipping point in the cultural change occurring around us, we can’t stop there. As she told Democracy Now!,
“I appreciate the hashtag elevating the conversation, but it’s not a hashtag, right? It’s not a moment. This is a movement.”
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2. A white supremacist’s event at the University of Florida attracted only a handful of supporters and more than 2,500 protesters, who drowned out his speech and caused it to end early. (A brewing company also came up with a brilliant plan to undermine the event.)
3. California legally recognized a non-binary gender option on state documents like driver’s licenses and made it easier for people to update documents with their accurate gender identity.
5. The “Philando Feeds the Children” fund, honoring Philando Castile’s work as a cafeteria supervisor, raised more than $85,000—enough money to erase every St. Paul students’ school lunch debt for at least a year. And you can still donate!
7. California banned the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from puppy mills. 🐶
10. With input from Black Lives Matter and Racial Justice Coalition organizers, the Vera Institute helped the Asheville, NC police department develop a new use-of-force policy promoting de-escalation and accountability.
11. University of Chicago graduate students overwhelmingly voted to unionize.
12. The Kingston, NY Republican Committee cut ties with a local candidate who made racist comments, thanks to public outcry condemning her remarks. (Thanks, Jess!)
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