The Torch – 01.02.17

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

Historian, writer, activist committed to Indigenous people’s rights.
How the gun “debate” signifies the rise of a new American militarism
peppered by bloody incidents from Sandy Hook elementary school to
Virginia Tech, a Charleston, SC church is acting out a very real
history of warfare against native people and the violence against the

Andrea J. Ritchie on rape & assault by police on women and LGBT people of color

Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women,
Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling,
police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of
individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton,
Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin
epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the
evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and
demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we
devote to achieving it.


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