• POTUS gave the commencement speech at Howard University and told the graduates “Be confident in your heritage. Be confident in your blackness.” [NPR]
• The Can You Not PAC is asking white men running for office (you guessed it) “Can you not?” The PAC’s advisory board, which is made up of progressive women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color, will be issuing endorsements (and disendorsements) this year to help defeat mediocre white guys and instead elect candidates from marginalized communities. Amazing. [Feministing]
• A group of black women at the United States Military Academy took a photograph on the steps of West Point’s oldest barracks with raised clenched fists. Now West Point has opened an investigation into whether the women violated Army rules that prohibit political activities while in uniform. [The New York Times]
• Birth control options can be scarce for refugees. According to the United Nations Population Fund, last year there were half a million pregnancies among Syrian women living at home and as refugees. [Quartz]
• The Alabama Legislature approved a law last week to prevent abortion clinics from operating within 2,000 feet of a public elementary or middle school. [Jezebel]
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