On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the news on our radar today: 

• MAY DAY! Today there are immigration rights protests around the country, calling for an end to deportations. Yesterday, 20 people were arrested at a protest outside the US Capitol building,  including an 11-year-old, for staging an anti-deportation demonstration. [Not1More, AP] 

• Check out Prerna Lal and Julio Salgado’s “A to Z Guide to Being Undocumented,” which details life for undocumented folks. [OC Weekly] 

• The Army released new regulations for hairstyles, banning or severely limiting cornrows, braids, and dreadlocks—the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter pointing out that the new rules unfairly impact black service members. [New York Times] 

• Obama announced this week that reducing sexual assaults on college campuses would be a top priority for the government. Meanwhile, here are the 55 colleges under investigation for how they handle sexual assaults. [Feministing] 

• Junot Diaz recently discussed how writing MFA programs are overwhelmingly white, which is part of why there are not enough books with diverse characters being published. [Colorlines] 

• Speaking of diversity in literature, a group of people are running a campaign starting today called #WeNeedDiverseBooks to raise more awareness about the lack of characters of color and authors of color on bookshelves.  [Facebook] 

two girls hold up a sign saying "we need diverse books"

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by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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