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On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news on our radar this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. First, here's a photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood.

A photo of MLK

• Dr. King's history has been simplified for the history books—maybe it's time to remember him for his radical ideas, too, including his work to fix income inequality and end poverty. [Salon] 

• Here's a short but interesting article on how kids dealt with the pressures of desegregation. [The Atlantic] 

• Colorlines looks that the over 900 streets named after MLK in the United States, many of which run through poor neighborhoods, as well as examining his impact on racial justice for all people of color. [Colorlines]   

• In other news, Grantland published an appalling article last week that centers around outting a golf club designer as a transgender woman. The designer, named Dr. V, became so upset as the reporter dug into her life that she killed herself before the article was published. Among the numerous reactions to this upsetting article, Melissa McEwan at Shakesville explains how the article is "careless, cruel, and unaccountable" and Katherine Cross writes an elegy for Dr. V.  [Shakesville, Feministing] 

• Speaking of how protections for transgender folks are far from secure, New York state's legislature passed marriage equality recently, but failed to pass a major bill for transgender rights. [Autostraddle]

• Some good news: A Pennsylvania judge struck down the state's new voter ID law. [Think Progress]  

• Obama notes in an interview that our justice system doesn't enforce marijuana laws equally, saying, “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.” [Slate] 

• People who run a day labor center in one Maryland city are working with police and banks to reduce the problem of undocumented workers being robbed of their cash paychecks at the end of the day. [NPR] 

• Saturday night, comedian Sasheer Zamata made her debut on Saturday Night Live. She kept a low profile but did play the role of Rihanna in one sketch. [Clutch] 

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