Round-Up: May 26, 2015
- Squamish, B.C. City Councillor Susan Chapelle is lobbying for increased access to rape kits in her district, after sharing her own story of being drugged and raped. Currently, women in the Lower Mainland have to travel to one of two hospitals in Vancouver or Surrey to have physical evidence taken after a sexual assault (Global News).
- A Prince Edward Island woman has come forward after being refused treatment at a hospital for complications from a medical abortion. Dammit Janet recaps the story and a Change.org petition has also been launched to call for the resignation of the PEI Health Minister, who denied there was a problem.
- Stephanie Morillo at Model View Culture has some tips for people in the tech industry looking to get started with social justice activism.
- Ava DuVernay reached out to Twitter to put together a list of films by and about women of colour. Here’s what people came up with (Women and Hollywood).
- HBO’s Game of Thrones has been taking a lot of flak for its most recent rape story line. My friend Amy Imhoff has a great analysis up at her blog, Shoes and Starships, and it’s also worth reading The Mary Sue’s announcement on why they will no longer be promoting the show.
- A rally was held in New York to recognize the black women victims of police killings, with a concurrent social media campaign #SayHerName (The Root).
- Torontonians might want to check out the 25th annual Inside Out LGBT film festival, running until May 31.
- Sixteen fast food workers in Kansas City, Missouri have documented what it’s like trying to live on $7.25 an hour (Colorlines).
- Twitter says they’re stepping up their game to address harassment on their network, but this was challenged when Twitter allowed an account to pay for several transphobic ads last week (The Mary Sue).