Quickies: National Park Service, books by and about refugees, and the global gag rule

  • Statement from Director Jon Jarvis of the National Park Service – “So at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta should we not talk about his actions to secure the rights to vote for African Americans in the south, or is that too “national policy”? At Stonewall National Monument in New York City, shall we only talk about the hours you can visit the Inn or is it “national policy” to interpret the events there in 1969 that gave rise to the LGBT movement?”
  • 15 works of contemporary literature by and about refugees – “To remind us all of the humanity of these refugees, and perhaps shed a little light on their experience, below are a few recommendations for great works of literature either written by refugees, or about the refugee experience, or both—not, of course, an exhaustive list by any means, but just something to get you started.”
  • 7 things people outside the US can do instead of helplessly sitting by while the world burns – Having gotten this question from non-US friends, I thought this would be helpful to share!
  • Trump’s global gag rule goes much further than any previous administration – “Trump’s reinstatement of the policy on Monday was not unexpected. Indeed, since Reagan, every Republican president has reinstated the rule when he comes into office, and every Democrat has rescinded it. But what was a shock was Trump’s radical expansion of the policy to include not just family planning organizations but all global health organizations that receive US government funding.”
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Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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