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The Real Story of ACT UP

A new book by Sarah Schulman spotlights the women who unleashed power

If you know about the history of AIDS activism, you might know what David Wojnarowicz’s jacket says – “IF I DIE OF AIDS – FORGET BURIAL – JUST DROP MY BODY ON THE STEPS OF THE F.D.A.” — but it’s less likely you know who Katrina Haslip was.

Photos by T.L. Litt

Raven Leilani Needs To Know How Her Characters Pay Rent

The novelist talks to Lux about creativity under capitalism

Luster is a novel about many things, but it is also about something we all tried to do this year — epidemiologically, psychologically, and financially. That is, survive.

PLUS Sarah Aziza on tea, time and Palestine, Cheryl Rivera on abolition and the socialist imagination, Vicky Osterweil on unfunny feminist thrillers, and Emily Janakiram on a new essay collection about sex work. COMING SOON ☛ South Korea’s militant labor movement.

Nodeep Kaur Has Nothing To Lose

How a young labor activist became the face of India’s farm protests.

Arrested and beaten by police at a protest this winter, Nodeep Kaur briefly became a cause célèbre. But the roots of her work go much deeper.

Photos by Akanksha Narang

The Struggle to Unionize Planned Parenthood in Texas

A bid to transform abortion — and the labor movement

As workers at Texas reproductive health care clinics grappled with fear of Covid, they found themselves on a traumatizing new front in the abortion wars.

We Keep Each Other Safe

Hate-Crimes Laws have never stopped hate

What has the legal category of hate crimes achieved over the past 30 years? Is law enforcement an appropriate means of achieving political recognition?

Top-down efforts to convince us that the highest form of feminism is the girl boss have failed. No one believes today that we will be saved by the female CEO or presidential candidate. Instead, feminists are in pursuit of a NEW WORLD, at the forefront of struggles for police abolition, healthcare, and control over our work, looking toward a horizon beyond which everyone has access to food and shelter, to beauty and pleasure. We don’t want the paltry options we’ve been offered. We want it all. »

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