Alyssa Figueroa

Morning Joe Says Rap Music Responsible for Racist Frat Chant - And Twitter Responds Brilliantly

In a cringe-inducing news segment, five white people sat around a table on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the recently released video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity’s racist chant.

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What To Do About Your Jerk of a Boss Before You Get PTSD

Editor's note: The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series.

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Guess Which "Liberal" State Has 500 Laws Aimed at Oppressing the Homeless?

Cities in the United States have a long history of criminalizing the public presence of people they consider undesirable. In the late 1800s, Southern cities established “sundown towns,” laws that restricted black people from being outside after sunset. Throughout the 19th century, cities ratified “ugly laws,” banning people who were diseased or deformed from being outside. During the Great Depression, California cities passed an “anti-Okie” law, making it illegal to assist poor people entering the state. 

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Meet the Badass Activist Collective Bringing Direct Action Back to Black Communities

In October, organizers in Ferguson put out a call for people nationwide to come to the city to participate in four days of resistance to demand justice for Michael Brown, who was killed in August by police officer Darren Wilson.

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9 Revolting Videos of Cops Abusing People (Just From Last Month)

Give a person a gun, tell them they can kill anyone they perceive as a threat to their safety, and what are you left with? An unsurprisingly toxic police culture in which some officers feel free to abuse their power. In January alone, cell phone videos, police dash cams and surveillance video managed to capture at least nine headline-making incidents of cop-on-citizen brutality. Some of these videos include footage released in January, though the incidents occurred prior to January. 

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The Ugly Walmart Truth: Some Managers Treat Workers Like Dirt

Low wages, no benefits, irregular schedules, and unreliable hours are just some of the horrible working conditions most Walmart workers have to endure. Yet when I asked some of the workers what they consider the worst part about working for the corporation, they didn’t mention any of these wretched labor practices. Instead, they all gave the same answer: disrespectful managers.

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Watch: Men Accidentally Catcall their Mothers In Genius Video on Street Harassment

“You wouldn’t want someone to speak to your daughter that way.”

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4 Things You Need to Know About the Assault on Women's Rights on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, the anti-abortion movement has geared up its ongoing fight to control women’s bodies. With a Congress that is openly hostile to reproductive rights, and state legislatures showing no signs of stopping their own attacks on womens’ right to choose, the future certainly seems grim.

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Why You Should Pay Attention to this Activist’s Attendance at the State of the Union

Politicians often invite guests to the State of the Union who are the face of a campaign they are championing. But at least one invitee this year stands out for championing a movement herself: Emma Sulkowicz.

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What You Can Do to Highlight MLK's Radical Legacy

Across the country, cities often celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Day of Service, in which people are encouraged to volunteer for their communities. But this year, organizers coast-to-coast are pushing for a more radical approach to honoring the true legacy of the civil rights leader.

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