Selected readings about activism and digital campaigning.
Twitter  19 August 2015 | LINK
Ousted from the Georgia House of Reps for opposing the Vietnam war, Julian Bond wrote a comic:

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Suicide Rate for Black Children Surges

Three months ago, I read a story in the NY Times with a chilling lede: the suicide rate among black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the rate for white children has declined.

The story haunted me, and when the Harper’s Index repeated the statistic it prompted me to track down the source. It turns out the study cited uses data from the Centers for Disease Control, data that is easily accessible via the web. So I created a chart to show the change over time. The data is spiky but the overall trend is clear and horrifying.

Suicide by Adolescent Boys

Here is a csv of the chart’s data drawn from the CDC Fatal Injury Reports, 1999 - 2013 and 1981 - 1998.

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Twitter bot idea: links to stories covering police actions in passive voice.

Twitter  5 August 2015 | LINK | Filed in ,
Cool initiative from the Library Freedom Project will install Tor exit nodes in libraries.
Twitter  29 July 2015 | LINK | Filed in
Fax Robot: an Open Source website for sending faxes
Twitter  28 July 2015 | LINK | Filed in
@Bipartisanism: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” #SandraBland

Twitter  26 July 2015 | LINK | Filed in
How the NYPD Abused Citizens in the Name of Data, and How One Cop Exposed It

Twitter  22 July 2015 | LINK | Filed in ,
Building an open database of police union contracts, and fact sheets on police accountability for 100 U.S. cities:
Twitter  10 July 2015 | LINK | Filed in ,
Seen in the subway: this lovely know-your-rights poster for rent-stabilized tenants by the Center for Urban Pedagogy, CAAAV and IntraCollaborative
Rent-Stabilized Tenants Have Rights
More info here →
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Secret campaign contributions
Secret trade agreements
Secret subpoenas
Secret evidence
Secret courts
Secret prisons
Twitter  30 June 2015 | LINK | Filed in
🌒 Display the current phase of the moon in your command line.
Twitter  24 June 2015 | LINK
🐝💀 = 😳💀
Twitter  17 June 2015 | LINK | Filed in ,
Support fair pricing for library ebooks #FairEbookPrices
Twitter  15 June 2015 | LINK | Filed in
Ford Foundation shifts grant making to focus entirely on inequality.
Twitter  13 June 2015 | LINK | Filed in
All Day I Dream About data Structures
Twitter  6 June 2015 | LINK
“Wherever you go in this world, you should always look for the exits.”
— life wisdom from UN security.
Twitter  6 June 2015 | LINK
So many big organizations need internal legibility. Visualizing “Where are we working?” is often a good first step towards understanding “How are we doing?”
Twitter  6 June 2015 | LINK
“The tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground.” Lovely poster from @Simsillustrator
Twitter  3 June 2015 | LINK | Filed in

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Or May’s.