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"That time I didn’t go see 12 Years A Slave so maybe people would make another Black friend to talk to." 
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TW: Rape

by Anonymous
I’m writing this piece as I’m sitting in my own dining hall, only a few tables away from the guy who pressured me into sexual activity in his bedroom, one night last spring. My hands are trembling as they hover across the keyboard. I’m exhausted from fighting for myself. I’m exhausted from sending emails to my resident dean, to my House Master, to my Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment tutors, to counselors from the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, to my attorney. I’m exhausted from asking for extensions because of “personal issues.” I’m exhausted from avoiding the laundry room, the House library and the mailroom because I’m scared of who I will run into.
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by Avital Norman Nathman

"Pink is a cool color – I get it. Flamingos are pink and flamingos are awesome. What’s not to love? And many, many girls love pink. Also awesome. But when all we offer them is pink? That’s when the trouble starts. By taking “boy” toys (Legos, Nerf guns, etc…) and turning them pink in order to sell them to girls, we’re offering up two messages – the first is that the default for toys is that they’re for boys. The other message is that the only way to get girls to play with them is to drench them in pink. "
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by Katie Klabusich

Dear Legislator:

I am a human shield.

I stand alongside patients so they can access their doctor’s office safely, without threats or shaming. I have seen things and heard things that would floor you, offend you and even terrify you on your city's sidewalks. I volunteer gladly because accessing basic health care is a right in this country that I am willing to stand for until it is fully realized.

I do this work knowing that it is not my job. It is your job. Protecting your citizens, providing them basic safety and security on their city’s streets is at the core of the oath you swore when you took office.

I am not the police. I am not a lawmaker. I am just a neighbor, a friend, a compassionate face in a sea of picketers screaming hate and spewing bile at your constituents as they approach the door of a reproductive health care facility. Some seek cancer screenings, some seek to terminate a pregnancy, some seek prenatal care or birth control. Whatever their reason for visiting the clinic in your community, their safety and emotional well-being should be at the top of your priority list.

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Who Gets on the FBI's Most Wanted List?

by Frank DeGiacomo
In 2009, Daniel Andreas San Diego was added to the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" watch list. He is only the second US citizen to make this particular FBI list. He is now thought to be on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and the FBI issued a press release alerting the state to be on the lookout for him.

Specifically and allegedly, he trashed an empty office in the middle of the night with a primitive explosive, and he caused a little stucco to come off the front of another empty office.

(Read more at SpeakOut)
Today in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Watch his last speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop" here
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Jamie On Tour: Wisconsin, Seattle, DC

University of Wisconsin - Madison Apr 11,       7 p.m. :  As part of the Freethought Festival put on by the UW-M Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics @ UW Madison. FREE! The festival includes other guests and speakers including Dan Savage. 
Get more info and register.

Seattle, The Highline, Apr 26, 8 p.m.:  Always gets packed, always a great show. Road trip from wherever you are on the Northwest!  Get tickets. 

Tropicalia, DC, May 10, 7 p.m.: Tickets available soon! 18+ show  


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This week we've brought you tons of underreported news and some fun best of episodes.

MONDAY: Jamie was sick, so we replayed on of our favorite episodes - Paul F. Tompkins and Maria Bamford at Sketchfest 2011. Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes to Jamie, who taught for three hours at Grappling for a Good Cause. Listen to the episode.

TUESDAY: Jamie was *still* sick, so Camille edited the very first telling of Jamie vs. the High Dive. We were worried that people wouldn't get a long episode but nope! The first telling of Jamie vs. the High Dive is 35 minutes long. Listen to the episode. 

WEDNESDAY: Citizen Radio triumphantly returned with a conversation about the Wounded White Boys' Club (including discussions on #CancelColbert and Suey Park and the backlash), progressive racism, and tales of yelling at children at the Muppets movie.  Listen to the episode here. 
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THURSDAY: W. Kamau Bell went on Bill Maher, who tried to trap him in a "gotcha" style moment about race and missed the whole point, we talked about more proof that says torture doesn't work - and yet the CIA kept pushing for waterboarding, more stories, plus the return of Negotiator Obama. Listen to Thursday's episode.  

FRIDAY: Jamie tries the flee the country, SCOTUS' decision to strike down overall campaign contribution limits, a discussion on mental healthcare and the second Ft. Hood shooting, lots of climate change news, the Koch brothers are quietly trying to ban mass transit in Tennessee. Listen to the episode.

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