Anti-Racism Should Be Taught to Students—And Their Parents: “This Is About the Future of Our Schools”

It was an important step forward when the North Kingstown School Committee in Rhode Island unanimously approved the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) Subcommittee. But by the time it held its third meeting, it was already under fire.

We must allow children to think critically, ask questions and draw conclusions for themselves—even in topics that do not reflect proud moments of history.

Keeping Score: California Schools to Provide Free Period Products; Title X Gag Rule Reversed; Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: Biden administration reverses Title X gag rule; federal courts halt, then reinstate Texas’s six-week abortion ban; school districts crack down on BLM and pride flags; Playboy features first gay man on its cover; California overrides workplace NDAs *and* requires free menstrual products in schools; and more.

A Global Commitment to Combatting Anti-Blackness: Why The World Needs a Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

Structural and systemic anti-Black racism manifests in the climate crisis, global public health crisis, state violence, economic inequality, and various other markers of human life. A permanent forum on people of African Descent—in place of the current patchwork of U.N. efforts—is the most appropriate mechanism to address systemic anti-Blackness globally.

U.S. Acts Decisively to Protect Asian Americans—But Drags Its Feet on Protecting Black Americans

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act sailed through Congress with fanfare, while the human rights report on police violence was ignored by the U.S. media and government, and the bill to curb police violence is on life support in the Senate. What explains this combination of developments?

The unspoken message is that Asian American lives matter more than Black lives, and that the U.S government cares more about Asian Americans than it does about Black people.

How to Organize a Teen Protest

It took four days of late night calls, 20 social media messages and a passion for change to get 1,300 teens to show up at Katy Park for a Black Lives Matter rally last summer in Katy, Texas. The teen organizers—Erika Alvarez, Jeffrey Jin and Foye Dosunmu—don’t recommend this frenzied approach, but they do urge young people take action.

Here are four tips the teens have on organizing a teen protest.

Keeping Score: Biden Raises Refugee Cap; Liz Cheney Warns Republicans, “Our Children Are Watching”; One in Four Women Cite Financial Woes

Tracking research in the fight for equality; cataloguing can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices; and keeping tabs on the movement’s milestones.

This week in Keeping Score: For the first time, two women flank the president at a joint address; Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500; Ecuador legalizes abortion in cases of rape; AAPI Americans are least likely to hold elected office; most adults support the For the People Act; and more.