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Latino and Women Farmers and Ranchers Have Until May 1st to File A Claim

  Earlier this month Latino USA reported that "in 2000, about 1400 Latino ranchers and farmers sued the US Department of Agriculture for denying them loans based on their ethnicity." Women, like Rosemary Love , were discriminated against on the basis of sex. While the USDA has announced a claim process, Latino and women farmers are not a class action, thus they must file a claim in order to obtain financial compensation in the form of cash or loan forgiveness.  Details as to how to file a claim can be found on the USDA's website . The DEADLINE has been extended to May 1, 2013.  Photo credit: Colorlines

Damsel turned Hero

A quick post to point y'all to this awesome video of Pauline saving Mario in Donkey Kong: After you enjoy it, check out Anita Sarkeesia's latest video "Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games." 

Feminist Foreign Service

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence , I was offered an interview with Carla Koppell , USAID Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. As a student of feminism within the federal government, I jumped at the chance. As an activist who has seen first-hand what US policy can do to individual women, I jumped at the chance. Due to technical failures on my part, I won’t be posting this as an interview, but rather as a blog post about what I learned from Koppell about USAID and their role in advancing women’s empowerment around the world. And due to my unbelievably hectic life, this post took all this time to write up! According to its website , USAID is the USA's humanitarian arm by working to protect human rights, strengthen democracy and assist in recovering from conflict, just to name a few of their goals. The Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment area is, well, focused on women's well-being. Koppell told me that over the l

Dawn Clark Netsch Dies at 86

The grand dame of Illinois politics has died. Dawn Clark Netsch was 86. I had the honor of meeting her on several occasions, usually at fundraisers and luncheons, and each time I would introduce myself to her, she was always gracious. Sometimes I wouldn't say anything, just stand back and watch her as she greeted fans, old friends in her friendly way. For me, she still has one of the best political ads ever -- the straight shooter. Sadly, I couldn't find it in a quick YouTube search, so let me describe it. When she ran for Governor of Illinois in 1994, she ended an ad with her playing pool and making a great shot while someone said "Dawn Clark Netsch, a straight shooter." You can see her holding a cue stick in the photo as she claimed victory after the Democratic primary.  Somehow I'm sure the ad will find its way to the internets today. I did find that the Chicago History Museum has a 9-part oral history series on her. She was an inspiration and while I