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Open Letter to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley

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Author’s Note: Now, more than ever, we need to reach out to our political representatives in order to enact changes to our healthcare system, employment protections, and federally managed and financed programs and policies that have been designed to disadvantage Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color. The following letter is intended as an example and has been mailed

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Open Letter to Senator Jack Reed

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Argenis Hurtado Moreno
Providence, RI 02912
June 22, 2020

Jack Reed
Senator of Rhode Island
728 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Reed,

Thursday was an important and necessary victory for DACA recipients. The Supreme Court ruled against Trump, expressing:

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. The wisdom of those

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Advocacy Letters: An Invitation

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Somatosphere is launching a new series to share political and social advocacy letters. Please submit your open letters to emilyjf@gmail.com

Dear Reader,

2020 is a year of multiple chronic crises resurfacing and converging. Many of us feel moved to respond through protest, writing for public audiences and posting on social media. We are launching this series to provide space on …

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Governing COVID in Brazil: Dissecting the Ableist and Reluctant Authoritarian

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Brazilians, says President Jair Bolsonaro, are so tough they can fend off this pesky COVID-19 virus, the same virus that has killed more than 147,000+ people worldwide and counting. 

Likening COVID-19 to a “little flu”, the Brazilian leader has exposed, once again, how he governs this South American country with a toxic mix of populist mistrust of science, ableism, and …

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“Stay the fuck at home”

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On April 5thNHS Million, an unofficial campaign for people who “love and cherish” the UK’s National Health Service, tweeted a video of a distressed nurse recording a message in her car. The tweet was aimed, NHS Million said, at those who were “ignoring the rules,” so that they would understand “the reality of the situation.” The rules …

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The balcony: normativity lessons in times of crisis

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The balcony has become a powerful domestic space symbolizing corona-solidarity in the south of Europe. Movie clips of Italians singing their national anthem from their balconies were broadcast worldwide in the evening news. Such a moving and spontaneous event united people quarantined. Italians, too, killed time making and hanging hand-crafted signs from their balconies with the phrase ‘Andrà tutto bene’—everything …