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Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Plan for the Working Class

Cara Buckley New York Times
300 powerful women in Hollywood have announced a new group called Time's Up to lead a national campaign against the systematic sexual harassment of women from Hollywood to working-class communities across America.. Among those taking part are actresses Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington, as well as producer Shonda Rhimes, Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley, and lawyer Tina Tchen. (Daily Beast)

Remembering the Great Essayist and Activist Clancy Sigal -- Clancy Sigal Has Gone Away

Peter Dreier Huffington Post
Clancy Sigal died Monday night at 90. He wrote "Going Away" in the midst of the McCarthy period. It is a soul-searching memoir filled with fascinating characters. He chronicles the battles over racism at a time when the modern civil rights movement was just getting started. The novel became something of a cult favorite among the baby-boom generation of radicals in the 1960s and 1970s, and has remained in print and popular among subsequent generations.

The Working Class at the Oscars

By Jack Metzgar Working Class Perspectives
Fences was not alone among Oscar nominees this year in representing working-class life in uncharacteristically sympathetic and insightful ways. Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and even Hell or High Water all have extraordinary moments of insightful observation like this. Though each falls under more common rubrics, each is alive to the complexities and bravery of living life within insuperable limits.

Meryl Streep Calls Out Trump: Having Bully-in-Chief Coarsens Whole Culture

Juan Cole; Meryl Streep Informed Comment
Occasionally entertainment and politics intersect. Sunday Meryl Streep tearfully addressed the stars assembled at the Golden Globes about her anxieties and distress at the advent of the Trump era in the United States. She made the powerful point, which is that no human experience is really foreign to us as human beings if only we can find the tools to understand it, emotionally and intellectually. And Trump does not.

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The Corner of Hollywood and Motherhood

David Sims The Atlantic
FX’s new comedy Better Things, created by and starring Louie’s Pamela Adlon, is an acerbic look at the life of a working actress raising three children.

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