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Letter sent on Jul 14, 2017

THIS WILD WEB OF INTERCONNECTIVITY

THE ESTABLISHMENT IS LAUNCHING ITS FIRST ONLINE WRITING SEMINAR!

This week, despite my luddite tendencies — have you SEEN my generally glaring absence on any and all social media despite running a digital media company and tasted the bitter irony that coats my tongue?! — I have been feeling so damn thankful for the Magick of Technology.

Group chats with my collegiate girl-friends are chock full of political rage and selfies and beautifully saccharine dispatches of devotion to one another that we’re too frightened | bashful to share with the public.

Instagram is filled with the preposterously filtered yet undeniably arresting images of far flung friends and folks I admire; I peer through their eyes as they wend their way through a world 15 hours in the future.

My cofounder Kelley just sent me 16 pictures of us dancing in a cage at an ’80s dance club last night; the slender blue bar slid onto my screen to let me know they’d leapt from her tiny glowing box onto the larger one I am currently typing on.

I just shared a link from Dropbox to my mother so she could watch the weird play and wonderful play I mounted a few weeks ago; she felt too depressed and sad and ill to traverse the country to see it in person. Now she can see everyone I kept talking about; we can lament the lighting and demand to know why the audience didn’t laugh more and gasp about how scary the final fight is and I can hear her cackle and the slow drag of her cigarette and make my chest ache with love.

And The Establishment! The website that thrums through my brain and body and makes the world a better place!

Thank GOD for the wires and servers and microchips and plastic and silicon and the throbbing brains of everybody who built this wild fucking web of interconnectivity that keeps all my people as close as I can keep them.

With love + rage,
Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

Who Decides Who Gets To Die With Dignity?

By Katelyn Burns

The case for doctor-assisted suicide — or “aid in dying,” as it is sometimes referred to — is perhaps most convincing when applied to those who are terminally ill. But the choice to end one’s life is decidedly more fraught in other situations.

Sandra Bem, a prominent feminist and professor at Cornell University, made the news with her own suicide in 2014. She wasn’t terminally ill in accordance with the general standards of current right-to-die legislation, but she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She wrote extensively about her wish to end her own life before she lost the ability to decide for herself.

Making Room For Diverse Voices With The Duplass Brothers

By Imran Siddiquee

One of the major takeaways from the recent election has been the crystalline realization that while economics and geography are potent pieces of determining people’s voting habits, they cannot be considered separately from race and gender.

Because if the people in the middle of the country have been “forgotten,” that group also includes Black women living in poor working class communities. Nevertheless, there’s been far less media attention directed towards these people of color who also live outside the major media markets of this country — often surrounded by aggrieved white people.

Duplass says that these days, reaching out to people whose voices aren’t being recognized and creating paths for their stories to reach wider audiences has become paramount for the duo.

When A Changemaker Runs For Mayor: An Interview With Nikkita Oliver

By Ijeoma Oluo

I know a thing or two about what it’s like to be a loud black woman in this city. This majority-white city loves to hold up its activists and artists of color — provided they don’t do or say anything to threaten the status quo. Almost immediately she was written off as a “protest candidate” instead of a legitimate candidate.

She’s far more likely to be labeled a “community organizer” with the same disdain that Obama was similarly labeled, than to have her law degree or years of experience working with government offices and business leaders referenced. Her endorsements by prominent white Seattleites were written off as white guilt endorsements.

The ‘Science’ That Claims Women Are Inferior To Men Is Bogus

By Kavitha Rao

Darwin was far from alone — not back then and not even now. Saini, an Oxford educated engineer-turned-science writer is out to prove the deep misogyny behind much of the gender science we hold dear. Her interest in gender differences was first sparked when writing a story about menopause. “I realized that science just didn’t get women. We are not the weaker sex,” she tells me.

Her book exposes the bad science, shoddy studies, and prejudiced research that has long fed these stereotypes.

She adds:

“We always think of science as neutral. But the fact is that science is often full of prejudice, because scientists are so often full of prejudice. There is nothing in biology that says women can’t do anything a man can do. I am not trying to say that one sex is better than the other. But tiny differences between the sexes have been exaggerated to keep women in their place.”

Whenever A White Supremacist Says…

By Son of Baldwin

“Well, the black person had a gun/knife/made furtive movements, so the officers had to kill them.”

“Well, the black person was on drugs and/or behaved criminally, so police had no choice but to kill them.”

“It’s not about race! Any person of any race who behaved like that black person would have to be be killed by cops! You don’t understand what it’s like to be a police officer and have to make split second decisions! It’s you or them!”

“But the cops feared for their lives! It had nothing to do with race!”

“The jury knows the cops are the good guys, so it makes sense that the juries side with the cops and not the victim. It’s not a race thing!”

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