The issue that galvanized the movement hasn’t subsided. So far in 2017, police have shot and killed 23 unarmed people, a higher rate than in 2016, when 48 unarmed people were killed all year. Both years, about one in three of those people has been black ... But activists say the movement’s efforts have entered a new phase — one more focused on policy than protest — prompted by the election of President Trump.

Unlike call volume, the data on mail sent to Congress is public, and it suggests that, at least among the politically active, the U.S. Postal Service remains popular; the Senate alone received more than 6.4 million letters last year. Contrary to popular opinion, those written communications are an effective way of communicating with Congress, as are their electronic kin.

Peta bought a single share in Hermès, famed for its Kelly and Birkin bags, on the Paris stock exchange in 2015. This was enough to grant Peta activists access to the Hermès annual shareholders’ meeting in Paris last May, where they publicly confronted Hermès chief executive Axel Dumas about animal cruelty allegations ... Peta’s action comes in the wake of its exposé of crocodile farms in Vietnam, which showed animals confined to tiny pits and sometimes cut while still alive.

Under the new rules...any lawmakers who take pictures of, film, or record audio of House proceedings would face a $500 fine for their first offense, and $2,500 for each subsequent recording. They could also be referred to the Committee on Ethics, which has the authority to mete out other punishments...Ryan’s proposal includes other rules that would make future sit-ins and protests more difficult, including proposed punishments for anybody who blocks the front of the... chamber or its microphones

The anecdotes are different but the narrative is the same across battlegrounds, where Democratic operatives lament a one-size-fits-all approach drawn entirely from pre-selected data...guiding...decisions on field, television, everything else. That’s the same data operation...that predicted Clinton would win the Iowa caucuses by 6 percentage points (she scraped by with two-tenths of a point), and that predicted she’d beat Bernie Sanders in Michigan (he won by 1.5 points).

The Ethiopian diaspora in the United States, which is estimated to number between 250,000 and one million ... has been particularly vocal online ... with the goal of influencing the political process at home ... to influence protests on the ground, which many see as a pathway for bringing down the government ... In response...the Ethiopian government declared a six-month state of emergency, restricting the use of mobile data, increasing Internet blackouts, and blocking social media sites

Through the late eighties and the early nineties, liberals on college campuses often spoke of “multiculturalism”: a reform of the curriculum to reflect the many traditions of the world. As the doctrine gained adherents, though, it was criticized by the academic left—not least, by many nonwhite scholars—who worried that it made a luxury commodity of otherness ... The kids in college now could be called the Firebrand Generation. They...aspire to tear down the web of deceptions from the inside.

Although there is no open discussion on June 4 in China, there are no details in school textbooks, and the Great Firewall, a government censorship program, blocks foreign websites like Facebook and the New York Times, it is not impossible for young Chinese people to have access to richer information if they want it. Hundreds of thousands of them study abroad, and millions more could download so-called virtual private networks that would allow them to “leap” the Great Firewall.

Despite regional authoritarian backsliding as some of the former ruling elite regain power, women’s social organization and political mobilization continue to have an impact in the region... new forms of activism and large-scale expansion of satellite media have begun to change the public discourse concerning sexual violence in Egypt... the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia... has given women the opportunity to tell their stories of systematic state sexual violence under the Ben Ali regime

in the black- and youth-led political activism of the last several years, the church hasn’t been nearly as visible as it was in the civil-rights movement of the 1960s. After many decades in which the most prominent black activists were ministers, religious leaders seem to be playing supporting roles in the most recent wave of activism ... the civil-rights movement, by and large, was first out of the church. The Black Lives Matter movement, largely speaking, is not