What the West Virginia Elk River spill says about the intersection of race, poverty, privilege, and oppression

The alternate headline for this post was, “Environmentalism: The long-view on dismantling oppression.” When I first launched The Sin City Siren seven years ago, one of the issues I wrote about often was environmentalism. After a while I got tired of defending the importance of talking about environmental concerns on a feminist site: Why do…

Nevada Legislature 2013: It’s all over but the yelling

Without a doubt, the 77th regular session of the Nevada Legislature will be one for the history books. This session started with the unusual and slightly disturbing situation of Assemblyman Steven Brooks expulsion — a dubious first in Nevada history — after he threatened violence and demonstrated mental instability. (He would go on to be…

NV Senate Majority Leader gets Cowardly Lion treatment for death of AB230

More fall-out from the back-stabbing move by Nevada Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis and a handful of democratic leadership (for now?), who submarined the comprehensive sex ed bill over fears about reelection problems. (By the way, if you are worried that voting on progressive issues will hurt your reelection, you may be in the wrong…