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…

The justice backlog: Why are hundreds of thousands of rape kits gathering dust?

Trigger Warning: rape, violent crime Even as the Justice Department reports that our nation’s crime labs are processing more rape kits, there is a greater backlog than ever in analysis of potential evidence. Indeed, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 untested kits sitting in evidence storage all across the country. Considering…

voting, elections

It’s 2014: On your marks, get set, GO!

Happy New Year, Sirens! Now that the confetti and champagne have been cleared away, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get down to business. We’ve got work to do Sirens! It’s an election year, baby: Get ready for another year of political ad-overload. All of Nevada’s four House seats are on the docket…

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: In a civilized society, every person gets basic human rights

On Dec. 17 sex workers all over the world congregated to remember lives lost and assert their rights. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, held each December for the past eleven years, is both a somber day and one of agitating for the basic human rights and respect that all people deserve. It’s…