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Today in women’s history: Barbie is born

Barbie became the figurehead of an extensive and highly lucrative brand of Mattel dolls and accessories.

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Bell, East Harlem historian, featured at Vito Marcantonio Forum

The VMF is a historical, cultural, and educational organization that brings together people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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Remembering women's history: Lucy Parsons died

Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons, a working-class leader and spouse of one of the Haymarket martyrs, died March 7, 1942 in Chicago.

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Activists conduct peaceful disobedience to aid formerly incarcerated

The Labor Council's statement called incarceration "a labor issue," and urged Alameda County to "be a leader and a model in California"

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Oakland residents celebrate black history with tributes to outstanding women

We Stand on Their Shoulders" was the theme as young and old packed the house Feb. 28 to hear poems, dramatizations and accounts from history.

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New York City facing the crisis of affordable housing

In New York, it's truly a tale of two cities: a city of the very rich, growing richer, and the poor, who are growing poorer.

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Today in women’s history: Ding Ling, forgotten Chinese author, remembered

On this date in 1986, the writer Ding Ling, a champion of women's rights, died. Born as Jiang Bingzhi in Linli, Hunan province, China.

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U.S.: Ferguson police routinely discriminated against African Americans

An investigation released today finds sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department.

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Parsing race, politics, and pot in Florida

A Florida legislator has reintroduced a bill Feb. 24 to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.

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People lobby for police accountability bill filed in Maryland state legislature

It's a sign of the effectiveness of protests that have occurred here - as well as nationwide - against police killings of unarmed African Americans.

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