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Legendary activist, track star John Carlos recalls ’68 Olympics

John Carlos spoke to about 30 Pitt students and faculty on Tuesday night about his life and experience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

July 8, 2020

Hosted by Pitt’s Film and Media Studies department, Carlos spoke to about 30 Pitt students and faculty on Tuesday night about his life and experience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. It was there that Carlos and fellow Team USA sprinter Tommie Smith posed for one of the most iconic photographs of the American Civil Rights Movement and sports history.

Andrew Exler: Spreading love in the wake of hate

Andrew Exler: Spreading love in the wake of hate

By Sarah Connor | courtesy of Andrew Exler

April 16, 2020

Andrew Exler remembers the day of the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue vividly.  His family belongs to the synagogue’s Tree Of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation, where his parents and grandparents were both married and Exler himself had his Bar Mitzvah. The Squirrel Hill resident recalls the confus...

Opinion | Using social media for social change

Opinion | Using social media for social change

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

September 2, 2019

In wake of the devastating Amazon fires, it seems like Instagram users have picked up a new trend of posting climate-related articles and memos to their stories.

Editorial | Alyssa Milano’s proposed sex strike isn’t empowering

Alyssa Milano arrives for the 76th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6.

By Pitt News Editorial Board

May 14, 2019

Though Milano likely has good intentions, a sex strike isn’t an empowering or effective way for women to protest abortion laws.

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

Opinion | Online call-out culture cancels real activism

By Leah Mensch, For The Pitt News

January 25, 2019

Whether he is praised or criticized, the president is known for his tweeting. Donald Trump is not the only American who utilizes social media platforms to express political viewpoints, though.The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Trump sparked 61.67 million interactions among Fac...

Pittsburgh hosts third annual Women’s March

The theme of this year's march is

By Stefan Bordeianu and Neena Hagen

January 19, 2019

The third annual Pittsburgh Women’s March on Saturday drew a smaller crowd than last year, but thousands of marchers still showed up to advocate for a message of "building bridges."

Pittsburgh prepares for “Stronger Than Hate” Women’s March

Two marchers cheer while passing through downtown Pittsburgh during the 2018 Women’s March.

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019

Speakers at the third annual Pittsburgh Women’s March will include Dena Stanley, who heads the trans advocacy group Trans YOUniting, and Michelle Kenney, the mother of Antwon Rose Jr.

Saying #MeToo in the streets, not just the tweets

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, discusses how the use of intersectional feminism on social media can be divisive or inclusive depending on the user’s syntax Tuesday night at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

By Alexis Buncich | Columnist

February 8, 2018

Me too. Me too. Me too. It’s been all over the news. It’s been all over your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. As sexual assault survivors of all identities continue to speak out about their stories, it’s easy to get caught up in the increasingly visible culture of feminism and girl pow...

Editorial: Second Women’s March goes beyond resistance

(Photo by Anna Bongardino | Senior Staff Photographer)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 22, 2018

One day after the anniversary of Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, downtown Pittsburgh looked a lot like it did a year ago — dense with the picket signs and pink hats common among the president’s opposition. According to organizers, nearly 30,000 people — including women and others who...

Athletes, educators discuss activism in sports

Ian Troost (right), a former Pitt football player, and LaTonya Sharif, athletic director at Holy Family Academy (left), talk during a panel on activism in sports Tuesday in Posvar Hall. (Photo by Aaron Schoen | Staff Photographer)

By Brian Salvato | For The Pitt News

December 6, 2017

When former third-string Pitt kicker Ian Troost took a knee during the national anthem at the team’s Oct. 14 loss to NC State, his motivation was rooted in his background. “My reason, other than to highlight police brutality and social injustice in the United States, was because I came from a b...

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