Newsletter #117: Pregnancy Discrimination is Rampant in Silicon Valley

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A woman working in Silicon Valley was denied her full maternity leave when her child died. Parents on maternity leave are being denied commissions and pregnant employees are being overlooked for promotion. Seventy-five percent of women applicants are asked about marital status and children during interviews.
(Lauren Kaori Gurley for Motherboard)

Github has given into Spain’s demands and blocked access to a tool used by protestors. This is the third country whose demands that the repository, owned by Microsoft, has given in to.
(Samantha Cole for Motherboard)

Facebook employees have written a letter to the leadership of the company asking that political ads be held to the same standards as other ads. Of course, without stronger workplace democracy, there’s not much reason to expect the tech giant’s leadership to listen to reason.
(compiled by The New York Times)


Working Class History: Asian Youth Movements in Bradford
I’ve been listening to this podcast more and more, and I think it’s important to learn how other generations have organized to create power during times of struggle now that we’re entering one ourselves. In this episode, we hear Tariq Mehmood discuss how he fought for immigrant self-determination in the UK in the 70s.

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Ignite: To #comment or not? A data-driven look at conflicting attitudes towards commenting and documentation

Veronica Hanus at DevOpDays Chicago 2019 gives a data-driven analysis of when to leave comments in your code.


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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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