Newsletter #127: Speculative Fiction for Hope

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Speculative fiction can offer a glimpse of hope at what we can transform this world into. We may have only have eighteen months to save the world, but that doesn’t mean that in eighteen months we’ll all be dead.
(Alyssa Hull for Lithub)

The Teen Vogue Facebook scandal puts a light on how identity can be weaponized by corporations. Facebook’s poorly-thought-out propaganda post they made on Teen Vogue highlighted women who have not exactly been working to keep our elections safe.
(Laura Wagner for Motherboard)

The video game industry is getting a new push towards unionization. The Communication Workers of America have launched the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE) to try to protect workers in the multi-billion dollar gaming industry.
(Sam Dean for The LA Times)


Kite Line: Resilient Inside and Out – A Conversation with Gender Non-Conforming Prison Organizers
A conversation between two organizers of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners about the conditions faced by trans and gender-nonconforming prisoners.

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Investigative Metaprogramming

Betsy Haibel talks at RubyConf 2019 about metaprogramming in Ruby and how to include debugging hooks.

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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.

Art by Hieronymus Bosch (public domain)