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NorthStar Cycling Club takes its name not just from the sky, but also from history—the star Harriet Tubman used as a guide to free enslaved Americans. "When we get on our bikes, it is an element of freedom," says founding member Edwin Lindo, who launched the cycling club based in Seattle in February 2020, just before the pandemic started. He and co-founder Aaron Bossett wanted to encourage more BIPOC individuals to take up cycling. Lindo, who identifies as Central American, attributes the lack of diversity in cycling to attitudes that often focus on questions like: "Do you have the nicest bike?" or "Do you have the fastest bike?" This culture, he says, is not welcoming to individuals who might not have the means to take up the sport. "There's an archetype of cycling— we're not it." The community has grown to more than 140 members who connect virtually on Slack, with anywhere from 25 and 85 participating in Sunday rides for people of all levels and ages, writes @katxmoon. The group is about blending political issues like police brutality and racialized health inequities with riding, in a spirit of inclusivity that extends to the cycling novice: In early May, one participant learned how to brake on a bike, then rode 18 miles with the group. "It has been a point of grace and inspiration and absolute joy and freedom," Lindo says. "I don't know what I would do without it." Read more about how communities of color have found strength, joy and comfort in a year like no other at the link in bio. Photographs by @jovelletamayo for TIME
Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip killed 20 Palestinians—including nine children—and wounded 65 others on May 10, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The attack came shortly after the Hamas militant group fired several rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel following a violent crackdown by Israeli law enforcement in Jerusalem, during which authorities stormed the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque and, according to @apnews, attacked worshippers with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. By Monday night, the Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 395 people were injured, 263 of whom had been transferred to a hospital. “They attacked our ambulances. Two of our medics were injured,” Mohammad Fityani, a spokesperson for the medical group, told TIME. In a statement late Monday night, Israel Defense Forces international spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said that dozens of rockets had been fired into Israel since 6 p.m. local time. "We see this as a severe attack against Israel and an attack that will not go unanswered. We hold Hamas responsible and we are prepared for various scenarios,” Conricus said. In these photographs: Palestinians throw rocks at Israeli police; helicopters patrol above the compound in Jerusalem; Israeli authorities deployed at the holy site; rockets are fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel; smoke and flames rise after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City; and relatives mourn for Palestinian children at the morgue of Beit Hanoun Hospital. Photographs by Mahmoud Illean—@apnews, Eyad Tawil (@eyad1989)—@anadoluagency/@gettyimages (2, 3) Mohammed Saber—@epaphotos-EFE/@shutterstock (4, 5) and @alijadallah66—@anadoluagency/@gettyimages
The Longworth House lactation suite is stately. Furnished with wood paneling and a patrician window curtain, it fits a refrigerator, a sink, a TV and pumping stations equipped with hospital-grade breast pumps, armchairs, shelves, hangers, tissues and wipes. The suite—one of several created at the U.S. House of Representatives starting in 2007 under the impetus of Nancy Pelosi, the first female House speaker—is a space of privilege. In a country that does not guarantee mandatory paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child and where there is an intense pressure to breastfeed, lactation rooms have multiplied in the last decade, writes Mathilde Cohen. The 2010 Affordable Care Act required health insurance plans to cover the cost of a breast pump, and mandated companies with more than 50 employees to provide new mothers adequate spaces in which to express milk. (Though not all lactating parents identify as women or mothers, the majority do.) In her photo series and accompanying documentary, both titled "Milk Factory," Corinne Botz goes inside over 30 American lactation facilities and makeshift spaces. The project started as a personal record of Botz's early experience as a mother when she photographed the oddly sparse room in which she pumped at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. From there, she traveled across the country to take pictures of lactation facilities in other workplaces, including cheerily decorated lounges, repurposed office spaces, prefabricated lactation pods, boiler rooms, restaurant basements, cafeterias, bathrooms, trains, pop-up tents, a California farm and the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Alabama. These are "images of solitary rooms that take a collective power through their accumulation," says Botz. "Seldom is any space simultaneously so utilitarian and emotionally charged." Botz' images reflect the contradictions inherent in contemporary parenthood. Read more, and watch the documentary, at the link in bio. Photographs by @corinnebotz
Civil society groups say at least 37 people have died and hundreds have been injured or arbitrarily arrested during clashes between Colombia's militarized security forces and tens of thousands of anti-government protesters. "We've seen people going out to protest peacefully, using art, joy, music. But we've also seen protests where there are clashes with police," says Andres Cardona, who photographed the demonstrations this week with colleagues from @reojocolectivo. In Bogotá, and in the western cities of Cali and Pereira, Cardona says, security forces are "using guns and armored vehicles to confront a population that is either unarmed or in some cases, more recently, taking up rocks and sticks to confront the police." The mobilizations began with a national strike on April 28 to oppose a new tax bill presented to congress by Iván Duque, Colombia's center-right president. He argued that tax increases were badly needed to cover a gaping hole in public finances created by the pandemic. Duque scrapped the bill on May 2 and his finance minister resigned the following day. But the demonstrations aren't only about tax reform, writes Ciara Nugent. Protesters saw the proposal as evidence the government doesn't understand the brutal impact the pandemic has had on ordinary Colombians—2.5 million people fell out of the middle class in 2020 and more than half of the population is now living in poverty. Colombia also suffers endemic political corruption, brought to light in a series of scandals in recent years. Trade unions organized the protests, but they have been joined by middle class people and indigenous groups. They are calling for legislative changes to make society more equal, including health and education reforms, as well as police reform, and better implementation of Colombia's peace accords with Marxist revolutionary groups. Read more, and see more pictures, at the link in bio. Photographs by @andrescard1, @charliecordero_, @smesari and @paulathomasph—@reojocolectivo
Many Americans first encountered Ben Crump as the lawyer, adviser and crowd-clearer for the grief-stricken parents of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black boy killed by a neighbor as he walked to the home of his father's girlfriend in 2012. In the years since, @attorneycrump, a state-college-educated attorney with no establishment connections, has become one of the best-known lawyers in the United States. His facility for navigating the media's fickle interest in the evidence of American racism has grown, his suits have become more impeccably tailored and his security detail necessary. Crump also acts as legal interpreter, mental- and spiritual-health counselor, logistics wrangler, spokesman and litigator, legislative advocate and, of late, a negotiator of the single largest wrongful-death case involving a Black victim and a white police officer in U.S. history: On March 12, Minneapolis settled with George Floyd's family for $27 million. Now, with former police officer Derek Chauvin's conviction, Crump has become the lawyer most closely associated with whether the era has finally arrived when there are limits to what a police officer can do to a Black person, writes Janell Ross (@jrossgram). Though he played no formal role in Chauvin's criminal trial, he occupies a unique place in this moment. Crump's presence in police cases, his fame, his tactics, his motivation—and how people respond to all that—offers a window into the country's willingness to face, understand and fix itself. Read more about Crump's quest to raise the value of Black life in America at the link in bio. Photograph by @ruddyroye for TIME
Exclusive: Workers at the factory that makes Kate Hudson's Fabletics activewear allege rampant sexual and physical abuse, an investigation by TIME and @fullerproject has found. (Trigger warning: sexual assault.) At least 38 current workers say abuse and harassment are taking place within the walls of Hippo Knitting, a Taiwanese company located in Maseru, Lesotho. One woman says a male supervisor tried to pressure her into a sexual relationship, while three women allege male supervisors sexually assaulted them. Several of those workers added they are often humiliated and verbally abused by management. Many workers say they've been working under these conditions for years and that a stifling culture of impunity meant abuse was left to fester, report Louise Donovan and Refiloe Makhaba Nkune. (Two workers who posed for these photographs hid their identities for fear of retribution.) "We are tired, we need help, we work with bleeding hearts," says one woman, who has worked at the factory for a decade. The fast-fashion industry has long relied on the exploitation of garment workers, who are predominantly women of color, to quickly produce low-cost clothing, and as Fabletics expands, women working thousands of miles away in unsafe environments have been bearing the burden. After TIME and the Fuller Project reached out to Fabletics on April 29 for comment on the alleged abuse at Hippo Knitting, a spokesperson said, "We have immediately suspended all operations with Hippo Knitting, with a site visit and interviews beginning as soon as possible." Three workers confirmed production at Hippo Knitting stopped on May 3, after TIME and @fullerproject raised the allegations. Read the full investigation at the link in bio. Photographs by @lindokuhle.sobekwa—@magnumphotos for TIME