Dani McClain
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    Dani McClain is a contributing writer with The Nation. Her reporting and commentary on race, gender, policy and politics have appeared in outlets including SlateTalking Points MemoAl Jazeera AmericaColorlines, Ebony.com and Guernica. She reported on education while on staff at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and covered breaking news for the Miami Herald's metro desk. For four years McClain served as a strategist and media director at ColorOfChange, the nation's largest online black political organization. She played a leading role in campaigns that resulted in civil rights victories, including the withdrawal of more than two dozen corporations from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). 

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Featured Work
  • Can Cell Phones Improve Latinas’ Health?
  • Únete Latina's text blasts and mobile website offer health and legal services — and build the rapport and trust needed to draw women to the resources.

  • 'We Had One Enemy, Now We Have Three'
  • US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war — but twelve years later, women are still suffering. A conversation with Malalai Joya.

  • Message from the Millennials
  • A spirit similar to the one that motivated 250,000 people to converge on Washington, DC fifty years ago is moving today.

  • When Poor Women "Opt Out"
  • The New York Times piece on the "opt-out generation" focused on the lives of upper-crust ladies.

  • Being 'Masculine of Center' While Black
  • Somewhere at the intersection of blackness, gender expression and sexual orientation is a heightened risk for harassment and bias-driven violence.

  • If Crack Babies Are a Myth, Why Are We Still Falling For It?
  • Statutes put in place to protect children from being raised in meth labs or pregnant women from their abusers are being used instead to advance the idea that a fertilized egg is a person whose rights outweigh those of the woman carrying it.

  • Five Questions for Activists
  • Reebok dropped Rick Ross. Now what? Five questions for activists who want an even bigger win. 

  • Roe v. Wade at 40
  • As we mark the 40th anniversary of the historical Supreme Court decision, when will black women have the freedom to speak out about abortion?

  • The HIV Prevention Pill
  • In the summer of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada — long used as a life-saving drug for people living with HIV — for use among adults with a negative status who are at high risk for contracting the virus.

  • Can Black Women Lead on Rethinking Marriage?
  • If black women are holding out for something better than marriage, then we're acting in our own self-interest. According to 2010 Census data, we're at the vanguard of reframing family for the 21st century.

  • Race-Baiting Is Different From Racism
  • When ColorOfChange.org campaigned against conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart's presence on Huffington Post, it was for what he's done, not what he feels. Co-author James Rucker.

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