Kristina Marusic

Freelance journalist / Essayist / Literary nonfiction writer 

Available for hire


Here’s What Happened When a City Sold Its Pride March to a Fracking Company

On a hot, sunny Sunday in Pittsburgh, several dozen people in bright orange T-shirts that read “WalMart Pride” marched through the downtown streets behind a WalMart-branded 18-wheeler. A handful of rainbow flags waved from the truck’s windows. “I’m here, I’m queer, I’m your cashier,” read one of the employees’ signs. The driver of the truck honked his horn and waved at the thousands of bystanders gathered for the city’s annual LGBTQ Pride parade.

The Women's March On Washington Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

I wanted the march to make me feel better. I'm so glad it didn't. The Women’s March On Washington Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg Today I joined more than 500,000 women and allies who believed that women’s rights are human rights. Organized in cooperation with nearly 200 progressive groups, The Women’s March on Washington represented everything from LGBT equality to voting rights, racial justice, access to abortion, gun safety, the living wage, healthcare, immigration reform, and the environme
Women's Health

Why Eating Healthy Remains a Privilege Many People Cannot Afford

A diet rich in healthy foods is one of the most direct pathways to overall health: Eating regular meals that consist of a diverse variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains has the power not only to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, but also to combat depression, improve brain function, and generally improve your odds of living a long and healthy life. Unfortunately, though, healthy food is something that many Americans lack access to, due to both cost and physical location.
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9 Ways You Can Use Your White Privilege For Good

That moment that you discover that you have certain unearned advantages just because of the color of your skin can be jarring – and can sometimes lead to feelings of guilt. But once you learn about your privilege, there’s actually a lot you can do that’s empowering and constructive. While white people can’t help having been born white into a system where whiteness affords them privilege, they can help to create meaningful change.
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Badges For Badasses: Meet 12 Radical Girls From Oakland Who Are Changing Scouting Forever

The Radical Brownies aren’t Girl Scouts — they’re way more hardcore. The troop consists of 12 girls between the ages of 8 and 11 who earn badges for completing lessons and activism related to social justice in Oakland, California. Since forming 3 short months ago, they’ve already gotten a whole lot of media attention, namely over the badges they earned participating in the Black Lives Matter movement.
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We Can Has Better Future Because Memes? One Writer Tackles The Question Of A Generation

In late January Japanese citizens responded to a $200 million ransom request by ISIS for two Japanese hostages with a “memefest” caption contest, photoshopping images of the ISIS captors and hostages. The hashtag associated with the posts, #ISISクソコラグランプリ, roughly translates to “ISIS crappy collage grand prix,” and has been used more than 67,000. To lend humor to the otherwise grim image, the photo was enhanced with everything from selfie sticks to llamas and lightsabers to Mickey Mouse ears.
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31 Cities Where The Pope Could Have Gotten In Big Trouble For Feeding The Homeless

The Pope made headlines earlier this week when he skipped a meeting with politicians in D.C. to dine with people experiencing homelessness instead. It was a powerful gesture rendered somewhat ironic by the fact that, as of 2014, at least 31 cities in the U.S. have taken “strides to restrict or ban the act of food-sharing.” A number of municipalities have even gone so far as to fine or jail people for distributing food to these individuals.
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From Peaceful Protests To Violent Uprisings, Here's What History Can Teach Us About The Baltimore Riots

Following Freddie Gray’s funeral on April 27, the media has been ablaze with gut-wrenching images of the riots in Baltimore, including burned buildings, smashed windows, and police responding in riot gear. In response, many people are calling for peace, and tweeting out phrases like,’violence doesn’t help anything,’ and ’violence is part of the problem.’ However, there are others who are suggesting that sometimes, maybe the destruction of property can actually serve an important purpose in a social movement — and they’re not the first to make this claim.
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