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“No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice:” Women at the Forefront of the People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014
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By Julie Gorecki “No climate justice without gender justice!” This was the banner slogan at the forefront of the women’s contingency that gathered for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. The message comes from the fact that global warming is most dramatically affecting women, primarily Indigenous women and women of the Global South, with disproportionate strain and suffering caused by unpredictable weather patterns,...
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#FergusonFridays: White Anti-Racism, Social Media, and the Problem of Self-Serving Allying

September 26, 2014
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Since Michael Brown’s murder, the Internet has been abuzz with content focusing on what white people could and should do to counter racism. Others have noted what white people should stop doing, too. Through social media, white anti-racism has become hyper-visible. Personal profile pictures are traded out for images intended to communicate a person’s identification with anti-racism. Posting becomes a way to affirm a person’s commitment to a movement....
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What My Mother Taught Me: Loving Self

September 25, 2014
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By Kimberly George Now in the third decade of my life, I am realizing all the things my mother was right about. She was right about drinking 2 glasses of water every morning. (Proper hydration upon waking will change your day.) She was right about eating more protein (and was way ahead of paleo.) She was right that getting B’s instead of A’s would make one’s life so much...
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Anti-Imperial Feminist Musings in Morocco

September 22, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein I traveled to Fez and Casablanca, Morocco, earlier this month to dialogue with Islamic Feminists there and to see, feel, and stretch myself to and in Northern Africa. What follows are a few thoughts about the complexity of traveling and being from the United States today while also being committed to building coalitions for peace, especially among feminists. And today means now, this urgent moment after...
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“I Am Because We Are: Ferguson, Family & Freedom” #FergusonFridays

September 19, 2014
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“Where one is oppressed, none are free.” So said several of the signs I saw in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly 3-weeks ago today. My trip to Ferguson, both a member of the Feminist Wire team and as a Black Life Matters rider, represents many things for me: activist commitments, civic participation in community, and Black feminist solidarity.  While there are multiple entry points for making sense of my experience in...
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Back Up, Back Off, and Listen

September 18, 2014
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By Aaminah Shakur In the wake of a very public war in Ferguson, Missouri, following the murder by police of Michael Brown, the white power structure in our country is having a meltdown. I doubt many of us are especially surprised that our white colleagues, family, and friends are showing themselves overwhelmingly incapable of dealing with current events. Many people of color are putting in long hours attempting to...
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Where are the White Feminists? MIA on Racist Misogynist Police Violence

September 16, 2014
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The Oklahoma NAACP recently called on the Department of Justice to investigate accused rapist and Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw for federal hate crime violations against his black women victims.  On September 5th, Holtzclaw was released on bail after being charged with sixteen counts of rape, sexual assault, stalking and sodomy.  Judge Tim Henderson (who is running for reelection unopposed) reduced Holtzclaw’s bail from $5 million to $500,000...
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Op-Ed: Perspectives We Don’t Need and Those We Do

September 15, 2014
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By Mirabel Ash In popular discourse, we have come to recognize individuals from dominant groups who advocate for civil rights and liberties on behalf of “others.” Such individuals aim to foster an alliance with other racial groups to indicate a shared interest in social progression. Objectives of a racial alliance are to advance a conversation about structured overt racism in the face of denial, to inspire change, and to...
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#FergusonFridays: If it wasn’t for the women…[i]

September 12, 2014
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The reality is that the women and girls are the fabric of the community and hold all together. The women usually think and work for the whole, and daily confront death-dealing forces, internal and external, on behalf of the flourishing of the collective. As we know this radical politic isn’t televised or acknowledged, and most often erased, muted, or invisibilized. There is so much to unearth here when we...
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The Limits of Speaking on Catastrophe: Confessions of a Palestinian Teacher

September 11, 2014
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By Diya Abdo I am a Professor of English at Guilford College. I am Chair of the English Department. I am a faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. I am also a Palestinian. More specifically, I am from Arab Al-Sawahreh. My tribe is so big that its name, The Sawahreh Arabs, appears as a location on some maps of Palestine (and there are many of...
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A Review of Koblitz’s “Sex and Herbs and Birth Control”

September 9, 2014
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By Tiffany Lamoreaux Addressing an Iowa audience in August 2014, Republican Rand Paul claimed that the GOP was not interested in banning birth control. Instead, Paul claimed, the “war on women” is simply an exaggerated and/or made-up narrative perpetuated by Democrats. Never mind that Paul had, as recently as 2013, co-sponsored personhood legislation that would effectively outlaw several types of birth control. Was Paul lying in order to appear...
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