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Mourners for Black Queer and Trans Lives Attacked by Castro Bar

January 27, 2015
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Mourners for Black Queer and Trans Lives Attacked by Castro Bar

by QTPOC Liberation “We are here because the gay community has been silent. We need you in the streets with us. We honor the lives of murdered black trans women and queers.” These were the words that Toad Hall, a bar in San Francisco’s Castro District, chose to silence this Saturday. These were the words that provoked a white bar patron to hurl a trashcan at a group of...
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Dissing DuVernay and the Lessons of Selma

January 22, 2015
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Ava DuVernay

Every child in the U.S. should be required to see Selma for at least two reasons.  First, Ava DuVernay’s powerhouse film captures the political complexities and tactical ambiguities that informed civil rights movement organizing; from the behind-the-scenes factionalism among movement organizers to the FBI’s war on activists to the media’s influence on bringing black resistance to Southern terrorism straight into white Middle America’s living rooms.  Highlighting the contributions of...
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Global Blackness

January 19, 2015
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The following remarks were read at the Black Life Matters conference in Tucson, Arizona, on January 15, 2015. Good morning, everyone. I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you in person but am very glad to be part of this conversation. My message here today is a message to the Black grassroots. I know there was some discussion about why this conference is taking place in the halls of a...
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Black Life Matters

January 15, 2015
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Black Life Matters

A Facebook conversation about Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, and the white space of white silence led to a brainstorm one morning in early 2014, which led to a lengthy email conversation among editors at The Feminist Wire, which led to our collective intention to host a conference at the University of Arizona. Scholars, writers, artists, activists, policymakers, and community members will come together in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2015...
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White People for Black Lives

January 14, 2015
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Black Lives Matter

By Zillah Eisenstein Revolutionary imagination is the most dangerous and therefore meaningful thing any of us have to offer. So I am writing in support of coalition building in the struggle against racism that will matter more, and do more. There is a new anti-racist movement led by Blacks, many who are queer Black women, in this country today. We white people need to see them, to recognize this...
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Paris, #BlackLivesMatter, the Cultural Violence, and the White Western State

January 8, 2015
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Malik

By Malik Nashad Sharpe Today, I mourn with French society, especially the families who have lost their loved ones to violence during yesterday’s attack at Charlie Hebdo. I also stand in solidarity with all of the Brown people in France, who, because of media fear-mongering, and Islamist-blame-gaming, will be further excluded from French society by State-condoned racism. I’m not French, but one doesn’t need to be in order to...
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An Interview with Sherry Payne: Nurse, Childbirth Educator, Womanist

January 5, 2015
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Sherry Payne

Monica: I first became aware of your work through the Black Infant Mortality Awareness Walk. Can you tell me more about the circumstances that prompted you to launch this project? Sherry: The walk came about because of my frustration with the maternity care world. Despite perinatal health disparities in the African-American community being well known and understood by the healthcare community, there seemed to be no discernable movement toward...
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Breaking News: An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter Dec

December 8, 2014
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Breaking News: An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter Dec

By blackspaceblog We are Black professors. We are daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, and mothers. We’re writing to tell you we see you and hear you. We know the stories of dolls hanging by nooses, nigger written on dry erase boards and walls, stories of nigger said casually at parties by White students too drunk to know their own names but who know...
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TFW on winter break for the month of December

December 2, 2014
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Dearest Readers, Thank you for your continued support. We absolutely love that you love us and that you value and support our work. However, we are tired and in need of some R&R. TFW is an invisible labor of feminist love. We do this work because we love it and because we deeply care about the issues. As mentioned previously, ”We want to fill your inboxes and computer screens...
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Black Lives Matter / Black Life Matters: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore

December 1, 2014
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Black Lives Matter

In January 2015, The Feminist Wire and the University of Arizona will co-host the Black Life Matters conference in Tucson, Arizona. Free and open to the public, the event aims to build on the visionary work of Black Lives Matter and a surge of activism emerging from the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. We understand that our event, like many others, is not an isolated occasion but...
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Afterword: Toni Cade Bambara’s Living Legacy

November 29, 2014
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Heidi R. Lewis and Aishah Shahidah SImmons, NWSA 2014
photograph: Tracy Fisher

#BambaraOnTFW Sixty-nine essays, remembrances, love notes, poems, and videos and thirteen days later, my sister co-curator and co-editor, Heidi Renée Lewis and I are closing The Feminist Wire’s online celebration in honor of daughter, mother, sister, writer, organizer, filmmaker, activist, and cultural worker Toni Cade Bambara. Heidi and I started our Bambara journey together at the end of our work on The Feminist Wire’s forum in honor of Black...
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