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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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Where are the White Feminists? MIA on Racist Misogynist Police Violence

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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Rotten to the Core: The NFL and Domestic Violence

September 8, 2014
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Rotten to the Core: The NFL and Domestic Violence

By David J. Leonard and Monica J. Casper The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that fully a third of women in the United States have experienced partner violence. Authors of the study note that the long-term consequences and public health burdens are “substantial,” especially for women. And yet, while many feminist groups continue to attend to these concerns and to seek redress for victims, intimate partner...
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Women Running: Sandra Fluke

September 8, 2014
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In 2012, an important election year, The Feminist Wire published “women running” features of candidates for local and state offices. This year, with elections across the country critically hinging on questions of women’s rights and anti-Black, anti-labor, and anti-immigrant initiatives, we’re again featuring progressive women who run. TFW does not endorse candidates; however, we do aim to create space for candidates who identify as feminist to share their perspectives...
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Lessons From Ferguson

September 5, 2014
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By Tamura Lomax, Stephanie Troutman, and Heather Laine Talley One week ago, we traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, a place that has drawn the attention of the nation. Ferguson has dominated the news cycle, elicited a response from the United Nations, and mobilized thousands not simply because of what happened there but because of how residents of Ferguson responded. The murder of 18-year old Michael (a.k.a Mike) Brown by Ferguson...
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Better Off Dead: Black Women Speak to the United Nations CERD Committee

September 5, 2014
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By Farah Tanis and Aishah Shahidah Simmons With each of our dead, we mourn the loss of a piece of ourselves and with each of our raped we mourn the loss of a piece of our souls. We can and will name Renisha McBride alongside Michael Brown; Rekia Boyd alongside Trayvon Martin; Jada alongside Abner Louima; Naffisatou Diallo alongside Amadou Diallo; the New Jersey 4 alongside the Jena 6; Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall alongside Jordan Davis and John...
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