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Highway of Tears: A Review

May 7, 2015
By
Mavis Erickson

I first viewed the stunning documentary Highway of Tears, directed by Matt Smiley and produced by Smiley and Carly Pope, during a week in which I was also teaching geographer Katherine McKittrick’s Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle. McKittrick explores the complex racial and gender entanglements of place and space. She...
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Posted in Colonialism, Criminal Justice, Culture, domestic violence, Education, Ethnicity, History, Justice, Poverty, Racism, Region, sexual violence, Stereotypes, Violence, Women of Color | No Comments »

An Interview with Sherry Payne: Nurse, Childbirth Educator, Womanist

January 5, 2015
By
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...
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Posted in Activism, Black Girls, Black life matters, Black Women, Bodies, Family, Health, Racism, Region, Reproduction, U.S., White Privilege, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

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,...
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Posted in Academia, Activism, Black Girls, Black life matters, Black Men, Black Women, Criminal Justice, intersectionality, LGBTQI, Racism, Region, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, White Supremacy | 4 Comments »

The Color of Infant Mortality

September 3, 2014
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Infant Mortality

“A pickup truck and a backhoe show up on the days, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays with good weather, when babies are buried at the county cemetery. The first carries the little wooden coffins, and the second digs the hole, maybe three feet wide, where they are placed a foot apart.” – Erin McClam, 2007,...
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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Family, Health, Racism, Region, Reproduction, U.S., Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color | 3 Comments »

Feminists We Love: Carol Anshaw

May 16, 2014
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Carol Anshaw

Born and raised in Chicago, I find myself perpetually drawn to writers who live and work there—and who make the city a character in their stories. I’ve been reading Chicagoan Carol Anshaw’s work for years, having discovered her through the novel Aquamarine. In that book, 17-year old Jesse Austin misses a chance for Olympic gold...
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Expectations: Intimate Feminisms Embodied

May 9, 2014
By
Gayle and Erin

By Erin Durban-Albrecht and Monica J. Casper   Our intention in collating this Mothers Day montage for The Feminist Wire is to celebrate women’s contributions to feminist social movements through creating and nourishing little people. More specifically, we want to make visible an important form of women’s reproductive work that is so often invisibilized—unless,...
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Posted in Activism, Bodies, Family, Feminism, LGBTQI, Love, Politics, Reproduction, Sexuality | 1 Comment »

Women, Men, Horses, and the Wild, Wild West: An Interview with Deanne Stillman

March 5, 2014
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Women, Men, Horses, and the Wild, Wild West: An Interview with Deanne Stillman

I met Deanne Stillman in September 2013, and it seemed we had a great deal to discuss. We talked on a breezy, warm day at a Starbucks near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, covering topics ranging from writing, to violence against women, to militarization—all issues of great interest to both of us....
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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

October 11, 2013
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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. A celebration of girls the world over, this day also marks the absence of educational and other opportunities from many girls’ lives and the presence of far too much violence, from sexual assault to child marriage to hate crimes, especially for girls of color and those...
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Elementary Feminisms: LoveMaps: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice

September 9, 2013
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LoveMaps: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice

A workshop was held at the University of Arizona on September 7, 2013, called “LoveMaps for Middle School: Nurturing Digital Activism for Social Justice.” This project, funded by the HASTAC Digital Media Learning Competition, is a collaboration between The Feminist Wire, the UA Gender and Women’s Studies Department, and the UA Women in Science...
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Feminists We Love: Amy Wheeler

August 23, 2013
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Amy Wheeler, Hedgebrook, and feminism

In 2000, I left my ex and a slew of memories in Santa Cruz and relocated to Whidbey Island, Washington, where I secured a sweet little yellow cottage with a view of Useless Bay, fruit trees in the yard, and half an acre of peace and solitude. Depending on which way I drove home...
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