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Feminists We Love: In Praise of Black Women Teachers

February 14, 2014
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Black Math teacher & student

Editors Note: Instead of focusing on one or two specific Feminists We Love, this Valentines Day we highlight a photo-documentary project that uplifts progressive African-American teachers who are “on the frontlines of feminist change.” A Photo-documentary project Even though they might not label themselves as such, progressive African American women teachers are often on...
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In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

November 11, 2013
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In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

A white family grieves in outrage after their teenage daughter has been gunned down by a black homeowner in an African American neighborhood. In this parallel universe the killer walks free, enjoying the benefit of being viewed as having defended his home from a violent intruder, while the big city D.A. decides whether or not to charge him....
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Feminists We Love: Thandisizwe Chimurenga

November 1, 2013
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Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Thandisizwe Chimurenga is an award-winning, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles.  She came to journalism through activism, understanding how powerful media can be for destroying or building grassroots, revolutionary change. She has been a writer and creator or co-creator of media (newspapers, Cable TV, radio) for over 20 years (most notably as co-creator of...
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Secular Woman of the Year

October 25, 2013
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Secular Woman of the Year

I’m honored to be recognized as the Secular Woman of the Year by Secular Woman, a feminist gender justice organization dedicated to “amplifying the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.” Writer Ian Cromwell was named “Secular Man of the Year” and writer Soraya Chemaly was named “Secular Activist of the Year”  for her feminist advocacy. Writing about the...
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Disposable Children: Whiteness, Heterosexism and the Murder of Lawrence King

October 10, 2013
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Disposable Children: Whiteness, Heterosexism and the Murder of Lawrence King

It isn’t until the end of director Marta Cunningham’s new HBO documentary film Valentine Road, the gut-wrenching chronicle of the 2008 classroom murder of 15 year-old Lawrence King, a homeless gay youth of color, that the viewer learns the significance of the film’s name.  Valentine Road is the location of King’s Oxnard, California grave,...
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The War Against Black Children

September 19, 2013
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The War Against Black Children

In a predominantly Black South L.A. continuation school class packed with eleventh and twelfth grade girls, only half want to go to college, few can name role models of color and virtually none have been exposed to literature by women of color.  Demonized as the most expendable of the expendable, Black continuation school students...
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Trayvon's Class of 2013

July 18, 2013
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Trayvon's Class of 2013

Last weekend, at Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ scholarship ceremony, my colleagues and I had the profound honor of giving scholarships to five brilliant youth of color who are first generation college students.  They are seventeen and eighteen year-olds who have known more struggle and sacrifice than many adults have known in their entire lives.  They have...
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"20 Feet From Stardom" & the Black Female Gaze

June 27, 2013
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"20 Feet From Stardom" & the Black Female Gaze

In the 1972 song “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” Lou Reed evokes the paternalistic image of “colored girls” cooing in the background to a hipster tale of New York debauchery.  Using Reed’s homage as its introduction, white director Morgan Neville’s bittersweet documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” attempts to bring black female back-up...
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Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

June 7, 2013
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Abortion on Demand and Without Apology

For Every Woman In Every State The Reversal of Abortion and Birth Control Rights Must Stop Now! The following statement from the Stop Patriarchy Coalition is in response to the crisis that confronts women’s human rights, women’s self-determination, economic justice and social justice in the United States.  Recently, Christian fascist Congressman Trent Franks introduced a nationwide bill...
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Mad Science or School-to-Prison? Criminalizing Black Girls

May 2, 2013
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High stakes test question: A female science student conducts an experiment with chemicals that explodes in a classroom, causes no damage and no injuries.  Who gets to be the adventurous teenage genius mad scientist and who gets to be the criminal led away in handcuffs facing two felonies to juvenile hall? If you’re a...
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