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Gendered Violence Wasn’t the Problem; Talking about It Was.

August 27, 2014
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By Soraya Chemaly (Editors’ Note: The introduction to the series on #everydaysexualviolence is here. It contains a detailed trigger warning.) There are stories girls never tell. We hold them, quietly, until they form a carapace that we carry around with us, invisible, but thick and heavy.  I, for example, never told my parents when a...
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Op-Ed: Race, American Ideology, and Militarized Police

August 27, 2014
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By Carolyn Davis Last year, I sat in front of my television in Brookline, a Boston suburb, and watched on live TV as police officers rolled armored vehicles down the streets of neighboring Watertown. Many officers were outfitted in tactical gear fit for urban warfare. They swarmed residential streets, assuming sniper positions atop cars...
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Excerpts from In the Away Time by Kristen Nelson

August 27, 2014
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. January You called me She instead of You. “Where is she going now?” is the first question you ever asked me. You were standing on a porch next to the last She who you broke. I remember looking up at you over my shoulder and smiling. I was going skinny-dipping. F joked that if...
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On Impact We Lie Die

August 26, 2014
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I was in 9th grade, 14, at the start of this story, 5 years past my first period, past my first training bra, and a virgin. But only in the lying way of being a virgin, when a woman wants to own her own body, and says she’s a virgin even though her brother...
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#LightSkinnedProblems

August 26, 2014
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By Ashley Millner   The hardest part about being African American in a cruel, ignorant world is that many of my peers are unaware that I am. I have been subjected to so much racism and bigotry because people freely talk in front of me, saying things they would never say in front of...
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Hoods Up, Hands Up: Against the White to Bear Arms

August 22, 2014
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By Lauren Heintz The images of militarized police in Ferguson rightly bring to mind the trickle down of military devices to state police, as Rania Khalek argues in her article. They also call up a much deeper historical legacy of how and why state police have always been heavily armed. In the late eighteenth...
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Poems for Ferguson: Vanessa Huang and Aya de Leon

August 22, 2014
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Two poets consider Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO, and the crucial ways in which Black Life Matters.     How Do I Love Thee? A love poem from the Ferguson, MO police dept to Black residents: An informal emulation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 by Aya de Leon . How do I love thee?...
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On Ferguson’s Protest and Its Occupation

August 22, 2014
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By Vanessa Lynn Lovelace On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at around noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Eyewitnesses report that Brown was unarmed when the officer opened fire on him. The autopsy reports that Brown was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, but the report initially did not...
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She’s In: Anti-Racist, Anti-Imperial Feminists Against War

August 21, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein Hillary Rodham Clinton (un)officially entered the 2016 presidential race in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine. Much has been said of her criticism of the Obama administration’s Syria policy and the vacuum it supposedly created allowing Islamic “terrorism” to flourish. Much less has been said of her unequivocal...
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Just in Case

August 20, 2014
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By Megan Koopman   When you become a woman and your breasts start to show in a way that makes vice principals shake and neighborhood boys stare. You begin to know three words so perfectly they string together like a banner from eyelash to eyelash.   Just in case   You see them while...
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  • Excerpts from In the Away Time by Kristen Nelson kristen

    . January You called me She instead of You. “Where is she going now?” is the first question you ever asked me. You were standing on a porch next to the last She who you broke. I remember looking up at you over my shoulder and smiling. I was going skinny-dipping. [...]

  • Poems for Ferguson: Vanessa Huang and Aya de Leon Michael-Brown-Ferguson-Missouri-Shooting-Petition-Racism-america_2014-08-15_17-44-22

    Two poets consider Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO, and the crucial ways in which Black Life Matters.     How Do I Love Thee? A love poem from the Ferguson, MO police dept to Black residents: An informal emulation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 by Aya de Leon . How [...]

  • “Paws” by Tracy Burkholder tracy

    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]