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Every 28 Hours: An Ode to Renisha McBride (A Sermon)

April 11, 2014
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By Nyle Fort The following is a sermon delivered on January 19, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (Somerset, NJ). The preaching text is Luke 7:36-50. Stephon Watts, 15. Remarley Graham, 18. Bo Morrison, 20. Rekia Boyd, 22. Dante Price, 25. Trayvon Martin, 17. Wendell Allen, 20. Darius Simmons, 13. Deshone...
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Room without a roof

April 11, 2014
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By Swati Bandi If I were to map myself, how would I begin? I am a 36 year old woman, a mother, a professor, a loving partner – writing a dissertation. Despite all of the things I am, the perpetual state of critique – that is the state of writing a scholarly, original piece...
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Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Sexual Violence

April 10, 2014
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By Jennifer Patterson Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement is a forthcoming anthology being published by Magnus Books in 2014. The following are portions of the introduction to the book; some parts have been edited out for the purpose of this publication. What is queering sexual violence? In a...
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An Unfinished Story About Violence

April 10, 2014
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By Emma Redden 30.25° N, 97.75° W I am in Austin, Texas, two thousand miles from home asking strangers on the sidewalk to talk about the epidemic of abusive men. I’m standing next to a pizza stand with a mist machine with a camera and stack of white papers. I am asking people I...
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The Gentle Critique in Activist Spaces: A Newby’s First Year Journey on Social Media

April 9, 2014
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By Kimbo Grama Can the online become the lifeline?  We’re told, it’s not possible; we’re told that that people we meet in online forums are not real.  They’re fake friends and associates, whom we don’t even know.  We are challenged to think about the prudence of investing in them and engaging them, such that...
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Caring Queer Feminist Communities

April 9, 2014
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By Jay Keim At a workshop with the Northwest Network (Seattle, USA), I was asked why I became an anti violence advocate. I felt ambivalent about the answer I came up with: I want to give the support to others that i myself was missing when i experienced violence. From the responses that other...
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Two Poems by Erin Parks

April 9, 2014
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By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how to maneuver each curl....
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Trying to Understand (Critique): A Daughter’s Prayer

April 8, 2014
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By Shelby Crosby I began asking why as soon as I learned the word. To critique seems intuitive to me. To move beyond critique, even figuratively, makes me anxious and a bit angry:  as though I am being asked to give up a friend or maybe a frenemy. I understand and find comfort in...
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Meditations on Being Right

April 8, 2014
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By Lyndsey Godwin This is a sermon that was given on February 12, 2013 at the weekly chapel service held at Vanderbilt Divinity School, an inter-denominational, though historically Judeo-Christian graduate school for theological education.  The focal scripture for this service was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. In February, I traveled with a small group of Vanderbilt...
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From Feminist Critique to Social Transformation: Lessons from Social Forum

April 8, 2014
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By Rose M. Brewer A little over seven years ago, January 20-25, 2007, I was in Nairobi, Kenya at the World Social Forum.  For those unfamiliar with the forum, it is the global gathering of the world’s peoples, the dispossessed, genders, ethnicities, cultures, and regions.  The World Social Forum was established in 2001 in...
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  • Two Poems by Erin Parks then and now

    By Erin Parks     3 Queens Haiku Strange and strong Women Transcending normal life things Freedom in a word           For Men Who Claim They Love #TeamNatural My hair is not easy to manipulate. It takes time, patience, and skill. Yes, you must know how [...]

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