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A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza

October 7, 2014
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By Alicia Garza I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a...
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“Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”: Gesture, Choreography, and Protest in Ferguson

October 6, 2014
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The bodily act of the hands up don’t shoot protests takes those same bodies that are surveilled, disciplined, controlled, and killed and infuses them with power and a voice.
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#FergusonFridays: Not all of the Black freedom fighters are men: An Interview with Black Women on the Front line in Ferguson

October 3, 2014
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By Kristin Braswell As we marched from West Florissant to the Ferguson Police Department on that sweltering day in August, a bevy of voices carried through the air like a canon with a very specific target. Two young women armed with a megaphone, climbed on top of a cement wall above the crowd. “If...
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On Ferguson, the Fragility of Black Boys, and Feminist Futures

October 2, 2014
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By Aliyyah. I. Abdur-Rahman Recently over dinner, my dear friend Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, and I were talking about both Michael Brown and my adolescent son, Isa. Sandy shared with me that she’d heard that black women had started purchasing clothing that was too small for their teenaged sons so...
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Op-Ed: The Invisible People: Mohammed Sunuqrut’s Unreported Death

October 2, 2014
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By Yehuda Sharim In Israel and Gaza, as in Ferguson, Missouri, officials may declare an armistice, and attempt to remove citizens from the streets, but the wars will persist. The fears of existential global threats, namely ISIS, push news concerning domestic unrest off the front page. Growing rates of poverty, racial tensions, and unemployment seem...
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Poem Suite: Becoming

October 1, 2014
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In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore processes of change, motion, and becoming from feminist perspectives.        From “Lesion” By Indrani Sengupta   thereafter   overgrown freckle. overzealous lovemark not love mark, you lie...
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Memories of My Grandmother

September 30, 2014
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I hope I can live through life's ups and downs like she did, by deeply adoring the happy moments and enduring the bitter ones with dignity.
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“No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice:” Women at the Forefront of the People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014
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By Julie Gorecki “No climate justice without gender justice!” This was the banner slogan at the forefront of the women’s contingency that gathered for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. The message comes from the fact that global warming is most dramatically affecting women, primarily Indigenous women and...
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What My Mother Taught Me: Loving Self

September 25, 2014
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By Kimberly George Now in the third decade of my life, I am realizing all the things my mother was right about. She was right about drinking 2 glasses of water every morning. (Proper hydration upon waking will change your day.) She was right about eating more protein (and was way ahead of paleo.)...
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Poems by Lisa Ciccarello

September 24, 2014
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from & if I die, make me how you are     It is the sister inside him that makes him slow.   She writes the psalm he tries to hold her back.   The blade is a proposal: how I stayed inside my sister’s voice.  . . . . .   They called...
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  • Poem Suite: Shards Rainbow Shards

    In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore fracturing, fragmentation and “shards” from feminist perspectives. . Making Mosaics By Leah Ware Gluing the pieces together, One by one, the mirrors go down Along [...]

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  • Poem Suite: Becoming DSC_0377

    In our Poem Suites, we bring together the voices of emerging and established poets exploring a common theme. In today’s Poem Suite, two poets explore processes of change, motion, and becoming from feminist perspectives.        From “Lesion” By Indrani Sengupta   thereafter   overgrown freckle. overzealous lovemark not [...]