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We Remember You, Me and Us: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2014
By
Dr. Kai Green

In reclaiming the body from the biomedical syndicate as well as from the naturopathic types I have been dealing with, the best way I know of recovering the body is movement. It is only when I am dancing that I inhabit all of my body. When I was in academia, that life would drive...
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Slavery: the Haunting Legacy of Sterilization Abuse in California State Prisons

November 14, 2014
By
Sims

By Tala Khanmalek  Last year the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) announced that nearly 150 female prisoners in California were sterilized without consent from 2006 to 2010. The state had been paying doctors to perform tubal ligations without required approval. In fact, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) contracted medical services for the...
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Posted in Black Girls, Black Women, Bodies, Health, Reproduction, Sexism, sexual violence, Sexuality, Violence, White Supremacy | 1 Comment »

Silent No More

November 4, 2014
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By Katie Wayhart   SILENT NO MORE   Spent more time with mommy than the other girls at school. Tall, blonde, “mature for her age” little girl. Older cousin says, “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” A seemingly innocent “game” turns into something more.   Years go by.  Are her memories...
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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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Posted in Activism, Capitalism, Economy, Environmentalism, Feminism, Health, intersectionality, Patriarchy, Politics, Racism, sexual violence, U.S., Violence, Women of Color, World | 3 Comments »

Get Your Hormones Out of My Body

September 23, 2014
By
McKinzie

I believe that any safe birth control option should be made available to anyone (male or female) who wishes to exert control over their reproductive capacity. However, hormonal birth control is not for everyone and it is not for me.
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Perseverance Conquers: An Open Letter

September 10, 2014
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By Princess Harmony-Jazmyne Rodriguez    The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. - Audre Lorde,...
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Lessons From Ferguson

September 5, 2014
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By Tamura Lomax, Stephanie Troutman, and Heather Laine Talley One week ago, we traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, a place that has drawn the attention of the nation. Ferguson has dominated the news cycle, elicited a response from the United Nations, and mobilized thousands not simply because of what happened there but because of how...
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The Violence, Anti-Blackness, and Black Life Matters Forum: An Introduction

September 3, 2014
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The recent shooting and murder of 18-year old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, galvanized a local movement for justice on behalf of Brown’s family. At the same time, his heartrending death – like the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, and too many others – has drawn attention...
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Bringing “All” to the Tent of Communal Healing

September 3, 2014
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Worshippers are overcome by their religion during a christian tent revival in Great Falls, Montana.

By Ahmad Greene-Hayes   Inspired by the story of a Black enslaved woman, Margaret Garner, Toni Morrison’s 1987 novel Beloved explores the narrative of Sethe, who killed her daughter Beloved to protect her from the racialized and sexualized violence of slavery. After leaving her former plantation—Sweet Home—and rejected, Beloved’s ghost returns from the grave...
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The Color of Infant Mortality

September 3, 2014
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“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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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    I see the whole thing played out.
    I’m bludgeoned, bloody, raped.
    My story is reduced to filler
    buried in the back of the paper,
    on page 49, and I say, “No. No way.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    By M. Nzadi Keita                     after Toni Cade Bambara   death rides a silencer into your blood and swims toward the mind what you remember starts with a smile a raw edge a single snip from the someone dead it is [...]

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Toni Cade made an art of living
    Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved
    Toni listened and we were validated
    She is the breast that fed our union
    Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment

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