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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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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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Two Poems by Tsitsi Jaji

September 17, 2014
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By Tsitsi Jaji   Pause. (For All the Madibas)*   There is a breath before the pendulum rends its center, A breath before what leapt comes back to its ground.     There, men and women in chains broke rock, forcing it to deliver         .          ...
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Feminists We Love: Toshi Reagon [VIDEO]

September 12, 2014
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In today’s Feminists We Love feature,  writer, performer and arts activist Toshi Reagon talks with TFW Associate Editor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about feminist lineages, the politics of creative work,  and the role of the artist in feminist thought and movement-building. Toshi Reagon is a multi-talented singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with...
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Fiction Feature: from “Kill Marguerite,” by Megan Milks

September 10, 2014
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By Megan Milks   This excerpt from the short story “Kill Marguerite” takes place after the protagonist, Caty, has already beat Level One and killed Marguerite, her arch-enemy.   Level Two: The Trampoline     BEGIN>> The trampoline is this big old trampoline in Matt and Curtis Wheeler’s backyard, and it’s surrounded by woods...
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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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Video Feature: List of Demands: Because Existing is a Privilege by Nicole Shantè White

September 3, 2014
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By Nicole Shantè  White   This creative visual addresses queer invisibility by encompassing the intricacies of the Gay Liberation manifesto and the Black Panther Party’s manifesto. Originally inspired by Sofia Snow’s “List of Demands: Because Existing is a Privilege, emerging author Nicole Shantè White uses the bed as a metaphor for the casket people...
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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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Burying Our Babies: Letter from Los Angeles to Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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In South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw District, there are three funeral homes within a one mile radius of each other. On bright sunny days, young people pour out from their doors after viewing hours, lingering on the steps reminiscing, sporting t-shirts with pictures and art work commemorating the dead. On a thoroughfare that epitomizes L.A.’s...
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Dancing while Laying Dead in the Street

August 15, 2014
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By Wade Davis II and Michael Jennings  The poet Claude McKay wrote a poem called “The Lynching” where he vividly describes the lynching of a black man and says, And little lads, lynchers that were to be, Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee. We thought about that line and the history of...
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