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What Assata Means to Me

July 15, 2013
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By Amira Davis  The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., was, for me, a politicizing moment. It was then I realized, you could die for being Black. I was 11 years old at the time. I became increasingly  militant through my junior high school years so that by the time I entered high school...
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My Tattoos are Not an Invitation

July 10, 2013
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By Audrey Lundahl As a Coloradoan now living in Texas, the summer temperatures are trying. One way I cope is wearing heat-appropriate clothing. Wearing my sleeveless tops and dresses brings my full sleeve tattoo on my right arm to prominence. The reactions to this tattoo have been varied, from disapproving looks, questions about what...
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Why Sebastien de la Cruz Should Be Respected and Protected

June 13, 2013
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To be in proximity to any NBA franchise during a championship run, for lots of kids in our sports obsessed culture, is a dream come true, especially if you are from the city of San Antonio. That could be said for mini-Mariachi phenom Sebastien de la Cruz, who sang the national anthem yesterday for...
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AVERAGED: A Photo Essay

June 3, 2013
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By Brook Dorff AVERAGED is a collection of photographs and personal histories taken in Andhra Pradesh, India. The documentation of stories and images in the exhibit directly challenge data published by international organizations like the United Nations, especially with regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). I hope that everyone who views the collection...
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An Open Letter to Kiera Wilmot and Other Black Girls Who Have Considered Giving Up When Their Science Projects and Assata Shakur Are Enuf

June 1, 2013
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By j.n. salters Dear Kiera, Much like the hundreds of thousands of supporters who made phone calls, sent emails, and signed petitions urging prosecutors to drop the charges against you, I was enraged upon hearing your story. I am still enraged. To know that we are living in a country where a teenage girl can...
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“Somebody’s Children”: A Conversation with Laura Briggs

May 14, 2013
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“Somebody’s Children”: A Conversation with Laura Briggs

By Kelly Sharron and Abraham Weil Laura Briggs is the chair of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. We had the opportunity to speak with her about her latest book, Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption, an interdisciplinary text that analyzes transracial and transnational adoption,...
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Charles Ramsey, Viral Video, and American Self-Image

May 14, 2013
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Charles Ramsey, Viral Video, and American Self-Image

Sarah Mantilla Griffin Charles Ramsey, the hero who recently rescued Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight from a decade of captivity, has become the latest in a new trend of unwitting viral video stars.  As Aisha Harris has noted, Ramsey joins Antoine Dodson, Sweet Brown, and Michelle Clark as a YouTube sensation, generating...
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An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of India

April 21, 2013
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An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of India

Mr. Prime Minister: I read today that you were “disturbed” about the rape of another child in Delhi, a five-year-old girl. My question to you is: just how “disturbed” are you? What does the rape of a five-year-old female child make you feel? Do you sit in your plush office and shake your head...
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Feminists We Love: Jamion Allen

April 19, 2013
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Seventeen year-old Jamion Allen is a senior at Washington Prep High School, a predominantly African American and Latino school in South Los Angeles.  Over the past two years, she has been one of the major voices in the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP), Gay/Straight Alliance and No Haters club at Washington Prep, sponsored by the...
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Masculinity and Domestic Violence: A Conversation with Sally MacNichol and Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Directors of CONNECT

March 16, 2013
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Quentin: It’s interesting that Sally and I were invited to talk about masculinity and domestic violence; these are two issues that are often seen as separate and unrelated. Examining the connection between masculinity and domestic violence has been critical in our effort to transform people’s attitudes and beliefs that lead to domestic violence. What...
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