Mothering Ourselves Manifests

January 17, 2011
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Mothering Ourselves Manifests

Update!***** Check out the Bootcamp Podcast here: http://brokenbeautiful.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/bootcamp-podcast-1.mp3 Lavender water, feather boas, dance breaks and booty shakes.  Split pea soup and togetherness tasted. Queerness affirmed, fear and shame released, plants watered, seeds planted, clay molded, days stretched into smiles of finally free. The past two weekends have been a dream come true and I am not the only dreamer.  Audre Lorde, black lesbian feminist warrior mother difficult daughter dream-sourced...
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The Onus of Black Respectability

January 14, 2011
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The Onus of Black Respectability

By Terrion L. Williamson Recently, I was reading a book about the lives of black women in America in which the authors recount the story of a woman identified as “Lucinda,” a well-to-do professional black woman living in the San Francisco area. The authors reveal how “devastated” Lucinda was when she was mistaken for a housekeeper by one of her white neighbors as she was waxing her car behind...
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An Opening Notation on the Limits of Paternalism

January 13, 2011
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By Nahum D. Chandler It has been said that we must be prepared in the progress of all reformatory movements for periods of exhilaration and depression, of rapid advance and retrogression, of hope and fear. So it has been across the globe during the past half-millennium in the approach to matters of social and economic forms of impoverishment. Or, more precisely, across these centuries this has been the perennial punctuation...
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Truth or Consequences

January 12, 2011
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A self-described “Blue-Dog” Democrat, Arizona’s “Gabby” Giffords likely did not know her assailant, nor, ironically, that in 2007, she had written him, as one of her constituents in the state’s 8th Congressional District, a thank you letter for attending one of her events. The ironies here abound: At Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committee(PAC)site, a 2010 map that targeted twenty Democratic Congressmen and women, who supported health care reform, then making...
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Access Denied: The Ins/Outs of “What’s Down There”

January 11, 2011
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Gay people have been fighting for the right to keep what happens in their bedroom private, but when it comes to our privates everyone wants a front row seat as if by us existing in their space they’ve paid some kind of freak show admission.
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Tucson Tragedy: Naming the Unspeakable

January 8, 2011
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My daughters-Mason, 9 and Delaney, 6-are in Tucson this weekend with my parents, who live there. My mother took the girls to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s “Just for Kids” performance this morning. When the girls left Phoenix yesterday with their grandparents, they were so excited and my mom was eager to share a cultural adventure with them. But on their way back to my parents’ home after the TSO...
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TFW's Statement on the Attack of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her Staff, and Constituents

January 8, 2011
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TFW is deeply saddened by the vicious attack against Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, and constituents in Arizona today. Our sympathies are with all who have been effected by this senseless act. What materialized today cannot be tolerated. Not only was it heinous, it was inhumane.  TFW abhors terrorism, whatever the kind and regardless of context.  Follow us on twitter for updates.
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ADVENTURES IN RACE: NOTES ON MARK TWAIN’S HUCKLEBERRY FINN

January 7, 2011
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The recent furor surrounding a new edition of Mark Twain’s nineteen-century classic, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has far-reaching implications beyond the crude oppositions of censorship and narrative purity that has thus far shaped this episodic, but far-reaching, debate. Read and analyzed along the axis of our nation’s long history of racial dispossession and persistent racial evasion about one of our founding domestic dramas, the tensions engendered by this anticipated...
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Mothers, Children, and Holy Violence: Who’s at Fault?

January 5, 2011
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On December 28, 2010 the state of Indiana filed suit against Latisha Lawson. Lawson, a 31 year-old African American mother of two residing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was charged with forcing a concoction of oil and vinegar down the throats of her daughter, Kierra King (K.K.), 10, and son, Jezaih King (J.K.), 3, in an effort to exorcise them in November 2009. According to court documents, K.K. vomited Lawson’s...
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Reproductive Rights in Black and White

January 4, 2011
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Last month, a friend and I attended a fundraising event for Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPAZ). Given the distressing results of the 2010 mid-term elections, the reproductive rights picture in my state and elsewhere could not be any gloomier. Headlines in Arizona’s newspapers could well be taken straight from Margaret Atwood’s dystopic novel The Handmaid’s Tale, while at the federal level Roe v. Wade is arguably more imperiled now than...
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Tribute to Bernie Sanders

January 2, 2011
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Tribute to Bernie Sanders

On Friday, 10 December, one of the most remarkable instances of civic responsibility was televised on C-Span. Bernie Sanders, Junior Senator from the state of Vermont and the longest-serving congressional Independent in the nation’s history, commanded the floor of the US Senate for a marathon talk in opposition to the recently implemented tax bill. The figures in question here are so fantastical that they seem meaningless, well beyond the...
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