The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

October 23, 2013
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The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

By Sally Stevens, Elizabeth Stahmer, and Cecile McKee There is a substantial body of research showing that when a person is cruel to animals, they are more likely to be cruel to people as well, that animal abuse is more prevalent in homes in which domestic violence (DV) occurs, and that when any form of violence is present in a home, no one (including pets) is safe. One study of...
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A Letter to Marissa Alexander

October 23, 2013
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Dear Marissa, It was a cold and dark Christmas Eve—sometime in the mid 80’s. My mom, my three sisters, and I lived in a small, but comfortable, house on Maryland Street in Camden, NJ. We smiled a lot. According to the pictures I recently stole from mom, my sisters and I donned big smiles and tight ass corduroys. What’s interesting to me some twenty-plus years later, however, is the...
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Violence Against Women Is Not A Cultural Tradition But A Crime

October 22, 2013
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By Hope Wabuke On Tuesday, October 1, reports the India Times from Muzaffarnaga, India, two women in the Fugana village were gang raped, their homes burned to the ground to intimidate them from reporting the crime. This is after four other women were gang raped on September 30 in the same village, their homes also burned down. This could be why a seventeen year old girl, also in India, killed herself rather than face her rapists in...
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Domestic Violence Survivors Write to their Body Parts to Reclaim the Pieces that Make Them Whole and at Home

October 22, 2013
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By Lexie Bean “Do not be afraid to put this book down. Do not be afraid to pick this book up. This book is not heavy, but a release for those who have survived.” This call for space and validation mark the opening pages of Portable Homes, an anthology filled with letters written by domestic violence survivors to one of their body parts. These pages serve as an act...
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Pageantry: There is Another Story

October 21, 2013
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Pageantry: There is Another Story

By Takiyah Amin Sometimes a piece writes itself. In the last few weeks feelings have swirled in my body as I have read and listened to others discuss the racist backlash that ensued in the wake of Nina Davuluri being crowned Miss America. While some diminished Miss America as a mere “ beauty pageant” that focused on talent contests, hairspray and answers to world peace that could be given in two minutes...
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Op-Ed: Abortion Funds: Bridging the Gap in Reproductive Health Care Where Texas and The Hyde Amendment Won’t

October 20, 2013
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Op-Ed: Abortion Funds: Bridging the Gap in Reproductive Health Care Where Texas and The Hyde Amendment Won’t

By Amanda Williams As open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act finally kicks off, Americans are beginning to celebrate a healthier future for our country.  We rejoice over the millions of people who will receive coverage, no co-pays for preventive care, an end to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, out-of-pocket expense caps, and much more. But one thing seems to be missing from this incredible list of health benefits:...
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Blue State Blues

October 18, 2013
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Blue State Blues

By Kavita Das In January of 2008, I found myself threading my way out of the crowded living room of a friend’s Brooklyn apartment, where forty or so people were milling about and socializing, paper cups of beer or wine in hand. But all of that receded into the background, as my face and ears burned from a conversation that I had just walked away from. About half an...
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“Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)”: A Flawed Critique of Columbus Day that Omits Indigenous Peoples in Present Day and Virtually Ignores the Enslavement of African Americans

October 17, 2013
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Christopher Columbus and Bartolome de las Casas

By Tria Andrews A misguided essay-comic titled “Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)” was recently posted on by Matthew Inman on The Oatmeal and is presently circulating on Facebook. This essay, based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and James W. Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me, seeks to dispel the Christopher Columbus myth and correct the injustice of Columbus Day by...
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Talkback: In Defense of Rihanna

October 16, 2013
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By Muna Mire The hugely delayed video for Rihanna’s single ‘Pour It Up’ has received undue amounts of negative attention since it dropped a couple weeks ago. Initially slated to be hosted on Vevo, ‘Pour It Up’ was actually taken down right after it was posted (within about a half hour) due to backlash against its “explicit content.” Vevo then asked Rihanna for a censored version, which she provided....
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Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (A conversation with editor Sekile Nzinga-Johnson)

October 15, 2013
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Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (A conversation with editor Sekile Nzinga-Johnson)

Sekile Nzinga-Johnson is a BADDDDD sista in the Sonia Sanchez sense.  She is a mother, educator, scholar, ruler of the roller derby scene as Malice Walker AND the editor of the powerful recent collection Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy.  If I didn’t have an essay in this book (“Daughter Dreams and the Teaching Life of Audre Lorde”…let me know what you think…) I would STILL be...
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Op-Ed: Shutting Down Our Rights

October 13, 2013
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Op-Ed: Shutting Down Our Rights

By Kari O’Driscoll If the House of Representatives’ most recent attempt to obliterate the Patient Care and Affordable Care Act is any indication, politics in this country have turned upside down. Those who disagree with the implementation, indeed the very existence, of the Affordable Care Act have decided that they don’t have to play by the rules to get what they want. Here we go again. Since Roe v....
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