Changing the Letter: TFW Celebrates Toni Cade Bambara

November 17, 2014
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And sister Toni’s influences are not merely theoretical. They are lived. The Feminist Wire prides itself in modeling the scholar/activist spirit of our feminist ancestors. “Writing is one of the ways that participate in transformation.” Our job is to not only “make revolution irresistible,” but to participate actively and wholeheartedly in our own individual and collective liberation.
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Mother of the Movement: Remembering Bambara and the “African Bones in the Briny Deep”

November 17, 2014
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Chadra Pittman Walke: I began what would become my life’s work with ancestors eighteen years ago at the NYABG. I witnessed daily the profound connection which the descendant community had with these ancestors. They would visit the site, pray, pour libations, sit quietly alone or visit with the graves with others. The New York community claimed these bones as their own and I see a similar connection between the...
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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Black Self-Defense in the Wake of Ferguson

November 15, 2014
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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Black Self-Defense in the Wake of Ferguson

By Luam Kidane and Hakima Abbas After nearly three months of deliberation the grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who murdered Mike Brown is expected to be announced next week. With press coverage intensifying and the government announcing that over 1000 police officers have received 5000 hours of training to “…deal with potential unrest…” we must seriously reflect on the state of Black self-defense and...
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Towards Freedom from Violence: Queer and Trans People of Color Activism in the U.S.

November 14, 2014
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By Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez As a queer migrant who got asylum based on my sexuality, I often feel exiled from progressive environments in the United States. Rarely do I enter spaces where my multiple identities co-exist. Even more rare are progressive environments that celebrate what it means to be a queer migrant. LGBTQI activists of color in the U.S. often face a similar tension: we search for spaces where our...
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Slavery: the Haunting Legacy of Sterilization Abuse in California State Prisons

November 14, 2014
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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 surgical procedure in violation of both state and federal laws on the basis that it...
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Speak out for adjunct equity because your silence will not protect you

November 13, 2014
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By Paula Maggio On the Ohio campus where I taught women’s studies for five years, the lavender Saturn of one of my most thoughtful feminist theory students was easy to identify. Its bumper was plastered with inspiring feminist slogans, and the most prominent among them featured this quote by Audre Lorde: “Your silence will not protect you.” Several years later that quote reappeared on the same campus, this time on...
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The Signs and Boxes Tell Us So: On Sex Classification Policies

November 13, 2014
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By Heath Fogg Davis Sex-classification policies that bureaucratically and physically sort us into the binary categories of male or female may seem necessary and benign.  But I challenge this deeply rooted social and legal custom in my research by showing that legitimate policy goals such as fraud prevention, safety, security, privacy, and even fair athletic competition can often be met by alternative means that do not subject individuals to...
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The Feminist Wire Celebrates Writer Toni Cade Bambara’s Life and Legacy In An Upcoming 75th Birthday Anniversary Forum

November 13, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE www.thefeministwire.com Curators/Editors: Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D., and Aishah Shahidah Simmons     The Feminist Wire  (TFW) will host a ground breaking two-week online forum  ~ http://thefeministwire.com ~ in honor of TONI CADE BAMBARA (1939-1995), beginning on Monday, November 17, 2014. The forum is the first on-line celebration of Bambara, an award winning internationally acclaimed Black feminist writer, cultural worker, and organizer.  This year marks Bambara’s 75th...
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Don’t Get Caught Sleeping: Male Desire of Unconscious Women

November 11, 2014
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We all argued and it was mostly about their insistence that I had called my godbrother a rapist. They made the most compelling arguments about false rape accusations, which I don’t deny exist. And I responded, just as strongly, that that was not what had occurred this night. I had not falsely accused him of suggesting a sexual violation against my friend; he had actually made the suggestion and...
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How We’re Failing Black Girls

November 11, 2014
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“I don’t want to be considered African American,” one of my tenth grade Women’s Leadership Project students said, shaking her intelligent head distastefully.  Another girl agreed, stating that her relatives were from Louisiana, so what did that have to do with Africa?  We’d been watching the 2008 film “The Souls of Black Girls.”  Our discussion of slavery and the ritual rape of black women elicited painful questions about their...
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Facebook and Apple Want Your Unborn! Or, Why Corporations Should Keep Their Hands Off Employees’ Ovaries

November 10, 2014
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By Sayantani DasGupta We all knew the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision earlier this year, which ruled that corporations with religious owners cannot be made to pay for insurance coverage of contraception, was only the tip of the iceberg. I for one imagined (only a bit facetiously) that Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, and other conservatively-owned businesses would soon be banning women shoppers from wearing slacks or requiring that female employees remain...
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    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

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    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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    Kate Rushin: 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.”

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