A Beginner’s Perspective on Being a Woman in Different Spaces of Environmental Activism

April 24, 2015
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By Georgie Johnson Since September 2014, I have worked for Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), a small London-based NGO that works towards environmental justice and gender equality by drawing vital links between the two, empowering women as change-makers, and educating people on health and wellbeing, their own and that of our drowning, wheezing world. At the time of the People’s Climate March in September last year, I was WEN’s Media and Communications Volunteer,...
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Marco Rubio’s Flat Earth Minstrelsy

April 23, 2015
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Marco Rubio’s Flat Earth Minstrelsy

Ever since misbegotten Republican retread Alan Keyes burst onto the scene as the anti-Obama in 2008 it seems as if every presidential race demands at least one hyper-assimilationist alpha male of color who embraces the Christian fascist God, Guns n’ Gays shtick more zealously than his overseers. In a recent interview with CBS, newly announced GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio “judiciously” conceded that being gay is not a choice...
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Vegan Praxis, Black Lives Matter, and Water Rationing: A Conversation with Dr. A. Breeze Harper

April 23, 2015
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I’d definitely call Dr. A. Breeze Harper one of the top intersectional vegan theorists today. And that’s not just hype—she most famously did this with her 2010 anthology, Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak, in which she gathered a community of Black female-identified vegans to talk from their own experiences navigating their many communities and politics. Thanks to this groundbreaking work—and her founding and curating...
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Climate Change and Feminist Environmentalisms Forum: An Introduction

April 22, 2015
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In 2013, Mi’kmaq mother Amanada Polchies made international news when kneeling in front of a line of police, raising a feather in her hand at an anti-fracking barricade in New Brunswick Canada.

By Cristina Awadalla I came to an important realization one night. I had long been learning about climate change, the anthropogenic kind that so many of our (purchased) congressmen like to deny. The climate change that is resulting in species and habitat loss. The kind that is disproportionately affecting womxn, people of color, and the poor — those least responsible for climate destabilization. The climate change that is driven not only...
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Two Poems: Rose Moses

April 22, 2015
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By Rose Moses   My Church  When I pray I go to the forest I go to a place that no man could have created, only God. The forest is the only cathedral I know     Self-Government self-government is a very scary idea to some:   it would mean less jobs created for those who bask in the delight of our poverty and despair   the poverty and...
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3 poems by Christopher Soto (aka Loma)

April 22, 2015
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crush a pearl (its powder)   the night rory died, he moved the chair, his blonde locks fell & we will never be the same   i moved to the beach, thrusted my hands into the mud broke the jaw of every clam, hoping to find him   his pearly smile, like a broken necklace, thudded to the ground scattered across mahogany floor   he kissed open the stitches...
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Did you find all your terrorists America?

April 21, 2015
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By Yehuda Sharim Did you find all your terrorists, America? 1.3 million men, women and children from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, are dead and now: what is next America? Who is accountable for killing and treating black-brown-Arab looking men as subhuman? Is it a “war on terror” or just the instillation of terror that crosses borders? Aren’t you tired of killing America? How many terrorists are left America? During a...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Oncofeminism

April 20, 2015
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The first edition of the book, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" by the Boston's Women's Health Book Collective in 1973

By Petra Jans Science has always been my calling, but it was not until I started studying feminism at Colorado College that I began to see the ways in which science was conflicting with my being a woman. Though I am now an aspiring physician scientist drawn to cancer research, studying feminism has revealed how science and medicine are deeply entrenched in sexism and patriarchy. Hence, I hope to...
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Killing Me Softly: On the Power of “No”

April 16, 2015
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By Fiona Helmsley When it comes to sex, “no means no” has entered into mainstream thought as a concept; hopefully, in a much more effective way than the last big no-should-be-enough campaign. That one just led to a lot of kids seeing Nancy Reagan’s face in their weed the first time they smoked pot. But what about the smaller nos in the lives of women, and the consequences to...
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2 poems by DarkMatter

April 15, 2015
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the bible belt by Alok Vaid-Menon i am back in my hometown when i receive the news that Leelah, a 17 year old trans woman in ohio, committed suicide by walking in front of a truck. the article refers to her by her birth name and gender and i remember that “rest in peace” is a luxury only afforded to bodies whose violence ends with death. i am sitting in...
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Profiting from Rape: Sexual Violence and the Capitalist State

April 9, 2015
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By Kelly Rose Pflug-Back Rape culture. Although a somewhat new term, it unveils a truth which countless women and girls have known on both an intellectual and a visceral level since the advent of patriarchy: that sexualized violence and the objectification of female bodies underpins the fabric of mainstream society. Rape, when it comes down to it, is normal. Society often feels neutral towards its perpetrators (provided that they are...
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