Mourners for Black Queer and Trans Lives Attacked by Castro Bar

January 27, 2015
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Mourners for Black Queer and Trans Lives Attacked by Castro Bar

by QTPOC Liberation “We are here because the gay community has been silent. We need you in the streets with us. We honor the lives of murdered black trans women and queers.” These were the words that Toad Hall, a bar in San Francisco’s Castro District, chose to silence this Saturday. These were the words that provoked a white bar patron to hurl a trashcan at a group of...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Buff, Black, Tattooed, and Feminist: On the Utility of a Bro-Feminist

January 26, 2015
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By Marquis Bey A feminist friend of mine—a 4’10” queer white woman—jokingly mocks my “bro-ness,” that is to say, my proclivity to throw around weights in the gym; my love for hip-hop; my boilerplate outfit for almost every day of the week: DC sneakers, sweatpants, black tank top, and bandana; and my eleven tattoos. It is this bro-ness that initially seemed to proscribe, for her as well as countless...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Can the Side Chick Speak?: Side Chicks Re(Thot)

January 22, 2015
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By Samantha Crook Now that the “year of the side chick” has come to a close, let’s resolve to have a more “thotful” side chick discourse in 2015. On Urban Dictionary, “iamwifey” defines side chick as, “The other woman; also known as the mistress; a female that is neither a male’s wife or girlfriend who has relations with the male while he is in another relationship.” As in,  ...
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Dissing DuVernay and the Lessons of Selma

January 22, 2015
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Ava DuVernay

Every child in the U.S. should be required to see Selma for at least two reasons.  First, Ava DuVernay’s powerhouse film captures the political complexities and tactical ambiguities that informed civil rights movement organizing; from the behind-the-scenes factionalism among movement organizers to the FBI’s war on activists to the media’s influence on bringing black resistance to Southern terrorism straight into white Middle America’s living rooms.  Highlighting the contributions of...
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Poetry by runner up Camonghne Felix

January 21, 2015
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Camonghne

Google Search ………………………………………………………..Year: ‘02 ………………………………………………………………..radio; disney …………….Judy; Blume . …………………………………………..Hey; god; it’s; me; . ……………………………………………..cognitive; behavioral; therapy   …………..moby; dick ……………………………………..p;t;s;d …………………jesse; mccartney how; to; know; if; boys; like; you ………………………………..how; to; get; blood; out ………………………………………..how; to; know; if; girls; like; you lesbians; ………………………………………………….how; to; overdose ……………………how; to; make; yourself; quiet; forever ………………………………………………………………………………mute;     Killing the Form Am I allowed to disrespect the form. Am I allowed to...
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Excerpt from Dear Twin by Addie Tsai

January 21, 2015
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addie

Prologue     Poppy wanted her back. She knew it was a fool’s mission. But, still. She had to try.       Poppy’s wall was lined with a white bookshelf her father made for her in the backyard one day. He’d built one for Lola too, identical to the one shoved against her own bedroom wall, cut from simple wood, painted evenly but not thick and creamy as...
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Global Blackness

January 19, 2015
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The following remarks were read at the Black Life Matters conference in Tucson, Arizona, on January 15, 2015. Good morning, everyone. I’m sorry I couldn’t be with you in person but am very glad to be part of this conversation. My message here today is a message to the Black grassroots. I know there was some discussion about why this conference is taking place in the halls of a...
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Black Life Matters

January 15, 2015
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Black Life Matters

A Facebook conversation about Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, and the white space of white silence led to a brainstorm one morning in early 2014, which led to a lengthy email conversation among editors at The Feminist Wire, which led to our collective intention to host a conference at the University of Arizona. Scholars, writers, artists, activists, policymakers, and community members will come together in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2015...
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White People for Black Lives

January 14, 2015
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Black Lives Matter

By Zillah Eisenstein Revolutionary imagination is the most dangerous and therefore meaningful thing any of us have to offer. So I am writing in support of coalition building in the struggle against racism that will matter more, and do more. There is a new anti-racist movement led by Blacks, many who are queer Black women, in this country today. We white people need to see them, to recognize this...
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Personal is Political: Post-Abortion Mental Health Is a Feminist Issue

January 13, 2015
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Russo

It’s our duty as feminists to keep abortion legal and safe—and safe means that we need to address the underlying problems that are causing women to experience mental health crises after abortion. We need to address every layer of this hidden epidemic, from the economic conditions that lead women to “discount” abortions without sedation, to the abusive environments that pressure women into abortions they don’t want, to the culture...
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Poetry by contest winner t’ai freedom ford

January 12, 2015
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t'ai

some said you were the spitting image of evil after Carrie Mae Weems   you became drum became washboard became hum became tincan became numb became cowbell became screendoor became dirtfloor became skillet became clothesline became dumb became plow became yardbird became heifer and bitch became wagon became hitch became bible became barbwire became strum became headrag became drum became biscuit became pitchfork became hum became slopjar became shit...
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