What Assata Means to Me….

July 12, 2013
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By Layla Kristy Feghali                                                                    “i have been locked by the lawless. Handcuffed by the haters. Gagged by the greedy. And, if i know anything at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down. i believe in living i believe in birth. i believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth.” - Assata Shakur Assata...
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Assata, Radicalism and Love

July 12, 2013
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By Jessica Horn To meditate on the meaning of Assata Shakur is to meditate on the meaning of a vibrant tradition of revolutionary black women’s thought and action, and how it has shaped our sense of what it means to be gendered beings in societies framed by multiple injustices. My own feminist politics evolved through an immersion in the introspective words and equally profound deeds of African American feminist...
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Guided Home to Port: Assata Shakur, State Terror, and Black Resistance

July 11, 2013
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By Connie Wun Domestic Terror:  On May 2, 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur on its Most Wanted Terrorist list and, with the help of the New Jersey state police, has increased its reward to $2 million for information leading to her arrest. According to the FBI’s website, individuals placed on the list “remain wanted in connection with their alleged crimes until such time as the charges are dropped...
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Celebrating Assata Shakur and the Black Radical Tradition

July 11, 2013
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Assata Shakur’s political thought and activism has captured the imagination of artists, activists, women and men around the world.  As African activists, we have learned from Assata that the history of African peoples’ does not begin or end with colonialism and slavery but rather with centuries of creation, building, and life.  Similarly, Assata’s own story is shaped and made Black because of the journey which she has travelled as a...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Moral Mondays in North Carolina

July 10, 2013
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“Grotesque” is the word the New York Times used in an editorial today to describe North Carolina politics. I can think of some others. In many ways, what’s happening in North Carolina is not entirely different from what is happening in places all over the country. In North Carolina as in other places, legislators are investing immense time and resources on abortion policy that intervenes in “problems” that are...
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My Tattoos are Not an Invitation

July 10, 2013
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By Audrey Lundahl As a Coloradoan now living in Texas, the summer temperatures are trying. One way I cope is wearing heat-appropriate clothing. Wearing my sleeveless tops and dresses brings my full sleeve tattoo on my right arm to prominence. The reactions to this tattoo have been varied, from disapproving looks, questions about what it means, yells of “Nice tattoo!” or “Badass sleeve!” or even unwarranted touching and grabbing...
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On Love, Empathy, and Pleasure in the Age of Neoliberalism

July 9, 2013
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In this, the age of late capital and neoliberalism, numbness is desired and the erotic is feared. Audre Lorde aptly deemed this the “fear of feeling” in her now classic essay, “Uses of the erotic: the erotic as power.” In the essay, Lorde presages a future in which the “good” is commodified—a future where the doing of “the good” is trivialized and emptied of deep feeling, sensation, connection to...
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Call for Submissions: TFW Love as a Radical Act Forum

July 9, 2013
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love as a radical act

Times always seem to be especially trying for those of us committed to transnationally eradicating anti-feminist, racist, and imperialist politics both publicly and privately. Like most years, 2013 has been especially challenging, and the year is not yet over. Admittedly, we’ve had a lot to celebrate. For example, Editorial Collective (EC) member Darnell L. Moore helped launch “Ring the Bell,” a movement that combats violence against women, several EC...
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The Downfalls of Feminism and Why I Am Still a Feminist

July 8, 2013
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The Downfalls of Feminism and Why I Am Still a Feminist

By Eren Cervantes-Altamirano I knew I was a feminist when I was in the third grade. Then, I was an aspiring class president in a classroom of 50 students where the majority were women. My opponent was a boy. While I knew I had the best qualities to be class president, I was soon discouraged by my classmates’ and teachers’ attitudes towards women in leadership roles.  Someone asked, “How many female...
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Op-Ed: The Military's Culture of Sexual Violence

July 7, 2013
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Op-Ed: The Military's Culture of Sexual Violence

By Carrie Reed Earlier this year, a monumental announcement came from Department of Defense lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles. However, women have been in combat for years. What’s changed is that they will finally be compensated with combat pay just as every man serving in a combat zone. Coincidentally, only three days before the announcement was made, survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) were sitting...
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Reading Rachel

July 5, 2013
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Reading Rachel

By Rashna Batliwala Singh “Are you listening?” Rachel Jeantel asked defense attorney Don West in the trial of George Zimmerman, as he seemed to turn and walk away from her. As I watched, I somehow felt that Jeantel was asking the question not only of Don West but of everyone out there, and I don’t just mean those in the courtroom. All of a sudden, postcolonial critic Gayatri Spivak’s brilliant but...
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