#FergusonFridays: Not all of the Black freedom fighters are men: An Interview with Black Women on the Front line in Ferguson

October 3, 2014
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By Kristin Braswell As we marched from West Florissant to the Ferguson Police Department on that sweltering day in August, a bevy of voices carried through the air like a canon with a very specific target. Two young women armed with a megaphone, climbed on top of a cement wall above the crowd. “If Mike don’t get it, shut it down! If we don’t get it, shut it down!”...
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How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh

October 3, 2014
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I am walking north on Buffalo Avenue from Crown Heights toward Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, passing corner stores and apartment complexes, looking for the Weeksville Heritage Center.  I don’t live in this neighborhood, and while I have friends and former partners who live in Bed-Stuy or Crown Heights, I have never put my feet on this particular patch of pavement.  One block south of the center, I see a massive,...
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On Ferguson, the Fragility of Black Boys, and Feminist Futures

October 2, 2014
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By Aliyyah. I. Abdur-Rahman Recently over dinner, my dear friend Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, and I were talking about both Michael Brown and my adolescent son, Isa. Sandy shared with me that she’d heard that black women had started purchasing clothing that was too small for their teenaged sons so that they might appear younger and thus would be less likely to be perceived as...
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Op-Ed: The Invisible People: Mohammed Sunuqrut’s Unreported Death

October 2, 2014
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By Yehuda Sharim In Israel and Gaza, as in Ferguson, Missouri, officials may declare an armistice, and attempt to remove citizens from the streets, but the wars will persist. The fears of existential global threats, namely ISIS, push news concerning domestic unrest off the front page. Growing rates of poverty, racial tensions, and unemployment seem to hardly be considered by the Israeli and US government. In such frantic and fear-ridden...
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“No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice:” Women at the Forefront of the People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014
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By Julie Gorecki “No climate justice without gender justice!” This was the banner slogan at the forefront of the women’s contingency that gathered for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21st in New York City. The message comes from the fact that global warming is most dramatically affecting women, primarily Indigenous women and women of the Global South, with disproportionate strain and suffering caused by unpredictable weather patterns,...
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#FergusonFridays: White Anti-Racism, Social Media, and the Problem of Self-Serving Allying

September 26, 2014
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Since Michael Brown’s murder, the Internet has been abuzz with content focusing on what white people could and should do to counter racism. Others have noted what white people should stop doing, too. Through social media, white anti-racism has become hyper-visible. Personal profile pictures are traded out for images intended to communicate a person’s identification with anti-racism. Posting becomes a way to affirm a person’s commitment to a movement....
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What My Mother Taught Me: Loving Self

September 25, 2014
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By Kimberly George Now in the third decade of my life, I am realizing all the things my mother was right about. She was right about drinking 2 glasses of water every morning. (Proper hydration upon waking will change your day.) She was right about eating more protein (and was way ahead of paleo.) She was right that getting B’s instead of A’s would make one’s life so much...
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Anti-Imperial Feminist Musings in Morocco

September 22, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein I traveled to Fez and Casablanca, Morocco, earlier this month to dialogue with Islamic Feminists there and to see, feel, and stretch myself to and in Northern Africa. What follows are a few thoughts about the complexity of traveling and being from the United States today while also being committed to building coalitions for peace, especially among feminists. And today means now, this urgent moment after...
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“I Am Because We Are: Ferguson, Family & Freedom” #FergusonFridays

September 19, 2014
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“Where one is oppressed, none are free.” So said several of the signs I saw in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly 3-weeks ago today. My trip to Ferguson, both a member of the Feminist Wire team and as a Black Life Matters rider, represents many things for me: activist commitments, civic participation in community, and Black feminist solidarity.  While there are multiple entry points for making sense of my experience in...
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Back Up, Back Off, and Listen

September 18, 2014
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By Aaminah Shakur In the wake of a very public war in Ferguson, Missouri, following the murder by police of Michael Brown, the white power structure in our country is having a meltdown. I doubt many of us are especially surprised that our white colleagues, family, and friends are showing themselves overwhelmingly incapable of dealing with current events. Many people of color are putting in long hours attempting to...
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Where are the White Feminists? MIA on Racist Misogynist Police Violence

September 16, 2014
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Where are the White Feminists? MIA on Racist Misogynist Police Violence

The Oklahoma NAACP recently called on the Department of Justice to investigate accused rapist and Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw for federal hate crime violations against his black women victims.  On September 5th, Holtzclaw was released on bail after being charged with sixteen counts of rape, sexual assault, stalking and sodomy.  Judge Tim Henderson (who is running for reelection unopposed) reduced Holtzclaw’s bail from $5 million to $500,000...
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  • I’ve Got Something To Say About This: A Survival Incantation Kate Rushin
credit/copyright: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    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.”

  • what is left M. Nzadi Keita
photograph: ©Elizabeth Ho

    By M. Nzadi Keita                     after Toni Cade Bambara   death rides a silencer into your blood and swims toward the mind what you remember starts with a smile a raw edge a single snip from the someone dead it is […]

  • Praise to the Writer Toni Cade Bambara,
Southern Collective of African American Writers (SCAAW), 1988
©Susan J. Ross

    Toni Cade made an art of living
    Toni stood and we were lifted
Toni spoke and our lives were saved
    Toni listened and we were validated
    She is the breast that fed our union
    Hers’ was the womb of our nourishment

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