Shades of Darkness—And Now A Sliver of Light

January 26, 2013
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Today, January 26, 2013, marks India’s 64th anniversary as a republic. It is not an old republic if seen in “nation” years but definitely old in “human” years. My mother is 64, which means she was born in the year India was declared a republic—she was one of the many millions of Indians to whom the nation and its constitution (and its pledge to making their lives free) was...
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Victory

January 25, 2013
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Victory

By Erica Cardwell In grade school, we used a phonics book called the Victory Drill Book. It was filled with various words, prefixes, suffixes, and alliteration to sharpen our learning skills through timed phonetic repetition. The book was a hardcover–navy blue, with its name branded in gold on the front. We’d been trained to trace each word with a pencil held horizontally under each pairing or phrase, with a...
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

January 23, 2013
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Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware

Emblematic of a generation of men and women in the South that challenged their parents’ generation’s views on race, jobs, gender, sexuality, and a broader sense of the world, Anne Braden did more than look backwards.  She, like Bayard Rustin, was a woman “ahead of her times, yet the times didn’t know it.”  Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, a documentary from California Newsreel, highlights how she did not merely respond...
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Roe v. Wade's 40th Anniversary

January 22, 2013
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Roe v. Wade's 40th Anniversary

By Rachel G. Fuchs This week, we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed women the fundamental human right to make one of the most personal and difficult medical decisions – whether to terminate a pregnancy.  Over 60 percent of Americans agree with this Supreme Court ruling, and the legality of this fundamental right helps keep the procedure safe.  The illegality of...
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Choosing Our Own Lives: Two 40-Something Feminists Reflect on Roe

January 22, 2013
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Choosing Our Own Lives: Two 40-Something Feminists Reflect on Roe

By Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Monica J. Casper January 20, 2013 Aishah: Are you there, Monica? It’s me, Aishah....
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Washington Post and 'Feminist Americans' Won't Let Michelle Obama Have It All

January 20, 2013
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Washington Post and 'Feminist Americans' Won't Let Michelle Obama Have It All

This began as an essay about the re-emergence of the “having it all” debate, led by Anne Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic last year. Then, the Washington Post ran a story this week about the feminist backlash against Michelle Obama’s insistence that she is a “mom-in-chief,” and this essay took on a new life for me. I have argued that trickle-down feminism, the likes of which Slaughter champions,...
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What We Aren’t Talking About When We Talk About Gun Control

January 18, 2013
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What We Aren’t Talking About When We Talk About Gun Control

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, the airwaves have been vibrating—often furiously—with conversations about guns. And as always in the United States, the issue is framed as a rigid binary of pro and con, them and us. Gun control advocates, including President Obama, want to place the discursive emphasis firmly on violence and the harm guns cause. They largely support restrictions of various kinds. Gun owners and gun...
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Code Red Homophobia: Homelessness, HIV and Black Religiosity

January 17, 2013
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Code Red Homophobia: Homelessness, HIV and Black Religiosity

For the past several months, Crenshaw Boulevard in predominantly black South Los Angeles has featured a series of striking billboards condemning homophobia and its role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  The billboards are the work of the black gay activist group In the Meantime Men, headed by Jeffrey King.  Sounding a “code red alarm” on the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic amongst African Americans King said, “The staggering rates of increased teen...
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Three Poems

January 16, 2013
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Three Poems

by Alessandra Lynch     mademoiselles d’avignon   The one we look at as the one cursed hangs her orange beast-face, a block for a breast   angular, vacant might-be eyes or maybe some shape screwed to fit the composition of the idea, the abstraction, the thing, a smile or simply a slit through which you can draw your ticket and enter the gate (I’m afraid, sir, you’ll  find...
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Ovary

January 15, 2013
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I left my ovary on the subway last night. Stepped out. Felt light. Heard the doors close behind me, and realized I’d left my ovary behind.   If there was an honest person left in New York, maybe they would return it. But you can get 2000 dollars for an egg, at least that’s what the Village Voice says. And with enough eggs in there to last me a...
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Dismantling the Anti-Life Alliance

January 14, 2013
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Dismantling the Anti-Life Alliance

By Maria Faini In Marietta, Ohio, on an October afternoon just prior to the recent Presidential election, Tea Party and Catholic protesters confronted Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic sisters dedicated to spreading awareness about the social consequences of Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Holding signs with messages such as “Romney/Ryan Yes, Fake Nuns No,” protesters accused Sister Simone Campbell and her fellow nuns of promoting leftist platforms...
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