Proving Rape to Receive Public Assistance: Pennsylvania HB 2718

December 10, 2012
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Proving Rape to Receive Public Assistance: Pennsylvania HB 2718

By Kalen Young Now that the adrenaline from November 6th has begun to wear off, I find my concentration turning to more localized legislation. My fervor for this year’s presidential election proved to be a potent distraction from bills lurking under the radar, like Pennsylvania’s H.B. 2718. Recently, riding on the residual ardor of the presidential race, I began sifting through proposed legislation that I had not given adequate...
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The Perpetual Dumb Girl

December 6, 2012
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The Perpetual Dumb Girl

By Erika L. Sánchez Sometimes, when I have to walk past a group of teenage girls, I fear I’ll hear a version of the affected dumb girl voice. As I shuffle past, I cringe and shake my head like an old shrew. The way they stretch out every syllable is almost painful and my feminist inclination is to irrationally scream a phrase I’ve stolen from my friend:  Do you...
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TFW Poet Spotlight: Darrel Alejandro Holnes

December 5, 2012
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TFW Poet Spotlight: Darrel Alejandro Holnes

By Darrel Alejandro Holnes Post-Racial You have been a vegan for years and are tired of fearful fishes trembling when you fly above, tired of guilt their fright creates, how there aren’t enough berries in the world for you to eat to make up for devouring countless fishes in the past. You say that we’re post-carnivore, that eagles no longer feast upon the sea’s silver surface; that we’ve elected...
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Kasandra Michelle Perkins: We Must Say Her Name

December 3, 2012
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Kasandra Michelle Perkins: We Must Say Her Name

  In the aftermath of the tragic murder of Kasandra Michelle Perkins, and the subsequent suicide of Jovan Belcher, much of the media and social media chatter have focused on Belcher.  Indeed, Kasandra Michelle Perkins has been an afterthought in public conversations focused on questions regarding the Chiefs’ ability to play, concussions, masculinity, guns, and the culture of football in the aftermath of this tragedy. Over at the always...
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For the Women of Ciudad Juárez

December 3, 2012
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  In late September of 2012, we gathered at the site where the remains of eight murdered women and girls were found in an open field known as el Campo Algodonero (The Cottonwood Field), located across from the maquiladora industry’s headquarters in Ciudad Juárez.  Since the discovery of their bodies eleven years ago this November, Campo Algodonero has been an “unofficial memorial,” a gathering site for public art installations,...
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Concluding TFW's Forum on World AIDS Day 2012

December 2, 2012
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Concluding TFW's Forum on World AIDS Day 2012

Today marks the conclusion of our Forum on World AIDS Day, but we are committed to making space for critical conversations on HIV/AIDS throughout the year. Indeed, we must remember, as writer and visual artist Ted Kerr reminds us: ”Every day is World AIDS Day, once a year the media remembers.” As we bring this forum to an end, we remember the many people whose lives have been devastated by...
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HIV and Bumming Cigarettes: A Conversation With tiona.m.

December 1, 2012
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HIV and Bumming Cigarettes: A Conversation With tiona.m.

I first met award-winning Black lesbian filmmaker tiona.m. (Tiona McClodden) in Atlanta in spring 2005 when she was working as a freelance videographer at Spelman College. I was in the near final post-production stages of my film NO! The Rape Documentary when I was an Artist-in-Residence at Spelman College’s Women’s Resource and Research Center’s Digital Moving Image Salon. Our friendship and camaraderie developed when she provided invaluable technical support...
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The Work, Frontline HIV Prevention Workers, & the Labor of Love Yet To Be Done

December 1, 2012
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The Work, Frontline HIV Prevention Workers, & the Labor of Love Yet To Be Done

By: Lillian Rivera, MPH & Edgar Rivera Colón, PhD December 1st, World AIDS Day, represents a multitude of things to people involved in addressing and living with the enduring global pandemic. Our own lives would have been very different if the HIV/AIDS crisis had not visited and wreaked havoc upon the communities of our concern and affiliation — including our family members and network of friends. One of the co-authors...
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HIV/AIDS in the Prison Industrial Complex

November 30, 2012
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HIV/AIDS in the Prison Industrial Complex

By Sandy Guillaume As the United States prepared to mark another World AIDS Day (WAD), I wondered to myself: What catchy slogan will be used this year to call attention to the never-ending fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS? This year’s slogan, “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation,” assumes that we are actually “working together.” But are we working together? Or, have some of us resigned ourselves to the position of...
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TFW Interviews an Expert in the HIV Prevention Field: Dr. David Malebranche

November 30, 2012
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TFW: The theme for World AIDS Day from 2011-2015, which is “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths,” is a forward-looking goal that some may read as hyperbolic given the steady rates of HIV among certain populations. Can we get to zero? If so, what do we need to get there? DJM: I think you are right to call it hyperbole, but I get...
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The Assembly

November 29, 2012
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Queens, NY 1984 Nothing in P.S. 19 was ever heated enough. The auditorium, the cafeteria, the large windows with their pull-down plastic vinyl drapes rattled in another winter storm.  Ms. Cooperman, our teacher, frowned as she saw us shiver. “Bring your coats,” she said. “We’re having an assembly.”  It had snowed heavily the day before, and not many students or teachers had come to school. It would be another...
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