Complexities and Messiness: Race, Gender, Disability and the Carceral State (Part I)

August 11, 2015
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By Carolyn Tyjewski I’ve been an activist for decades, and always intentionally (and sometimes not) at the intersections of communities that are fighting similar battles. Whether it was fighting the multiplicity of discriminatory processes of Ohio State University administration’s actions and policies or protesting in front of the Supreme Court steps, there was never just one message, one articulation, or one fight. There was instead, and always, many going on...
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Collective Dreaming: An Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Almah LaVon

August 10, 2015
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By Tala Khanmalek If what we need to dream, to move our spirits most deeply and directly toward and through promise, is discounted as a luxury, then we give up the core—the fountain—of our power, our womanness; we give up the future of our worlds. –Audre Lorde Co-organized by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Almah LaVon, Dark Sciences: A People of Color Dream Retreat is the first convening of a queer-black-feminist imagined collective...
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5 poems by Khadijah Queen

August 5, 2015
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I don’t remember how old I was when I saw Lou Rawls but we were on Wilshire somewhere with my mom & he drove a Rolls the color of rich cream every finger had gold & diamonds on it & the woman passenger wore a white fur coat & her bouffant stretched high enough to almost brush the inside roof of the car she also had on a lot...
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Deconstructing the Arrest of Sandra Bland

August 4, 2015
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By Erick A. Paulino By now, most people in the United States know who Sandra Bland is and the circumstances that led to her arrest on July 10, 2105 in Fuller County, Texas. Ms. Bland was pulled over by Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia who alleged she had not signaled a lane change, warranting the stop. In audiotape from their encounter, Ms. Bland claimed Encinia sped up behind her...
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Why Did Sandra Bland Die? (And Why We Need a White Anti-Racist Feminist Posse)

August 3, 2015
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By Zillah Eisenstein By now Sandra Bland’s name has been in the news for several weeks. A 28-year old Black woman is stopped by a white police officer. She saw the police officer in her rear view mirror and tried to get out of his way. He pulled her over for moving lanes without using her signal. She gets a ticket, which is a bit of an overreach in...
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2 poems by Lee Ann Roripaugh

July 29, 2015
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……………….tsunami battles the pink robots / french poststructuralist tsunami     it’s such a pitiful bukkake those post-tsunami Roombas   cooling down   plant walls stripping off paint   and concrete surface with their waterjets   (Hitachi’s “Arounder” Mitsubishi’s “MEISTeR”   the diesel-fueled “ASTACO-SoRa”)   but hers / is still bigger than theirs / mythological   slippery and apocryphal as Butler’s lesbian phallus   she doesn’t give a shit about...
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#SayHerName: #SandraBland is Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer

July 22, 2015
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We interrupt our summer break to #SayHerName and to honor #SandraBland. Sandra Bland should not be dead but she may have taken her own life. I awoke this morning thinking about Sandra and that edited (and here and here) dash cam video. It is clear, to my mind at least, that sista refused the oppressors oppression, did not mince words, and quite possibly chose her own destiny. Prior to...
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3 poems by Darrian Wesley

July 22, 2015
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Words Before Dying   As my mother’s mother warned of her love when I confessed,   gay: many have died for this. But to bullet this body   bloody as good ganja does the eye’s white would be   a shame. Who would write my poems or throw my shade?   Pray God take the breath of our blood, He drain its strivings   to be holy, leave me...
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A poem by Amy Lukau

July 15, 2015
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i always wanted to work on a cotton plantation. you know, somewhere in the deep south. close to cajun town but deeper toward the mouth   of the void:   Georgia North Carolina Mississippi or Tennessee.   i want to get toward the heart of darkness —experience the voodoo of Louisiana: enlightenment. rock babies to sleep in a cradle: like President Obama. i want my bottle of 40 i...
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Act Out features TFW’s Heidi R. Lewis

July 8, 2015
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Heidi R. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College and Associate Editor for TFW, was recently interviewed by Eleanor Goldfield on Act Out!, a weekly show (Wednesdays) that "hi-lights creative and grassroots activism and how to get involved."
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2 pieces by Cherie Jones

July 7, 2015
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In Memoriam   I mourn my vagina, and miss her. My husband mourns her too.  As things progressed, we’d used a special Morse when he wanted to make love.  ‘How is she?’ he’d mutter, ‘Alright?’ (dot.dot.dot.)  ‘Not so good,’ I’d stutter, and he’d hug me, too guilty of health to request a hand job. Sometimes, when he asked, I’d say, ‘She’s fine,’ even if she wasn’t quite, and he would...
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