How I Use Pinterest To Explore the Difficulties of Violence Against Black Women and Girls

January 21, 2014
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By Sonya Donaldson When I first used Pinterest, it was with the same intent and fervor of many of those who create boards that feature fashion, food, and other amusements. But a news story that emerged in 2010 forced me to rethink Pinterest for teaching and research in 2011. As news emerged that Lonnie David Franklin (dubbed the “Grim Sleeper”) had been caught, I thought back to the first time...
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How Anti-violence Activism Taught Me to Become a Prison Abolitionist

January 21, 2014
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By Beth E. Richie Sometimes we learn our most profound political lessons in the contours of our everyday activism.  This is certainly the case for me as I recount my journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation. My journey began in Harlem, the renowned...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Until the Last One…

January 21, 2014
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By Olivia N. Jones, Mount Holyoke College ‘14   September 14, 2013 was Marissa Alexander’s 33rd birthday.  It is undoubtedly incredibly unfortunate that this black mother of three, who had no prior arrests, was forced to spend this birthday (and at least the next 10, if Florida has its way) behind bars.  What is worse than that, however, is the reason why she was yanked from her community and her...
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“Fire in the Skies”: Introduction to the Mumia and Mass Incarceration Forum

January 20, 2014
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On December 9, 1981, journalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested and later charged and convicted for murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The prosecution’s evidence was weak and pointed to the framing of an innocent man. In the weeks and days before Mumia’s scheduled date of execution (August 17, 1995), millions of people around the world took to the streets in protest. Their collective chant “if Mumia dies,...
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Alternatives to the Present System of Capitalist Injustice

January 20, 2014
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By Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Y. Davis   The Feminist Wire offers an exclusive look at this new essay to be published in the forthcoming volume Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, edited by Frances Goldin, Michael Smith, and Debby Smith. Read it here before it hits the shelves! We live in an era of mega-incarceration on a scale that can scarcely be imagined. The United States locks up...
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Mumia Abu-Jamal on Martin Luther King, Women, and the Movement

January 20, 2014
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The Feminist Wire Exclusive: Mumia Abu-Jamal offers a timely message for Martin Luther King Day that addresses the gender politics of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements as well as the need for prison abolition, ending violence against women and girls of color, and fighting for LGBT rights. Hear Mumia’s other commentaries at Prison Radio.     Get involved with the Free Mumia Movement: Visit the Bring Mumia...
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Because Someday Someone Should Ask, “Do You Remember Where You Were When Amiri Baraka Died?”

January 17, 2014
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By khoLi All those major events we lived through. If we responded to them as conscious Black intellectuals, we had to try to become soldiers ourselves. That is why we wrote the way we did, because we wanted to. —Amiri Baraka Do not leave the arena to the fools. —Toni Cade Bambara Amiri Baraka has died. I am currently writing a dissertation, “Running Out of Time: Radicalism, Resistance, and the Future of...
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Feminist Football Fan: Reflections from the 12th Woman

January 17, 2014
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By Kimberly George My feminism and my love of football have a complicated relationship. When I was eight and watching Dave Krieg, Steve Largent, and my beloved Seattle Seahawks, I dreamed of being the first female player in the NFL.  It felt unjust to me that no women were allowed in, and I wanted to be the first. My ever-supportive mother suggested I could one day be a kicker...
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Trans Is the New Black?: On CeCe McDonald, Mister Cee, Orange Is The New Black, and Trans Women of Color

January 16, 2014
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By Jasmine Salters Last week, the appearance of Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and trans model Carmen Carrerra on Katie Couric’s ABC daytime show Katie sparked important dialogue about transgender individuals. When Couric asked the women invasive questions about transitioning and surgery, Cox powerfully deconstructed the ways in which fixation on the bodies of transgender people distracts from their material realities. “By focusing on bodies,”...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: I am a girl

January 15, 2014
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By Rasheé Johnson I am a girl With imperfect skin With imperfect intentions I am an imperfect person With a strong spirit But with strong doubts I doubt myself As do you With your statements Of fact, of course You say: “You’re so sensitive” And I say: “Am I?” Am I really? Do I really, Respond quite quickly To the slightest of change “Are you on your?” Dot dot...
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An excerpt from The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom

January 15, 2014
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An excerpt from The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom

eraser:   She found it in the corner. She picked it up. Brought it close. This happened at a time when her head was unusually large. She loved games. Two favorites being “Cleaning Out Shoes” and “Feeling Old People’s Skin.” In “Cleaning Out Shoes” she would take a bobby pin and run it through the grooves on the bottoms of people’s shoes, removing and examining minute grit, color of...
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