Breaking Boundaries & A Night of Spoken Word

This weekend the Sarah Lawrence community will be celebrating Women’s History Month with our 13th Annual Women’s History Month Conference, Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics & the Dynamics of Difference.  Friday, the conference opens with a plenary featuring Marilyn Wann (author of Fat! So?) then a Night of Spoken Word featuring Maria James-Thiaw and Lara Frater, plus other artists: Ms. MaDonna Awotwi a.k.a. Sankofa the Poet, … Continue reading Breaking Boundaries & A Night of Spoken Word

This Week: Trust Black Women, Egypt Against US Colonialism, & more

Egypt’s Nawal El Saadawi: ‘We Will Not Let Egypt Burn’ The Root: “NS: I don’t expect the power or support or interference of anyone, of any government. We here in Egypt are fed up with U.S. colonialism.” Sister Song and the Trust Black Women Partnership: “Black women are not the pawns of these white people who erect such billboards. We find them offensive, racist, sexist … Continue reading This Week: Trust Black Women, Egypt Against US Colonialism, & more

Police join protesters in Wisconsin; Thousands rally in New York

or, “THIS IS NOT A BUDGET ISSUE, THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE” Today, as reported by Jenn Breckenridge at The Understory, police officers joined protesters inside the Wisconsin State Capitol: From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports: “Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join … Continue reading Police join protesters in Wisconsin; Thousands rally in New York

This Week: Reproductive Justice Under Attack, Wisconsin Protests, & More

This is what “pro-life” means? Salon: “The excuse used by Republicans is that we are saving taxpayer money. Saving money in exchange for breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, STD testing and care: Welcome to the movement that has long billed itself as ‘pro-life.’” When rape is a risk that comes with the job Feministing: “In fact, when it comes to many dangerous professions, it’s only … Continue reading This Week: Reproductive Justice Under Attack, Wisconsin Protests, & More

Rep. Gwen Moore & Rep. Jackie Speier: Amazing Speeches on the House Floor

As House Republicans argued for extremist measures to cut assistance to women, children, and men who use Planned Parenthood’s services, Gwen Moore and Jackie Speier bravely shared their own personal experiences on the House floor.  Their words are a reminder of the dire necessity to have more women and people of color serving in legislative positions. Continue reading Rep. Gwen Moore & Rep. Jackie Speier: Amazing Speeches on the House Floor

Stand Up For Planned Parenthood

Please sign this petition: I Stand With Planned Parenthood. As budget cuts loom, Planned Parenthood is in danger of losing crucial federal funding, including funds to provide HIV testing, cancer screenings, birth control access, and many more services that Planned Parenthood provides on a sliding scale in communities across the country.  As one of millions of women who used these services during the years I … Continue reading Stand Up For Planned Parenthood

Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities

Jamie Varriale Velez and I are participating in this great conference this week in Seattle. We’re on a “DIY Media” panel at the University of Washington/Seattle University’s Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities conference. Here’s a blurb about what we’ll be talking about: “Disassemble it and dialogue with me”: Communication as Punk Feminist Cultural Activism Using our experiences within the New York City DIY/Punk … Continue reading Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities

This Week: Miss San Antonio Fights for her Crown & More

The Women of Tahrir Square PRI’s The World: “Women have long been told, by the government and even by opposition groups here, that their rights are a priority — but that economic reforms, or security concerns, or cultural considerations must come first.” How Microbicides Could Forever Change HIV For Black Women ColorLines: “This year marks 30 years since this epidemic officially began. During that time, … Continue reading This Week: Miss San Antonio Fights for her Crown & More