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
Protest turned to celebration today in Egypt with the announcement of Mubarak’s immediate resignation after nearly thirty years of rule. The people have triumphed, and Egypt will never be the same. Be sure to check out Al Jazeera English’s live stream of continued coverage here. Also, take a look at some on-the-ground reporting and analysis this week from young bloggers. Thanks to 1st year women’s … Continue reading Making History in Egypt
Super Bowl News and Analysis Huffington Post: What to Say to Young Boys and Men About Big Ben “There will also likely be considerable hand-wringing from many in Steeler Nation, who will cheer for their team with a troubled conscience, out of concern that their cheers could be construed as support for a man — the team’s quarterback and on-field leader — with a disgraceful … Continue reading Super Bowl Round-Up
Below is an excerpt of an article originally posted at For the Birds Feminist Collective. I’ve been a vegan for the last five years. I have always intuitively connected not using animal derived products to my feminist politics, but only recently was asked to articulate this relationship for a symposium at at local college. Once I dedicated time, thought, and research to the topic I … Continue reading Feminism & Veganism
Please consider signing this petition at Change.org calling on Governor Kasich of Ohio to pardon Williams-Bolar for unfair sentencing. I was infuriated yesterday when I visited The Boyce Blog (via Racialicious’s daily link roundup) to learn about a black woman in Ohio, Kelley Williams-Bolar, who is being sent to jail for sending her children to the wrong school district. Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse writes, … Continue reading Petition to Pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar
Here’s a sneak peak at a new documentary, “Not Just A Game” by sports writer and editor Dave Zirin on politics, racism, and gender in sports, now out on DVD through the Media Education Foundation. Continue reading Sports Documentary on Social Change
After feeling as if her comments regarding Michael Vick were not properly contextualized on her appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, Melissa Harris-Perry took the opportunity to flesh out the history of race and animal rights on her group blog today. I was happy to see she tackled the issue of Tucker Carlson’s recent comments that Michael Vick should be executed as punishment … Continue reading Melissa Harris-Perry: Michael Vick, Racial History, and Animal Rights
More commentary on the 15oth anniversary of the secession of South Carolina from the Union. Here’s Laura Flanders of GRITtv. Continue reading GRITtv: What We Mean When We Say States’ Rights
ColorLines put out this video by Jorge Rivas highlighting the year in race issues. Take a look. Continue reading The Year in Race
I wrote this on November 16th but was hesitant to post it due to recent comments on this blog that reeked of racism and a general distaste for addressing white privilege. Upon revisiting it, I decided it is better published than sitting in our draft box.
Two articles on my reading list this morning brought me back to the Civil Rights Era in American History. First, Latoya Peterson at Racialicious did a great review of Condoleezza Rice’s new book Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. Peterson highlighted Rice’s lucid details of the salient threats of violence that ravaged Alabama at this time, while also questioning Rice’s foreign policy more recently.
Then, my attention was brought to Robbie Brown of the New York Times, who reported yesterday that Alabama state trooper James Bonard Fowler finally plead guilty to his “fatal shooting” of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old civil rights activist, in 1965. Fowler considers the shooting self-defense rather than murder. While I write a lot about race in US culture, both articles served as a reminder of how recent this struggle, this violent and contentious time, actually is in our history. Continue reading “Revisiting the Civil Rights Era: Condoleezza Rice & James Bonard Fowler”