Reina Gossett: Why she kicks ass
- She joined the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in July 2010 as the membership coordinator, and staffs the newly created Movement Building Team, working to develop SRLP’s membership and community organizing work.
- Formerly, she was the director of the Welfare Organizing Project at Queers For Economic Justice, and is a Soros Justice Fellow at Critical Resistance.
- She also has numerous writing credits, including The Scholar & Feminist Online and Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex.
Seven books have been removed from classrooms in the Tucson Unified School District. Censored writers have responded to the measure in interviews and blogs; others have not yet publically commented.
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Latinos in Arizona, I tell you to order and buy these books. They think they can take away the books, but they can’t take away your freedom. Even if you don’t like to read, make it a point to read these. Si se puede!
People interested in this, which you all should be, should go ahead and like the U.N.I.D.O.S. facebook page! They’re a group of TUSD high school/college students who I had the pleasure of hearing speak about the subject via Skype last week in an Ethnic Studies Teach-In we held here at Yale. They’re doing all they can and any sort of donations would really help them out with getting supplies and the message out there.
Chicano! is one of my textbooks this semester. It is really a great book, it’s written in such an easy to read/understand way without compromising the amount of knowledge that’s packed into it. And the rest of these books look amazing too. But no, they don’t want us to know our history, how they lynched us, how they treated us like nothing, and they don’t want us to know that we have history, that we are a strong people. But we are. We are.
My WISHLIST. <3
United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama today. Said the president, ”Dolores was very gracious when I told her I had stolen her slogan, Si, se puede. Yes, we can. Knowing her, I’m pleased that she let me off easy— because Dolores does not play.”
I met and got to take a photo with this fierce Latina about a month ago…and nearly dead of happiness.
This book by bell hooks has literally healed me in multiple ways and challenged me on what I perceived to be Love.
One Billion Rising! A picture from Peru. Thanks to Sarah for sending this to me!!
For everyone in Ulm: One Billion Rising is happening on the 14th Feb. check out their Facebook page for all event details! It’s going to be POWERFUL.
WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL: Untold Stories
This Academy Award-nominated film features compelling first person accounts which reveal the physical, legal, and emotional consequences during the era when abortion was a criminal act. Remembrances include those of women who experienced illegal abortions, doctors who risked imprisonment and loss of their licenses for providing illegal abortions, and individuals who broke the law by helping women find safe abortions.
This made me cry, these brave women and medical personel! In the 1950s, 20-30 women came to hospitals in bigger towns every day because they had had illegal abortions.
Abortion isn’t about women wanting to do abortions. They have to. It is never a happy decision, and in many places of the world, it can still lead to death and humiliation.
Also, I never knew that abortions were legal in the US until the 1850s. Real freedom.
The mainstream media is ripe with oversexualized images of women of color, and policy often stigmatizes and shames this same group of people. Women of color and poor women are blamed for their inability to keep their legs closed and for having too many children. For marginalized groups of women, sex is not linked to pleasure or freedom; it is demonized and used as an example of all the ways in which these women lack self-control. As a result, a lot of conversations around sexual freedom discount the experience of people of color, failing to take into account how much sexual freedom is assumed to hinge on a woman’s privilege—be it because of her race, economic status, or social standing.
Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Jill Nelson, Alice Walker, Leti Volpp, Saidiya Hartman, and countless other feminists of color have either directly or indirectly brought up the idea that the social consequences of sex are greater for women of color. Women are sexualized by the media, period, but women of color face a unique set of circumstances where they have historically been hypersexualized, and then held to white standards of purity. According to popular ideas of sexuality, women of color start out impure. One concrete example of this happens around rape and sexual assault. When the survivor is a woman of color, the assumption is that she started out consenting. After all, the bodies of women of color are for consumption and therefore they are always ready and willing to have sex.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay (via spartanbitch)