NYC College Network of Reproductive Justice

2014-15 The Year of James Baldwin - A City-Wide Multidisciplinary Celebration

YESSSSS.

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Nina Simone and James Baldwin

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Nina Simone and James Baldwin

By: Sincecombahee

““To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that’s political, in its most profound way.” —June Jordan”

Truth.

"When we give love, real love-not the emotional exchange of I will give you what you want if you give me what I want, but genuine care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust-it can serve as the seductive catalyst for change." - bell hooks

Change with the seasons. Take your cue from the leaves when autumn consumes summer. Fall without purpose and see where you land. Do not place too much meaning on the act of falling. Do not read something in to it. Sometimes it is just necessary. It is not the falling that counts, after all, it is what you do next.

Stop writing poems about loneliness. Gather every piece of paper chaotic with emotion, and put them all in a box under your bed. Name the box ‘This Is How Far I Have Come’ and let it gather dust. The day that you discover it again, you will probably struggle to remember those months of tears and green tea, when all you wanted was to un-stitch your graceless heart from your sleeve and lock it in Cinderella’s tower where it could no longer get you in trouble.

Sleep in till 11:21am and drink coffee and write poetry ideas on the unpainted piece of wall beside your bed. Buy the most expensive lipstick you can find and spend the next month eating budget ready meals and drinking cheap vodka with your friends. Light a candle for yourself once a month and when you blow it out before you get into to bed, look up at the moon and thank her for teaching you the value in rising. Thank her for the lessons she has given you in how to shine when the only thing around you is darkness.

Pack a small bag: notebook, money, lipstick; and jump on the first train you see. Take in the unconcerned passengers around you. They do not think you are broken. Get off at a station with a pretty sounding name, like Honeybourne. Explore every inch of it. Eat in their cafés and write poetry about completeness while you sip coffee. Walk down quiet streets and run your fingers through fallen leaves. You understand them now. Stand underneath the branches of the most gnarled tree you can find and tell yourself ‘He is not here. The people in these houses have never heard of him and they are okay. It is possible to not know him and be able to breathe without it hurting.’

—   Now That He Is Still Gone And You Are Almost Fine. (via lilacmaypentagon)

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"My dream is that you will never let no man, no one tell you…you cannot do some things because you are a woman, Latina, be willing to overcome obstacles and take risks. I spent too much time being scared to do something different"- My Mama

Dedicated to Michelle, Connie, & Beatrice 

I am part of a continuum of women everywhere fighting, loving, and working to create a vision of a world radically different than the present. 

My story is not just mine. It is the story of generations of strong Latinas, Tejanas, and Chicanas who sought better living conditions for their children and families. I am humbled to be in a position in which I have the opportunity and potential to follow my life path. This path is far greater than my own. It is the compilation of the lives, dreams, and struggles of my mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers.

I recognize that I am standing on the shoulders of these amazing women and it has provided me with the drive to push myself and continually guides me when I am lost.

Women are powerful. And often at times we are conditioned to not embrace it. I myself, have on countless occasions have shy away because of the negative association with power that is the dominant narrative. Yet, power can be used to dismantle the very inequalities that ravage our society.

We have the ability to carry life, nurture, and heal nations.

I have My strength, My vision, My passion, My kindness and My hope because of the strong women in my life.  

-HLR

Meet Max, 16, a Golden Boy and intersex

transitiontransmission:

Abigail Tarttelin is only 25 but her second novel, released this month, is already on the shelves and you’d have to look pretty hard to find a bad review.

Golden Boy is the story of Max Walker, a 16-year-old with a lifestyle that every schoolboy would envy – the only complication being that he is half schoolgirl.

It is very rare for a novel, TV show or movie to tackle the issue of intersexuality head-on. So GSN caught up with Tarttelin to find out what drew her to the subject, how she views the wider issues raised in her book, and why stories of its ilk are so rare in mainstream entertainment.

‘It was the summer of 2011 and I was thinking a lot about gender roles in general,’ says Tarttelin, on the genesis of Golden Boy. ‘I don’t particularly think men and women are very different.

‘I think there are a lot more differences within the spectrum of one gender than there are between the genders. I was thinking “okay so what does make us different?” and I came to the conclusion that it was our experience of the world, how we experience it through our gender, and how people treat us because of our gender.

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christinefriar:

The Nu Project’s Nude Photos Tell The Truth About Women’s Bodies

The Nu Project is a no-glamor honest look at beauty and image in our world.

Female nudity isn’t hard to come by in the media, but the bodies we see usually represent a fairly limited scope of sizes and shapes. The Nu Project, a collection of nude photographs shot by Minneapolis photographer Matt Blum, seeks to add some variety to the mix. Blum started The Nu Project in 2005 but said it really took off when his wife, Katy Kessler, became the project’s editor. Blum sees the photos as filling a void. “When I started shooting nudes there was no project like it,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. The things that I had seen either used models with typical model bodies or average people who were made to look extremely unimpressive. I figured there was a way to treat women (of any size/shape) like models and photograph them beautifully, respectfully without a lot of sexual under or overtones. The women photographed are all volunteers, and most of the pictures are taken in the subjects’ homes — where they feel most comfortable. The Nu Project’s website showcases six galleries of nudes, three shot in North America, three in South America. Although Blum told HuffPost that he feels that they have a “good variety of people involved,” he and Kessler acknowledge on The Nu Project website that they’d love for the subjects to be more diverse. “The hardest part for us is that the project is 100 percent volunteer, so I do not see the women until I show up at their door,” Blum writes on the website. “We’re doing our best to encourage all types of women, but we need volunteers of all backgrounds and walks of life to make the project more complete.” Blum said he ultimately hopes that these images inspire the women who see them to feel better about their own bodies. “It’s been really exciting to hear people react to the images,” he told HuffPost. “We get a lot of feedback from women (especially) who have struggled to see themselves as beautiful, and this project has helped them on that path.”

http://thenuproject.com/

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womenwhokickass:

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.

womenwhokickass:

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.
buzzfeed:

Just stop. 

buzzfeed:

Just stop. 

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sampsoniawaymag:

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.

Continue reading at Sampsonia Way

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

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fuckyeahlatinamericanhistory:

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&#8230;and nearly dead of happiness. 

fuckyeahlatinamericanhistory:

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. 

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readabookson:

https://anonfiles.com/file/6ded7ca2b1992e630fdff7b149db4b6a

This book by bell hooks has literally healed me in multiple ways and challenged me on what I perceived to be Love. 

readabookson:

https://anonfiles.com/file/6ded7ca2b1992e630fdff7b149db4b6a

This book by bell hooks has literally healed me in multiple ways and challenged me on what I perceived to be Love.