fuxxitup said:

A person who notices that the struggle for black women is not the same as white women is called a womanist. Just thought I'd let people know that :)

Thanks

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TRIGGER WARNING …

So, by now you have all heard of 22 year old Elliot Rodger who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, a community in Santa Barbara, California. One Friday night, Elliot shot and killed 7 people, including himself, close to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.

Prior to his violent shooting rampage, Elliot recorded a video titled, Day of Retribution in which he states, “college is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in in loneliness, it’s not fair.” and “you girls have never been attracted to me, I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it”.

About a month ago, after seeing some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, his family contacted authorities. Law Enforcement interviewed Elliot and said they found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human’ and took no further action.

Now we have media outlets labeling Elliot as a “mad man”, “spoiled brat”, “misunderstood”, “good human” etc and continuing to file this mass murder under mental health.

Understand that no one is saying that he did not suffer from mental illness, I’m sure he does. But we CANNOT ignore the fact that this mass killing was rooted in his hate of women (misogyny) and inability to properly deal with rejection. There is much to unpack about this incident, how it was handled and how it will be portrayed in the media, but for now I’ll post some tweets from those of us responding to the shooting on twitter.

For more info about the shooting: http://bit.ly/1mjerdo

Elliot Rodgers, Day of Retribution video: http://youtu.be/FWWGtee14pA

Elliot was also racist: http://bit.ly/1h0BniC

Three more bodies found at Elliot’s apartment: http://bit.ly/RnzYWP

Elliot Rodgers 140 page manifesto, My Twisted World: http://bit.ly/1nGaWwX

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Part 2: 

There was a lot of talk today about the media’s failed coverage [read: non-coverage] of the 234 Nigerian girls, thus came the #234WhiteGirls hashtag.

No, none of us wants any white girls to go missing. We just want these Nigerian girls to get the same amount of coverage that white girls get (or would get), because EVERY girl matters.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS

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Today we honor Vandana Shiva, because as the corporate oligarchy continues to destroy our planet, it is clear that we need more leadership like hers:

All of these available on our Facebook page: (links: Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter)

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(Part 2) TRIGGER WARNING …

So, by now you have all heard of 22 year old Elliot Rodger who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, a community in Santa Barbara, California. One Friday night, Elliot shot and killed 7 people, including himself, close to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.

Prior to his violent shooting rampage, Elliot recorded a video titled, Day of Retribution in which he states, “college is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in in loneliness, it’s not fair.” and “you girls have never been attracted to me, I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it”.

About a month ago, after seeing some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, his family contacted authorities. Law Enforcement interviewed Elliot and said they found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human’ and took no further action.

Now we have media outlets labeling Elliot as a “mad man”, “spoiled brat”, “misunderstood”, “good human” etc and continuing to file this mass murder under mental health.

Understand that no one is saying that he did not suffer from mental illness, I’m sure he does. But we CANNOT ignore the fact that this mass killing was rooted in his hate of women (misogyny) and inability to properly deal with rejection. There is much to unpack about this incident, how it was handled and how it will be portrayed in the media, but for now I’ll post some tweets from those of us responding to the shooting on twitter.

For more info about the shooting: http://bit.ly/1mjerdo

Elliot Rodgers, Day of Retribution video: http://youtu.be/FWWGtee14pA

Elliot was also racist: http://bit.ly/1h0BniC

Three more bodies found at Elliot’s apartment: http://bit.ly/RnzYWP

Elliot Rodgers 140 page manifesto, My Twisted World: http://bit.ly/1nGaWwX

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http://www.mamasday.org/

Strong Families is a home for the 4 out of 5 people living in the US who do not live behind the picket fence—whose lives fall outside outdated notions of family, with a mom at home and a dad at work. While that life has never been the reality for most of our families, too many of the policies that affect us are based on this fantasy.  From a lack of affordable childcare and afterschool programs, to immigration policy and marriage equality, the way we make policy and allocate resources needs to catch up to the way we live.

We see the trend of families defining themselves beyond the picket fence—across generation, race, gender, immigration status, and sexuality—as a powerful and promising development for the US, and we want to help policy makers catch up.

Our vision is that every family have the rights, recognition and resources it needs to thrive.  We are engaging hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals in our work to get there.

Black lesbian relationships pose little threat to “self-defined” Black men and women secure in their sexualities. But loving relationships among Black women do pose a tremendous threat to systems of intersecting oppressions. How dare these women love one another in a context that deems Black women as a collectivity so unlovable and devalued?
—  Patricia Hill Collins (Black Feminist Thought: Black Women’s Love Relationships, 182)

For people interested in reading about WoC womanism:

Mujerista Theology by Cuban scholar Ada María Isasi-Díaz (h/t butterflyingboderlands)

"Mujerista Theology is a comprehensive introduction to Hispanic feminist theology written from the heart and the convictions of experience. Continually drawing on her Cuban roots, Isasi-Diaz focuses on the life journeys and struggles of Hispanic women as she develops a theology to support and empower their daily struggles for meaning. With her own life journey always firmly connected to the grassroots experience of Hispanic women and to the struggle for liberation, Isasi-Diaz is a major spokesperson for the continuing need for liberation theology today. The first part of Mujerista Theology describes the experience of self-discovery: what it is like to live in a foreign land as the oppressed "other." The second part focuses on the methodology of doing mujerista theology and its major themes: solidarity, empowerment, anthropology, encountering God, and liturgy and rituals." (x)

It seems like a great place to start!

[Read the caption on the cover]

So yeah, Ebony Magazine did this back in 1966. I don’t care how long ago it was, as a black woman, this is still painful. Especially coming from a recognized and respected black magazine.

I debated on posting this here as it is old, I do not know what the context of this question was, nor do I know what the contents inside this particular 1966 magazine issue were.

Nevertheless, here it is. Discuss if you wish … or not

W.O.R.D. Sacramento is a group of militant inter-sectional feminists that has been organizing in the Sacramento Metro area for the past year. 

In the short amount of time we’ve existed we’ve partnered up with community and a number of projects such as:

-International Women’s Day (March 8th)
On which we held a 1000+ march from the neighborhood of Southside Park to the State Capitol for a resource fair for survivors of violence against women. Community organization partners included: The Gender Health Center, W.E.A.V.E (a women and children’s shelter/support org.), The Sacramento Native American Health Center, the McGeorge School of Law Victims of Crime Resource Center and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

- Free Marissa Alexander
We partnered up with the Free Marissa Alexander campaign on one of our largest national efforts since our inception and helped them maintain both a legislative and physical presence out in the street for Marissa, collaboratively resulting in her release on Thanksgiving day!

- Free CeCe McDonald
We have been working constantly with the Free Cece McDonald campaign as both individual organizers and as an organization. We’ve gone out an tabled in the community to raise awareness about and demand respect for trans* issues and rights as well as rally people to support and demand justice for CeCe.

-Local Cultural Events
In the year 2013 alone, we’ve had 3 arts and cultural events inviting all women & allies from the community to express and empower themselves via poetry, we had an art gallery opening with our partners at the Sol Collective [a popular arts and culture venue], as well as several workshops on how to start a grassroots movement or political campaign [which also allowed us to work with and mentor high school students].


Now, we need your help to acquire a space of our own where we can continue to work without having to work around other venue’s time and calendar arrangements.


It is absolutely critical that we acquire a space by February of 2014 so we can continue to support and grow our community. 


We recognize the absolute need for a space of our own for these reasons:


1.) So that we can continue operate at the capacity we see necessary to create change


2.) So as to create the ultimate safe space for our membership, following, and community


3.) To make a place that people can always find and us and come to either for support [that they need], or to support what we are doing


Please help support this cause, we are trying to acquire a [rented] office space in South Sacramento an area that we feel desperately needs a Feminist of Color presence and our group is predominately of color.


TLDR:


We are a militant feminist organization, mostly organized by feminists of color trying to acquire an office space in a low income neighborhood of color. We are looking to acquire a space there as it is a target community of ours and we feel it needs our services and presence more than ever. We also have grown so much we need an office space period.


We need an office space to create a safe space that our members and the community can come to at any time should they need help, that we can maintain on our terms we have a space that would allow us to do that, we just need the above amount to move in! Please help us build this wonderful space!


See more of W.O.R.D. nationally here HERE.
See more of this particular W.O.R.D. chapter HERE 

[Cesar Chavez Day, 2013]

[International Women’s Day, 2013]

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