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Soujourner Truth: I sell the Shadow to support the Substance

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Laurie says: I was listening to a Nell Painter video that Ta Nehisi Coates linked to, talking about, among other things, her book The History of White People. I just finished the book, and it’s fascinating. She mentioned on the video that Sojourner Truth, the abolitionist and suffragist, (whose biography she’s written) had used photography. […]

Thanksgiving 2013: So Much to Be Thankful For

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: There’s so much good news that we’re leaving stuff out! Let’s start with an in-your-face inspiring video. “Say it right or don’t say it at all,” says Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley, 2012 National Poetry Slam Championship Team, in a video entitled “For All the Little Black Girls with Big Names (dedicated to […]

Department of Illegal Superheros

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Laurie says: I saw this Illegal Superhero installation last week at the Galeria De La Raza. My friend SJ took the photos. (I was the photographer without camera.) It appealed both to my political and my comic book sensibility. The artist, Neil Rivas, said this in the Huffington Post last year I started thinking about […]

Love as a Radical Act

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Debbie says: Every activist I know finds these times dispiriting, often paralyzing. Those of us who came to our politics in the anti-Vietnam War era (or those somewhat older than me who came to theirs in the era of the Mississippi Summer and the March on Washington) remember a time when activism–yes, yes, for all […]

Know Your Rights: Obesity, Disease, Employment Discrimination

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: In the last month or so, the AMA, acting against its own science council’s advice, has declared obesity to be a “disease.” Vik Khanna is an “independent health consultant with extensive experience in managed care and wellness.” Looking at the first of his two-part series on obesity and the AMA, it […]

Mandatory Underwear: Don’t Show Your Work

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Debbie says: I can’t help laughing about this article: An Aug. 29 letter from the Little Rock [Arkansas] School District’s Office of the Superintendent to all employees explains that the dress code will officially go into effect in the fall of 2014. “Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, […]

Marches on Washington, Then and Now

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Laurie says: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is today got me thinking about an earlier march.  It was May 17th, 1957.  I was 15 and although I’d been doing activist work, it had all been near my home in NYC. My friend Pat and I had heard about the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.   […]

Carrying Condoms Is Evidence of What, Precisely?

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Debbie says: Before I get to the point, let me give you a treat from the amazing Molly Crabapple, whose article I’m going to write about in a moment. Now, back to Body Impolitic. (I only knew Crabapple as an artist before I found this post.) Condoms, it appears, are “legitimate” evidence for sexual wrongdoing […]

Freedom’s Sisters

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Laurie says: The Freedom’s Sisters Exhibition is at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.  The website is an exhibition in it’s own right. Much of our national memory of the civil rights movement is embodied by male figureheads whose visibility in boycotts, legal proceedings, and mass demonstrations dominated newspaper and television coverage in the […]

“Racism Still Exists”: The Power of Art

Friday, January 18th, 2013

cross-posted on Feministe Laurie says: RISE (Racism Still Exists) is an anonymous artist group putting up powerful posters in Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. It’s a very long time black neighborhood and is now rapidly gentrifying. I used to visit a good friend of my grandmother’s there years ago. It sounds like I wouldn’t recognize much of […]

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