What If “The Sessions” Focused on a Disabled WOMAN?

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We went to see The Sessions because we were intrigued by the notion of seeing a woman sex therapist on screen. This independent film seemed like it would be an atypical or maybe even a transgressive depiction of a woman in charge of herself and her sexuality. We were also heartened by the trailers that suggested […]

Five Years Later: Life in the Lower Ninth Ward

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On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we decided to travel to New Orleans to volunteer at the Lower Ninth Ward Village Community Center. We were visiting New Orleans for the third time after having written a book that included a chapter on how historical memory was unleashed during the hurricane and […]

Feminist Activists Find Peace in Thailand

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On a recent trip to Thailand, my activist-prone daughter and I (Becky Thompson) had the lucky opportunity to meet with U.S.-born feminist activist Ginger Norwood and Thai Buddhist feminist Ouyporn Khuankaew, who co-founded in 2002 a retreat center for activists from the region who are seeking rejuvenation. In clay earth adobe buildings that the women […]

Joy Harjo’s Trail of Tears

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As the most well-known Native (Mvskoke-Creek) woman poet of her generation, and the 2009 Nammy winner for best female artist, Joy Harjo has been offering us her words and music for three decades now. In her late 50s, she is still at the height of her creative powers, still one of only a handful of Native musicians […]

Remember Rachel Corrie, But Don’t Forget the Nameless

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Seven years after 23-year-old American Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer while trying to block the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah, a civil trial against the Israeli defense ministry has finally begun. Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig, filed suit five years ago. According to their […]

Letter to Elin Nordegren

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Dear Elin, We just heard that Tiger will be back on the golf course for the Masters in early April. You know, the tournament held at that club in Augusta, Ga., that doesn’t allow women members. How do you feel about your husband’s return to work? We were happy that you weren’t standing by your […]

Helicopters for Haiti

An helicopter throw first aid kits to the population near the Haitian National Palace following the recent earthquake. Photo Marco Dormino.

In the past four and a half years, terrible natural disasters have struck two of the most important places in the hemisphere for people of African descent. And the U.S. response to each of these tragedies? As former Democratic congresswoman Cynthia McKinney recently wrote, it was “more like an invasion than a humanitarian relief operation.” […]