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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
While remembering Corrie, we are reminded of the tricky situation that global activists from the U.S. face. The presence of U.S. citizens in situations of conflict often elicits needed attention, but also runs the risk of turning the spotlight away from those most victimized.
“No matter how we might personally feel about your husband’s behavior, Elin, we watched with increasing discomfort as the media and his sponsors went from deeming him a chosen one to treating him as a predator. Such punishment for indiscretions reveal that racism is still with us, and you and your multiracial toddlers are caught in the middle of all of this.”
here is something terribly wrong with our priorities when Olympic officials can helicopter in hundreds of tons of snow to keep Whistler Mountain covered in white, but the U.S. sends the military to Haiti after the quake, not food.
What would it have looked like for food to have been dropped from helicopters to all parts of Haiti with the same speed and precision used to drop snow in Vancouver?