Like many children of immigrants, there is a seed planted deep within me that sprouts hesitation when it comes to fully claiming to be an American. Watching the President tell “the squad” to “go back to their countries” reminded me why.
Then-Governor of California Ronald Reagan wasn’t interested in chastising Linda Taylor for her criminal history. Instead, he leveraged her illegal collection of thousands of dollars worth of food stamps, social security benefits and veteran benefits to call for the discontinuation of social safety net programs many need to survive.
“Being the daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz is a gift for which I am forever grateful.”
You dissociate. You give your body over to your survival instinct and you tuck every other part of your being into a place that can’t be touched. This happens no matter who you are, whom you know, how much money you have—but when it’s over, poor women find ourselves not only less able to retaliate, but also less able to recover.
The women of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society harnessed public space in revolutionary ways—and brought radical inclusivity to their movement.
Can we do better than our foremothers? As we prepare to celebrate the centennial of the woman suffrage amendment, we have the opportunity to create a truth and reconciliation process, acknowledging that while the suffragists may have partially won the battle for the vote, they lost the war for injustice.
After actor Evan Rachel Wood shared on Twitter that she was a survivor of intimate partner violence that eventually led to self-harm, others began telling their own truths—building an avalanche of testimony about violence that builds on the explosion of #MeToo and expands it into critical spaces.
Many survivors of sexual violence have decried the failures of law enforcement agencies to provide them with adequate care or a sense of justice. For Kecia Weller, those failures were multiplied by her experience as a person with disabilities.
The federal government shutdown reminded people of just how fragile a supposedly steady job can be. But while many government workers knew their pay would eventually resume, income insecurity is a daily struggle for millions of other people living in the U.S.—one that can last a lifetime.
The so-called “Christian” Right has continued to attack the LGBT community—and some folks who call themselves feminists are abetting them.