President Trump’s history of berating and avoiding the questions of women journalists of color in person and online has been widely documented and impossible to ignore. This week was no exception.
After negotiations between Attorney General Yost, abortion rights advocacy groups and state legislators: Ohio clinics remain open.
“The women’s caucus is at work every day during all of this, and we’re watching. We’re awake, we’re at work, and the answer is no.”
What policies should Congress members be prioritizing to help women and families affected by coronavirus? How are children in particular most impacted by the pandemic? What aspect of coronavirus should communities be thinking and talking about that are currently being overlooked?
We talk these questions and more with Oakland-based policy group, Forward Together.
We wanted to test what would happen if we empowered Black women to be the authors of their own lives—with the understanding that they, and they alone, know what their families need. We wanted to explore what would happen if institutional power and resources were used in the service of Black women and not for their confinement and destruction.
“I think people who dismiss her as somehow being a lightweight or a pretty girl with some lucky breaks—as if you can create at that level without thinking critically!—that is actually just another sign of misogyny and how women are discounted for what they create. When we make exquisite things, people assume there are fairies in the night who do it with magic dust instead of looking at the work and the research and the effort that goes into it.”
“If I’m being totally honest, I wrote this book for myself. Like I keep saying: I am an immigrant and a woman of color and I’ve got some stuff to work through.”
Vi Khi Nao is a prolific, prize-winning author working in poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration.We talked about her two “sapphic” books—The Vanishing Point of Desire and Swans in Half-Mourning—and, knowing she’d give me brilliant answers, I also asked her two questions almost impossible to answer.
When I saw Tank and the Bangas headline at the Apollo Theater, I saw a woman like myself—Black, voluptuous, creative—commanding center stage with her nine-piece band.
“The lies that President Trump spewed during his State of the Union Speech are nearly impossible to comprehend. Mi Familia Vota knows that on some of the top priorities for the Latino community—like health care, the economy and immigration—the President’s administration has been a catastrophic failure for our community.”
While President Trump prepared to deliver his “State of the Union” address, Mothering Justice Michigan Executive Director Eboni Taylor offered an address to highlight disparities and inequalities Black mothers face and to challenge the public and policymakers to take action.