And here we are, cathedrals in our thighs banana trees for breasts and...– Jessica Hagedorn. “Song for my Father” in Brown River, White Ocean, edited by Luis Francia, 1993
Someday, emerging at last from the violent insight, let me sing out jubilation...– Rainer Maria Rilke. Duino Elegies. “The Tenth Elegy.” Translated by Stephen MItchell.
As Black women, we do not have the privilege or the space to call ourselves...– An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers (via blck-grrl)
New Museum: We Who Feel Differently
“Who We Feel Differently” is an exciting multi-instance project by artist Carlos Motta at the New Museum, which plays host to a global dialogue on queerness, sexual politics, trans/gender justice, social/economic/racial justice, AIDS and health vis-a-vis gay assimilation/neoliberalist politics (like military and marriage). In the Museum as Hub on the fifth floor, the site...
Organizing Upgrade: “Are Elections Enough to... →
A piece building on Bob Wing’s article on inside-outside strategy, focusing on governance strategy and a radical lens on democracy, via Helena: …while we appreciate much of what they suggest we feel they discuss electoral strategy as if the answer is just a “changing of the guards” which doesn’t take into account the role and functions of the state. We found much of...
NYT: A Charity for Children of New York’s South... →
Nice profile of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA): The nonprofit organization has a presence in seven schools, which are all in Queens except for one in Brooklyn, and a gurdwara, a Sikh temple, but its main base is a community center in Elmhurst, a Queens neighborhood, where kids can come after school or on weekends to play basketball, get tutoring, do their homework, meet with counselors or...
But when you feel longing, sing of women in love; for their famous passion is...– Rainer Maria Rilke. Duino Elegies. Translated by Stephen Mitchell.
In a few years, when I’ve forgotten you and, through force of habit, have...– Marguerite Duras. Hiroshima Mon Amour.
New Radical Alliances For A New Era: How the... →
Via Helena: Last month, a broad alliance of organizations from across the progressive spectrum came together to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action in the hopes of supporting a wave of action targeting corporations and the politicians that own them. It was called 99% Spring. Some also called it “co-optation.” We call it “alliance building.” The conversation within the movement...
Are you sure, sweetheart, that you want to be well? … Just so’s...– Toni Cade Bambara, The Salt Eaters
Tonight: FIERCE Night Out: A Benefit Concert for... →
FIERCE is a unique LGBTQ/trans/queer youth of color organization that has organized, engaged in creative direct action, and kicked ass around issues of safe space for queer youth on the west side piers, community safety/policing/violence, and social/economic/racial/gender justice. Please support! FIERCE events are also amazingly fun and their lineup of performing artists is awesome. ...
Alison Roh Park: “99 Possibilities: May Day,... →
Alison Roh Park on culture jamming as inspiration for contemporary tactics of resistance against mainstream institutions: Occupation/decolonization, home takeovers and other direct action—like the powerful 99% Spring takeover of the Wells Fargo shareholders meeting in San Francisco last week—are just some of the important tactics being used by activists and organizers. Culture jamming—the...
FIERCE: CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE ERASES LGBTQ... →
An awesome example of FIERCE’s direct action work at January’s Creating Change at an Obama administration panel: fiercenyc: On Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Creating Change Conference Baltimore, FIERCE delivers a message to the LGBT Liaison to the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development at “The Obama...
QUEERING THE GAME OF LIFE: Other non-Mexican... →
xmaurinex: 1. Educate yourself about what Cinco de Mayo is. Hint: it’s not equivalent to Fourth of July and it’s not a huge deal for most Mexicans 2. Don’t engage in cultural appropriation. (Here’s what not to do.) 3. Feel free to engage in cultural appreciation. Is there a Latino…
imanihenry: Positive Health Project is proud to announce registration is now open for its 1st Annual Day of Transgender Empowerment on 5/31/12. Please spread the word and contact email@example.com for registration materials and additional details! :)
NPR: The Music And Meaning Of ‘Paris Is Burning’ →
Recent attention has been paid to Paris is Burning, the groundbreaking 1990 documentary by Jenny Livingston about the ballroom scene and cultural formation/resistance among LGBT youth of color in New York City. The NPR feature notes that Paris is Burning is now available on Netflix and iTunes and surveys several music/media producers including Big Freedia for the soundtrack’s...