Posts Tagged social justice

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Normal Life

Dean Spade’s incredible book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, burns away every approximation of activism currently passing as transformative today with blindingly bright analysis. Spade is the founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the first openly trans tenure-track law professor in the U.S. (Seattle University). The book, drawing on these experiences, is about trans politics, but it’s also provides a much larger critique of the kinds of change tactics and impact measurements that we’ve come to accept as enough.

Like the huge dork I am, I read Spade’s analysis of power out loud to my partner in bed:

Power is not a matter of one dominant individual or institutions, but ...

Dean Spade’s incredible book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, burns away every approximation of activism currently passing as transformative today with blindingly bright analysis. Spade is the founder ...

New Yorkers: Boogie down with us at WAM!Prom 2 next weekend!

Several years ago when Feministing was just a toddler, Samhita, Jessica and myself went to the Women, Action and the Media conference in Cambridge, MA for the weekend — I think it was the first time I met so many people working in social justice and media in one place, and it was a completely exhilarating experience. The conference then, and this organization today, brings to light seriously important discussions around gender justice in media.

Oh, and then there’s the feminist dance parties. That weekend was also the first time I met many of my dear friends in the blogosphere today, where we busted moves all night and celebrated the incredibly hard and often-emotionally difficult work that ...

Several years ago when Feministing was just a toddler, Samhita, Jessica and myself went to the Women, Action and the Media conference in Cambridge, MA for the weekend — I think it was the first ...

Feministing Year in Review: Vanessa’s top picks

Way too many favorites of incredible content this past year, but thought I’d highlight these. Jos Truitt really encompasses what it means to be a “thought leader” to me — one of many examples was in, “I am not your tragic trans narrative”:

Here’s the thing: we’ve all got our own experiences, but in mine being trans is not tragic. It’s incredible. In fact, I’m fucking amazing. And my transness has a lot to do with that. I’ve broken one of the most absolute rules handed down by our culture, and that gives me a vision that goes beyond what seems possible to what’s needed and desired. Coming out may have felt like a ...

Way too many favorites of incredible content this past year, but thought I’d highlight these. Jos Truitt really encompasses what it means to be a “thought leader” to me — one of many examples was in, “

News flash: US is not at the top of the social justice heap!

Sometimes, a girl needs a chart to drive home a point, you know?

This one, from the New York Times, makes a pretty bleak point.  The Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation of Germany recently released a report entitled “Social Justice in the OECD — How Do the Member States Compare?” It analyzed some metrics of basic fairness and equality among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. And America ranked among the ones at the bottom. The NYT made a spiffy, if heartbreaking graphic to capture the data. It pulls out certain measures of inequality, like child poverty and senior poverty, as well as offering up an overall “social justice” rating.


The bottom section of ...

Sometimes, a girl needs a chart to drive home a point, you know?

This one, from the New York Times, makes a pretty bleak point.  The Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation of Germany recently released a report ...

Guest post: My hope for #occupy wall street

This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of Allison Burtch, a researcher and writer currently residing in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter!

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about Occupy Wall Street. Inspired by Adbuster’s call for action in July, protesters have occupied Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York City since September 17th. I’ve covered the story since the beginning, and am in full support of its stated goals. But I want to talk for a minute here about my hopes for the future of the protest, and in particular the importance of its continued radical inclusivity.

Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly operates under ...

This guest blog post comes to you courtesy of Allison Burtch, a researcher and writer currently residing in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter!

By now, I’m sure most of you ...

Netroots Nation 2011: Power and privilege within movements

The LGBT pre-conference at Netroots Nation focused largely on issues excluded from the mainstream national gay agenda (ie: not marriage) and barriers to effective organizing. I have much more experience working in the reproductive health/rights/justice movement, which despite being full of queer and trans folks often fails to work intersectionally. So I was struck by the immense overlap with the problems and critiques myself and many others have brought up in regards to the mainstream national reproductive rights movement.

Problems raised included divisions along lines of identity and power. Folks spoke about predominantly white leadership in the larger, more well funded organizations and the exclusion of people of color’s voices and issues. Generational divisions and ...

The LGBT pre-conference at Netroots Nation focused largely on issues excluded from the mainstream national gay agenda (ie: not marriage) and barriers to effective organizing. I have much more experience working in the reproductive health/rights/justice movement, which ...

Thank you to the Sidney Hillman Foundation!

Last night, Vanessa, Miriam, Lori, Jos, Chloe and myself had the honor of attending the award ceremony for the  Sidney Hillman Foundation prizes for journalism. Thanks to Jessica, who submitted our work, Feministing was put on their radar and presented with the award for Blog Journalism. I think I speak for all of us when I say that being awarded amongst such company with such a prestigious jury was a surreal and gratifying experience for all of us.

The Sydney Hillman Foundation honors journalism that prioritizes the public interest. Sidney Hillman himself was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America that later became Workers United and held a lifelong commitment to issues of workers ...

Last night, Vanessa, Miriam, Lori, Jos, Chloe and myself had the honor of attending the award ceremony for the  Sidney Hillman Foundation prizes for journalism. Thanks to Jessica, who submitted our work, Feministing was put on ...

Fighting for solidarity

This past weekend’s CLPP reproductive justice conference, for me, was by far the hardest, most challenging and most rewarding yet. As I said on the Transfeminisms panel, I am really feeling the pressure of this particular political moment, where the divide between rich and poor in the US is more stark than ever and the group of have nots is growing every day. Nothing much has changed for communities who are seemingly ignored, really targeted for exclusion through deportation, incarceration, and literal death at the hands of state forces. The small pot of resources for marginalized folks continues to shrink, and it was never enough to begin with.

It was clear so many of us at the conference entered ...

This past weekend’s CLPP reproductive justice conference, for me, was by far the hardest, most challenging and most rewarding yet. As I said on the Transfeminisms panel, I am really feeling the pressure of this particular ...

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