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Announcement: Reproductive Justice Media Workshop in NYC!

By Andrea Plaid

New York City Reproductive Justice Coalition, a outgrowth of SisterSong NYC, proudly hosts its first reproductive-justice media conference this weekend!

Attendees–and those following the Ustream–will hear from RJ activists and writers Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Belle Taylor McGhee, Jamia Wilson, Akiba Solomon, Dara Sharif, Simone Jhingoor, Shanelle Matthews, Jasmine Burnett, Faith Pennick, Nuala Cabral, Carol McDonald, Dalila-Johari Paul, Gabriela Valle, Nicole Clark, Steph Herold, Pamela Merritt, Janna Zinzi, and the R’s Jessica Danforth (Yee). Racialicious’ Associate Editor Andrea Plaid will open the workshop.

The workshop also features a film festival on Sunday, 5/20. Sunday’s roster: NO!: The Rape Documentary, Silent Choices, We Always Resist, A Vital Service, and Don’t Need Saving.

Realizing that not everyone can attend this event, the R is supporting the workshop by livetweeting it for you! If you want to catch other commentary and conversation, follow the event hastag, #RJMedia2012, and the NYCRJC’s Twitter, @NYC4RJ.

For more info, check out NYCRJC FB page: Hope to catch you in Twitterville!

Celebrate Mothers/Mamas/Mami’s Day!

Looking for a way to celebrate the folks who raised you–but from a slightly different perspective than you would get down at Hallmark? The good people over at Strong Families (a project of Forward Together/Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) present Mama’s Day, a multicultural, queer-friendly celebration of the folks who do some of the most significant (and unpaid) work in our society.

As usual, Jamilah King at Colorlines has the scoop:

“I can’t find a Mother’s Day card that looks at our identities in a way that is sentimental for me and my mom,” says Shanelle Matthews, communications coordinator at Forward Together, an Oakland-based organization that’s leading the e-Card drive through its Strong Families initiative. Matthews grew up as one of three kids in a single-parent black household, and wants to celebrate her mother’s hard work. “This campaign is personally close to be because I can finally say something to my mom on Mother’s Day that’s actually of cultural relevance and value.”

Help support Mama’s Day!

(Thanks Perez for the tip!)

TONIGHT! Discovery Is Toxic: Indigenous Women On Front Lines of Environmental & Reproductive Justice

In NYC tonight? Check out this event, moderated by our own Jessica (Yee) Danforth!

Date: Thursday May 10th
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Location: Museum of Tolerance New York City – 226 East 42nd Street, (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) New York

Food will be served!

The roundtable will include:

Erin Konsmo, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Andrea Carmen, International Indian Treaty Council
Danika Littlechild, International Indian Treaty Council
Viola Waghiyi, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Speaker TBA, Indigenous Environmental Network

Full event description:

In July of 2010 The INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SYMPOSIUM created the first “Declaration for Health, Life and Defense of Our Lands, Rights and Future Generations”. This declaration was accepted at the 10th session Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The declaration recommended that international UN bodies focus attention and collect information from Indigenous Peoples on the links between environmental contamination and reproductive health and justice.

Given this year’s Permanent Forum theme of the Doctrine of Discovery, this panel of speakers will speak to the specific ways “environmental violence” is impacting Indigenous women, children, and future generations. Looking at the patriarchal roots of the doctrine we will unpack how the domination of our lands as Indigenous Peoples results in numerous reproductive injustices for Indigenous women, child-bearing women, as well as higher rates of violence against Indigenous women and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We will discuss current strategies to identify and resist the disproportionate affects on reproductive health for Indigenous women, and how these strategies can move forward the larger environmental justice movement. We will also report back from the 2nd Indigenous Women’s Environmental and Reproductive Health Symposium held in Alaska in April 2012 and the environmental violence report given at the UN International Expert Group Meeting on Violence Against Indigenous Women in January 2012

Facebook event:

Tomorrow: Liveblogging From The WKKF America Healing Convening

For the rest of this week, I will be in New Orleans liveblogging the 2nd Annual W.K.Kellogg Foundation’s America Healing convening.

In their own words:

In 2010, we launched the America Healing initiative, to support programs that promote racial healing and address racial inequity, with the goal to ensure that all children in America have an equitable and promising future.

Why is this critical to improving the health, well-being, education and financial security of vulnerable children and families? Children of color are over-represented among the 29 million low-income children and families in this country, particularly among families living in areas of concentrated poverty. They are less likely to attend high-quality schools, live healthy lives, and eat nutritious food. This five-year, $75 million initiative called America Healing is focused on bringing healing to divided communities and bridging racial gaps in the areas of education, health, juvenile justice, economic success, the media, and other areas. This work focuses on issues at the core of structural racism—those policies and practices that continue to create barriers for children of color—while at the same time is aligned with the foundation’s primary program areas of Education and Learning; Food, Health and Well-being; and Family Economic Security.

“Our goal is to breathe life back into the effort to abolish structural racism, and to help America achieve strength and prosperity through racial equity.”

Sterling K. Speirn President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

You can find a list of programs and grantees here. I’ll be there covering panels on Global Racism, documentaries like “Slavery by Another Name”, and the Plenary Panels featuring people like Harry Belafonte, Charles Ogletree, and Melissa Harris-Perry. Look for the America Healing logo to check out coverage and to submit your questions, comments, and feedback.

Around the Web: Farai Chideya’s “Hu-manifesto”; Denim Day; Face It; HB 56

The Asian Task Force on Domestic Violence has been instrumental in bringing Denim Day–part of an international protest against victim–blaming to the Boston Area. But as April 25th approaches, the youth focused group has a major problem:

This year, the youth program has no funding. In order to do Denim Day, we need donations of fabric paint as well as safety pins. So to help us stop violence in our communities, we ask you for some much needed help. Usually Tulip brand fabric paint is easiest because it’s a squeeze bottle. You can generally get them at Michael’s (Medford or Braintree), at A.C. Moore (Somerville), and at most art stores. If you are in the Boston area, just contact Danny (info below) and we can definitely try to meet up and pick them up. If you’d like to mail them, please also contact Danny & he can give you our mailing address. You can also get them from At checkout, you can set it to send it to ATASK, and the items will be sent directly to our office and to the youth.

For more information, visit their site.

Farai Chideya is on the Root, penning “A ‘Hu-Manifesto’ for a Post-Trayvon World” on approaching volatile situations in the media and cutting through the noise to get to the substance. A sample:

3. Follow the Money

One of the basic tenets of journalism is to follow the cash and expose the manipulation of laws and justice. Although 21 states have “Stand your ground”-style laws, that didn’t happen by chance or come from a grassroots movement. The National Rifle Association has lobbied ceaselessly (to the tune of $35 million annually) for concealed handgun and “Stand your ground” laws. In a perverse sense, they benefited from the election of President Barack Obama. Fear of a Black President sent gun sales through the roof.

On March 20, just weeks after Trayvon’s death, a U.S. senator from South Dakota introduced Senate Bill 2213. Called the “Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,” it would permit people who have concealed weapons in their states to carry their concealed weapons anywhere in America. So much for states’ rights, huh? The NRA also happens to have a concealed-weapons hoodie in its merchandising line. Keep it classy.

One of the best things we can do to honor Trayvon Martin’s memory is to call out the laws, lobbyists and lawmakers that have increased the number of deaths of unarmed men, women and children. A lot of people have changed their social media avatar to Trayvon, a bag of Skittles or an image of themselves in a hoodie. Our country needs these people who can react instantly on social media to also plan ahead and vote in elections. And don’t stop there. Engage with your lawmakers between and during elections, and track campaign contributions. That will help create a fairer and safer America.

The “Face It Campaign” and HB 56 after the jump. Continue reading

Duke University Presents: Black Thought 2.0

I’m at PAXEast for the day, but tomorrow I’m heading down to Duke for this amazing conference:

Black Thought 2.0 Conference: New Media and the Future of Black Studies

April 6-7, 2012
John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
Duke University
2204 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27708

Sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University,
The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, and Left
of Black.

*All Panels will be Streamed and Tweeted Live

Black Thought 2.0 will focus on the roles of digital technology and social media in
furthering the mission of Black Studies. The conference will specifically explore how
scholars are using such technologies to further their research, do collaborative forms of
scholarship and activism, and to reach broader audiences.

Full schedule, read on. Continue reading

Brown Girls Burlesque Lands In DC–Win Tickets To Tonight’s Show!

So excited for this!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—The tantalizing New York-based Brown Girls Burlesque makes their DC premiere at the Red Palace with Soul Train vs. Solid Gold! On Friday, March 30, the BGB lovelies will shimmy, shake and rock your soul with a tribute to two of the most beloved music shows ever! Hosted by the Def Jam poet Regie Cabico with DJ Natty Boom holding down the sounds of the 70′s and 80′s, making strippin’ history in the Chocolate City at two back-to-back shows at the Red Palace (1212 12th St. NE), one at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The striptease art form has a remarkably rich past and present as noted by Chicava Honeychild, creative producer of BGB, in the Ebony Magazine article “BLACK BURLESQUE: Live Nude Girls!” After their 2007 debut, BGB has become a staple in the burlesque community keeping the art form alive in communities of color but also creating a space for other women of color on the burlesque stage. BGB has packed venues and created shows at some of New York City’s finest venues, and around the country, continuing the legacy of dancers like Tina Pratt, Toni Elling and Lottie the Body.

Brown Girls Burlesque has graced the pages of publications such as: Bust Magazine, The Advocate, The Village Voice, TRACE’s “Black Girls Rule” issue and $pread Magazine, and were also featured in a video on entitled “Burlesque in Color.” The ladies of Brown Girls Burlesque are: Akynos, Chicava HoneyChild, Essence Revealed, exHOTic Other, jazabel jade, Miss Aurora BoobRealis (co-founder), SisterMoon, and Sunshine Fayalicious.

Don’t miss this funky trip back in time! Ticket information is available here:

I’ll be attending the 11 PM show with some of my friends–feel free to come out and support. Also, on Saturday, Brown Girls Burlesque will be hosting a workshop at MamaSita’s Movement and Wellness Studio. Details here.

Jazabel Jade has offered a pair of free tickets, so if you want them, comment or send us a tweet with your Burlesque alterego’s name. (All are welcome to participate!)

TODAY: Peace March for Trayvon Martin in Florida

Just received this press release.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. a Peace March will be held in support of the family of Trayvon Martin concerning their continuous efforts in seeking justice by having their son’s murderer prosecuted. We will assemble at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park in Liberty City (Corner of NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue). We are calling all to stand up and let our voice be heard. Special invited guests include the family of Trayvon Martin, as well as the families of other young men who were taken from us way too soon.
Trayvon Martin, a Miami Gardens teenager was shot down in Sanford, FL while visiting his father. The police know that George Zimmerman is the shooter, but at this point have not taken any action.

Who: Concerned Citizens of Liberty City and Miami at Large
What: Peace March
When: Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 5 pm
Where: Beginning at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park {Corner of NW 62 Street & NW 12 Avenue}
Why: Rally behind our murdered son Trayvon Martin’s family as they attempt to have his killer prosecuted. This is call to action is for citizens to voice concern about the violence in our communities that goes unaddressed. To put an end to this, WE NEED YOU NOW!
Contact: Joshua Jones ( /(404)446-5649

UPDATE 5:12 pm EST: A march has also begun in Miami, FL, at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park, NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue.