6 Mar 2013



This year, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been struggling for re-authorization because Republicans have been blocking sections that create policy specific to supporting Native, immigrant, and LGBT survivors of domestic and sexual violence….

18 Feb 2013

12 Nov 2012

The Black Feminist Movement was formed to address the ways sexism,
racism, and classism influence the lives of black women whose needs
were ignored by the black men of the Black Liberation Movement and
white women in the Women's Movement. The movement has spawned several
important organizations which are committed to the struggle against
all forms of oppression. They have created a unique model for
cross-class organization in which the needs of the poor are not
usurped by the needs of the middle-class and the wealthy.

(Source: fuckyeahfeminists)

6 Jul 2012


Black woman tears up Oakland City Council

(in response to May Day repression of Occupy Oakland and a newly proposed law that would make it illegal for revolutionaries to carry shields and barricades during marches)

“You’re asking why we need our shields for self defense? After a grenade went off behind my head at 12 in the afternoon and gave me something [PTSD] that soldiers coming back from Iraq have? …The policy don’t need to be changed. We’ve got reform crammed so far up our ass it’s clouding our judgement. The police need to be held accountable… and I’m not a nihilist, but I wish I could BURN EVERY FUCKING THING DOWN, except for the houses, so that people could begin to understand that we don’t need this system to survive… There are people being arrested for trying to start farms…!

DON’T SILENCE ME, don’t you fucking DARE. I am SO TIRED… and if you cut off this mic, I’ll still have a mouth… what you’re dealing with is more than rage…

As a black woman, I’m telling you… you’re not serving the people! You’re only serving capitalism. And if you take our shields, the only thing we have left is our second amendment rights— SO IF WE SHOOT BACK…!


(Source: )

24 Apr 2012


… I think of the thousands and thousands of books, magazines, and articles which have been devoted, by this time, to the subject of women’s writing and I am filled with rage at the fraction of those pages that mention Black and other Third World women. I finally do not know how to begin because in 1977 I want to be writing this for a Black feminist publication, for Black women who know and love these writers as I do and who, if they do not yet know their names, have at least profoundly felt the pain of their absence…

… At the present time I feel that the politics of feminism have a direct relationship to the state of Black women’s literature. A viable, autonomous Black feminist movement in this country would open up the space needed for the exploration of Black women’s lives and the creation of consciously Black woman-identified art. At the same time a redefinition of the goals and strategies of the white feminist movement would lead to much-needed change in the focus and content of what is now generally accepted as women’s culture…

… Black feminist criticism applied to a particular work can overturn previous assumptions about it and expose for the first time its actual dimensions. At the “Lesbians and Literature” discussion at the 1976 Modern Language Association convention Bertha Harris suggested that if in a woman writer’s work a sentence refuses to do what it is supposed to do, if there are strong images of women and if there is a refusal to be linear, the result is innately lesbianliterature. As usual, I wanted to see if these ideas might be applied to the Black women writers that I know and quickly realized that many of their works were, in Harris’s sense, lesbian. Not because women are “lovers,” but because they are the central figures, are positively portrayed and have pivotal relationships with one another. The form and language of these works are also nothing like what white patriarchal culture requires or expects…

… What I want this essay to do is lead everyone who reads it to examine everything that they have ever thought and believed about feminist culture and to ask themselves bow their thoughts connect to the reality of Black women’s writing and lives. I want to encourage in white women, as a first step, a sane accountability to all the women who write and live on this soil. I want most of all for Black women and Black lesbians somehow not to be so alone. This last will require the most expansive of revolutions as well as many new words to tell us bow to make this revolution real. I finally want to express how much easier both my waking and my sleeping hours would be if there were one book in existence that would tell me something specific about my life. One book based in Black feminist and Black lesbian experience, fiction or nonfiction. just one work to reflect the reality that I and the Black women whom I love are trying to create. When such a book exists then each of us will not only know better how to live, but how to dream.

Selected quotes from the article; click here to read the full article.