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From the Confessions of an Acafan Blog... The Last Straw or How Loraine Became a Fan Activist featuring [livejournal.com profile] glockgal commenting on the Avatar: The Last Airbender mess and her activism, starting with founding [livejournal.com profile] racebending and the website Racebending. Its really really good.
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Fabulous Picture Show - A master class with Mira Nair - 3 Dec 09 - Part 1

The Indian-born director of 'Monsoon Wedding' and 'Mississippi Masala' talks to FPS about how her film-making was born out of feeling like an outsider, the difference between working on Hollywood blockbusters and independent films, and her views on censorship.

Fabulous Picture Show -A master class with Mira Nair - 3 Dec 09 - Part 2
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Jamaicans dominate women's 100m final
(L-R) Kerron Stewart and Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica celebrate silver and gold respectively after the women's 100 metres final.

If you've got a spare dollar and are given to a flutter you might want to get on board the Jamaican women's 4X100m team; you may not get very generous odds.

In the individual women's 100m sprint last night the Jamaicans were simply sensational. Olympic champion Shelly Ann Fraser grabbed the gold with a time of 10.73. It made her the equal third fastest female sprinter in history as she held off fast-finishing compatriot Kerron Stewart. in a thrilling finish.

Only Marion Jones and Florence Griffith-Joyner -- two athletes long tainted by suspicions of drug cheating and in Jones' case suspicions later confirmed -- now stand ahead of her on the all-time list.MORE

article of interest: Unattainable records leave female athletes struggling for acclaim

But perhaps unattainable records are not the only problem. Even in the days when women were breaking sprint records they still didn't get the headlines of their male counterparts. Some may argue that personality is as much a part of the equation – and Bolt's celebration dances certainly add weight to that theory – but Flo Jo ran in one-legged fuchsia tracksuits with six-inch nails, so why were her achievements so often overshadowed by the rivalry between Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis?

The media have a major part to play. Britain's 17-year-old Shaunna Thompson, who won double gold in the sprints at the Commonwealth Youth Games last year, says she sometimes struggles to recall who won the women's 100m at major championships.

"That's one of my events and even I'm forgetting sometimes! People know all the men, but sometimes the women get forgotten about. If Usain Bolt is all you hear about on TV then that sticks in peoples' heads. No one's saying Shelly-Ann Fraser, so everyone's like who's Shelly-Ann Fraser?" But with promoters consistently billing the men's sprints as the blue riband event, the idea that women's events don't deserve prime-time exposure is simply reinforced.MORE

track and field is the only sport that I care enough to follow. Its nice to see the Jamaicans blowup. they have been threatening to for a while.
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Obama’s “Civil Detention System”

The Obama administration has said that it wants to create a “truly civil detention system.” Orwellian or earnest? Aarti Shahani founder of Families for Freedom and lead author of the Justice Strategies report, “Local Democracy on ICE” discusses the Obama administration’s plan and the closure of the T. Don Hutto detention center in Texas.

Will Holder Prosecute Architects of Torture Policy?

Is it possible that the Obama administration’s attempt to prosecute the crimes of the Bush administration could actually be worse than doing nothing? That’s what Andrew Sullivan concluded in response to an LA Times article suggesting that Holder will prosecute only those who went beyond the parameters outlined by the Bush administration torture memos. “This strikes me as the very very worst of all possible worlds,” writes Sullivan, “- the kind of split-the-difference pragmatism that will end up alienating everyone.”
Scott Horton, Contributing Editor at Harper’s Magazine, Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Vijay Padmanabhan, former US State Department Lawyer and a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on the Justice Department decision.
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Are the Kids All Right?

It’s not easy being a kid these days. Jobs are more difficult to find, college tuition costs continue to rise, and the military is seeking to ramp up its recruiting to fight foreign wars. The national teen unemployment rate is now estimated at about 24 percent, as the economy remains in decline and out of work adults vie for and replace teens in jobs usually reserved for a younger crowd. Figures are even worse for minorities. So what do America's youth have to look forward to?
Mo Beasley, contributing writer to "Be A Father To Your Child" and an instructor at Medgar Evers College, youth activists Sharmin Hossain and Zaire Small of the Ya-Ya Network, and Fransesca Smith, a counselor at Camp Homeward Bound on what kids are doing to cope with the financial crisis.
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EDIT: Diary of an Anxious Black Woman pointed her out.

I am a little sick and tired of Western feminist behaving as if they are they only feminists in the world and that indigenous people fighting for their own human rights do not exist.

Rebecca Lolosoli

Umoja, the village where men are forbidden

From 1970 to 2003, 1600 Samburu women were raped by British soldiers in the North of Kenya. Having dishonoured the community, they have been kicked out by their husbands. They gathered and created Umoja, the village where men are forbidden. This particularity created many problems to her founder, Rebecca Lolosoli.

Indigenous Women’s Pushback

Indigenous Peoples have fought for centuries against genocide, displacement, colonization, and forced assimilation. This violence has left Indigenous communities among the poorest and most marginalized in the world, alienated from state politics, and disenfranchised by national governments. In the Americas, Indigenous Peoples have a life expectancy 10-20 years less than the general population. In Central America, Indigenous Peoples have less access to education and health services, are more likely to die from preventable diseases, suffer higher infant-mortality rates, and experience higher levels of poverty than non-Indigenous Peoples.

The same general pattern holds internationally, and because of gender discrimination, the pattern is most entrenched for Indigenous women. Today, the human rights -- and very survival of -- Indigenous Peoples are increasingly threatened, as states and corporations battle for control of the Earth's dwindling supply of natural resources, many of which are located on Indigenous territories.

One key concern of Indigenous women is gender-based violence. For Indigenous women, violence doesn't only stem from gender discrimination and women's subordination within their families and communities. It also arises from attitudes and policies that violate collective Indigenous rights. As Dr. Myrna Cunningham, an internationally recognized Indigenous leader, says, "For Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous women, exercising our rights -- both as Indigenous Peoples and as women -- depends on securing legal recognition of our collective ancestral territories, which are the basis of our identities, our cultures, our economies, and our traditions." MORE

No Men Allowed! The Satya Interview with Rebecca Lolosoli

PDF:UN Documents: Mairin Iwanka Raya:Indigenous Women Stand Against Violence

One notices that some of the articles on the women, for example Ms. Emily Wax's for the Washington Post, carefully leave out the fact that the women were raped by British soldiers, thereby giving the impression that it was their own men who had pulled that off. The omission was also noted on her profile on the World Water Council website, again against the background of happily enumerating teh many and varied ways in which her fellow male tribe members had contributed to her oppression. funny that.
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This isn't mine ladies and gents, its From Diary of an Anxious Black Woman

My Super Post: Black Feminist Legacies

Historical Figures:

Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964): black feminist intellectual who was the first African American woman to earn her PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her dissertation explored the political impetus for the Haitian Revolution, which precedes the important intellectual work of CLR James' The Black Jacobins (see a recent biography that came out last year: Vivian May's Anna Julia Cooper: Visionary Black Feminist) . She was also equal to (and definitely influenced) more famous intellectuals such as W.E.B. DuBois. Her 1892 manifesto, A Voice from the South, should be included in every feminist canon offered in Women's Studies (lo and behold, it is not included, hence leading ill-informed and miseducated bloggers of today to make ignorant statements that women of color don't criticize sexism in their own communities!). An important quote from A Voice from the South: "When and where I enter, the Negro race enters with me."MORE


Apr. 8th, 2009 09:19 pm
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Skin Bleachers in Jamaica

Despite being entirely illegal, skin lightening creams are big business both in the UK and in Jamaica - but who are the women - and men - who use them? And who sells them?

Colonialism leading to the whiter the better, the blacker the worse mentality...Thanks a lot, Britain.
Lighter is Better
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Passing as White: Anita Hemmings 1897

When Anita Florence Hemmings applied to Vassar in 1893, there was nothing in her records to indicate that she would be any different from the 103 other girls who were entering the class of 1897. But by August 1897, the world as well as the college had discovered her secret: Anita Hemmings was Vassar’s first black graduate — more than 40 years before the college opened its doors to African Americans.MORE


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Women in the Chipko Movement in India discussing deforestation

Bali Devi, one of the leaders of the Chipko movement, at the 2004 meeting of Women as the Voice for the Environment.

Gaura Devi, 1925-1991
The Reni forest action has also been detailed by many scholars. Here is a short account drawn from C. Küchli's The Forests of Hope - Stories of Regeneration and P. Routledge's Terrains of Resistance: Nonviolent Social Movements and Contestation of Place in India:

    "It was in 1974 that women began to play an active role in the Chipko Movement. In that year, at a site above the village of Reni overlooking the Alaknanda River near the Tibetan border, the Forest Department granted a concession to fell 2,500 trees. Chandi Prashad Bhatt subsequently informed the contractor that Chipko activists in concert with village representatives organized by local leader Govind Singh Rawat would intercede to block the felling. But on the day that a crew arrived to begin cutting trees, Bhatt and his fellow DGSM activists found themselves busy in Gopeshwar with a visit from high-level forestry officials, while the men from Reni were occupied in the district capital of Chamoli, where it seemed that the army had finally got round to paying compensation for land which it had held since the conflict with China.

    Were the authorities trying to manipulate events? If so, they had failed to reckon with the women of Reni. On their way to the approach road leading to the forest, the crew was seen by a small girl, who rushed to tell Gaura Devi, the head of the village Mahila Mangal Dal. Gaura Devi quickly mobilized 27 women and girls in the village, and together they went to the forest and confronted the lumbermen. Standing in front of the trees that had been marked for felling, Gaura Devi addressed the men: "Brothers! This forest is the source of our livelihood. If you destroy it, the mountain will come tumbling down onto our village." She then placed herself in front of a gun brandished by one of the men. "This forest nurtures us like a mother; you will only be able to use your axes on it if you shoot me first." Initially met with abuse and threats, the women refused to move out of the way of the lumbermen. Composed of mountain farmers from Himachal Pradesh who understood only too well what Gaura Devi was talking about, the lumbermen quickly lost heart. After a three day stand off, they finally withdrew without having accomplished their task.

    The Reni action was important for the Chipko movement in two ways. First, it was the first occasion where women participated in a major way and in the absence of men and DGSM workers. As Gaura Devi recounted: "It was not a question of planned organization of the women for the movement, rather it happened spontaneously. Our men were out of the village so we had to come forward and protect the trees. We have no quarrel with anybody, but only wanted to make the people understand that our existence is tied with the forests".

    Second, the government could no longer treat the Chipko movement as merely the reaction of local industry deprived of raw materials. From this action, Chipko was to emerge as a peasant movement in defense of traditional forest rights, continuing a century-long tradition of resistance to state encroachment."


More links:

here, here, here, here, here,here

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The F Word: A Feminist Revival


The first Women’s Day was organized by the women socialists in the US in 1909. As Kollontai wrote the vote was important because “It wasn't enough to break up the stalls at the market or threaten the odd merchant: if you want to change the cost of living you have to change the politics of the government."

The first International Women's Day took place in 1911. Meetings were organized everywhere – in the small towns and even in the village halls gatherings were packed so full that they had to ask male workers to give up their places or stand. Men stayed at home with their children so their wives and women working at home could go to meetings. After each Working Women's Day, more women joined the parties -- mostly socialist parties -- and the trade unions grew.MORE

Feminism Today, Ann Wright in Gaza, and Women’s Movements

International Women’s day was borne out of a global effort to improve the lives of women, particularly working women. As we celebrate the 98th anniversary of International Women’s Day, what are the goals of women’s liberation today?
Linda-Martin Alcoff Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the author of Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self, Staceyann Chin author of the forthcoming memoir The Other Side of Paradise, and Jennifer Baumgardner a writer for Ms. Magazine and the author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future discuss challenges confronting women today.
Then, an interview with Charlotte Bunch, Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. We also take a look at Tami Gold’s work in progress, Catch The Joy As She Flies, a documentary film about Bunch's work and activism in Africa. A commentary from JLove Calderon. Finally, we speak to Ann Wright in Gaza on the humanitarian crisis there, Israel’s elections, and Middle East diplomacy under Obama.
Thanks to Tami Gold for video in tonight’s show.

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Tamar-kali "Boot" music video


A native Brooklynite, Tamar-kali started to cut her teeth on the NYC rock scene with infamous soulcore psychos Funkface circa 1993. Shortly thereafter, the all-boy post hardcore outfit Song of Seven was in danger of disbanding when original front man Israel left to record and perform with the legendary Bad Brains. Tamar-kali was enlisted to add another dimension to Song of Sevens sound. As the bands front woman, Tamar-kali established herself as a dominant force with a resonant voice. Eventually, her strength as a woman in a male dominated genre led to creative conflict and compelled her toward her own expression as a writer and vocalist. She took the occasional break from developing original material to lend her voice in support of such artists as Fishbone and Outkast. The start of 2005 found Tamar-kali heading up her own production company, releasing The Geechee Goddess Hardcore Warrior Soul EP on her upstart record label, and manning 3 solo projectsthe haunting Psychochamber Ensemble, the uncompromising Pseudoacoustic Siren Songs and the original 5-piece electric configuration.MORE
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Founder of Ijabi Films

From the website...

tressa_70.jpgTressa Sanders, founder of Ijaba Films, Three West Consulting, and Asabi Publishing, provides active learning, workshops for business Image, publishing, creative writing, graphics design, and filmmaking. In addition, she has authored the curriculum for the Big Bad Business Image, Concise Publishing, and Creative Writing workshops as well as several literary titles. Tressa also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and authored the introduction for a book titled “A Peek Inside the Goo: Depression & The Borderline Personality”.


Films include: Shades of Love: Black Homosexuality: 3 Disc Set

Charise: A Portrait of An African American with Albinism

and the upcoming: Our side of joy Which focuses on a family in Cuba

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who -- armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions - came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the warlords, and brought peace to their shattered country.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations.

Interview with the film director,
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Angela Davis: How Does Change Happen? February 07, 2008

From radical rebel to university professor, Angela Davis has dedicated her life to social activism. In this talk, Angela Davis reflects on her successes and shares her insights on the strategies for change that have made -- and will make -- history. Sponsored by the Women's Resources and Research Center at UC Davis [1/2007] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 12069]

Angela Davis: Wars Against Women- Past Present and Future? Jan 31, 2008

Angela Davis, now of UC Santa Cruz, returns to her alma mater to deliver an engaging talk on "Wars Against Women - Past, Present, and Future?" [4/2000] [Public Affairs]
[Show ID: 4865]
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Inside USA - Angela Davis - 03 Oct 08 - Part 1

Put on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' list when she was just 26, Angela Davis became an enduring symbol of 1970's Black Power. She joins Inside USA to discuss incarceration in the land of the free, capitalism in a time of economic crisis and what it means to be the face of Black Power in a supposedly post-racial US.

Inside USA - Angela Davis - 03 Oct 08 - Part 2

Inside USA - The Other Hawaii - Sept 26 - Part 1

This week Avi Lewis visits the people behind the native movement for self-determination in Hawaii. Well over 200 years old the movement has recently been gaining on strength. Archive footage courtesy of www.namaka.com

Inside USA - The Other Hawaii - Sept 26 - Part 2
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The Making of Mann ke Manjeeré documents the inception of the idea behind the album to raise awareness about women's human rights violations through music, as well as the idea behind the organization Breakthrough- to 'mainstream' human rights values through the use of pop culture

Breakthrough's video -Mann ke Manjeeré- winner of the Screen Awards 2001 in India and nominated for MTV's 'Best Indipop Music Video', reached 26 million households via six satellite music television channels, effectively mainstreaming discussions about domestic violence issues throughout South Asia and reaching as far as Tajikistan, Indonesia and the United States.


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