Recent Must Reads: A Weekly Roundup

It’s been a wild week filled with “alternate facts,” millions of marchers, pink pussy hats, censoring and silencing of Federal employees, and that’s just the beginning. As volunteers entered Flint, Michigan to install free water filters, the Federal Investigation there quietly closed. While people marched around the world on Saturday, DAPL personnel continued their severe assault on water protectors. A room full of white men gazed on as the new President signed bills to control women’s reproductive rights, National Health Care, and withdrawal from TPP. Canadians and other world citizens were denied entry into the U.S. to join American marchers at The Women’s March in Washington. And, if you haven’t heard about the changes on the White House Website, take a look: many pages have disappeared, including Civil Rights, LGBT+ rights, and Climate change. On top of that, the website is no longer Spanish-friendly.

This week I have chosen 11 articles to share on the website. There are certainly gaps in the round up, but I’ve posted writings about the March on Washington from different perspectives, pieces that cover some of Trump’s disturbing initial actions, the return of Civil Disobedience, and issues that have been raised regarding what it means that there were few to no arrests in DC during the March.

While the Women’s March on Washington offered the opportunity for people across the country, and the world, to stand together, many voices still remain unheard. To that end, the first article I’ve posted was published in Everyday Feminism two years ago, but it focuses on the necessity of intersectionality in true Feminism. It’s a Must Read for those of us new to the movement, as well as a good review for many readers.

I will do my best to continue to cover the many issues and marginalized voices that need a place to be heard. I hope you’ll join the conversation. So, in case you missed some of this week’s news: Read On.


  1. But without an intersectional lens, our movements cannot be truly anti-oppressive because it is not, in fact, possible to tease apart the oppressions that people are experiencing.

“Why Our Feminism Must be Intersectional (And 3 Ways to Practice It)” by Jarune Uwujaren and Jamie Utt. Everyday Feminism, January 11, 2015.


2. I’d like to see more acknowledgement of the gendered violence faced by trans women of color alongside the intense imagery of pink vaginas and uteruses.

“How Pussy Hats Made Me Feel Excluded—And Then Welcomed—At the Women’s March” by Katelyn Burns. The Establishment, January 23, 2017.


3. If I don’t look like someone a cop wants to arrest, that’s not a testament to my law-abiding goodness, or the cop’s. It’s a testament to how sexism in this country fuels racism, and vice versa. It’s a testament to exactly what we need to resist.

 

 

“The Myth of the Well-Behaved Women’s March” by Jess Zimmerman. New Republic, January 24, 2017.


4. Many of my fellow Bosnians, for instance, will easily recognize how the piece-by-piece dismantling of familiar and comfortable reality commences.

“Stop Making Sense, Or How to Write in the Age of Trump” by Aleksandar Hemon. The Village Voice, January 17, 2017.


5. Despite the fear consuming me and leaving me often balled up on my couch, I wasn’t planning to go to the Women’s March on Washington. I didn’t feel like it really targeted me and my community of queer people of color who are already politically engaged.

“At the Women’s March on Washington I Realized that My People Are My Lighthouse” by Miriam Zoila Perez. COLORLINES, January 23, 2017.


6. The Congress is unlikely to check the new President, but democracy may thrive in the states, the courts, the next elections, and, lest the lessons of the sixties be forgotten, the streets.

“The Return of Civil Disobedience” by Jelani Cobb. The New Yorker, January 9, 2017.


7. In an unprecedented event, nine black women were elected as circuit and district judges in Jefferson County, Alabama, this November. For a predominantly Republican state, the Democratic sweep came as a surprise, as Alabama is one of the few states that judges still have to run on party lines to get elected.

“Why the Election of 9 Black Female Judges in Alabama Matters” by Lindsay Peoples. New York Magazine, January 20, 2017.


8. “I want to be shocked by the election, and I was at first, but then I remembered: People have always treated me horribly because of my disability — why would they care now?

“13 People With Disabilities Talk About Life Post-Election” by Nora Whelan. BuzzFeed, December 9, 2017.


9. Taken together, the cuts Trump has proposed to balance his budget send a clear message: the most vulnerable and the most in need of justice come last in Trump’s America.

“Trump’s Planned Elimination of Violence Against Women Grants Is Pure Cruelty” by Christina Cauterucci. Slate, January19, 2017.


10. Hypothetically, health care providers are allowed to talk to patients about abortion in the event of rape, incest, or life-threatening complications, but it’s unclear exactly how such exceptions would work once a compliant NGO has eradicated all abortion-related resources from its programming.

“Trump Reinstates the Anti-Abortion “Global Gag Rule” That Has Been A Public Health Disaster” by L.V. Anderson. Slate, January 23, 2017.


11. On Tuesday, the hashtag #DAPL trended nationwide for a little while, and then was eclipsed by chatter about the Academy Awards nominations.

“Social Media Made the World Care About Standing Rock—And Helped it Forget” by Emily Dreyfuss. WIRED, January 24, 2017.

 


Joyce Hayden left her university teaching job two years ago in order to pursue her own artistic work. An assemblage artist, painter, and writer, Joyce is currently in the process of acquiring an agent to represent her memoir, The Out of Body Girl, which describes her 8 year relationship with a charismatic gambler and the dangerous road that eventually led to her freedom. Her chapbook of poems, Lost Handprint, is forthcoming from Dandelion Review. A freelance editor and writing coach, Joyce’s writing services and a selection of her artwork can be found at her website joycehayden.com. Joyce is available for commission art work, including celebration shrines for loved ones and pets.

 

 

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