Thursday, January 29, 2009
During the month of February, many activities and events are planned to celebrate the histories or herstories and cultures of people of African descent. How can you participate? Want to put on an event, but fresh out of ideas? Well have no fear! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Host weekly screenings of films or documentaries about, directed & written by and starring people of African descent such as: NO! The Rape Documentary; Chisolm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed; You Have Struck a Rock; Unchained Memories:
of the Slave Narratives Readings
- Collaborate with your campus Black Student
, Alliance or other multicultural groups in planning your event Multicultural Center
- Host a Libations Ceremony to pay homage for past sheroes and heroes of African descent who have contributed greatly to our world
- Celebrate the diversity in cultures and music throughout the African Diaspora by hosting a luncheon that exhibits the various cuisines and entertainment of the Afro-Caribbean, African, African American, and Afro-Latino heritage
- Invite a local or campus cultural theater troupe to perform or host an open mic/spoken word or poetry slam competition
- Launch a flyer campaign to recognize prominent historical and modern-day Black feminists
- Host a panel forum to discuss Black women’s history and involvement in the women’s movement
- Incorporate Black HERstory Month in your annual Vagina Monologues event
Remember, Black HERstory Month is a time to acknowledge the achievements and contributions made by people of color to the rest of the world. So let’s take this time to recognize all our sisters in the struggle. HAPPY BLACK HERSTORY MONTH!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Let me start with a BIG “woot-woot” and hurrah!
My trip back east for the Inauguration of Barack Obama was pretty amazing to say the least. Sandwiched between two venerable days of significance - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade - I knew that what was in store for the Inauguration and the week ahead was an extremely special occasion to celebrate all things free, equal and feminist.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, I witnessed - along with 1.8 million of my closest friends - the swearing in of this country’s first African-American president, Barack Obama. Acknowledging the difficult times our country is in, “that the challenges we face are real,” President Obama made it clear that we will meet these challenges, but not without sacrifice and not without choosing “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”
Echoing a familiar feminist principle, President Obama charged each one of us - whether watching on TV or in-person - to choose our better history and work, work hard, to ensure that from generation to generation we build a future and make real the belief that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
This executive order will have a monumental impact by saving the life, health, and suffering of literally millions of women worldwide yearly. In part because of restricted access to reproductive health services caused by the Global Gag Rule, more than 70,000 women annually die from unsafe abortions worldwide and the incidence of HIV/AIDS is skyrocketing.
The Global Gag Rule prohibited family planning programs in other nations that receive US aid from using non-US monies for abortion counseling, advocacy, and referrals. The rule was instituted by President Reagan in 1984, was repealed by President Clinton, and was reinstituted by President George W. Bush.
The Global Gag Rule inhibited women worldwide from access to gynecological exams, AIDS prevention and treatment, and contraceptive options. It also halted shipment of condoms and contraceptives to more than 20 countries.
We are overjoyed with this victory and thank all the feminist activists out there for their tireless work on this issue!
What global challenges will you be taking on this semester now that the Global Gag Rule has been repealed?