April 9, 2014
Screening of NO! The Rape Documentary and Discussion with Aishah Shahidah Simmons at Chicago Theological Seminary on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00pm.
This event is presented by Chicago Theological Seminary ,The Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies Of McCormick Theological Seminary and The Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero, Jr. Multicultural Center of Lutheran School of Theology

Screening of NO! The Rape Documentary and Discussion with Aishah Shahidah Simmons at Chicago Theological Seminary on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00pm.

This event is presented by Chicago Theological Seminary ,The Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies Of McCormick Theological Seminary and The Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero, Jr. Multicultural Center of Lutheran School of Theology

April 4, 2014
Sexual Economy of American Slavery

#SAAM #BelieveSurvivors #NOtheRapeDocumentary

Adrienne Davis, J.D., Black Feminist Legal Scholar (photo credit: Scheherazade Tillet, NOtheRapeDocumentary.org)

"…I started describing American slavery as a sexual economy to really foreground and emphasize the way that Black women’s reproductive and sexual relationships were an integral part of the political economy. What American slavery did was it really did construe childbearing by enslaved women and their sexuality as market and economic relationships that actually created White wealth. And I think people are pretty familiar with reproductive expropriations. But I also think it’s helpful to understand that the White slaveholders themselves understood it, perceived this, and organized their lives around it…And in fact, some very prominent White slaveholders defended American slavery because it meant that White women were freed from the burden of unwanted sex…” Adrienne Davis, J.D., interviewed in NOtheRapeDocumentary.org

Actors Eddie Dean Dobbs, Leah Diane Brown, and Abby Wexler (photo credit: Wadia L. Gardiner, NOtheRapeDocumentary.org)

February 6, 2014
Join Black Women’s Blueprint on February 8, 2014 at the Brooklyn Museum  in celebrating and honoring the legendary Barbara Smith (Author, Historian, Council Member-Albany, NY, Combahee River Collective, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press) and Melissa Harris Perry (Author, Educator, Political Scientist, Television Host and Liberal Political Commentator, MSNBC) at their Fourth Annual Mother Tongue Monologues. This year’s theme is “For Truth Bearing Women, Emerging Sons, and Other Keepers of The Flame and the focus will be on Black female survivors of sexual assault.
The Honorary Co-Chairs are Aishah Shahidah Simmons (NO! The Rape Documentary and Temple University), Melinda Weeks (Applied Research Center, Colorlines), Tony Porter (A Call to Men) , Lisa Anderson (Auburn Theological Seminary, Beth Elain Richie (Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy)
For more information, visit http://mothertonguemonologues.org

Join Black Women’s Blueprint on February 8, 2014 at the Brooklyn Museum  in celebrating and honoring the legendary Barbara Smith (Author, Historian, Council Member-Albany, NY, Combahee River Collective, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press) and Melissa Harris Perry (Author, Educator, Political Scientist, Television Host and Liberal Political Commentator, MSNBC) at their Fourth Annual Mother Tongue Monologues. This year’s theme is “For Truth Bearing Women, Emerging Sons, and Other Keepers of The Flame and the focus will be on Black female survivors of sexual assault.

The Honorary Co-Chairs are Aishah Shahidah Simmons (NO! The Rape Documentary and Temple University), Melinda Weeks (Applied Research Center, Colorlines), Tony Porter (A Call to Men) , Lisa Anderson (Auburn Theological Seminary, Beth Elain Richie (Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy)

For more information, visit http://mothertonguemonologues.org

May 17, 2013
Summary of conclusion of The Feminist Wire’s Forum on Assata Shakur

Today (May 17, 2013), The Feminist Wire concludes our two-day mini forum on Sister Assata Shakur.

 
"Assata

you are a maimed structure who refuses to die out

arthritic fist still clutches black power

and remembers the white man foot stomps mating with sternum

and ribs that deny shattering



Assata

i smell renewed blood thirst

the resurgence of hound claws

salivate your noosed neck

limp feet suspended over earth…

http://thefeministwire.com/2013/05/a-is-for-asylum/


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In honor of Feminists We Love Friday at TFW, Collective Member Heidi Renee Lewis, brilliantly, powerfully, and eloquently shares why Assata Shakur is a “Feminist We Love”

"…Let us be reminded that Assata Shakur fed hungry Black and Brown children. Assata Shakur helped Black and Brown mothers overcome drug addiction. Assata Shakur taught Black and Brown communities how to love and protect themselves. Assata Shakur fought against the prison industrial complex that profits from enslaving Black and Brown bodies. Assata Shakur never let us forget that Black and Brown bodies were worthy of love, empathy, protection, and meticulous care. Assata Shakur was a teacher and healer. We know this because we have committed our lives to honoring her story, standing on her shoulders, and speaking truth to power….”
http://thefeministwire.com/2013/05/feminists-we-love-assata-shakur-love-note/

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Our Sister, Assata Shakur: Life, Struggle, Justice, and Love
In their exclusive essay for The Feminist Wire’s forum on Assata Shakur, Black Feminist Scholar-Activists Lisa Brock and Beth Elaine Richie explain why we all need to be outraged that Assata Shakur was added to the Most Wanted Terrorist List on May 3, 2013.

"…First, by all reasonable accounts Assata Shakur is innocent. The original trial that led to her conviction in 1977 was a travesty. Three neurologists testified that the first gunshot shattered her clavicle and the second shattered the median nerve in her right hand. That testimony proved that she was sitting with her hands raised when the police shot her. Further testimony proved that no gun residue was found on either of her hands, nor were her fingerprints found on any of the weapons located at the scene. In addition, trial transcripts show that Trooper John Harper, the other NJ State Trooper on the scene, admitted under cross-examination that he had lied in all three of his official reports and in his Grand Jury testimony.

An all-white jury stoked by racism convicted her. Lenox Hinds, her trial attorney, called the trial “a modern day lynching.” Interestingly, the trial judge tried unsuccessfully to have Hinds disbarred for saying that. Today, attorney Hinds is the U.S. lawyer of Nelson Mandela, another person who was on the U.S. terrorist list until 2008…”
 
 
Here are three ways each one of us can take steps to demand justice for Assata Shakur:

A). Share the TRUE story with family, friends, colleagues, and comrades;

B). Organize a teach-in at your school, college/university, community center, Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Temple; and/or

C). Sign the Change.org Petition addressed to President Barack Obama.
Following is an excerpt:
"Dear President Obama:
We write to urge you to overrule the FBI’s decision to put Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, on the “Most Wanted Terrorists List, with $1 Million FBI Reward Offered for Information Leading to Her Capture and Return,” as phrased by the FBI’s May 2, 2013 announcement. This $1 million combines with the $1 million bounty already offered by New Jersey. We know of no support for the claims by the FBI in making that announcement that Ms. Shakur has used her asylum in Cuba to “promote” “terrorist ideology” and espouse “terrorism.” We ask that the FBI be directed to publicly produce documentation to support these claims, and that until and unless this is done, its officials be directed to withdraw these assertions…

…Finally, this decision continues to racialize the United States criminal punishment system, a system that since the enslavement of African peoples has targeted Africans and African Americans for harsher punishments than those given particularly to similarly situated whites. The accusation of terrorism has fallen prey to this continuing travesty of making the color of “crime,” now the color of “terrorism,” black. One needs only recall the early reports of who was suspected of the Boston Marathon bombing to support this conclusion: the first reports were of a darker-skinned male, possibly African American. This message scrolled continuously on CNN for a number of hours and then “African American male” was deleted, leaving darker skinned male. But the alleged perpetrators were far from “darker skinned.”

In conclusion, we ask that you stand behind the statements made by Attorney General Holder when he became the Attorney General in 2009 in addressing assistant United States attorneys and make these statements applicable to the FBI: “Your job is in every case, every decision you make, to do the right thing. Anybody who asks you to do something other than that is to be ignored.” The FBI’s recent actions are far from the “right thing” for this country and we urge you to reverse them…”


Please sign the petition and share widely: http://chn.ge/19FKD1y
 
No One Is Free While Others Are Oppressed! #HandsOFFAssata

December 3, 2012
The Crucifixion of Kasandra Perkins:Victim Blaming, Black Maternal Homicide and Stupidity (What About Our Daughters)

"…According to the CDC, "[B]lack women have a maternal homicide risk about seven times that of white women. Black women ages 25-29 are about 11 times more likely as white women in that age group to be murdered while pregnant or in the year after childbirth. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-4009249.html

Not twice as likely. Not Three times as likely. Not five times as likely, but ELEVEN times. Miss (Kassandra Michelle) Perkins was just outside the 25-29 age range. 

The Kansas City Star reports that Jovan got into a heated argument with Kasandra around 7:50am stemming from herarriving home at 1am following a Trey Songz concert.http://theybf.com/2012/12/01/kc-chiefs-linebacker-jovan-belcher-kills-girlfriend-then-commits-suicide

OH dear. SHE went to a Trey Songz concert. SHE arrived home at 1am. SHE caused a heated argument. Other articles make it a point to mention that Miss Perkins was drinking while she was out with friends and Mr. Belcher called her several times to inquire about her whereabouts. Oh dear, a woman over the age of 21 who had arranged childcare went out with friends for a concert and consumed alcohol- oh the HORROR! The Kansas City Star reports that Jovan got into a heated argument with Kasandra around 7:50am stemming from herarriving home at 1am following a Trey Songz concert.http://theybf.com/2012/12/01/kc-chiefs-linebacker-jovan-belcher-kills-girlfriend-then-commits-suicide

OH dear. SHE went to a Trey Songz concert. SHE arrived home at 1am. SHE caused a heated argument. Other articles make it a point to mention that Miss Perkins was drinking while she was out with friends and Mr. Belcher called her several times to inquire about her whereabouts. Oh dear, a woman over the age of 21 who had arranged childcare went out with friends for a concert and consumed alcohol- oh the HORROR!…”

READ IT ITS ENTIRETY -> http://bit.ly/Yr1llr

November 24, 2012
FREE Screening of NO! The Rape Documentary ~ November 26, 2012

FREE SCREENING & DISCUSSION of NO! The Rape Documentary http://NOtheRapeDocumentary.org/

Monday, November 26, 2012 7:30-9:30
Fennario Coffee (111 N. Church Street, West Chester, PA, 610.436.8104)

Producer/Writer/Director Aishah Shahidah Simmons and International Human Rights Activist & Featured Interviewee Michael Simmons  will co-facilitate the discussion following the screening.

For additional information: growingcommunitywc@gmail.com

*TRIGGER WARNING* 

Please be aware that NO! and the discussion my be triggering for survivors and our allies. The organizers of this event are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive space for survivors of sexual assault and our allies.

November 23, 2012
TRAILBLAZER -> Cathay Williams / William Cathay (1844 - 1892)

"…Cathay Williams (September 1844 - 1892) was an American soldier. She is the first African American female to enlist, and the only documented to serve in the United States Army posing as a man under the pseudonym, William Cathay… Despite the prohibition against women serving in the military, Williams enlisted in the United States Regular Army on 15 November 1866 at St. Louis, Missouri for a three year engagement, passing herself off as a man. Only two others are known to have been privy to the deception, her cousin and a friend, both of whom were fellow soldiers in her regiment.

Shortly after her enlistment, Williams contracted smallpox, was hospitalized and rejoined her unit, which by then was posted in New Mexico. Possibly due to the effects of smallpox, the New Mexico heat, or the cumulative effects of years of marching, her body began to show signs of strain. She was frequently hospitalized. The post surgeon finally discovered she was a woman and informed the post commander. She was discharged from the Army by her commanding officer, Captain Charles E. Clarke on October 14, 1868…" ~ Wikipedia

{Sobering commentary on sexism, which, like racism, was virulent (still is!) in the 19th century. Cathay/William was clearly only discharged because her gender was revealed. I want more information on Cathay/William… There are so many unknown her/histories.}

November 10, 2012
"It is really a breath of fresh air to be amongst Indigenous/Native American, Black/African descended, Asian, and Latina women who PROUDLY and UNAPOLOGETICALLY identify as FEMINIST. #NWSA2012"

October 20, 2012
""…bell hooks would say, “an imperialist white supremacist patriarchal domain…has never taken our bodies seriously” (Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery). So why would I expect a yoga class in an upper crust Washington D.C. community to be any different? I don’t need a posh or snobby yoga studio to find peace. But I couldn’t let go of the questions about race and wellness. As bell hooks asks, “Is wellness a white luxury?” No. One group does not have a monopoly on wellness. My yoga was less about cosmetic or aesthetic changes. I came to yoga to ease the deep emotional tension stored in my body. I know first-hand the true, restorative, and transformative power of the yoga tradition…"
~ Sariane Leigh, “Sisters of the ‘Yogic’ Yam: bell hooks and the Yoga in Self-Recovery,” for The Feminist Wire
http://thefeministwire.com/2012/10/sisters-of-the-yogic-yam-bell-hooks-and-the-yoga-in-self-recovery/"

October 20, 2012
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"…After O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering Brown Simpson white America wanted his scalp. Nicole was the perfect victim, the beautiful tragic heroine who died too young at the hands of a savage. The so-called trial of the century hinged on redeeming a white woman’s honor and bringing her Negro killer to justice. Brown Simpson was grieved globally, transformed into a symbol of the deadliness of intimate partner violence and martyr of a legal system—signified by the “dumb” biased black female jury that acquitted Simpson—run amok.

The underside of the verdict and the global valorization of Nicole Brown Simpson was the disreputable black female abuse victim. Each year thousands of black women are shot, stabbed, stalked, and brutalized in crimes that never make it on the national radar…” ~ Sikivu Hutchinson, “The Spectator Sport of Bashing Black Women” for The Feminist Wire

http://thefeministwire.com/2012/10/the-spectator-sport-of-bashing-black-women/

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