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A Gender Violence Free NYC
A better New York means a safer city for women and LGBTQ people. New York City must engage in a collaborative project with planners, community organizers, and women throughout the city that addresses street harassment and gender violence. In order for this to be an inclusive process that prioritizes the safety of the most marginalized women, the power of organizers on the ground should be increased and their access and role in forming policies and initiatives should be expanded. This requires a real commitment from city officials to support, collaborate with, and fund community work that not only organizes women but also critically engages men around issues of patriarchy and gender violence.
Spring-2014 / Read more in Opportunities for a New New York
Successes And (Mostly) Failures In Gender-Bending My Kid
When I got pregnant, my partner and I knew we wanted to be thoughtful about the ways we helped our kids construct their gender and the way they viewed gender in general. Whatever sex our baby was born, we had every intentions of gender-bending the hell out of it. We toyed with the idea of raising a gender neutral child. But between the confusion and protests it would incite in our families and all the extra work it involved, we decided it wasn’t for us. What we really wanted was to find ways to equip our future children with the tools to think critically and the ability to challenge the notions of gender dichotomy that society would inevitably be pitching to them from womb to tomb.
Feb-2014 / Read more at Mommyish
Race + The Netherlands: Resistance Lost in Translation
I’m an activist and, one way or another, wherever I am, I always find my way to movement work, or it finds me. So when my partner and I uprooted our lives in Brooklyn for him to pursue a job opportunity in Amsterdam, I was excited to get involved. I figured since we’d be living here for the indefinite future, might as well jump in the mix. What were the issues? Who were the oppressed? And what were they fighting for? I met with organizers and did my research. Initially, I was disappointed at what seemed like a lack of collective struggle and as a result a lack of movement work. I didn’t detect a culture of resistance. But surely there was conflict in a society that celebrated a figure like Zwarte Piet.
Nov-2013 / Read more at Racialicious
Race + The Netherlands: EXILE
I was warned before moving to Amsterdam that there’s a term Dutch people use for kids which translates to “monkey.” They use it with all kids and it’s supposed to be a term of endearment. They literally have no context for why you can’t call a Black kid that. The thing is my son is exceptionally cute (just sayin’) and people are constantly cooing at him, especially older people. Sure, they’re all smiles and sweet sounds but are they in fact calling my son a monkey?! And if they are, what do I do about it? Curse them out in English? Memorize Dutch insults to sling at all offending grandmothers?
Dec-2013 / Read more at Racialicious