Freedom | Excerpt from Even My Voice Is Silence

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While I was in Palestine from 2004-2005, the subject of freedom was persistently on my mind. I’ve spent my life with an awareness of prison, of the possibility of being imprisoned. With a sort of consciousness that I must somehow be prepared to be imprisoned, and that I must be prepared, somehow, to be mentally […]

Low Benefits, Temporary Jobs — Work Is Getting Worse … But Hope for Labor Rights Is Emerging from a Surprising Place

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A Labor Day interview with Ai-Jen Poo. Over the last 30 years, Americans have seen the very nature of work change. Working people used to expect to have a stable job with health benefits and a retirement plan, a job they’d keep for most of their lives. Now, though, workers bounce from job to job, employers have […]

Domestic Work Is An Act of Love

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When the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of workers in the US, “to win votes for the 1938 law from Southern lawmakers, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was forced to exempt from its provisions workers who produce America’s food and care for people’s homes, children and elders.” At that time, of […]

Ai-Jen Poo | Domestic Workers & Finding Balance Through the Lens of Love

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Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York based organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic […]

Ai-jen Poo | Organizing Labor—With Love

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Ai-jen Poo does her work from a space invested in connection, relationship, and transformative change. As Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she works to make sure that domestic workers, who are often women, often immigrants, and who are often taken for granted, are treated with respect. She “has been organizing immigrant women workers […]

Outside a Women’s Prison in New York for Mother’s Day

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On Mother’s Day, NYC Anarchist Black Cross calls for a world without cages as most of the women in prison are mothers, and the prison system makes it very difficult for women and their children to be in relationship with one another. The West Side Highway in New York, which traces Manhattan’s westerly edge, is […]

Hoping for a Baby

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Contributed by K.M. King Miscarriage is not often discussed, even though it is an unfortunate part of many women’s lives. Jessica Berger Gross’s article entitled “Hoping for a Baby,” explores her journey of self-awareness through yoga after experiencing a miscarriage. Jessica’s story is unique in many ways. Her willingness to share one of the most […]

Eveline Shen | Reclaiming Our Bodies, Ourselves

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Eveline Shen is the Executive Director of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice. ACRJ leads the Strong Families Initiative, which is changing the way we think, feel and act in support of families, gender and race. Eveline serves on the board of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and Movement Strategy Center, as well as the advisory […]

Welcome | march 2012

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There used to be an ad for Virginia Slims cigarettes when I was growing up. Its tag line was, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” And there was always an sepia tone photo of a Victorian woman trying to hide the fact that she was smoking a cigarette, while in color there was some young, […]

Kavita Ramdas | Radical Women, Embracing Tradition

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“Feminism, unlike almost every other social movement, is not a struggle against a distinct oppressor — it’s not the ruling class or the occupiers or the colonizers — it’s against a deeply held set of beliefs and assumptions that we women, far too often, hold ourselves.” Kavita Ramdas Kavita Ramdas, former president and CEO of […]

Funding for Women Only | Global Fund for Women

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Founded by three women in 1987, the Global Fund for Women focuses its efforts on providing funding for women in developing countries and on supporting human rights for women. They believe that “investing in women is the single most effective antidote to the world’s pressing problems: war, poverty, disease. Women play a special role in […]

ACRJ | A Holistic Stance for Reproductive Justice

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ACRJ (Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) defines reproductive justice as “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls,” a holistic way of approaching reproductive rights. And because there is no way to separate reproductive rights from that which affects them including, health care, the environment and social justice nor […]