a love-driven survival

I am an earth lover from way back. I am in love with losers and laughter. I am in love with freedom and children.-Assata Shakur

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daniellemertina:

Some of my favorite books by and about Black women!!
From Left to Right:
Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist, The Salt Eaters , Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, Wild Sweet Love, Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War, Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Paradise (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #3), Americanah, Iola Leroy: Shadows Uplifted, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery, The Bluest Eye, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, Sula, A Voice from the South (Schomburg Library of 19th Century Black Women Writers), More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, The Black Woman: An Anthology, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America, Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters: A History of the Black Woman in America, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre 
(all links go to Goodreads) 

daniellemertina:

Some of my favorite books by and about Black women!!

From Left to Right:

Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman NovelistThe Salt Eaters , Sister Outsider: Essays and SpeechesBlack Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New RacismWild Sweet LoveToo Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil WarBlack Women Novelists and the Nationalist AestheticIncidents in the Life of a Slave GirlTheir Eyes Were Watching GodParadise (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #3)AmericanahIola Leroy: Shadows UpliftedSisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-RecoveryThe Bluest EyeAt the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black PowerSulaA Voice from the South (Schomburg Library of 19th Century Black Women Writers)More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the AmericasScenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century AmericaAin’t I a Woman: Black Women and FeminismBlack Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, The Black Woman: An AnthologyWhen and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in AmericaBeautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters: A History of the Black Woman in AmericaKilling the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of LibertyFeminist Theory: From Margin to Centre 

(all links go to Goodreads) 

“You have my permission not to love me. I am a cathedral of deadbolts, and I would rather burn myself down than change any of the locks.”

—   Rachel Mckibbens  (via mirroir)

(Source: facina-oris, via noldarling)

lostinurbanism:

Alain Le Garsmeur, Georgia (1983)

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definitionpurity:

3.22.14//Rising

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pushbuttonkitty:

“We danced too wild, and we sang too long, and we hugged too hard, and we kissed too sweet, and howled just as loud as we wanted to howl, because by now we were all old enough to know that what looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks a lot like love if you catch it in the moonlight.”

— Pearl Cleage / What Looks Like Crazy on a Ordinary Day

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How (not) to react when someone is triggered/tells you about their sexual assault

benbooneh:

  • Don’t make it about you and your frustrations in not being able to help or change the situation
  • You can’t change what happened
  • Ask the person if they are comfortable being touched before touching them/hugging them, etc
  • Do not expect or ask the person to recount it because it could be…

!!!!!

Moving Towards Home

kawrage:

by June Jordan

"Where is Abu Fadi," she wailed.
"Who will bring me my loved one?"
New York Times, 9/20/82
(after the 1982 Phalangist/Israeli Massacre of Refugees in Beirut)

I do not wish to speak about the bulldozer and the
red dirt
not quite covering all of the arms and legs
Nor do I…

family

mashallah-project:

i learned in elementary school families grow on trees. i had to put my mother, father, grandparents, cousins, people my parents told me existed all on green paper leaves. One vein down the middle gave it life. Attached to an ugly brown stump with branches I learned to make by drawing a ton of…

“We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.”

—   

In case you were wondering what Gazans want you to do in order to help. 

We call for a final end to the crimes and oppression against us. We call for:

  • Arms embargos on Israel, sanctions that would cut off the supply of weapons and military aid from Europe and the United States on which Israel depends to commit such war crimes;
  • Suspension of all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel such as the EU-Israel Association agreement;
  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions, as called for by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society in 2005

(via musaafer)

Also, a statement from just the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, “To the people of the free world and to the Arab people we ask you all to show greater even greater solidarity through events, and apply more pressure on your Governments to provide real support to the struggle of our people and for the accountability of the Zionist war criminals.”

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So relevant to the work I’m doing with mother sista Audre Lorde and the use of the erotic as a tool for moving past trauma in a world that tells us in more ways than one that black women ain’t got a right to healing. Trauma studies shows us how poetry (and all other works of the erotic power) teach us how to access our narratives and histories. How to uncover them from an abyss of darkness and neglect. The erotic as a blueprint for learning how we can begin to own our pain as resistance amidst a world that tells us our tears are not for us to possess.

“In the end, the question is not really about the pros and cons of trigger words. The questions are around, what are the organizing practices and strategies for building movements that recognize that settler colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy and heteropatriarchy have not left us unscathed? How do we create spaces to experiment with different strategies, as well as spaces to openly assess and change these strategies as they inevitably become co-opted? How do we create movements that make us collectively accountable for healing from individual and collective trauma? How do we create critical intellectual spaces that recognize that intellectual work is not disembodied and without material effects? How do we collectively reduce harm in our intellectual and political spaces? And finally, how can we build healing movements for liberation that can include us as we actually are rather than as the peoples we are supposed to be?”

—   Andrea Smith, Beyond Trigger Warnings  (via kawrage)

YES. YES. YES.

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on the search for home

benbooneh:

mashallah-project:

(a rumination on identity, woven in with some poetry and quotes i like—by benbooneh, july 13, 2014)

i’m gonna quit these wanderin’ blues…

i’m always stuck on this question of home, and because i’m so addicted to searching for it in other places i’m starting to realize some thangs.

southern…

wrote this abt splits in consciousness, fractured identities, decolonial imaginaries, queer futurism n diaspora, read if u want but definitely check out this amazing project! !

All of this was everything I needed to read right now. Thanks, Banz.
blackonpalestine:

#DetroitGazasolidarity #DetroitPalestineSolidarity #Palestine
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blackonpalestine:

#DetroitGazasolidarity #DetroitPalestineSolidarity #Palestine

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