2017 ALAN follow up

November 22, 2017

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I really thought Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely were going to set the tone for ALAN when they began the two day conference with a full on charge to fight white supremacy. Reynolds said “Literature doesn’t matter if you can’t apply the story to our real life.” Laurie Halse Anderson picked up the plea toward […]

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When Women Speak: Cheryl Willis Hudson

November 22, 2017

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Recently, a few friends remarked over the cliché ‘giving voice to the voiceless’ that ignores the fact that ALL people have a voice. There are numerous ways to speak, we sometimes need to adjust our hearing. Cheryl Willis Hudson writes about another way professional women speak aloud particularly in publishing through their skills, talents and […]

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When Women Speak: Ambelin Kwaymullina

November 17, 2017

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I grew up in quiet, “reverent” Catholic churches where you could her a pin drop during sermons and talking was done in whispers. All singing in these churches was limited to the one or two stanzas of the song and all responses where scripted by the order of the Mass. As an adult, I ventured […]

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When Women Speak: Justina Ireland

November 15, 2017

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Whether we’re speaking out to change laws, practices in our communities or to make space for our children it’s necessary work and necessary isn’t always easy or pretty, but it’s done with love, dignity and integrity. I’m thinking over the essays I’ve read thus far, and those I have yet to post, and I see a […]

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#DeepBlueShe  #Mutiny2Unity  #MeToo  #MergrrrlMovement 

November 14, 2017

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Buy the track and support the causes. DEEP BLUE SHE (#Mutiny2Unity #MeToo WeMix) is a music video/PSA for women’s/ LGBTQ+/human rights and racial/gender equality, featuring 100+ artist/activists of diverse backgrounds, ages, vocations—street artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, teachers, librarians, advocates, a farmer, doctor, and a host of award-winning writers (mostly women of color), including Paula Yoo, Marina Budhos, Uma Krishnaswami, […]

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When Women Speak: Traci Sorell

November 13, 2017

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Additional Essays in this series: Kelly Starlings Lyon: How Do Women Use Art As Resistance? Zetta Elliott: Nice Is Not Enough Ambelin Kwaymullina: On Being Loud and Hopeful Cheryl Willis Hudson: Women Lead the Independent Publishing Movement The reasons why we speak out, why women continue to speak up, are as simple as they are […]

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When Women Speak: Zetta Elliott

November 12, 2017

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Additional essays in this series: Kelly Starlings Lyon: How Do Women Use Art As Resistance? Traci Sorrell: Why Do You Speak Out? Justina Ireland: There is A Minefield and You Will Become a Demolitions Expert Ambelin Kwaymullina: On Being Loud and Hopeful Cheryl Willis Hudson: Women Lead the Independent Publishing Movement A couple of weeks ago, […]

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When Women Speak: Kelly Starling Lyons

November 9, 2017

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Additional essays in this series: Zetta Elliott: Nice Is Not Enough Traci Sorrell: Why Do You Speak Out? Justina Ireland: There is A Minefield and You Will Become a Demolitions Expert Ambelin Kwaymullina: On Being Loud and Hopeful Cheryl Willis Hudson: Women Lead the Independent Publishing Movement How do women use art as resistance? “Black women […]

When Women of Color or Native/First Nations Women Speak

November 7, 2017

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I can remember exactly what it was that happening almost a month ago that led me to ask “what happens when women speak out’? This certainly before the accusations of misconduct and misogyny in workplace, but after the same accusations had been made by African American women. I can remember the exact incident in the […]

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