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Seeking Social Justice

13 December 2017 Wednesday

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Social justice in the United States evolved when Marxist principles were applied to the criminal justice system. This is a justice that seeks remedies that are meant to be good for the entire society but because of the transient nature of societies, there is no single, clear definition for social justice. It is a rather […]

Second Tuesday Serials: Rebellion of Thieves

12 December 2017 Tuesday

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title: Rebellion of Thieves series: Robyn Hoodlum Adventure author: Kekla Magoon date: Bloomsbury, 2016 main character: Robyn Loxley Robyn is resolved to save her parents. She’s a young, brown skinned girl who is fearless in her fight for justice. She and her merry gang house themselves in an abandoned church where they can go undetected […]

November Rights Reports

4 December 2017 Monday

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Rights reports give a glimpse into what books by IPOC authors that we can look forward to being printed for American youth in the long run. This information originally appeared in Publishers Weekly. Chris Paul and Liz Bicknell at Candlewick have acquired Yoko Tanaka’s Dandelion’s Dream, a wordless picture book that explores the unexpected aspiration […]

When Women Speak: Neesha Meminger

30 November 2017 Thursday

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I want to thank everyone who contributed to this series, who wanted to contribute, and those who read the essays and considered and discussed them. It’s been powerful to hear these women of color speak up, hasn’t it? And they’re not just speaking, they’re doing. Neesha Meminger is doing. Today she’s confronting us with concepts […]

When Women Speak: Sujei Lugo

29 November 2017 Wednesday

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It’s taken me so long to find my voice. I’m so thankful to know and work with so many women who model their courage, their passion, wisdom and intelligence for me every single day. Just a small sample of them have been featured in this series. There are women of color, there are Indigenous women […]

When Women Speak: Maya Gonzalez

28 November 2017 Tuesday

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Kelly Starlings Lyon: How Do Women Use Art As Resistance? Zetta Elliott: Nice Is Not Enough Traci Sorell: 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 Laura Jiménez: Static Bodies in Motion: Representations of Girls in […]

When Women Speak: Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez

27 November 2017 Monday

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What in the world does it mean when someone says “she’s so strong”? Is it because she knows nice is not enough? Because she dares to speak out? Perhaps because she can navigate landmines, or because she seems loud and hopeful? Is she strong because she starts things? Or finishes them? Or are we Women […]

When Women Speak: Laura M. Jiménez

26 November 2017 Sunday

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Kelly Starlings Lyon: How Do Women Use Art As Resistance? Zetta Elliott: Nice Is Not Enough Traci Sorell: 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 Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez: Don’t Call Me Strong Maya […]

2017 ALAN follow up

22 November 2017 Wednesday

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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 […]