Tell Them Our Names - Atavist
For the first time in months, they all danced. The guards gave them the day off. Some stood and watched them, trying to cover up their smiles. Others yelled at them to stop shaking, stop smiling, stop feeling anything other than trapped. Maybe these guards could not handle their visible, temporary joy. Maybe, thought Pauline, these guards do not want to be reminded that we are human. Or maybe they just want to feel powerful. The women kept dancing.
Hillary Clinton's Humans of New York Interview Resonates Because We've All Experienced That Moment - Sojourners
Different settings, similar goals: Keep the women from learning too much and leading too loudly, or — heaven forbid — shrilly. Hillary’s now viral appearances in Humans of New York took thousands of women back to the moment (or moments) when they were told how to be or what not to become.
Ten Times We Tragically Failed Tamir Rice: A Hasty, Hyperlinked Poem - 20-Something Survival
When the third minute passed / And the snow beneath you knew you / better than we did.
How Not to Respond to Grief: On Refugees and Paris - 20-Something Survival
There is a phrase common in the US that is meant to express heroism: “These colors won’t run.” But often they do. They run from peaceful solutions to war in favor of dropping bombs from a safe distance. They run from refugees who are running for their lives. They run from Syrian children washed up on a beach.
Maybe you even went to a liberal arts school and majored in film studies or creative writing but you gave up on your dreams just in time to pay your first phone bill.
"As a woman, I speak up passionately. And I believe that passion comes from the fact that we are the givers of life. So if black people are being killed, we birthed that person. If you are threatening the lives of our children, black women will stand up."
The often untranslated calligraphy reminds a Westerner of at least one important thing: There are many things about these women that we don’t understand. There exists a diverse array of experiences and beliefs in Iran that are — just like the calligraphy — not automatically translatable.
Tips for Female Presidential Hopefuls (humor piece) - McSweeney's
Consider becoming PTA president instead. We’d really be more comfortable with that.
Athletic Feminism and the Women's World Cup - Sojourners
Brandi Chastain with her shirt off and body flexed in uninhibited celebration was my Betty Friedan and my Bell Hooks.
ISIS has joined the violence and exploited the instability in the country, taking control of large parts of northern and eastern Syria. And now, in the unofficial war over Syria’s cultural heritage, art is the main casualty.
A Behind the Scenes Look at Faith in Ferguson - Sojourners
"There are tons of people who have no meaningful interaction with people of color. First we need our white brothers and sisters to do a self-survey: What has been your interaction with African Americans?"
L'Arche: 50 Years of Transforming Communities - Sojourners
In his interview with Krista Tippett, Jean Vanier said, “When you admire people, you put them on pedestals. When you love people, you want to be together.”
The Most Affirming Sanctuary of My Life (So Far) - Sojourners
“We say they’re lost but make no effort to lead them home,” said Robinson, a pastor, activist, and former army officer who also happens to be transgender. Robinson spoke powerfully about the need to not leave behind the very Christians who would call her preaching and her marriage sinful.
Saints and Nomads - Sojourners magazine
Lila is no longer just the stoic godsend we met in Gilead. She is a loyal gardener, skilled drifter, lousy prostitute, and, eventually, ambivalent wife.
She’s Beautiful paints early second-wave feminism as impassioned, intelligent, and tireless. But Mary Dore, the film’s director, doesn’t present the movement as unified. Some women fought for abortion rights while others fought against forced sterilization. Working-class women had different needs than middle-class white women, who had different battles than black women (which holds true today).