Thursday, July 28, 2011

How Conservatives Love America

I saw this quote on another blog. I thought it would be good to share:

“They love America the way a four-year old loves her mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world. That’s why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well. We also want it to do good.” -

— Al Franken

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SisterSong Conference: A Holistic Exeperience

Before the Let's Talk About Sex Conference I had anticipated becoming a more empowered black woman and becoming more passionate about reproductive justice. All of that happened as I expected. What I didn't expect was how it would affect me spiritually and intellectually. To say the least, it was very moving to witness so many women of color, not just black women, all fighting for the same thing. It was comforting to know that we're not alone and that the issues that affect us affect other women of color in equal measure. It was great to be around women who are progressive and have a heightened sense of social consciousness.

The conference did not just focus on reproductive justice either. There were workshops where we discussed how our sexuality is interconnected with our individuality and spirituality. I felt like I was in a safe place where I wouldn't be judged. The conference holistic and I needed that.

It was deeper than just another conference about abortion or reproductive justice. It was about expressing and sharing our uniqueness. Which inspires me even more to fight for my reproductive rights. I don't want anyone, especially someone who doesn't understand women of color or the issues that affect us, to make decisions regarding what I can and cannot do with my body. That stifles my individuality and it stagnates, stalls, and hinders progression.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So, I Went to Miami to Talk About Sex!

This weekend I went to Miami for the Sister Song Conference and it was amazing! Sure the city and weather was nice but the actual workshops were better! One of my favorites was the Brown Boi Project workshop. Brown Boi is a community that is committed to bringing racial and gender justice to society (google them please). I also loved the workshop that brought awareness to "Project Prevention." That is an organization that was founded by a white woman who offers drug addicted individuals money to undergo sterilization. The former name of Project Prevention was C.R.A.C.K. Children Requiring A Caring Kommunity. Yes, I spelled that correctly. I'd heard of the organization before but it was a lot of information I wasn't aware of. We need to stand up for all women and marginalized poor people's rights because there are plenty of organizations trying to strip us of every right we have!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

SisterSong in Miami!

I am so excited about attending the conference and going to Miami! I have been anticipating attending a SisterSong conference ever since I have been aware their existence. I am fairly new to the movement and as of late I have just been getting my feet wet. I hope to become fully immersed in the reproductive justice movement as result of my experience. As a young woman of color involved in the movement (I refuse to use the word minority because there's nothing minor about us) I feel that it is a duty, honor, and privilege to convene with other like-minded women to discuss and conquer the issues that affect us. I look forward to all the aspects of this trip from serious to fun.


I'm super excited about attending this conference for more reasons than one! The idea of a sea of people, who feel just as passionate about an issue as me, meeting up in one place to formulate a game plan to combat the issues that we all fight against. Its so powerful! I can't wait. As a young woman of color who is passionately involved in feminism, I often times feel that its my obligation to attend conferences like this one. Because I am a young woman of color, I am a minority in this movement, therefore, I feel the NEED to be present as a representation of the young women of color who can't be present or will never be able to . These issues are bigger than me and I understand that. So its my duty to further educate myself so that I can take what I learned at the conference back to my community. SISTERSONG HERE I COME!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

SisterSong in Miami is awaiting me!!

I am so excited to be attending this conference for the second time. ith it only being two days away my heart and mind is filled with anticipation about what is to come this year.Miami is such a beautiful place of scenery and that is going to add to the mood of empowerment and celebration of women, especially colored women.I know I am going to have a spectacular time!I am going to learn,grow,laugh,cry and of course have fun.I will tell you all about it when I get back, so toodles until my return.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Miscarriage as Murder?

I was reading an article on the World Socialist Web Site on how an increasing number of states are charging miscarriages as crimes. The charges go as far accusing the mothers of murder. This saddens and angers me. Isn't already enough that these women have to deal with the emotional and psychological pain of miscarriage?! These lawmakers' sense of justice and logic are completely derailed! It is such an injustice that women are under attack whether we choose not to carry a pregnancy to term or whether it happens naturally.

Are you really Pro Choice?

So, I was on twitter and people were blowing up about the Casey Anthony case and how she was acquitted of murder charges. So someone had the audacity to make a comment telling some women they need to shut up because they know some of them get abortions on the way to the club.So me being the person I am, I commented telling them that getting an abortion does not compare to throwing a living viable child in the trunk on the way to the club.Unbelievable, the response of, "You're right, you just paid to kill your baby."So I hit them with the knowledge of how a fetus is not a child and I assumed they were anti choice. They told me they were pro choice but that doesn't mean you made the right choice. So I'm confused because I thought being pro choice meant being about what that woman feels is the right choice for her and not what you personally think is right or wrong for her to do.So are you really pro choice?