Category Archives: History

Grassroots organizing for feminism, S&M, HIV, and everything else

I wrote this for Bitch Magazine’s Feminist Coming-Out Day Blog Carnival; the goal is to talk about feminist “click” moments. Earlier this month, my sex-positive documentary film series screened “Jane: An Abortion Service”. The film tells the extraordinary story of … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 7

That is it, there is no more. Thank you for participating in this project. Writing it certainly helped me to clarify and work through a lot of my thinking and pain around this question, and I feel a lot easier … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 6

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. I wonder what the future looks like. I am thinking about what “where are you from” will mean in my family’s future. I wonder what it means even … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 5

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. How do you relate to where you are now? Does it feel like home? Who lets it feel like home? I have lived in this city all my life and … Continue reading

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Grandmothers

This isn’t the post I was going to write today. I was going to write about the right to fuck up in feminist/progressive/social justice communities. Maybe you’ll get that one later in the week. But this morning I woke up … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 4

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Where are you now? Is it home? Is it a place you can’t see your way to it being a home? Sometimes identifying a place as where you’re from isn’t just about … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 3

Previously: Part 1 and Part 2. Who gets asked where they’re from? My mother is asked this all the time by strangers in the street. And she’ll answer, hesitatingly, with the country in which she lived prior to coming here, … Continue reading

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Abortion Provider Appreciation Day: Dr. Doug Laube of Wisconsin

Did you know that today is Abortion Provider Appreciation Day? Now you do. In honor of the occasion, I interviewed Dr. Doug Laube, an outspoken abortion provider from Wisconsin. Dr. Laube first started providing abortions in 1974 — one year … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 2

Previously: Part 1. Just asking some questions by way of bringing the thinking behind where one might be from to light… How do you figure “fromness”? If you’re ever asked where you’re from, how do you answer? Is it a … Continue reading

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Where are you from? Part 1

I want to begin a project about, for lack of a term, what I’m calling “fromness”. That is, the sense that you belong somewhere, there is a beacon calling out to you, a sense of home. Perhaps you don’t have … Continue reading

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Reconsider Columbus Day

In the U.S., today is the National Observance of Columbus Day. While perhaps the least celebrated of all U.S. public holidays, its continued existence and observance is incredibly disturbing, as the video above by Reconsider Columbus Day notes. Transcript: The … Continue reading

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Raising the dead

originally published at What Tami Said I’ve been trying to raise the dead. With faded photographs, copied records, old death certificates, family hearsay and e-mails from long-lost cousins. I am an amateur family historian. And this is what I do. … Continue reading

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