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Michelle Obama - Extended Interview by Soledad O'Brien

April 18th, 2008

Obama supporters, feminists, young voters, Hillary Clinton | Salon Life

Obama supporters, feminists, young voters, Hillary Clinton | Salon Life

Interesting article. I notice the absence of women of color in the interview pool. How would the presence of women of color impact this discussion?

What do you think?
April 15th, 2008

Yale Black Men's Union honors Black women

I love this! I'd like to see more of this happening on college campuses across the country--not only black men honoring black women, either. I wish we had been so enlightened when I was there. But it just goes to show that change is incremental and it may take years before you see the change you are working for today. xo

April 9th, 2008

Feminist Law Professors

Feminist Law Professors

Hey people!

Here are some interesting perspectives on yours truly.

What do you think?
April 6th, 2008

The Spring of Hope

Since my last post, I've been thinking about the challenges of talking about race in our country. As someone who believes that all human beings are suffering in one way or another, how to honor the specific wound caused by racism?


I don't know how else to speak to it other than to say that I love people. The ones hurting today, the ones hurting tomorrow. My hope is that each person can find the means to release their anguish and find hope in the moment, and the will to believe that healing is within their grasp.


Samantha Power, the protector of human rights who stepped down from the Obama campaign after making unfortunate remarks about HIllary Clinton, spoke to the cruelty of this time, pointing to an era in which a child begs a man wielding a machete not to kill him by saying, "I swear, I will never be Tutsi again."


At times it seems healing is impossible. That to try to heal is to embark upon a journey of futility. But that is the time to remember all of those who suffered before and were not turned back by feelings of doubt and uncertainty. We can remember those who met the blade and even then believed that another could have a change of heart.


This belief is what is stolen from us in the midst of the carnage and destruction that appears ever present. But it is exactly what we have to hold on to when the odds appear to be overwhelming, and the demons of anger and disregard for humanity seem to have an almost supernatural power.


If we can continue to touch the place in ourselves that is always there, buried beneath the rubble of hurts, ideas, and misconceptions, our species will thrive. If not, we will continue on, causing unnecessary suffering wherever we go.


Today is a good day to remember. A good day to move from the spring of hope rather than the confusion of fear.


Love,

Rebecca

April 4th, 2008

International Museum of Women - Story

International Museum of Women - Story

Hey everybody! I've been hard at work and neglecting the blog. Also reflecting on the rough political waters of the last weeks and how easy it is to be pulled in by the rhetoric of the day.

But I'm back with a really interesting article about fashion, power, leadership, and women--four things I wouldn't want to be without.

Of course it's in a larger piece on power put on my the International Museum of Women, my favorite on-line international resource.

Peace and love,
Rebecca
April 3rd, 2008

History of Feminism in the United States - A Short History of Feminism

History of Feminism in the United States - A Short History of Feminism

How honored am I to be included in this list? Truly.
March 27th, 2008

Being Biracial: Curse or Blessing?

Being Biracial: Curse or Blessing?

An article I'm in today. What do you think?

March 21st, 2008

Brain Chemistry Influencing Mental Health : NPR

Brain Chemistry Influencing Mental Health : NPR

Hey blog family--here's a show I did last week on mental health. I thought Dr. Bell was excellent and we had a nice vibe. Farai was in top form, as always.

More soon.

March 21st, 2008

Barack Obama's Speech on Race - New York Times

Barack Obama's Speech on Race - New York Times

I read this before turning on the news, in order to experience it for myself. It mirrors everything I have been making speeches on for the last fifteen years: the need to end divisiveness, to move toward openness, to cultivate the resource of empathy. To truly change rather than follow the same tired back and forth of battling oppressions.

I think I won't turn on the news today. I will just sit with Barack's hopes and dreams, and refuse to listen to a political machine laying in wait to slice them to pieces.

Hope you are all thriving.

Peace and love forever,
Rebecca

PS The gray words are always links--so the speech is accessible from the top of the page.
March 18th, 2008