images / Thirdworld / World speaking out

Remember when they burnt down the buses

Marcus’ photos of destruction wrought by right wing violence in Venezuela 2014, of the rain-soaked and bright-eyed supporters at Chavez’s last election rally in 2013, of the kids of the alternative school, are beautiful because they defy the media stereotypes of what these moments, events, and experiences are like. The kids are empowered, rather than receivers … Continue reading

Injustice / Poetry / Racism / Sexuality/Gender / World speaking out

3 strong women and their bold poetry that just says it how it is

The Joys of Motherhood – FreeQuency “…who will see criminal before child… I can’t take it for granted that they won’t kill my son… there’s something about being Black in America that has made motherhood sound like mourning …” Used – Shelby Birch “He called me a queen and I blushed, but it wasn’t because … Continue reading

Poetry / Thirdworld / World speaking out

Littlebits from poems about strongliving

Sometimes minds come together and make new things in a conversation. Sometimes different people’s poems and stories meet, shake hands, and unseen magic lingers among the warmth… Here are some excerpts from the poems of a mate and a luchadora, from her books No God but Ghosts and Monsters and other Silent Creatures … April in … Continue reading

Injustice / Poetry / Racism / World speaking out

“White men who think their flat cold spiky words make the only reality.”

Languages on their own can be tools of power or resistance… Shailja Patel’s “Dreaming in Gujarati”: (excerpts) I am six in a playground of white children Darkie, sing us an Indian song! Eight in a roomful of elders all mock my broken Gujarati English girl! Through the years I watch Gujarati swell the swaggering egos of … Continue reading

Humanity / images / Sexuality/Gender / World speaking out

Portraits from prison: Using photography to see more

Eva Haule is an activist who spent 20 years in prison, including time in solitary and on hunger strike. She said photography “filled the emptiness”. Day after day, seeing the same things, photography gave her the opportunity to see more or to look at things again, differently. In her photos, prisoners are humanized again, and we … Continue reading