Posts tagged “Activism”

  • StopSlut: A Conference on Sexuality, Bullying, and Rape October 18-19 at The New School in New York City

    October 19, 2013

    Sponsored by The New School Gender Studies Department, Feminist Press, The Arts Effect NYC, and stopslutEquality Now.

    Join this historic two-day conference combining theater, panels, and film to interrogate the word “slut.” Discussions will include slut-shaming, rape culture, and claiming sexuality and sexual expression as a human right.
    Friday, October 18, 8 pm -10 pm
    A screening of Jennifer Baumgardner’s film, It Was Rape followed by a discussion about the value of the survivor’s point ofview.

    Saturday, October 19 9:30 am-5:30 pm
    Three panels exploring the roles of “the slut,” “the bystander,” and “the activist,” followed by a performance of SLUT, a new play by the Arts Effect NYC all-girls theater company, featured in the NYC Fringe Festival.

    Participants include:

    Alexandria Goddard, the Steubenville blogger
    Ann Fessler, author of The Girls Who Went Away and director of A Girl Like Her 
    Michaela Angela Davis, image activist and commentator on Anderson Cooper 360
    Emily May, Founder and Executive Director of Hollaback
    Wagatwe Wanjuki, creator of and contributor to RH Reality Check
    Michelle Herrera Mulligan, editor-in-chief of Cosmo Latina
    Leora Tanenbaum, author of Slut: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation and forthcoming You Are Not A Slut
    Suzy Exposito, activist and contributor to Rookie Mag
    Kathy Najimy, actress and activist
    Lisa Brunner, VAWA activist and advocate for indigenous women

    For more information visit, register at, and help us spread the word about #stopslut on Twitter!

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  • Fight the Power! Learn how to protest by looking at history

    September 27, 2013

    Fight the Power! Seven Stories Press

    Think the Occupy Movement had no impact in reining in Wall Street and calling attention to massive economic inequality? What would you have done differently? There’s no better way to become a more engaged protester (and citizen) than by looking at protest movements of the past. 

    Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among the English Speaking Peoples just released this week.

    In Fight the Power! authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to recreate the history that matters to the masses through a visually stunning and accessible art form. 

    From Dublin to Birmingham, from Nelson Mandela to Rosa Parks, Fight the Power! chronicles the protests of the English-speaking nations and shows how, slowly but surely, rights have been won and liberties have been protected by the people, for the people. Fight the Power! illuminates history through the struggles of the Luddites and Swig Riots of the early 1800s up to the Occupy movement, and shows the valuable connections among them.

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  • An Interview with Activist Stephanie McMillan

    September 18, 2013

    Henry Chamberlain’s recent interview with cartoonist Stephanie McMillan gives insight to her passion for both activism and comics to make the world a better place. McMillan describes how postmodernism ideology has impaired our ability to fight against capitalism, an enemy that society should try to overthrow. Click here to read the full interview: Stephanie McMillan and Activism in Comics.

    HENRY CHAMBERLAIN: Stephanie, thank you for doing this interview. You are an activist, a journalist, and a cartoonist. You have created significant work, like “The Beginning of the American Fall,” which gives readers an inside look at how the Occupy movement came into existence. You have an ongoing comic strip, “The Minimum Security Chronicles,” that combines humor and discourse on being an activist. Your background is very interesting. You studied film and animation and you’ve always been an activist. Would you give a look at how you came to use words and pictures?

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  • 50 years of dreamin’

    August 28, 2013

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a gty_march_on_washington_martin_luther_king_ll_130819_16x9_992Dream,” speech.  In honor of today more than 300 churches, school, and other historical monuments will “let freedom ring,” by ringing their bells at 3pm, the hour MLKJ gave his speech.

    MLKJ’s prominent speech has become one of the most famous and influential speeches of our time. Still quoted today, this speech given to over 250,000 citizens called for an end to racism and a need for equality and justice for all. This benchmark event occurred during The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    Referred to as one of the most powerful moments in Civil Rights history, we honor those who fought, those who marched, those who supported, those who acted—and of course, we salute MLKJ for his work that changed the course of many lives.

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

     For extra links & resources:

    Watch the speech on YouTube here  | Read the full text here




    In honor of activists, heroes, leaders, and those who fight tirelessly in order to better the futures of the next generation, Triangle Square, imprint of Seven Stories, brings you:

    A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara (November 5, 2013), an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.

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  • Subhankar Banerjee’s Article “Laughing Matters: U.S. Government vs. Voices of Conscience”

    June 20, 2013

    The Huffington Post featured a wonderful article yesterday by Subhankar Banerjee. In it, Banerjee recounts his frustration with the government’s attempts to silence dissent. He argues that when left with nothing else, when voices are silenced, we can tell the truth with humor.Banerjee_ArcticVoices_coverFINAL

    Banerjee cites his “Climate-Silence Paradox,” whereby the government fears civil unrest provoked by anthropogenic climate change, but rather than working to remedy climate change, it pools its efforts into hiding it. Dissent from activists is monitored and contained in order to continue raking in profits from environmental exploitation.

    He says, “Increasingly, it is the government that has become a public contractor–for private corporations–to provide security, with public money–by tracking environmental activists” instead of the other way around. “It isn’t news to many of us, but it sure sends a chilling message: peaceful activism that disrupts business-as-usual will not be tolerated.”

    Inspired by rebellious thinkers and artists like John Heartfield, Banerjee hopes that humor will be used increasingly to challenge such instances of abusive power.

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  • Sarah Erdreich Talks “Generation Roe” on Book TV

    March 21, 2013

    SarahErdreichphotoEarlier this month, Sarah Erdreich–author of the upcoming Generation Roe (on sale March 26th, 2013)–appeared at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of the pro-choice movement and what the next step will be for abortion rights in America. The event was broadcast on C-SPAN’s Book TV, and you can now view the entire hour-long program on Book TV’s Web site.

    Erdreich has been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek, and her incisive writings on abortion rights have been noted by Jezebel, Feministing,  and the National Partnership for Women and Families. Now, in Generation Roe, Erdreich tells the true stories of those whose lives are most changed by this issue, and outlines the outrageous legal battlegrounds that have popped up across the country, all with frankness and candor. Gloria Steinem says Erdreich “replaces lies with honesty and myth with reality” in this, her first book.

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  • Sarah Erdreich on The Fairness Doctrine

    March 20, 2013

    Sarah Erdreich, author of the upcoming book Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement, was Patrick O’Heffernan’s guest on this Monday’s episode of The Fairness Doctrine. In his daily one-hour online and on-air radio show. Patrick explores news, politics and culture from all sides of the spectrum in  civil conversations that focus on ideas, not “gotcha’s.”  Monday’s program featured Erdreich explaining the next essential steps in the fight for abortion rights.

    Click here to listen to the full program on Blog Talk Radio!

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  • Sarah Erdreich at Montefiore Medical Center

    March 12, 2013

    Sarah Erdreich will be at the Montefiore Medical Center on March 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a free event to discuss her thought-provoking new book, Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement . Her appearance is part of a larger event put on by the center including a short video about pre Roe v. Wade abortion and current abortion laws in the US.
    Forty years after Roe v. Wade, the battle for abortion rights is still raging. Despite the fact that one-third of American women will have an abortion by the time they are 45, the topic of abortion is still surrounded by controversy. In her new book, Generation Roe, Sarah Erdreich delves into the connection between abortion rights, sexuality, autonomy, and privacy. Generation Roe does not only expose the truth behind the anti-choice rhetoric, but it also tells the stories of those who devote their lives to pursue careers in the field, despite criticism and threats.Erdreich has been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek, and her incisive writings on abortion rights have been noted by Jezebel, Feministing, and the National Partnership for Women and Families.

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  • Sarah Erdreich in Ann Arbor

    March 7, 2013

    Sarah Erdreich will be in Ann Arbor at Nicola’s Books to discuss her new book Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement on Thursday, March 7th at Nicola’s Books.Erdreich_GenerationRoe_72dpi

    Women’s health advocate and writer Sarah Erdreich has been identified as a leading pro-choice activist by Newsweek, and her incisive writings on abortion rights have been noted by JezebelFeministing, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. She has worked for several prominent pro-choice organizations, and has been published in On The IssuesLilithFeminists For Choice, and RH Reality Check. She has also worked editorially with the magazines HUES and Teen VoiceGeneration Roe is her first book.

    Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement delves into phenomena such as “abortion-recovery counseling,” “crisis pregnancy centers,” and the infamous anti-choice “black children are an endangered species” billboards; tells the stories of those who face threats on their lives to pursue careers in this stigmatized field; outlines the outrageous legislative battle grounds that have popped up all over the country; and takes to task pro-choice activists for allowing the very words used in the debate to be controlled by anti-choice rhetoric.

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  • “Combatting Anti-Gay Bullying Through Young Adult Fiction”

    July 17, 2012

    “While non-LGBT youth worry about grades, college, financial concerns and their dating lives, LGBT youth struggle with bullying, fear of being ‘out,’ and their families not accepting them for who they are.”

    James Lecesne, founder of The Trevor Project, aims to create a more accepting energy regarding sexuality with his young adult novella, Trevor. Alternet acknowledges the potential impact of the novella in helping fight the stigma LGBT youth face in their teens. Click here to read the full article.

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