I am not a loud person. This surprises many people who only know me through my work, and not personally. When those folks observe me not speaking in social spaces, they often ask if I’m all right. I want to tell them I am more than all right, that I am so grateful to be inward-facing for a while. Scholar-activist me has a strong voice and is highly politicized. In private I enjoy stillness and contemplation and listening much more. I am grateful, then, that art and activism have helped me hone and deploy my voice. But I am also wary of the days when it feels like words are being extracted from me without my consent… Not everyone’s education needs to be our responsibility all the time. It is a magnificent and humble act to recognize when talking, or otherwise creating more words, will not do any good. Our words are powerful, especially because they come from the margins, but their power can fade when not used strategically. Our words and energy should also be conserved. Besides, it’s a capitalist logic that tells us to always orient ourselves towards output. Sometimes, there are no more words left in my body and I shouldn’t demand of myself to produce more. When this happens, the greatest kindness my friends can give me is to let me sit and be silent with them. Sometimes, those of us who have grown used to giving of ourselves and our ideas need time to soak in our own beings, and work on our own liberation. Sometimes silence is our only safe space, and we deserve more of it than we offer ourselves.
—the ever-fabulous and soul-warming Janani, from Black Girl Dangerous http://blackgirldangerous.org/new-blog/2012/11/27/brown-silence
First off, AAAAARRRRGH ugh
I’m kicking myself for not reading over the tribal jurisdiction section in the Senate version of VAWA more closely a month ago… (If anyone has a better understanding of this legislation or sees mistakes in what I’ve written, please let me know!)
From what I understand, the tribal provisions in the new VAWA are basically that “a participating tribe may exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over a defendant for criminal conduct that falls into one or more of the following categories”: (1) Domestic and dating violence “that occurs in the Indian country of the participating tribe”, and (2) Violations of probation orders. But it’s founded upon the assumption that the participating tribe is connected to “Indian country”*. (There’s more details and provisions, but I’ll leave those out for now cuz I’ll get way too distracted).
Section 910 of the new VAWA, “Special Rule for Alaska”, essentially exempts Alaska from VAWA, and it does so really easily**. Sec 910(a) reads “In the State of Alaska, the amendments made by sections 904 and 905 shall only apply to the Indian country of the Metlakatla Indian Community, Annette Island Reserve.” The reauthorized VAWA—that gives tribal jurisdiction over dating and domestic violence that occurs in Indian country—in Alaska applies only to Metlakatla. All other tribal groups are excluded from the act.
Here’s a recent article on the exclusion of AN women in VAWA and the position of Senator Lisa Murkowski, AK Attorney General Michael Geraghty, and AK Gov. Sean Parnell….ugh
You can get to the full text of the reauthorized VAWA here if you’re so inclined—the section on tribal jurisdiction (901-910) is a pretty quick read.
(*as defined by 1151 of title 18, United States Code: meaning (a) land within the limits of any Indian reservation, (b) “dependent indian communities” that aren’t reservations or allotments [if anyone reading this understands this section, please let me know, I’d love to talk with you!], or (c) Indian allotments to which title hasn’t been extinguished)
(**Even if there weren’t section 910 excluding Alaska Native communities from VAWA, most Alaska Natives may still be excluded from VAWA because of the way “Indian country” functions in Alaska. In AK, most Alaska Natives own their land through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act [ANCSA] of 1971—they hold tribal lands through Alaska Native owned corporations instead of through reservations or allotments. ANCSA completely extinguished all aboriginal land claims, except for those few villages that opted out of VAWA [Savoonga, Gambell, and I believe Metlakatla], and instead granted Native Alaskans shares of corporate stock in Alaska Native Corporations, through which they own land. All land owned through ANCSA is no longer Indian country, and thus may not be covered by the provisions of VAWA.)
(Also, here is the organization, Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission [ARJLEC], that currently responds to cases of domestic violence in rural AK. In section 909 of VAWA 2013 it states that within a year of the passage of VAWA, the AK Attorney General will report to congress with respect to whether or not the ARJLEC will be continued, how it will be continued, and recommendations for legislation “with respect to the scope of work and composition of the commission”)
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a foreign language. Do not search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live with them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Rainer Maria Riike, Letters To A Young Poet (via mmqd)
(Lovely and true advice unless, of course, you simply need to lunge at the question and hold it down until it quits trying to writhe out from under you. It’s less kind but then again sometimes so are we.)
love the questions
Femme is, in part, about femme friendships. Femmes are people who see another feminine person and purposefully ignore the culturally prescribed girl hate and learn to say, ”God, you are beautiful and I want to be your friend,” rather than, “She’s so much prettier than me, I hate her.” My femme friendships are a mutual celebration of our brilliance, beauty, strength, power, heart and soul. Ultimately feminist, we heal through loving each other in a world that teaches us to mistrust each other.
So what does VAWA have to do with Idle No More? The question may more broadly be posed as what does sexual violence have to do with self-determination? The answer is simple. Everything. When people fight against the former, they are fighting for the latter.
—From my essay Sexual Violence and the Struggle for Self-Determination. (via nitanahkohe)
Harlem Reacts To “Harlem Shake” Videos
And this is what i been saying about the Harlem shake song and meme with it.
another white dude capitalizing off POC art/lifestyles
same white supremacy crap.
Then shunning a WOC NYC rapper off the beat
so fucking relevant