Monthly Archives: March 2008

The Big Bad Wongsta

KRISTINA WONG IS A CHINESE AMERICAN solo performer, writer, actor, educator, activist, and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She was an Artist in Residence at UIUC last year. Her work has been described as feminist, activist, hip-hop, and most often, … Continue reading

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Dead-ication

To my great, great, grandmother, Vinnie Banks, great-grandmothers, Priscilla Subtlet, Julia Jones, Carrie May Scott, my grandmothers Millie Jones-Gamble and Fannie Davis, and all those who have returned through my womb. The circle was drawn six intersecting lines —radius bound— … Continue reading

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Sister Dorothy Hennessey: Activist for Peace and Justice

IN HER EARLY TWENTIES, Dorothy Hennessey joined the Franciscan community in Dubuque. For most of her life she was busy teaching in Catholic schools in Iowa. She remembered that in her early years she was a very conservative person. When … Continue reading

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A Legacy for the Next Seven Generations

Yá’át’ééh. Shi éí Charlotte Davidson yinishyé. Tó’ aheedliinii éí nishli dóó Waterbuster Clan báshíshchíín. Áádóó Kinlichíi’nii éí da shichei dóó Flint Knife Clan éí da shinálí. MY NAME IS CHARLOTTE DAVIDSON. I am born to Water- Flows-Together and I am … Continue reading

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Consuming Icons: A Report from the Field

“I LOST MY LEG SO THAT YOU COULD HAVE YOUR VOICE!” Eric Alva, barked at my friend Bess, as he wrapped on the titanium of his prosthetic leg. Eric Alva, former U.S. Marine and a keynote speaker at the Midwestern, … Continue reading

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Struggle and Unity in the Politics of Angela Davis

IN FEBRUARY, THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS hosted the annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference—Liberty and Justice For All: Voting for Change. The insipid “unifying” theme paralleled the goals of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the wealthiest political … Continue reading

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Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day and Being Irish

UNOFFICIAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY is a bar-developed holiday that reduces Irishness to slogans like “Drink Until You’re Irish.” Compared to the sustained and openly abusive treatment endured by so many individuals and groups, this is a passing and minor issue. … Continue reading

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A Toxic Legacy: Douglass Park Residents In Their Own Words

FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE DOUGLASS PARK neighborhood, the vacant lot at 5th and Hill has a distinctively toxic legacy. People with a connection to the neighborhood have long suspected that the site was a source of problems. As they … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Iraqi War with Boricua Eyes

MARCH 19, 2008 MARKS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of the Iraq War. The US has reported approximately 4,000 deaths and 30,000 wounded. In Iraq, the staggering loss is estimated to be over 1,000,000 deaths, by direct or indirect consequences of US … Continue reading

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