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Syd’s Shout Out: Femmes Of Color Symposium Keynote Speech 2011


So just a quick repost and shout out to something I came across and was like “Damn.”

In the age of information and access, where everything moves at light speeds, it’s rare to find something that makes you stop in your tracks, take and breath and really think.

This is one of those things.

Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability
Femmes Of Color Symposium Keynote Speech, Oakland, CA (8/21/11) By Mia Mingus

I do this work in service of community. I tell my story with the knowing that our stories are tools for liberation. I speak knowing that all of our voices are important. I speak to leave evidence for the people like me who are searching for reflection and recognition and a “yes, we exist.” I speak to leave evidence for folks who have been told that disability is not as important as race, or that gender justice will have to wait until after class equality is won. For folks who have been told that how you feel is less important than what you think; for those who don’t have the luxury of being able to rattle off 10, even 5, writers or books that reflect their identities or experiences. Those of us who straddle the lines between multiple oppressed communities. For those of us who are working to end violence for all of us, not just some of us. For those of us who truly believe that no one’s safety is more important than anyone else’s, even when we feel unsafe…

Read the full speech!




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