World on FireBy Elizabeth Bishop
An intertextual installation of joy to uplift the heartbeat that keeps us alive. Installation as party as mode of survival counteracting narratives of bodily shame and poverty porn, of marginalized people living only in suffering. COVID-19 civil disunity, writing through quarantine in NYC.
Pandemic Poetics: An Eulogy and Manifesto in an AntiBlack WorldBy Gwendolyn Baxley and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
We both turn to poetry for refuge and reflection during these multiple pandemics. When Blackness means possible execution, poetry becomes both eulogy and manifesto: we put our pens to pads as a means to not only mourn and give tribute to Black life lost, but also declare and celebrate the audacity and fearlessness of Black life (and Black afterlives) even in the face of violence.
Black Joy Is Not CanceledBy Damaris Dunn
Could you show me how to use the asthma pump? In the wake of COVID-19 this was probably not a question a nurse wanted to hear, but it was a genuine question that warranted some support. I had never used an asthma pump and my newly diagnosed bronchitis had made breathing hard.
On ConfinementBy Nicole Hamilton
When I consider confinement, my mind wanders to the terrors of the Middle Passage. Fear of the unknown, the violence of an oppressor, the hopelessness of captivity and the unbearable torture of confinement. Chains and shackles linking me to others on every side.
On Circular EconomyBy Regina Anderson
With a circular economy I am thinking about how we are understanding our relationships, surface then deep. An exchange means words, it means thoughts, it means an ask of something. An economy is an ask of something.
Anti-Racism at the Borderlands of WhitenessBy Nassim Zerriffi
Since moving to the US, people have often asked me whether I see myself as a person of color or as white. I now say, White enough most of the time. This answer is conditional and not based on an internal sense of self, but on how Im seen by others.
Peace by UnderstandingBy Elizabeth Bishop and Carolyn Eanes
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop and educator Carolyn Eanes discuss the challenges and importance of ongoing antiracist conversations.
The Real VirusBy Henry Beltrán Pérez
On its 50th anniversary, the earth gives us a clear reminder of the fragile vulnerability of humans, but it shows us a more important message that humanity refuses to see through the veil of the prevailing economic system: the fragility of our planet.
From Beirut, Borikén, and Brooklyn with LoveBy Meghan McDermott
In July 2020, Sarah Aoun, chief technologist at the Open Technology Fund (OTF) and Teresa Basilio Gaztambide, Network Strategy Director at MediaJustice met with Meghan McDermott to talk about their work at the intersection of digital rights, human rights, movement organizing, and the political moment.
The DiscordBy Ioanna Opidee
Those of us who take up the challenge of loving America in the way that James Baldwin didcritically, with every eye widemight consider this part of our fight: to resist the sinister insistence on a harmony that commands we temper ourselves, and each other, or stay out
Am I Dying, Mister?By The Lost Child of Emma Goldman and Bernie Sanders
An homage to William Burroughs printed in the Brooklyn Rail, March 2006