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Mitali Perkins–On Writing beyond the ’single story’

January 16th, 2020 · Comments

Mitali Perkins always knew she wanted to write for children--not to write about bunnies but about complex social justice issues like gender equity, hyphenated identities and border politics. With each book, Perkins pushes readers to conceptualize a world that is bigger, more complex and filled with more possibilities that even walls and borders can't stop. Perkins' book Rickshaw Girl, the story of a Bangladeshi girl's determination to help her family earn money in the most unconventional of ways, is being adapted into a screenplay and her book Between Abuela and Us offers a glimmer of hope to children who are separated by borders for their loved ones. On a community level, Perkins strives to help adults learn from children in how to engage in difficult convrsations about race. Listen and be inspired. 

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Women respond to escalating tension in Iran

January 9th, 2020 · Comments

As tensions escalate in Iran, people of all backgrounds are taking to the streets to voice their opposition and say no to war. At the San Francisco protest, I ran into Professor Persis Karim from the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies and Donna Favard, the Organizing Director of NIAC Action. 

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Unpacking white privilege with Peggy McIntosh

September 29th, 2019 · Comments

It was through finding her voice and coming to terms with the ways her voice as a woman was sometimes marginalized that Peggy McIntosh began digging in deep to ask critical questions about unearned privileges she may have gained because of the color of her skin. I interviewed Peggy just ahead of the primaries for the 2016 election and now in the face of another primary election and social and political turbulence in the United States and globally, her words remain relevant. 

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Women’s Magazine-September 23, 2919

September 23rd, 2019 · Comments

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‘Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara, Africa’s Last Colony’

April 27th, 2019 · Comments

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20th Year Soundtrack

March 7th, 2019 · Comments

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Sarah Vital

March 6th, 2019 · Comments

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Words of an SMC Alum

March 6th, 2019 · Comments

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Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

July 7th, 2018 · Comments

Cecilia Vicuña is a soulful artist, filmmaker and poet. In this piece, she speaks about her exhib Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, as well as her life, her artistic process and her vision for justice. Listen and be inspired.

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The Beginning of Something New

April 30th, 2018 · Comments

Campus organizers and participants weighed in about the intention, purpose and importance of the first SMC Women's Leadership Retreat, which took place on Saturday April 28, 2018. 

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