Burying Our Babies: Letter from L.A. to Ferguson

Happy birthday, Sonjia -- Dick & Sharon

Sikivu Hutchinson: Year after year the litany of the dead, black folk criminally robbed of victimhood, shattered any pretense of innocence, protection or security in “tidy” neighborhoods like ours, neighborhoods bright-eyed, bushy tailed white reporters doing ghetto fieldwork were always surprised to know existed.

Getting on Up: Cult of the Charismatic Black Man

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Charismatic black men slapping black women around are funny. This was the takeaway conveyed by some audience members at a screening I attended of the new James Brown biopic Get On Up at a predominantly black theater in Los Angeles.

The CHP’s Thug Life: Justice for Marlene Pinnock

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Sikivu Hutchinson: There is no question that a video with an older defenseless white woman lying prone on the ground being knocked senseless by an officer of color (or a white cop, for that matter) would’ve had the entire nation up in arms demanding the officer’s immediate termination and prosecution.

The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

Obama Administration Education Policies

Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.

Moving Social Justice Conference

Moving Social Justice Conference

Center for Inquiry Los Angeles, October 11-12, 2014. Featured speakers: Mercedes D.G. Forbes, Sikivu Hutchinson, Meredith Moise, Anthony Pinn, Raina Rhoades, Kimbery Veal, and Donald Wright

April 11 & 12th: Abortion on Demand & Without Apology

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Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster. Already, women in this country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort by inserting sharp objects in their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, and more.

Ida B. Wells, Feminist Public Menace

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Sikivu Hutchinson: There is little mainstream feminist discourse linking black women’s historical erasure with their criminalization; no women’s rights outrage over how the disfigurement of black women’s image buttresses mass incarceration.

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