Archive for January, 2010

Skyeview: Photo Archive

Posted in Culture, Gallery on January 30, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

Jacquie Alexander, Michelle Parkison, Toni Cade Bambara, Cherrie Moraga, Barbara Smith, Audre  Gambia Adisa Lorde, Angela Y. Davis, Pat Parker, Craig G. Harris, Carla Trujillo, Cathy Arellano, Joy Harjo, Hertha Wong, National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Form, Agenda For Unity SF Pride, National Black Lesbian Conference, Moonsisters Drum Camp, The Ache Project


Lesbians In The 70s: Call For Proposals

Posted in Culture, Events, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on January 30, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s

The 1970s was a period of intense excitement, change, activism, and activity for lesbians.  As lesbian feminism redefined what qualified as a “political issue” and challenged every assumption about gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and any other social category, lesbians of all kinds created cultural, social, political, economic, and regional organizations and networks. Lesbians created businesses; lesbians made and marketed music; lesbians played on softball teams; lesbians engaged in struggles for racial, social, and economic justice; lesbians made films; lesbians created womyn’s land.  Inspired by the massive social changes that were taking place, lesbians made new worlds for themselves and others.

In recognition of this momentous decade, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) will be holding a weekend-long event/conference/ festival of lesbian history, culture, arts, scholarship, discussion, and performance from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10th.  The event will call upon experience, memory, and scholarship to represent as fully as possible the broad and wide experience of lesbians during the 1970s.

We envision the conference embracing a variety of topics and formats, from intimate conversations to more formal presentations of original research, from roundtables to workshops to reminiscences (to mention just a few).

Possible presentation topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Official /unofficial/revisionist histories
  • What did lesbians in the 1970s think they could achieve?
  • How do we measure or judge those achievements?
  • Separatism
  • Softball
  • Lesbians in professional life
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Lesbian daughters
  • Consciousness raising groups
  • “Gay/Straight splits”
  • Lesbian ethnic/racial identities
  • Analyzing conflicts
  • Self-help/DIY movements
  • Lesbians and the law (as lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants, lawbreakers..)
  • Lesbian erotics
  • Racism and antiracism
  • Regional identities
  • Intersections with other movements
  • Lesbian places and spaces
  • The personal and the political
  • Lesbians in the women’s health movement
  • Class and class consciousness
  • Underground lesbian movements
  • Lesbian bars
  • “Women’s music” and lesbian experience
  • “Political lesbians”
  • Nonpolitical lesbians
  • Small-town/rural lesbian communities
  • Pioneers
  • Lesbian arts/music/theater (including record labels, music festivals, theater companies etc)
  • Lesbian publishing and journalism
  • Lesbian land
  • The legacies of lesbian feminism

We welcome contributions from inside and outside the U.S.  Please send a proposal of no more than 500 words, detailing the topic that you would like to cover, the format in which you will present your topic, ie. individual paper/presentation, discussion forum, workshop, performance, exhibition, panel, etc.  Include a short bios of key participants,

including yourself, and send by MARCH 15th to

Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism, and Social Change

Posted in Culture, Events, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on January 29, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

My sheros!


Activist Scholarship: Antiracism, Feminism and Social Change Book Launch

7:00 pm, Thursday, February 18, 2010, Mills College Student Union

Critical scholars have increasingly come under attack as right-wing forces have attempted to silence ways of thinking and knowing that oppose racism, sexism and imperialism. How can students and faculty resist these trends? How can teaching, learning and research become tools for social change?

Join Ethnic Studies faculty Julia Sudbury and Margo Okazawa-Rey as they introduce us to their exciting new book. They will be joined by several contributors to the book – leading scholars from the U.S., Canada and Nigeria who are involved in feminist, antiracist, indigenous sovereignty, queer liberation, antiglobalization, antimilitary, and antiprison movements. The contributors will share their personal journeys and explain how they have combined their activist commitments with pedagogy and scholarship.

Monisha DasGupta, Solidarity Work in Transnational Feminism
Cynthia Wright & Nandita Sharma, Challenging the Security of National States
Amina Mama, Feminist Intellectual Work in African Universities
Margo Okazawa-Rey, Solidarity with Palestinian Women
Julia Sudbury, Activist Scholars and the Antiprison Movement

About the editors:
Julia Sudbury is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Mills College, author of Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women’s Organisations and the Politics of Transformation and editor of Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison Industrial Complex (Routledge, 2005).

Margo Okazawa-Rey is Professor at the Fielding Graduate University, Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University and Visiting Professor of Ethnic Studies at Mills College. She is coeditor of Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill 2007).

Sri Veeramakaliamamman Temple Photo Gallery

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Travelogues on January 24, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

Remember that the Light shines through you, not from you.

[Elizabeth Jones, Daykeeper Journal]

Little India, Singapore

Sri Veeramakaliamamman Temple

Singapore Photo Gallery

Posted in Gallery, Travelogues on January 24, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

Budget Traveler Alert!

Singapore is an excellent travel bargain.  Travelers to Singapore will find competitive airfares, warm climate, friendly locals, inexpensive taxis and metro, delectable cuisine, and fine shopping . As a solo female business traveler I especially appreciate the safe streets and predominately English-speaking population.

Now for the shadow side:

Racial discrimination that privileges Chinese over everyone else is blatant and supports the CIMO hierarchy.  CIMO is short hand for the ethnic composition of Singapore including Chinese (74.2), Malays (13.4), Indians (9.2) and Others (3.2).  I’m most aware of Chinese dominance when I think about the strict law and order policies that’s made Singapore infamous.  As someone who has traveled to mainland China and witnessed state censorship–the Singapore government has taken a page out of the People’s Republic of China’s political and social repression play book.  Do not even THINK about committing any offense in Singapore!  Citizens are routinely caned, punished, and jailed for what would be considered misdemeanor offenses in other countries.  No need to take my word for it, just read the daily stories in The Straits Times.

On The Island

I didn’t do much shopping this trip nevertheless I do recommend Singapore as a power shopper’s paradise. I spent most of my free time in Little India hanging out with my peeps–that is to say, local Indians.  I attended pooja/puja on two consecutive evenings at the SriVeeramakaliamamman Temple, a temple I first visited nearly 8 years ago.   My time at the temple was the highlight of my trip, as I’ve come to fully appreciate the adage “many paths to one God(dess).

Photo Quiz Answer

The device issued by the Department of Ministry is used to monitor the activity and attendance of the course instructor and students.  Unfortunately I can’t recall all of the type of data captured in this device but I do recall thinking the procedure for using the device.  I do recall thinking this amounts to an assualt on the civil liberties of faculty and students.

Dispatch #30-Greetings from Singapore!

Posted in Dispatches, Travelogues on January 19, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

Stay tuned for my dispatch and photos from the island.

About Singapore

Singapore Tourism

Ethnic Quarters

Sheraton Towers Singapore

Decolonizing the University (Call for papers)

Posted in Culture, Events, Resources on January 12, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

“Decolonizing the University: Fulfilling the Dream of the Third World College”

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Ethnic Studies

February 26-27 at UC Berkeley

Is your activism, art, scholarship, and/or spirituality relevant to the task of decolonizing the university, creating a Third World College, and/or enriching the field of Ethnic Studies?  If so, this conference might be a space for you.

Call for teach-ins, dialogues, panels, or workshops (all of these would take place on Friday the 26th, followed by a day of in-depth collective discussion about the main topics of the conference)

The purpose of this conference is to create a decolonized space that encourages dynamic exchanges through a combination of teach-ins, dialogues, panels, and workshops where multi-media and interactive participation across generations, communities, disciplines, experiences, and talents are central.  These will focus on key areas of ethnic studies such as activism, art, scholarship, and spirituality.

A short description for each category for submission follows:

Teach-in: typically one or two people provide a general educational forum on a complex issue that is meant to be practical and oriented towards social awareness, where questions from the audience are encouraged

Dialogue: generally a facilitated, conversational exchange between people, serving as a type of pedagogy where communication between people leads to deeper understanding and awareness of the topic discussed; can be a large group discussion or a small, intimate round-table conversation.

Panel: usually involves a moderator and three people presenting/discussing distinct points of view related to one topic.  Individual papers are also welcomed.

Workshop: involves a facilitated interaction and exchange with participants, usually involves explaining/teaching of a topic so participants learn skills or gain a deeper awareness about the particular issue.

To submit, please send an email to by 11:59pm, January 15th, 2010 with the following:

  1. Name(s), institutional/organization affiliation, short biography, and contact information (email and phone)
  2. Title of topic/presentation, category to which you are submitting (teach-in, dialogue, panel, workshop), and key area(s) of concentration (activism, art, scholarship, and/or spirituality)
  3. Provide a 250 word description of proposed topic/presentation, noting method(s) and goals
  4. Address how it relates to the decolonizing the university and/or is relevant to Ethnic Studies or the idea of a Third World College
  5. Audio/visual needs