How capitalism creates, sustains, normalizes and feeds off violence. Maybe we could just get rid of the guns!!! https://www.washingtonpost.com
Stunned by this extraordinary poster of my beloved @malayarosa1 and her radical transformation into the role of Mabini. He was a radical revolutionary during the Philippine Revolution against the U.S. For everyone in Manila do not miss this! It opens August 16-September 1 at Cultural Center of Philippines. I am so insanely proud of Monique and I send every great wish and so much love to all the extraordinary cast, crew and astonishing creators.#moniquerising #MabiningMandirigma #UtakPusoBayan #Makidigma
Simone Biles is magic and she is discipline and practice. She is the visible manifestation of a new girl energy being born. May she inspire every girl to release their knowing, their brave, their radiance and their transformational power. More flips. More twists. More free body. . She is the first person in history to dismount with two flips and two twists but it’s so much more than that. . (Swipe left to view the full @nbcolympics video)
Welcome to America the Violent. Your gender identity, race, country of origin, ethnic background and sexual orientation puts you at higher risk of being shot. So let’s take this as our call for unity and Rise and remove this hateful virus from office, From @amnesty
“Make up a story...For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fears caul.” Toni Morrison The Nobel Lecture 1993 She was great and majestic and singular and genius. She was queen and opened a new world. She gave us a new language and a new way of seeing and we bow in gratitude for her life and words. #tonimorrison
#Repost @talktotasia.__. So moved by all the amazing activists performing The Vagina Monologues and rising to such artistic heights in this glorious and blessed community. This Instagram below really touched me as did their whole performance. This year in V-Day and One Billion Rising we’re gonna rise and spread Vagina magic and Femme magic throughout the world. Repost below The Vagina Monologues was really and truly educational, empowering, and enthusiastic! Women, we must learn to know that the VAGINA is EVERYTHING! V - VALUE your vagina A - APPRECIATE your vagina G - GLORIFY your vagina I - IN TUNE. Be in tune with your vagina N - NEVER stop being informed about your vagina A - ALWAYS remember that the vagina is powerful #thevaginamonologues #acting #theatre #empowerment #women #love #secret #passion
Our hearts are with El Paso, Dayton, with Every town. We stand with you in this fight against Hate and White Supremacy. We RISE against the words of President Trump. We are an anti-violence movement, we know that words matter, that violent words lead to violence. This is domestic terrorism and we demand that our government officials name it for what it is. We will not be silent. We RISE #UntilTheViolenceStops ・・・ US Activists - TAKE ACTION: The House of Representatives passed a bill to require background checks on all gun sales. Now, the Senate must act. In honor of Dayton and El Paso - and everywhere effected by this gun violence, text CHECKS to 644-33 to be connected with your Senators and tell them to act on background checks. . (Read @theintercept article, here: bit.ly/2OBiCJ7) . #WalmartShooting #ElPaso #Dayton #MomsDemandAction #EveryTown #GunViolence #RiseResistUnite #RiseInSolidarity @one_billion_rising @vdayorg
So thrilled to see the astonishing @katedelcastillo doing such extraordinary work in powerful play The Way She Spoke, the story of femicide in Juarez, written by Isaac Gomez, directed by brilliant Jo Bonney. Here with Kate and @lydiacacho, one of the bravest feminist activist journalist in the world. We’re cooking up the next Artistic Uprising in Juarez! Stay tuned. Don’t Miss The Way She Spoke through mid August at the Minetta Lane.
James Baldwin. Beacon. Prophet. Greatest writer and and most profound teacher of my life. That your words will flow now like a churning baptismal through this broken world and bring us to the other shore. I bow in gratitude and perpetual awe. Happy 95th Birthday.
I can’t get this image out of my brain or President Of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro’s words out of my head. This is our mother the Amazon after acres of deforestation have occurred under him. These trees are the lungs of the world. Bolsonaro said”Brazil is like a virgin that every pervert on the outside lusts for.” Instead he would prefer to rape her himself. How they talk about and treat the earth and women in one ghastly perishing breath.
This is what imagination, love and artistry can do. Get through the cracks and make light. . Repost @colossal: . "Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello [ @rrael @vasfsf] designed custom teetertotters to slot between narrow gaps in the U.S./Mexico border wall. International neighbors from Colonia Anapra and Sunland Park playfully connected with the wall as the fulcrum. More on the history of the project today on Colossal: bit.ly/2KbmuLD." Thanks dear @vanessavadim
Media came out in force to cover #thisisanartisticuprising. Thanks to | Texas Public Radio reporter Mallory Falk for this piece: “Artists from around the country gathered in El Paso Friday night for what they called an “artistic uprising” at the U.S.-Mexico border. With an international bridge as their backdrop, they sang, played music, and recited poetry expressing love for migrants and denouncing family separation and child detention.” Read the article at- https://www.tpr.org/post/never-again-now-artists-protest-conditions-us-mexico-border #texaspublicradio #artisticuprising #neveragainisnow #riseinsolidarity #closethecamps
Last night we brought in the revolutionary winds in El Paso Texas through our singing, dancing, poetry, readings, testimonies, performance art, fire dancing and drumming. Over 30 artists arrived from all over the country and locally to the Border Agricultural Workers Project which generously hosted our Artistic Uprising. We rose up honoring and celebrating migrants to join forces and denounce the diabolical inhumanity being enacted at our borders and in detention centers. So proud of the extraordinary solidarity between La Mujer Obrera and Allianza Nacional De Campesinas and One Billion Rising which energized and created this event. This all happened in 8 days. Just imagine what’s coming!Artists have the power to tear down walls, push boundaries and dissolve borders. Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who turned out. Photo by @pjoallen
With @jameslecesne @blackpuertoricanphd and pjoallen on our way to El Paso for Artistic UpRising on the border with amazing artists homegrown and around the country! Rising against the diabolical treatment of immigrants in concentration camps. So moved by the unbelievable turn out of poets, musicians, novelists, dancers, visual artists, coming from all directions. Artists tear down walls, dissolve borders and push boundaries. Come Rise w us! July 5, Border Agricultural Center 5-10pm. El Paso #closetheconcentrationcamps #artisticuprising
Artists and Activists - join us at the El Paso Border FRIDAY, 5 July from 5-10 PM for an ARTISTIC UPRISING, UN LEVANTAMIENTO ARTÍSTICO, as we rise up and unite as artists and activists to demand justice for all immigrants and refugees. . JOIN artists and activists including @eveensler, writer Denise Chavez, @alixapaints of @climbingpoetree, journalist/organizer @blackpuertoricanphd, playwright and Founder of The Trevor Project @jameslecesne, Gabriel Mendez, Kelly Curry of @codepinkalert, photojournalist Paula J. Allen, artist @sekoulukestudio,#BorderAgriculturalWorkersProject, #LaMujerObrera, @campesinasunite and co-founder Mily Treviño-Sauceda, #1BillionRising, Jennifer Nagda of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Roya Adjory, Shari Rezai, @morley_music, poets Michelle Mush Lee and Dominic Chacón, and activist and director of the documentary #Gasland @JoshFoxFilm. List in formation, more artists joining. Presented by Border Agricultural Workers Project, La Mujer Obrera, #AlianzaNacionalDeCampesinas & One Billion Rising. . Show up! Make art! Make noise! This is an ARTISTIC UPRISING! Esto es un LEVANTAMIENTO ARTÍSTICO! . Bring your music, poetry, drums, words, passion, theatre, outrage, and love. Join artists from El Paso & around the country for an #ARTISTICUPRISING at the El Paso border. Let’s UNITE in our demand that these camps be closed, and that children be reunited with their parents – the most fundamental and basic human right. . For full details, to attend, or perform, visit: onebillionrising.org/artisticuprising . #ThisIsAnArtisticUprising #CloseTheConcentrationCamps #FamiliesBelongTogether #ImmigrantsAndRefugeesWelcomeHere #ArtisticUprising #RiseResistUnite #RiseInSolidarity #UntilTheViolenceStops
Happy World Pride!! The world’s on fire with freedom, beauty and love.🌈🌈
Please come join me!! #ThisIsAnArtisticUprising . Border Agricultural Workers Project, La Mujer Obrera, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas & One Billion Rising Present an ARTISTIC UPRISING at the El Paso Border . JOIN US as we RISE at the El Paso border. Bring your music, poetry, drums, words, passion, theatre, outrage, and love. Stand up for freedom, dignity, and the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers. End the diabolical inhumanity in detention centers and demand freedom, justice, humane treatment for all those seeking safety and a better way of life. Support the front line groups who are doing the urgent work on the ground. SHOW UP! MAKE ART! MAKE NOISE! . Artists and activists attending include: writer Denise Chavez, Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree, Poet Laureate of Texas Carrie Fountain, playwright Eve Ensler, journalist/organizer Rosa Clemente, playwright and Founder of The Trevor Project James Lecesne, Gabriel Mendez, Kelly Curry of Code Pink, photojournalist Paula J. Allen, singer Michaela Harrison, artist Sekou Luke, playwright Kirk Lynn, Border Agricultural Workers Project, La Mujer Obrera, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas and One Billion Rising. List in formation, more artists joining. . Together, we will RISE against the systemic violence and denial of human rights that immigrants and refugees experience. We RESIST the governments and institutions that create and support inhumane conditions of detention. We UNITE in our demand that these camps be closed, and that children be reunited with their parents – the most fundamental and basic human right. . #CloseTheConcentrationCamps #RiseInSolidarity #FamiliesBelongTogether #ImmigrantsAndRefugeesWelcomeHere . •For full details, to attend, or if interested in performing, visit: onebillionrising.org/artisticuprising . #ArtisticUprising#BorderAgriculturalWorkersProject#LaMujerObrera#AlianzaNacionalDeCampesinas #1BillionRising#RiseResistUnite#UntilTheViolenceStops @one_billion_rising @vdayorg
Happy Birthday Agnes Pareyio! . For 20 years, Agnes has embodied the V-Day movement. As Founder of Tasaru Ntomonok & the V-Day Safe House for the Girls and Chair of the Anti-FGM Board of Kenya, she has bravely confronted the cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Maasai community in Kenya and has won many hard-earned victories, sheltering and educating girls running away from “the cut” and early childhood marriage, influencing community members to take on alternative rite of passage rituals, and educating women and men alike about the power of an educated girl. . Named the UN Person of the Year for Kenya (2005) for her work toward gender equality, she is the founder and director of Tasaru Ntomonok, a grassroots initiative that created and runs the V-Day Safe House for the Girls in the southern Rift Valley in Narok County. Each year, hundreds of girls’ lives are transformed because of Agnes’ work and vision. . Today we celebrate Agnes, and we thank her for her groundbreaking and visionary work! . V-love and Happy Birthday Agnes, . Eve, Susan, Purva, Christine, Monique, Tony, Kristina, Carl, Roslyn, Anju & Leila . 📸: Paula Allen for V-Day
15 women have accused the predator in chief of sexual abuse and rape •rapes women •plunders the earth •hunts and encages immigrants •criminalizes children •threatens journalists •murders the truth . #RegimeChangeNow . E. Jean Carroll is the latest woman to bravely come forward with her story of sexual assault by the predator in chief Donald Trump in a piece in New York Magazine about her upcoming book “What Do We Need Men For? . "Reached by phone at her home in upstate New York on Friday afternoon, Ms. Carroll said she decided to write about her experience now because she felt she owed her readers transparency. “I just thought, it’s time, I owe it to my beloved readers. I can’t keep up this facade,” she said. . She initially planned a book in which she traveled the United States and spoke with women about their problems with men, but she decided on a more personal account after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein surfaced. . The details of her encounter with Mr. Trump are still vivid in her memory, including the clothing she wore and her feeling of shock, Ms. Carroll said. “It’s welded into my brain.” - E. Jean Carroll reporting from @nytimesarticle about the @nymag piece (http://bit.ly/2X0aZzL) . #VRageAndRise #EJeanCarroll#RiseResistUnite #RiseInSolidarity#UntilTheViolenceStops#TurningPainIntoPower
A gorgeous night in Seattle at the fabulous @hugohouse hosted by one of my favorite bookstores @elliottbaybookco. Hugest thanks to the brilliant loving @amywheeler4318 director of @hedgebrook for a powerful conversation and all you do to enable women to find their voices. Thank you to Kuri Yallow pictured here and all the wild love energy in the house! All the folks at @hugohouse were so helpful and kind. Blessings!
Thank you beautiful beings in Berkeley for a wonderful night and conversation @baybookfest women’s lit. Special shout out to @brooke_warner for a brilliant and deeply thoughtful direction of the conversation. So grateful to the open hearted spirit in that room and to all those who made the evening happen! Seattle tonight!!
Last night at the new and stunning @cwclub in SF such a wonderful gathering of old friends, activists and revolutionaries. Thank you for coming out and being so deeply engaged in @theapology. Finding our way together to the next stage of our movement. Special thanks to @laschiller for a fantastic job moderating, deepening and expanding the discussion. Tomorrow night Berkeley First Congregational Church 7:30pm @baybookfest.
Repost @jewishvoiceforpeace . . . “It’s critical that we stand up together and show our humanity in the face of inhumanity. Locking up Palestinian children does not make Jews safer. I’m glad to join JVP’s efforts to support ending this barbaric practice.” - Eve Ensler . Jewish leaders support HR2407 . Photo by Paula Allen Info on Jewish Leader letter: https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/no-way-to-treat-a-child/ . #NoWayToTreatAChild
I am so moved and honored by all the incredible people who came out last night @livetalksla for @theapology. So many old and dear friends, activists, artists and family. Thank you @idinamenzel for your beautiful heart, honesty and presence. I feel so blessed to be held in this community of love! On to SF!
Thank you to all the wonderful folks who came out today @printersrowfest in Chicago for @theapology. What a gift to meet and be interviewed by the brilliant @southsideloislane. Thank you to our amazing hosts who took such good care of us. And thank you to Chicago for profound conversations and connection around reckoning and atonement. Onto LA.
I so loved this evening @mapsobookfest in New Jersey with a magical love community. Thank you to the hundreds who turned out for @theapology and @Jenniferbaumgardner515 for a brilliant conversation. So happy to be reunited with my precious Pablo who was quite involved(at least for the first 20 minutes)
Such a beautiful night in Chicago with such a loving thoughtful group of humans. So happy to spend time with the fabulous @oldchapcharity and @misstayloriman. Thank you to @donnaseaman for bringing insight and so much heart and #womenchildrenfirst for remaining the one of the great feminist bookstores ever. And of course @malayarosa1 for being the most extraordinary tour sister!
So thrilled to have ben conversation with my beloved sister @aapolicyforum co-founder and executive director (and @vdayorg board member) @kimberlecrenshaw and philosopher Kate Manne talking about @theapology in in “The Anatomy of an Apology” on a NEW EPISODE of @intersectionalitymatters . . . Regram @intersectionalitymatters NEW EPISODE! A year and a half after allegations against Harvey Weinstein propelled #MeToo into the national spotlight, how should we be thinking about culpability, accountability, and reckoning with harm? When an apology is given, what concrete actions must be taken to move the conversation from recognition to remedy? And what does intersectionality have to do with it? Listen to our latest episode, "The Anatomy of an Apology" ft playwright and activist Eve Ensler ( @eveensler) and philosopher Kate Manne: bit.ly/intersectionalitymatters #forfreedom #theapology #kimberlecrenshaw#untiltheviolencestops #riseinsolidarity
Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out last night in Toronto at Victoria College to be in conversation about @theapology. Huge appreciation for Denise Balkisoon who moderated the evening with insight and grace and actor William Webster for the moving reading. #forfreedom On to Chicago.
My heart is exploding. Thank every one of you for the incredible outpouring of love on this birthday. I am fueled, humbled, lifted and made whole by your kindness!
Last night on the eve of my 66th birthday I received this gift from the brilliant photographer @howardschatz. The gratitude I feel to be alive, to be in this sacred body, to live naked in the world, to love my friends and family and dog Pablo, to be joined in the struggle for justice freedom and love. As a lead woman and astonishing gospel singer from New Orleans once answered when I asked her how she was- “great and grateful” I send love, joy and blessings in all directions. I thank everyone of you for your constant support and love. #stillnaked
One week into @theapology book tour! So moved, inspired and excited by the extraordinary people coming out, the depth of the conversations and the clear desire of people to find a way through to reckoning, accountability and apology. Hugest thanks to the very loving and talented team @politicsprose, (one of my favorite bookstores) for all their kindness and to all those tender thoughtful people who came out last night. If you weren’t able to get there last night I’ll be at @busboysandpoets tonight. #forfreedom @theapology
So moved and Inspired by this brave powerful piece by Michelle Alexander in @nytimes and grateful for her citing of @theapology “An even longer pause followed. The silence stretched between us and I refused to be the one to break it. Then he said slowly: “I know you don’t believe me, but I am sorry. I didn’t give you a choice. I will never forgive myself for what I did. I know many women yearn for an apology like that. Eve Ensler, the renowned feminist playwright, just published a powerful book, The Apology that lays out in wrenching detail what she wished her father had said to her after years of brutal violence and sexual abuse. “ To read: https://nyti.ms/2X4tQG6 #forfreedom #theapology #eveensler #abortionrights
Such a fantastic inspiring night at Joes Pub with @houseofspeakeasy and my moving fellow writers @thehungryear, @mrdamianbarr @borisfishman. Thank you wonderful people who turned out and huge thanks to @dramandeforman for the incredible introduction and care. #houseofspeakeasy #theapology #forfreedom @theapology @bloomsburypublishing
NYC! Join me for an emergency rally TODAY to #StopTheBans on abortion! Foley Square, 5:30 p.m. . I’m rallying with @ppnycaction, @nirhaction, @nyclu, @now_nyc, @ggenyc, @ladypjustice and @thenyic to make it clear that NYC will NOT stand by while abortion access is under attack. . Full info: http://bit.ly/2VT3Ctu
Dear UK Friends, I am heading to London next week and hope you’ll come join me as I talk about @theapology with brilliant editor-in-chief of @guardian #katharineviner . Please join us Tuesday, May 28 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at @islington_ah For tickets https://bit.ly/2JWL2JJ #theapology #forfreedom #theguardian
Language matters and changes everything. We need to say what it is. Climate crisis. Climate emergency. Climate breakdown. Thank you brave, brilliant, opened hearted @gretathunberg for calling the world to task. And thank you @guardian for leading the way. If I learned anything from The Vagina Monologues, when we say it we see it and feel it. Say it! Climate Emergency! . (More via @guardian: http://bit.ly/2w9IShN) . #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #ClimateBreakdown
#stopthebans Join the National Day of Action!
I’m so excited and cannot wait to meet you all as I hit the road tomorrow for @theapology book tour. Please come out and be in conversation about apology, accountability, and atonement. See you there! Here’s a current list of dates and appearances. For links to tickets go to www.eveenlser.org AND stay tuned for additional appearances. 21 May, 7:00pm House of SpeakEasy Joe’s Pub at The Public, New York, NY Kevin Young, Boris Fishman, and Damian Barr will also be appearing . 22 May, 12:00pm WSJ’s Future of Everything Festival Spring Studios, New York, NY In conversation with Alexandra Wolfe . 22 May, 7:30pm Free Library of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA . 23 May, 7:00pm Politics & Prose Bookstore Washington, D.C. . 24 May, 6:30pm Busboys and Poets Washington, D.C. . 28 May, 7:00pm Islington Assembly Hall London, UK In conversation with Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner . 3 June, 7:00pm In Her Voice Festival Isabel Bader Theatre at Victoria University Toronto, ON In conversation with Denise Balkissoon . 6 June, 7:00pm Swedish American Museum Chicago, IL In partnership with Women & Children First . 7 June, 7:30pm Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ In conversation with Jennifer Baumgardner, Women’s Review of Books editor . 8 June, 3:30pm Printers Row Festival Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at Chicago Public Library Chicago, IL . 10 June, 8:00pm Live Talks LA Moss Theater, Los Angeles, CA In conversation with Idina Menzel. 11 June, 6:30pm Commonwealth Club San Francisco, CA In conversation with Lauren Schiller, host of “Inflection Point” on KALW . 13 June, 7:30pm Bay Area Book Festival Women’s Lit Event Series First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA In conversation with Brooke Warner . 14 June, 7:00pm Hugo House Seattle, WA In partnership with Elliott Bay Books In conversation with tk . “…one of the most shatteringly brilliant books I have read. As soon as I finished it, I read it again, and again, and again (really).” Decca Aitkinhead The Sunday Times of London . #TheApology#ForFreedom#EveEnsler @bloomsburypublishing @vdayorg @one_billion_rising
Coinciding with the book release of @theapology and building upon years of work with survivors, activists and anti-violence groups, @vdayorg has launched theapologybook.net as an online space for readers, activists and survivors to process and explore the themes raised in the book, for perpetrators to begin their own processes of accountability and apology, and for survivors to write imagined apologies and offer themselves healing. In the process of developing the site we asked advocates, “what is an apology?” @acalltomen ‘s Chief Executive Officer #tonyporter says, “As a man, when I think of an apology, particularly to a woman, there are a few factors that are of extreme importance. First, did I truly and humbly listen to the impact of my behavior? Second, did I set aside my intentions, knowing that even if they were pure, the impact of my behavior trumps my intentions. Male socialization has taught me that when I interact with women, it’s okay to control, justify, rationalize and minimize. All of these tactics are obstacles to a true apology. I must listen. I must be teachable. I must show empathy. And finally, I must own my behavior and be accountable for it.” Visit theapologybook.net #forfreedom #theapology #eveensler #vday #onebillionrising #acalltomen
So moved and honored to speak and stand with @pwjcenter who has for years been doing the critical work of providing pro bono legal and advocacy work for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elderly abuse. Thank you to senior editor Melissa Jeltsen (Twitter @quasimodo) for a brilliant job moderating and to all the amazing people who turned out!
This despicable government is murdering children at our borders, invading women’s bodies, crushing what remains of democracy, destroying the environment, escalating white supremacy and preparing for a needless and potentially catastrophic war on Iran. ( the list goes on and on) We need all of us with all that’s in us to turn this ship around. We need to wake up and rise up!