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As On The Issues Magazine takes up feminism, race and a new progressive movement in today’s world in this edition, readers can check out articles related to the topic from our print archives.

Flo Kennedy and Irene Duvall: Forever Activists, Merle Hoffman, Vol. 5 1985

Florynce Kennedy and Irene Duvall, activists in both the civil rights and women's movements, joined On the Issues Magazine as contributing editors in 1985, and were interviewed by Merle shortly thereafter. Talking about women and power, Flo, who died in Dec. 21, 2000 at the age of 84, said, with trademark feistiness: “Women are not afraid of power, they're afraid of the oppressor. Cause the oppressor is very ruthless with people in power from oppressed groups. Also, women tend to do things that are safe. And what's safe does not put you in a position of power.…" Needless to say, Flo never did or say things that were safe.

A Simple Human Right: the History of Black Women and Abortion, by Loretta J. Ross, Spring 1994

“For today, black reproductive rights activists often face a double challenge. They work to mobilize a black community that is still haunted by the idea of abortion as acquiescent genocide. And they must also work with white women activists, who may believe black women are too new to the struggle to be able to determine present day strategies and future direction. For examples, a call last year by the Black Women's Health Project to launch a campaign to repeal the Hyde Amendment got only a small response from white activist groups....”

I Dream A World: Portraits of 75 Black Women Who Changed America, an interview with Photographer Brian J. Lanker, by Eleanor J. Bader, Spring 1990

The interview accompanies Lanker's stunning photographs of folksinger and activist Odetta; foster mother Priscilla Williams; Myrlie Evers, the first black woman to become Los Angeles Commissioner of Public Works and widow of Medgar Evers; lawyer and former Congressman Yvonne Burke; and playwright and actor Beah Richards. Lanker tells Bader: “It's history we're viewing, and people respond to the photos because the women have had such an impact on the world and on other people.”

"Push" by Sapphire, Reviewed by Sally Owen, Fall 1996

With the Fall 2009 release of the film Precious based on the powerful novel, Push by Sapphire, this review is both timely and indicative of the ongoing struggle against abuse and injustice. From the review: "The title Push reflects the energy of the book. Sapphire wanted the focus to be on action and 'push' is a doing word. 'Poor and abused women are often seen as passive,' Sapphire explains, 'and I wanted the focus to be on how Precious rises above the abuse rather than on the abuse itself.' 'Push' denotes female energy. Having a baby. Becoming literate. Getting a life. 'Precious is a pushy little girl and she will not be stopped.'"

Bum Raps, “Bubbas," and Affirmative Action, Fall 1995

Radio commentator and writer Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D. hosted a lively exchange with attorney Barbara A. Arnwine and National Urban Coalition head Ramona Edelin, Ph.D. Among topics discussed: the image of African American women in Congressional debates and rap music: “Malveaux: So you end up with the Perdue approach to black women: You don't see a whole woman in these videos. You see a butt, a breast, a thigh. It clearly objectifies us, but at the same time our young sisters are into that beat.“ Arnwine: “Part of the way gender dynamics works in our society is that women are taught to denigrate themselves, just like blacks are taught to hate themselves.…”

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