25 May 2015

jogger mom on new yorker cover!

given my love of all things wheel-related, i was super-excited to see the 25 may cover of the new yorker

Drawn by white illustrator, Carter Goodrich, the cover art includes a black women stretching before/after a run in Central Park with her baby beside her, also stretching, in a jogging stroller.

Goodrich modeled the jogger after his accountant, who is an avid jogger and lives in New York City.

Why do I love it?

1.  I see it as part of the historical archive of bicycle images of black women.  And I'm collecting images from the late 19th century to the present.

2.  It may be the first time that the New Yorker has featured a solo image of a black woman on the cover.  And, considering the one of Michelle Obama and Barack Obama in 2008, it is interesting that this one features someone being physically active, given Michelle's directive to move. 

3.  She has natural hair!

What do you think?

07 May 2014

#veganmoms tweet chat on mother's day

 I, @maryaveganmom, will be doing a tweetchat this Sunday (Mother's Day) @3pm EST. #veganmoms with @jessicaveganmom and @amyveganmom. join us! if you're a vegan mom, share your stories. if you are curious, get answers to your questions. #veganmoms

Please share with friends!

I found image here.

27 March 2014

11 cyclists accept 5 cyclists challenge

In early March, 11 cyclists biked from New York to Washington, DC arriving in time to attend the National Bike Summit.  Made up of cyclists from both cities, they were motivated by the 5 cyclists who biked that same route in 1928 and challenged women 21 years and older to beat their time.

Check out John Kelly's column in the Washington Post for the recent ride and my take on the 5 cyclists.

This is a Scurlock photo courtesy of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution,

07 January 2014

Jim Morris @77 poses for PETA


Jim Morris, who recently turned 78, is a vegan bodybuilder.  He's one of the most recent to pose nude for PETA. I believe this ad was just posted on PETA's website.  Here's an accompanying interview.

I have a barrage of thoughts about this ad:

Does the fact that Morris had a successful bodybuilding career posing (almost) nude for decades make this ad primarily a continuation of his public life?

Is it cause for celebration that Morris and PETA are offering an almost-80 year old man as eye candy?

How does his nude pose differ from those of women--Taraji Henson, Nia Long, Angela Simmons, Wendy Williams--who have also posed nude for PETA?  (And did Tia Mowry refuse to pose nude?)

Are there deeper meanings to this remix of Rodin's "The Thinker"?

What are your thoughts?

02 January 2014

CFP: Neither Man Nor Beast: Patriarchy, Speciesism, & Deconstructing Oppressions, Web Conference

You are invited to attend a WEB-based conference on 23 February 2014 to empower minds, bodies and communities. Moving beyond the typical boundaries of social justice activism, this conference will be advocating for intersectional liberation across species and social identities.

By creating a space to discuss critical feminist theories and offering our unique experiences under patriarchy, we will be re-evaluating how oppressions relate in our lives and our communities and how best to integrate this into advocacy for the rights of non-human and human animals alike. Critiquing the limitations of popular and mainstream animal rights campaigns currently, and by offering solutions, we hope to advocate for a more unified and diverse movement.

Ultimately, we wish to develop a more complete understanding of oppression and justice. Creating allies aware of the intersectionality of oppression can afford us more opportunities to collaborate in meaningful and mutually inspiring ways. Our diversity of ideas and experiences offer potential to build a more comprehensive, sustainable and effective movement against oppression. We need to strive for creating safer communities and more responsible allies, in hopes of beginning to truly break down the existing hierarchical power structures, rather than reinforcing them. This conference will function as a platform for dialogue, networking and organization with others in creating a more resilient rights liberation movement for all.

*Call for Presentations:*

We are accepting abstract submissions for presentation topics on the following intersecting issues: veganism; women/womyn empowerment; queer rights; hetero-normative privilege; feminism; trans and gender-queer rights; racism and perspectives from women of colour; white male supremacy; patriarchy; ableism; sexism; sizeism; sexualities; gender and cis privilege; colonialism; indigenous rights; eco-feminism and environmentalism; anarcha-feminism; animal rights and radical self-care.

This is a conference welcoming academic and non academic presentations alike. Presenters are encouraged to use webcams, and powerpoint visuals during their presentation, as well as to engage in Q&A after with attendees.

Please submit your abstract proposal with your name, presentation title, a 200-300 word abstract, and location that you currently reside. You are welcome to include any additional information about yourself and why you would like to participate. Presentations should be maximum 20 minutes long, with additional time for Q&A.

Email submissions to animalliberationontario@gmail.com

Deadline for submission is January 31st, 2014
This event is hosted by Vegan Feminist Network http://veganfeministnetwork.com/
and Animal Liberation Ontario https://www.facebook.com/animalliberationontario;

31 December 2013

Green library @Berkeley, CA

West Branch Library @Berkeley, CA (2013) photo by Richard Friedman

Berkeley has a new neighborhood library--and it's green!  So green, in fact, that it is a 'zero net energy building'--which means that it generates more electricity than it uses. This building reflects California's goals of having all new residential construction be zero net energy by 2020 and all new commercial construction by 2030.  The hope is that these buildings will help to stave off climate change.

For more information about the building, click here.
For more photographs, click here.

30 December 2013

Race & Environment Post-doc @Brown University

The Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University invite applications for a two-year Mellon post-doctoral fellowship in Race and the Environment. The successful candidate will interrogate the integration of race and inequality with Environmental Studies and environmental justice. Ideally, s/he will work (or at least teach) transnationally. Applicants must have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years. The appointment will begin on 1 July 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter. Receipt of the Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, syllabi and/or detailed descriptions of courses s/he has prepared (and/or a list of possible courses), a curriculum vitae, a writing sample (no more than 30 pages) and three letters of reference, by 15 February 2014 via Interfolio <apply.interfolio.com/24124>. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Women, people of color and international scholars are encouraged to apply.

good luck to those who apply!