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The Space Between Exhaustion and Joy

by Akwugo Emejulu

This text is excerpted from ‘Ambivalence as Misfeeling, Ambivalence as Refusal’ by Akwugo Emejulu in Post45.  

I have been mapping women of colour's activism in Europe over the last 15 years and have been particularly struck by how an expanded emotional lexicon has been adopted by activists across the continent. By "women of colour activists" I mean cis and trans women and non-binary femmes who experience processes of racialisation, minoritisation and gender hierarchies, and who organise and mobilise in public space to advance their interests.1 As public...

‘I am a Black woman writing my way to the future’ – Audre Lorde and Poetry

Through a reading of Audre Lorde’s poetry Edna Bonhomme reflects on writing as a collective act, diasporic Afro-Caribbean communities and Black feminist organising in Berlin.

'It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.' – Audre Lorde


In a 1990 interview in the Caribbean journal Callallo, Audre Lorde remarked, 'poets become part of any community out of which they operate because poetry grows out of the poet experiencing...

We must organise – Claudia Jones: A Life in Exile

Claudia Jones (21 February 1915 – 24 December 1964) was an important figure in the British racial justice movement after being exiled from the US in 1955 because of her involvement in the Communist Party. Claudia Jones: A Life in Exile by Marika Sherwood (Lawrence Wishart, 2021) is the first book to chart the work of this visionary and pioneer, focusing on her time in Britain, where she fought against racial discrimination and set up the West Indian Gazette and an indoor carnival for Caribbean culture. 

To mark the beginning of Black History Month we are honouring the histories of radical Black feminist activism with an excerpt from Claudia Jones: A life in Exile. Sherwood’s biography gives fascinating insight into Jones’ role in different Black activist organisations amid the racist political climate and anti-Black violence of the late 1950s, which led to the Notting Hill riots in 1958:

Manifesting Justice

Edna Bonhomme on the origins of the reproductive justice movement and its fight for bodily autonomy.

The term “welfare queen” emerged in 1974 with a white woman. Based in Chicago, Mrs Linda Taylor was accused by the Department of Public Aid of allegedly syphoning $154,000 from public funds. Although it began with a white woman, it took on a new life two years later, when Ronald Reagan began his presidential campaign. Vehement against the poor, Reagan told the New...

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