It is with great pleasure that I share with you my most recent spoken word performance this year 2019! This piece entitled “Don’t Compare” was performed for the nonprofit National Organization of Women (NOW) Chicago Chapter in April 2019 at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.
For a quick summary, it is a piece about the extensive, frequent, and demeaning comparisons that society (in many ways and on many levels) makes on the bodily autonomy, intellectual abilities, and other skills of women.
Georgia. Alabama. Ohio. Indiana. Missouri. The list of states passing reckless, dangerous and unconstitutional bans on abortion seems to grow by the day. One thing is clear beyond any doubt – anti-abortion forces will not stop until Roe v. Wade is overturned and access to safe, legal abortion ceases to exist. We must act now to save Roe.
Join us this Monday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago (Adams and Dearborn) for the Rally to Save Roe!
We will be joined by a coalition of organizations committed to protecting access to women’s reproductive healthcare, and we will learn how we can take action in Illinois. Right now, the Illinois House of Representatives is considering the Reproductive Health Act, a measure designed to protect and ensure access to abortion care, contraceptives and maternal care in Illinois. Contact your state representative and MAKE them vote on this bill here.
The rally also will feature a number of women dressed as handmaids, based on characters from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” – a dystopian novel about a future world that treats women as property of the state. We cannot allow that story to move from fiction to reality.
Join us for this event – and spread the word.
On Wednesday, April 24, more than 40 people gathered at the Den Theatre in Chicago for Chicago NOW’s annual Give Your Choice a Voice – an intimate, interactive open-mic night featuring storytelling, music and dialogue about the importance of choice, agency and bodily autonomy.
Performers shared a wide range of stories and creative pieces in various artistic mediums – including personal stories, poetry and song. Performances focused on abortion, contraception and the power of choice as it relates to reproductive justice, gender identity and more.
Donations from attendees were shared between Chicago NOW and the Midwest Access Coalition – a practical abortion fund that helps people traveling to, from and within the Midwest access safe, legal abortions.
Musician R. Kelly has a decades-long history of allegations of child pornography, pedophilia, and abusive behavior toward black women and girls. He also has a long history of using his power, money, and fame to avoid being held appropriately accountable for his actions.
Following the release of Lifetime’s documentary on the subject, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx vowed to take the issue seriously and has charged Kelly with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. His fame continues to work to his advantage, however, as fans and supporters have now paid over $200,000 to keep Kelly out of jail.
As many have already stated, it is almost unfathomable to imagine someone getting away with abusing white women and girls for decades on end, celebrity or not. We, as a society, must reckon with the fact that we continue to treat the abuse of black women and girls as less important than the abuse of white women and girls. We cannot allow ourselves to sit idly and allow this to happen; rather, we must change the status quo.
Chicago NOW unequivocally denounces the sexual abuse of any individual, regardless of color, gender, class, or status of the abuser. Chicago NOW fully supports the continued efforts to hold R. Kelly accountable for his actions.