Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-10-17
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Women and Children First hosts book launch for activist Charlene Carruthers
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2018-10-03

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Women & Children First bookstore hosted a book launch celebration for Southwest Side Chicago native and social justice activist Charlene Carruthers, the founding national director of Black Youth Project 100 ( BYP100 ), Sept. 25 at the University of Chicago's Logan Arts Center.

Carruthers' book, "Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements," is a 21st-century activist guide centered around making Black liberation more radical, queer and feminist.

Activists Miranda Goosby, Keron Blair and Aislinn Pulley opened the event by reading excerpts from Carruthers' book and speaking about the impact her work and words have had on their lives. A video featuring Carruthers telling her story culminated in questions every activist needs to ask themselves: Who am I? Who are your people? What do we want? What are we building? Are we ready to win?

Historian, author, long-time activist and University of Illinois Chicago Social Justice Initiative Professor and Director Barbara Ransby and Chicago-based organizer, Black feminist scholar and incoming BYP100 National Co-Director Janaé Bonsu co-led the panel discussion.

Carruthers spoke about the significance of this event being at the University of Chicago, where "resistance is ongoing."

Ransby had "a unique experience" with Carruthers when they co-taught a class. She did not know what to expect before they worked together, but what she found in Carruthers, she said, was "patience and a commitment to deep thinking."

"This book is Charlene the teacher, Charlene the organizer and Charlene being patient with us on every page to reveal to us what her experience has been doing this work, but also provoking and nudging us on to do better ourselves," added Ransby.

Bonsu sang praised Carruthers, both for being a mentor in the fight for social justice and writing such an informative book. Ransby asked Carruthers about the importance of a quote, "Chicago made me and the world raised me," as well as the significance of local organizing and global solidarity movements.

Carruthers, who attended Sen High School, said that her father introduced her to the world through food, and encouraged her and her siblings to "discover the world" further. Due to that interest in the world around her, one of her majors in college was international studies.

"International studies in many ways is the study of capitalism, imperialism and the military, but I did not hear that from most of my professors," said Carruthers. "A white South African who was involved in the anti-Apartheid movement was the only one of my professors who talked about it that way."

Traveling around the world has changed her views on everything and caused her to interrogate how she thinks about a variety of issues.

Bonsu mentioned that Sept. 25 was National Voter Registration Day, and asked Carruthers her thoughts on some of the progressive electoral victories this year.

Carruthers said Bonsu's question reminded her that the event was also being held on what would have been Laquan McDonald's 21st birthday, and asked everyone to observe a moment of silence to honor his memory. She recounted BYP100 and other grass-roots POC-led organizations' role in amplifying McDonald's story by protesting his death by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. Carruthers also spoke about their call for the removal of former Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez by galvanizing young Black voters to educate themselves on the issue and go to the polls in 2015.

"A shout-out to Mayor Rahm Emanuel not running for office again," said Carruthers. "We actually got all three—Alvarez, former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Emanuel—out of office."

Focusing on issues is more important than individual candidates because they come and go; among those issues is reparations for those who were torture victims of Jon Burge and other officers, Carruthers said.

"Jon Burge, ding dong the witch is dead," said Carruthers to cheers from the audience.

Other topics included what freedom looks like, the abolition of the prison industrial complex, sexual violence and activists versus organizers and the need for both groups.

Carruthers has worked on grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for Center for Community Change, Women's Media Center, Color Of Change and National People's Action. Carruthers has been featured in numerous national and local publications and news outlets as well as written for The Root, Colorlines and the Boston Review. She is also the recipient of the YWCA's Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award and has been recognized by The Root 100, Ebony Magazine and Chicago Magazine. Additionally, Carruthers has spoken at various institutions including her alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University.

See www.charlenecarruthers.com/ for more information and to order the book.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Lesbian CEO takes reins at New Thought Channel 2018-10-22 - At New Thought Channel, Paula Langguth Ryan serves as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, marketing director and promotions manager. Now, has ...


Gay News

Chelsea Clinton signs hundreds of new kids' books at W&CF 2018-10-22 - More than 700 people of all ages lined up around the block to meet author, Clinton Foundation Vice-Chair and former First Daughter Chelsea ...


Gay News

Margaret Atwood to discuss 'The Handmaid's Tale' at Northwestern Oct. 30 2018-10-21 - EVANSTON, Ill. — Margaret Atwood, author of "The Handmaid's Tale," will visit Northwestern University to discuss the implications her 1985 dystopian novel has ...


Gay News

Tamale Sepp starts a new chapter 2018-10-17 - Internationally renowned comedian and interdisciplinary performer Tamale Sepp has relocated to the East Coast after serving up 16 years of comedy, performance art, ...


Gay News

ELECTIONS 2018 Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveils LGBTQ policy framework 2018-10-17 - On Oct. 11, which was National Coming Out Day, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot unveiled her LGBTQ policy framework at a roundtable discussion ...


Gay News

The Trans Generation 2018-10-17 - By Ann Travers $25; New York University Press; 261 pages Boy or girl? That's a common enough question, if you're ...


Gay News

A Cradle Song Part One 2018-10-17 - A Cradle Song debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. Filled with travail and woe, warmth and great joy, ...


Gay News

'LGBTQ Movement, Then and Now' Oct. 18 2018-10-17 - Out@COMCAST and Out@NBCUNIVERSAL, in conjunction with Out & Equal Chicagoland, will present "The LGBTQ Movement: Then and Now" Thursday, Oct. 18, at NBC ...


Gay News

Chelsea Clinton at W&CF Oct. 21 2018-10-17 - Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton will be at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. ...


Gay News

Intersectional feminism meets coffee table books in 'HERstory,' 'Revolution' 2018-10-16 - The Revolution is Female Author: Kristen Blush. $61; Blush; 128 pages Modern HERstory Author: Blair Imani. $17.99; Ten Speed Press; 208 pages ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.