The PWIssue

“We are told that our universities are excited to welcome us, that we have something special to offer, that they will celebrate our diverse identities, and that there are resources and clubs for us. Yet, this so-called celebration of diversity doesn’t seem to translate into an environment that is welcoming and supportive to students of […]

From Ferguson to Gaza: A Pattern of Increased Militarism and Brutality

By Baheya Malaty In the summer of 2014, the people of Ferguson were brutally subjected to a military-style crackdown by local law enforcement following the murder of teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Police officers who appeared more like combat soldiers pointed military-grade assault rifles at peaceful protesters. Paramilitary units dressed in […]

#WhichHillary: Activists Respond to Clinton’s White Feminism

By Baheya Malaty (FGS ’18) At Hillary Clinton’s most-recent lavish private fundraising event in South Carolina, Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams interrupted the event by holding up a sign which read, “We have to bring them to heel.” The sign was a reference to a speech made by Clinton in 1994 in support of […]

Beware of the Street Signs: The Hidden Realities of Colonialism in Berlin

By Baheya Malaty When you think about racism and oppression in Germany, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? More than likely, your mind will jump to the Holocaust and Nazism. This is an understandable first thought: the Holocaust represents one of the most massive genocides in human history, and Nazism one […]

Some Final Thoughts on the 2016 #FemGeniusesInBerlin

By Claudia Harrison Our last Friday morning was especially colorful. The FemGenuises met in a familiar setting, Mauerpark, for a Graffiti workshop with Berlin Massive. Our instructor, Pekor Gonzles, gave us a little history lesson before we began. Mauerpark translates to “Wall Park,” so called because the site was formerly part of the Berlin Wall, […]