Along with a cohort of BCRW-affiliated students, I had the pleasure of attending Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s 2014 Conference. Since 1981, CLPP has inspired, educated, trained, and supported new activists and leadership to secure reproductive freedom, justice, and sexual rights for all. This year’s conference was packed with workshops on topics ranging from immigrant rights to environmental justice that connected the all-too-important (and often forgotten) dots between reproductive justice and other social issues.
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One of the workshops I attended at CLPP was “Crunk Feminism: Digital Activism for the Real World,” hosted by Crunk Feminist Collective members Susana Morris and Eesha Pandit. With an eye for cultural commentary, the CFC aims to articulate a crunk feminist consciousness for people of color who came of age in the Hip Hop Generation. Crunk feminism, as the term suggests, connects crunkness and feminism. ‘Crunk’ here is not just a style of U.S. Southern black rap music or a contraction of “crazy drunk,” but a mode of resistance that finds expression in the rhetorical, cultural, and intellectual practices of a contemporary generation. In the words of CFC’s mission: “what others may call audacious and crazy, we call CRUNK because we are drunk off the heady theory of feminism that proclaims that another world is possible.”