A True American Revolutionary: Rest in Power, Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015)


Grace Lee Boggs — revered civil rights activist and scholar and Asian American feminist hero — passed away this morning. She was 100.

Founder of the Boggs Center and co-founder of Detroit Summer, Boggs lived a life dedicated to activism and social justice, with her efforts focused in particular on inner city Detroit. However, her work extended far beyond Detroit’s city limits in terms of influence: she has inspired (among others) several generations of Asian American activists and feminists — including myself.

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Please donate NOW to support Grace Lee Boggs’ hospice care!


Earlier this year, the AAPI community was devastated to learn that revered civil rights icon Grace Lee Boggs was in hospice care with failing health. Last week, the Boggs Center issued a statement that offered much relief to Boggs’ many well-wishers: ever a fighter, Boggs’ health has improved substantially in the last month.

However, with that happy news comes another issue: the cost of Boggs’ care far exceeds the funds she or the Boggs Center have available to support her. So, with that, the Boggs Center is asking for the community’s help. They are asking us to chip in — whatever we can spare — to help offset the costs of Grace Lee Boggs’ $8000/month hospice care (statement after the jump)

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Grace Lee Boggs: “I am coming to the end of a long journey”


It was recently reported on Tumblr by friends and family that Grace Lee Boggs, the powerful and inspirational activist and civil rights icon who was the subject of the recent documentary American Revolutionary, is in hospice care.

With the knowledge that Boggs would not be able to respond to requests for interviews or to take phone calls, Boggs issued a statement from her bed for well-wishers (after the jump).

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#MyInternetIs a civil right, and it must be free. | #NetNeutrality


For over 12 years, the internet has been an intellectual companion, and a forum wherein I have shaped my activist thought. Although I found my way to Asian American activism through offline work, it was my online activities that have been largely responsible for who I am as an Asian American activist today.

My earliest political opinions — and my commitment to the importance of debate in shaping political opinion — were forged on highly-active Asian American message boards like YellowWorld.org (edit: holy crap — it is still online and someone even posted something this year!), which served as social hubs for the Asian American community throughout the early 2000’s. Over the years, my Reappropriate blogging self became a digital alter-ego, and this blog served as a space for the exploration of Asian American social justice thought — both for myself and for others. Today, I feel hyphenated in more ways than one; not only do I exist with the hyphenated racial identity of an Asian American, but I also feel as if my fundamental sense of self has become a hybrid of my real-life and my online presence.

For me, the role of the internet as a tool for radical consciousness-building cannot be understated. I would not be who I am without access to this digital space, and the freedom to cultivate new (and oftentimes revolutionary) ideas.

Today, that freedom is being jeopardized. Today, we are on the brink of legislation that would shackle the internet, and in so doing, make it fundamentally less free.

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