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Category: Ally Stories

“A Woman Loving Woman’s Musings”: A Collection

By Imani Lowe   I created this compilation of mediums to express how I feel being a queer Black woman in love with another queer Black woman. I commissioned a painting months ago of me and my girlfriend by an artist and her IG handle is Nathematical. I inserted the renderings into the collage because Read More

“Dream”: A Poem

By Alexandra Smith                        – after Gwendolyn Brooks                    We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.   sunday morning sun shines through the open window to warm the tile, we bump hips and your Read More

Sankofa: Lessons in Returning to Our Roots

By John Broadway     A couple of months ago, a colleague of mine was about to present her life story. But first, she stopped to thank and acknowledge her ancestors.  When she did this, something in me snapped. Emotions flared, and I instantly teared up. That moment was a reminder that I’ve felt a Read More

“Not Far From the Tree”: A Poem

By Destiny Harris   Above cultivated humid soil, I ascend soaking in optimism. Underneath this soil, beads of courage are knotted into all of my fibrous roots. Through these roots, I am able to form a thick heart in this hollow trunk. From this trunk, hunger for self-control dangles in my mind like these scaly Read More

Pride in Action: Allies and Partners

This Pride Month, we celebrate our Public Allies AmeriCorps members and partner organizations working daily for LGBTQ+ equality and well-being: Mileena Muhammad (Chicago) partners with the Broadway Youth Center to make life healthier and happier for young people who identify as LGBTQ+, and especially young people who do not have stable housing. “As Youth Development Specialist, Read More

“PRIDE means LOVE”: Poem by Xesenia Maurice

By Xesenia Maurice PRIDE means LOVE Maybe it’s cliché to say A phrase so simple That can run so deep Like the currents in our body As we navigate how to exist, live, and be in this world. A phrase so many have fought for And continue to fight for. A phrase that has seen Read More

“Ham Chơi”: A Poem About the Intersection of Queerness, Refugeedom, and Third Cultural Perspective

By V. Châu Ham Chơi is the craving for play a feeling akin to the delight of a child  around a sprinkler on a hot summer’s day But Ham Chơi isn’t so simply childlike joy; there is subtext; a steep price. Ham Chơi is an accusation of pretense; A desire to put on a show. Ham Read More

“Pride in Me”: Digital Art

By Marquise Williams When I was making this Pride In Me Photo Mood Board, I thought about what Pride means to me and how I feel when asked to explain who I am. I thought about all the layers of my identity and the ways in which I have both hide and pealed them back. Read More

Public Allies Milwaukee Member Establishes New Art Gallery

The following is the transcript of an interview conducted by Public Allies Milwaukee with AmeriCorps member Ni’Sea Thurman-Wamubu, who is serving this year with Public Allies at the Victory Garden Initiative (VGI). Public Allies Milwaukee: Congrats on your Seeds of Liberation Gallery opening. The gallery is an inspiring creative project! Tell us the why of Read More

Allies in Action on Earth Day

On this Earth Day, we celebrate our Public Allies AmeriCorps members and partner organizations working daily for sustainability and environmental justice. Aiti Rai and Jayson Hughes (Connecticut) partner with KNOX to build greener, stronger, healthier and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford. “I believe that everyone should have access to healthy food,” says Aiti. “My passion Read More