thanks to Jedidah Isler for creating this image for Particles for Justice on the fly, since none of us are good at that stuff.

A personal view on #Strike4BlackLives/#StrikeforBlackLives and #ShutdownSTEM

note: This is my perspective on this, and it should not be interpreted as speaking on behalf of any other author whose name appears on the Particles for Justice website. If you haven’t heard about this action that took place last Wednesday, please see our press page.

I haven’t sat down and read a book all the way through in a while. During the first month and a half of the pandemic, I was actually doing pretty well at keeping up with my scholarship, both in physics and feminist science, technology and society studies. Then the re-opening announcements, including from…

a dark brown skinned person with shoulder length dreadlocks shouting into a megaphone with their hand outstretched in front
a dark brown skinned person with shoulder length dreadlocks shouting into a megaphone with their hand outstretched in front
Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay

I was asked by a scientific organization to write a piece on “diversity and inclusion.” This is what I turned in. They didn’t like it because they didn’t think it was relevant to science. Ok.

When I was in my first year in a PhD program in theoretical physics, I watched an associate professor informally present some research to two senior professors from different institutions. I couldn’t really follow what was going on, but suddenly the man at the board started punching it, before walking off yelling. A couple of years later, the director of our research institute had a yelling match with one of our speakers, who I later found out is infamous for yelling at students. …


Don’t let your trauma turn you into a spokesperson for the establishment.

A Black student studying a STEM major recently asked me how I overcame difficult moments. I think it’s possible I failed as a mentor in my response: rather than talking about what I had done for myself, I talked about the people who showed up for me. I talked about Mr. Wilson, who noticed when at the age of 12 I went from being his top student to failing his algebra class because my single mom was at home sick with a mystery illness and I wasn’t handling it well. I talked about Mr. …

Source for image of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope. Source for quote. “Gov. David Ige said unarmed National Guard units will be used to transport personnel and supplies and enforce some road closures, but they will not be used in a law enforcement capacity during planned protests.”

Do not let the Thirty Meter Telescope begin (with the military at your side)

Image from 538. [image: A summary of policies Democrats are adopting in blue-trifecta states, as described in the linked 538 article.]

The country will not be saved by electing a Democrat to the White House in 2020 by @MrProfChanda

note: just making clear, in case you missed it in the subtitle, I DID NOT WRITE THIS! ~ Chanda

Republicans and Democratic neoliberals/moderates were undermining progress long before Trump came onto the political scene. Let’s be honest: they have been since neoliberalism and centrism were invented. And they will continue to rollback any modicum of progress made in the last century even after Trump is gone if we (meaning people who care about progress) don’t change our focus beyond just who gets to be POTUS. …

image: a screen displaying a powerpoint slide that says “Dark Matter in the Disordered Cosmos, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, University of New Hampshire.” I am standing to the right side at a podium, looking at a computer screen.

My Feb 6 remarks to Occidental College during my visit as the 2019 Stafford Ellison Wright Black Alumni Scholar-in-Residence

Many thanks in particular to Regina Freer and Krystale Littlejohn for this prestigious invitation and an opportunity to think about what the night sky means in 2019. I also incredibly grateful to the students I met and learned from, particularly the members of the Black Student Alliance. I am also thankful to the faculty who welcomed me in their classes. I had so much fun!

Thank you for welcoming me today. I would like to thank Regina Freer and Krystale Littlejohn as well as the rest of the Stafford Ellison Wright selection committee. I was thrilled by the invitation to…

Part of the cover of _All the Women are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave_

That phrase, it does not mean what you think it means

We realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work.

This focusing upon our own oppression is embodied in the concept of identity politics. We believe that the most profound and potentially most radical politics come directly out of our own identity, as opposed to working to end somebody else’s oppression. In the case of Black women this is a particularly repugnant, dangerous, threatening, and therefore revolutionary concept…

[image: graffiti that says “FUCK TRUMP”] Where by “Trump” we mean the white supremacy he represents and which allowed him to get this far, including liberal white supremacy that really spent way too many decades looking the other fucking way. (source)

“2018 wasn’t supposed to be this way. Fuck. Fuck. FUCK!” — Children of Baby Boomers

Prelude to the promise of jetpacks

The United States began because European colonists (primarily men, but not just the men) weren’t happy with the terms of engagement with their Royal overlords, and they figured that Native people weren’t shit so they could just make a new country on their land, primarily using labor that was violently extracted from kidnapped Africans and their children and their children’s children, the children that Black women were forced to produce. Slavery and rape go hand in hand. After that a lot of bad shit happened, not just to Indigenous folks and Black folks but also Asian folks who arrived in…

First Lady Michelle Obama drops by the Girls Mentoring November activity in room 430 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Nov. 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

What does it mean to be mentored? What role do you play?

Also see earlier parts of this series:
I: Surviving Undergraduate Coursework
II: Doing Research as a URM astro/physics student
III: Understand what affirmative action REALLY is
playlist: My #BlackandSTEM Playlist
IV: Endless Death Seems Endlessly Endless
V: Applying to Grad School

While I have, for months, okay almost a year, been planning to write about how to be a graduate student and this is not that entry, this is actually an important entry for graduate students, especially those who did not have the luck of getting good advising in college. (Which is many people — if that’s you, you’re not…

Me at age 10 holding a piece of paper talking to my seated mother with another woman seated in the foreground. We were at a 1992 international conference on women’s rights in London, discussing how to fight back the impact of 500 years of modern colonialism.

Suggestions on how to do it without getting in your own way

Now that I’m 35 and “old” in a lot of young people’s eyes, I am simultaneously very, very excited for the movements that young people are building and also concerned that paranoia and orthodoxy will lead young people to undercut their own movements. I was born into a movement family and spent my childhood traveling between movement spaces on two continents. Here are some things I learned growing up in the movement and in the almost 19 years since I’ve been away from home and developing independently as an organizer.

In all things — Ask yourself what is strategic to…

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein: fighting scientists with science /

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