Finding My Voice

The first 18 months of Katie Speak!

Dominating Democracy

You can find this post published at the progressive media site Raging Chicken Press. If you aren’t familiar with their work, the slogan “if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” should earn them a look (and a subscription). Texas,… Read More ›

“Pro-Life” Illusions

Thank you, Pro-Life Action League! I always enjoy when the opposition commentary proves my point. The fixation on one sub point from my last piece – Picketers vs Patients – is just the latest example of anti-choice activists knowing their… Read More ›

Picketers vs Patients

You can find this post published at This Week in Blackness. If you aren’t familiar with TWiB, go there. Now. Well, after you’re done here. They have excellent bloggers — like the fantastic Imani Gandy, aka the Angry Black Lady,… Read More ›

Time To Lace Up

We’re at the starting line. I know we just toasted first responders and law enforcement and the amazing race participant who identified the kids with the backpacks. You didn’t imagine the victory beer. It was delicious, and hopefully Irish because,… Read More ›

Rave to the Grave

Peace, love, empathy, family. This piece from the dynamic Cynthia Cone will have you vowing to Rave to the Grave for whatever moves you. The personal is political and her story about veterans, her mother and herself proves each of… Read More ›

Ten Against

I should be cheering. I just can’t. The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized this week. It was even the “good” version – the one from the Senate with the new protections for those in the LGBT, Native American and… Read More ›

Blinded By Science

I’m not the begging sort. However, I find myself fending off the compulsion to clasp my hands together, hit my knees and plead with legislators, spokespeople, religious leaders, school board members and media commentators to look directly at scientific reality…. Read More ›

One year later…

One year ago I spoke. It was less a decision than it was a compulsion. As wedge issue rhetoric was ramping up in the pre-election season, Susan G. Komen pulled their funding from Planned Parenthood. The right-wing squawkers were having… Read More ›