Sunday Links: Peruvian abortion rights, traditional Hawaiian sailors, & more

by Abaki Beck

Sunday Links is a weekly feature pairing recent news stories with related resources and ideas to take action.

Peruvian government officials are proposing a new law that would force women who get abortions to fifty days of community service. Women took to the streets this week, many topless with “Keiko” written on their chest, in reference to Keiko Fujimori, a presidential candidate who is in support of this law. Peruvian women have struggled with abortion rights. For ninety years, Peru has maintained that even if abortion is illegal, neither doctors nor those who get abortions should go to jail if they received an abortion in case of an emergency. Until 2014 however, it was not clearly defined what those restrictions were, or what constituted an “emergency.”   

Throughout the world, people are denied their reproductive rights. About twenty-five percent of the world lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, like those in Peru. Even in countries where abortion is legal however, it is not always protected: In the United States for example, Republican legislators repeatedly try to make abortion less available through restrictive health clinic requirements, maintaining that federal funds cannot go to abortions, and more.

Here are some great resources on reproductive justice activism that provide an intersectional approach:

Earlier this week, the Hawaiian canoe Hokule’a sailed across the Atlantic ocean without Western navigation instruments. The crew, primarily made of Native Hawaiians, is sailing all the way around the world. They started in Hawaii in 2013, went around Australia, below Africa, and this week landed in Virginia, the United States. They will continue their journey through the Panama Canal to reach Hawaii again.

The Hokule’a was built in the 1970s by Native Hawaiians and anthropologists to revitalize traditional ways of knowing. Unfortunately, due to the impacts of colonialism, no one knew how to build a traditional canoe or navigate stars in the traditional way. A indigenous man in Micronesia helped them to re-create their traditions. Since it was built, the Hokule’a has taken twenty-five deep-sea voyages using only the stars to guide them. Throughout their journeys, the educate others on the impacts of global warming and their experiences as islanders.

Throughout what is now the United States, indigenous people are working to revitalize traditional knowledge, some of which was “forgotten” through the process of colonization, forced assimilation, and other violences.

Here, we’ve compiled just a few organizations and websites that strive to make indigenous  American culture and stories known:  



Before you head out for the week, here are a few more amazing resources to check out! #EducatetoEmancipate

Website of the Week:

The Feminist Wire, an awesome open access journal focused on feminist, intersectional writing

Reading of the Week:

Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism by Audre Lorde (read our summary here!)

Video of the Week:

The weird history of Asian sex stereotypes” from MTV’s Decoded by Franchesca Ramsey (our former Feminist Hero Friday!)

Pop Culture of the Week:

You can now download a Lemonade Syllabus, a celebration of black womanhood through the Lens of Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade