Coffins and Cages

By: Samantha Ramirez- Herrera My heart feels heavy, it feels dense like osmium. My mind is foggy. It is yearning for sunshine, more like begging. My spirit is lightly humming, “Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly.” But this flame, this fire deep inside of me, yes, […]

Following #MeToo, a #MeFIRST Framework for 2018

In 2009, at the age of 20, I was raped and beaten—nearly left for dead, by a stranger who helped me change my flat tire. Thanks to: an amazing roommate who (despite my hesitation) put me in her car and took me to the hospital, a sex crimes detective and attorney who were determined to […]