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SAVE THE DATE: June 9–11, 2016

THEME: Myth and Reality in Adoption: Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned

On behalf of the Planning Committee, we invite proposal submissions for papers, poster presentations, and research manuscripts for the Ninth Biennial Adoption Initiative Conference.

We actively seek proposals which address issues related to transforming practice in adoption. Ideally such proposals will be designed to have a positive impact on those individuals, families, and communities affected by adoption. This Call for Papers is specifically aimed at adoption professionals, researchers, scholars, clinicians, educators, social workers, activists, allies, and graduate students.

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To those inquiring about my safety…

This is based on emails as I’ve been sending them out to friends and family. As much as I complain about this place, there are times when I am grateful to be on the periphery and not in the Belly of the Beast. Of course, I greatly appreciate all the messages of concern. Here I’m just trying to put a little perspective on things.

First of all, I guess it is all about context, because as I said to [my siblings] the other day, would they be more or less worried about me if I were in, say, Newark? Or Paterson? [I’m listing them because I’d consider living there were I to return to the States, not as derogatory statements against them.] And Paris! Honestly, I felt much less safe in Paris, because I was stopped all the time by the police there for my gueule arabe, and I dealt with their racism endlessly, up-front and personally.

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Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities

The following sub-chapter entitled “The Family and the School” is excerpted from the book Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities [link to Verso], by Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein.

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التبني كأحد مظاهر الإختفاء القسري

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Anti-adoption month: 30 answers to 30 questions.

Back in 2009, for the execrable “National Adoption Awareness Month” (which now includes the heinous “Orphan Day”) I posted a series of “30 answers to 30 questions” concerning adoption. It was an attempt to circumvent the usual nonsense dumped on any adoptee who actually stands up and speaks his or her mind.
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Fanon on #Lebanon [almost].

The following is excerpted from a pamphlet I found at Alibris, entitled: “Frantz Fanon, Soweto, and American Black Thought”. Given the current split between the Lebanese bourgeoisie and the “chaab”—meaning, the actual masses within the country who aspire to something else than a piece of the bourgeois pie—and given the way current protests are developing, I find it interesting to go back to previous insurrections and their analysis. The pamphlet is authored by Lou Turner and John Alan, and was published by the News and Letters Committees, chaired by Raya Dunayevskaya, in Detroit, Michigan, in June 1978.

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On rethinking Lebanese origins.

This is an addendum of sorts to a previous post: On DNA testing for adoptees. As our research expands locally, our first assumptions of “being Lebanese” need give way to the logical conclusions of how constructed, affected, and false a notion this is.

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@TheAtlantic and #Adoption Discussions

This is in response to the “call for replies” to a recent article in The Atlantic. This type of “false equality” in terms of discussion leaves out certain basic premises that cannot be so easily overlooked.

There are some huge glaring problems inherent to the discussion on adoption as you are positing it. Primary among them is the mythology dating only from the 1950s that adoption is about family creation. The history of adoption is one of social engineering, deracination, extirpation, dispossession, displacement, and disinheritance. In this light, to speak of the adoptee as having “issues” is to gloss over what is truly being manifested: A healthy resistance against an alien and alienating society that has seen fit to destroy not only the adoptee, but her family and community as well. Because the audience of The Atlantic is made up of those in the adoptive class, reading between the lines of this story gives us a different take that might go as follows: “You, the adopting parents, are not responsible for the failure of your children.”

That this maps on to every loathsome trope of “feral children”, failed blank slates, reverting to form, degenerate DNA, “bad seeds”, etc. ad infinitum and then some should give us great pause. It was Charles Loring Brace who, as the founder of the Children’s Aid Society, and describing the children who would be sold as chattel into indentured servitude via the Orphan Trains, referred to these “orphans” as “street Arabs” of “the dangerous classes”. The vestigial aspects of adoption practice thus carry forward and taint anything done in its name. It’s time for the adoptive classes to right the societal inequalities that allowed them to adopt in the first place. Anything else is just so much pyromaniac firefighting. Adoptees, as well as our original families and communities, are growing increasingly tired of listening to discussions that so willfully and balefully miss the point.

See also: NPR’s “smiling foxes”: On the inherent racism and classism of adoption.

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Adoption Criminal: @SherrieEldridge

Given that adoptees of all ages and all stripes from around the world are replying to hugely offensive Pabulum like this article, the fact that you ignore such input to trot out the worst of adoption mythology says much about you and where you are coming from.

The narcissism and egotistical God-delusion of certain adoptive parents is very telling. You haven’t saved anyone when, like a pyromaniac firefighter, your economic and political class caused the very fires that you then claim to have “saved” us from.

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Digging at “Ground Zero”: A Message from Radio Row

This is a prose poem describing not only the aftermath of September, 11, 2001, but the time previous to the World Trade Center, when the community of Radio Row was violently obliterated to make way for the Twin Towers.


Easily 3,000 people; more than easily tens of thousands of people violently wiped off a city map that in its dead ends and bisected streets reveals what once was, in its interrupted avenues shows what is most missing to those who might see the disappeared, who might seek the long-since gone; fourteen city blocks purged of memory and Voice, divested of names no less worthy of being read aloud—Davega, Stewart, Liebling, Schneck, Strauss, Nadel—as city blocks the long of Manhattan likewise silently sound the dirge of their demise, as entire neighborhoods throughout the boroughs and indeed the entire world in turn condemn and bear vigilant witness to the dastardly corporate enterprise of land acquisition, the theft of property, the undoing of livelihood, the grabbing hand, the insatiable Pit.

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