This book has been a long journey without distance, and the travelers have
been varied and many. I am indebted to the regional feminist movement
in the Caribbean, members of the Caribbean Association for Feminist
Research and Action, the sistren theatre collective of Jamaica, Develop-
ment Alternatives for Women (dawn) of the Bahamas, and the Audre
Lorde Project of Brooklyn, New York, the only national organization
committed to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit people of
color communities, for the consistency with which you bring a deep vision
for social justice into the nitty-gritty work of political organizing. You
bring a politics of hope to these perilous times of empire-building and you
consistently sustain those of us who temporarily sojourn in the academy. I
am also indebted to those who are fearless in providing models of activist
scholarship, including among others, Jennifer Abod, Angela Davis,
Brenda Joyner, Margo Okazawa-Rey and Julia Sudbury; to writers Chrys-
tos, Dionne Brand, Kamau Brathwaite, Audre Lorde, Cherríe Moraga and
Toni Morrison, whose work brings us always to the edge of uncompromis-
ing consistency; to Angela Bowen (also grammarian extraordinaire),
Linda Carty, Gloria Joseph (patient revolutionary and outrageous critic),
Barbara Herbert, Jerma Jackson, Gary Lemons, Gail Lewis, Chandra
Talpade Mohanty, Papusa Molina, Amit Rai and Gloria Wekker for your
love, abiding friendship, astute eyes and staunch intellectual companion-
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