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“There is no such thing as art for art’s sake. Art is for the people. And if it does not represent the life of the peopl...
06/12/2020
‘A Part of My Role Is to Preserve the History and Experience’: Black Art’s Influence on Social Movements

“There is no such thing as art for art’s sake. Art is for the people. And if it does not represent the life of the people based upon on our own experience, then it’s not true black life.”

The president and founder of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas says it’s his role and responsibility as the head of an arts organization to preserve the history and life and the experience of this time.

California Assembly backs repealing affirmative action ban
06/11/2020
California Assembly backs repealing affirmative action ban

California Assembly backs repealing affirmative action ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decades-long push to let California's public universities and government agencies consider race when making admissions and hiring decisions passed its first test...

Nike to recognize Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday
06/11/2020
Nike to recognize Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday

Nike to recognize Juneteenth as an annual paid holiday

In an internal memo sent to Nike staff obtained by Yahoo Finance CEO John Donahoe announced that the company would recognize Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. an annual paid holiday for U.S. employees.

What We Mean When We Say Defund the Police - Rewire.News
06/11/2020
What We Mean When We Say Defund the Police - Rewire.News

What We Mean When We Say Defund the Police - Rewire.News

As an abolitionist organizer working to end policing, incarceration, and surveillance and to create lasting alternatives, I know that “defund the police” is not just a slogan—or even the end goal.

George Floyd's death inspires protest art
06/11/2020
George Floyd's death inspires protest art

George Floyd's death inspires protest art

Simi Stone was feeling restless and helpless and just plain "going crazy." The tragedies "hit me so hard - three people killed," she says. Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Then George Floyd in Minnesota. "I couldn't do anything for a while," says Stone, the musical and visual ar...

Historian Robin D.G. Kelley: Years of Racial Justice Organizing Laid Groundwork for Today’s Uprising
06/11/2020
Historian Robin D.G. Kelley: Years of Racial Justice Organizing Laid Groundwork for Today’s Uprising

Historian Robin D.G. Kelley: Years of Racial Justice Organizing Laid Groundwork for Today’s Uprising

As protests against police brutality and racism continue across the country, we speak with historian and UCLA professor of African American studies Robin D.G. Kelley. “We’re not here by accident,” Kelley says, crediting racial justice organizers for laying the groundwork for this moment over t...

NASCAR bans Confederate flag at all events and properties
06/11/2020
NASCAR bans Confederate flag at all events and properties

NASCAR bans Confederate flag at all events and properties

NASCAR is banning the display of the Confederate flag at all events and properties of the auto racing giant. The decision comes amid ongoing protests of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Ardbery, are only the most recent victims of murder at the hands o...
06/10/2020

Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Ardbery, are only the most recent victims of murder at the hands of police. At the same time, 105,000 lives have been lost to #COVID19, which are disproportionately Black, and many of which were highly preventable. Rather than funding police forces that criminalize and terrorize our communities, what we need is a feminist, #RegenerativeEconomy that invests in Black, API, Latinx, Indigenous and poor communities. We need a #GreenNewDeal for #SystemsChange that addresses the interlinked crises of white supremacy, economy and democracy. A People’s Orientation to a Regenerative Economy offers community groups, policy advocates, and policymakers a pathway to solutions that work for frontline communities and workers. Link to toolkit: bit.ly/RegenerativeEconomy

A North Carolina chicken-processing town rises up to protest police violence
06/10/2020
A North Carolina chicken-processing town rises up to protest police violence

A North Carolina chicken-processing town rises up to protest police violence

Demonstrations against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and police violence generally have spread to small towns like Siler City, North Carolina, home to a chicken-processing plant that's been hit hard by COVID-19. Residents connecting police violence to ICE violence came out by the....

Immigrant Rights Groups Say ICE Is Spraying Dangerous Chemicals on Prisoners During Pandemic
06/10/2020
Immigrant Rights Groups Say ICE Is Spraying Dangerous Chemicals on Prisoners During Pandemic

Immigrant Rights Groups Say ICE Is Spraying Dangerous Chemicals on Prisoners During Pandemic

In immigration news, a complaint filed by two immigrant rights groups accuses Immigration and Customs Enforcement of spraying a likely hazardous coronavirus disinfectant over 50 times a day at the Adelanto Detention Center in California, in poorly ventilated and crowded areas. Prisoners there have r...

"We are living in a movement moment that we’ve long prepared for, raising our voices to #DefundPolice and get police out...
06/10/2020
Asian Families & Workers 4 Black Lives - Movement Strategy Center

"We are living in a movement moment that we’ve long prepared for, raising our voices to #DefundPolice and get police out of Oakland public schools," writes Kimi Lee in her Let's Talk blog "Asian Families & Workers 4 Black Lives."

Read Kimi's post and watch "Masks for the Movement" in the new Vision Through COVID: Portals to the Future video about the urgent response worker collective she created to meet the moment with long-term vision. Watch and share here bit.ly/MasksMvmt. #Asians4BlackLives #VisionThroughCOVID #100YearVision #BayRising

Like so many of us in the US and around the globe, I’ve spent many recent days and nights on the streets demanding an end to white supremacy and police brutality, the forces that so violently took George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many Black lives from us.. Over the last two weeks I’ve taken ...

American Indian women were disproportionately stopped, searched and arrested by police in Minneapolis in 2017 | Center f...
06/10/2020
American Indian women were disproportionately stopped, searched and arrested by police in Minneapolis in 2017 | Center for Indian Country Development

American Indian women were disproportionately stopped, searched and arrested by police in Minneapolis in 2017 | Center for Indian Country Development

Research shows that in 2017 American Indian women were stopped, searched, and arrested at higher rates than other women in Minneapolis, and that there is a strong geographic pattern to these police stops

Native Americans stand in solidarity with George Floyd protests
06/10/2020
Native Americans stand in solidarity with George Floyd protests

Native Americans stand in solidarity with George Floyd protests

The George Floyd protests against the police killing of this unarmed black man while in police custody and systemic racism are supported by Native American communities author and activist Gyasi Ross tells Joy Reid.

"My name is Brooke Williams, George Floyd's niece, and I can breathe. [As] long as I'm breathing, justice will be served...
06/09/2020
George Floyd funeral: crowds gather at Houston church to pay tribute

"My name is Brooke Williams, George Floyd's niece, and I can breathe. [As] long as I'm breathing, justice will be served."

Floyd laid to rest in hometown after killing by police in Minneapolis, as dozens outside service wear T-shirts reading ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’

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Gov. Whitmer showing she's no-nonsense but still for the people. ❤️
Please join us for Poetry to Close the Camps. bunch of Bay Area Poets reading + open mic. https://www.facebook.com/events/1034314993626165/
Nathan Clay, a US House of Representatives candidate, and an "authentic" Progressive, in his latest video discusses the "Price of Politics"; notably the need to overturn the 'Citizen's United' decision, and in general the 'necessity' for campaign finance reform. https://www.facebook.com/392738674418432/posts/800309430328019/
Check this event out