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November 2015

Demand Arrests after assault at Trump Rally!

  
ATTENTION:The police allowed a black man to be assaulted on video at a Trump rally and did nothing. My group Together We Stand is active in cases of police racism/brutality. I’m posting the letters going out below. The more signatures we get the better. If you’d like to add your name please leave (add me) in the comments and I’ll do so. Thank you!
Mayor William A. Bell, Police Chief A.C. Roper, D.A. Brandon K. Falls:

I am writing on behalf of Together We Stand, a national and global group dedicated to racial equality and social change. It has come to our attention that an incident occurred in your city of which we are truly concerned.

After watching the video of the African American man who was assaulted at one of Donald Trump’s campaign rally’s in Birmingham, and the subsequent response, we are utterly dismayed.
Is it not against the law for people to physically assault an individual? We demand that an impartial investigation into the identities of the perpetrators be conducted and that arrests be made. You have all the evidence you need, as we are certain obtaining the video which is rapidly spreading across the Internet is quite simple. Lt. Sean Edwards made the statement that the three people were “asked to leave”, which is an unacceptable response, especially from an officer charged with upholding the law. We certainly hope you take the assault of this man as seriously as we do. This is the United States of America and no one is ABOVE the LAW.

We look forward to your timely response.

Sevgi Fernandez, President Together We Stand
http://www.diverseworldcoaching.wordpress.com

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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. ~Albert Einstein

Lt. Sean Edwards,

I am writing on behalf of Together We Stand, a national and global group dedicated to racial equality and social change. It has come to our attention that an incident occurred in your city of which we are truly concerned.
After watching the video of the African American man who was assaulted at one of Donald Trump’s campaign rally’s in Birmingham, and the subsequent response, we are utterly dismayed.
Is it not against the law for people to physically assault an individual? We demand that an impartial investigation into the identities of the perpetrators be conducted and that arrests be made. You have all the evidence you need, as we are certain obtaining the video which is rapidly spreading across the Internet is quite simple. Your statement that the three people were “asked to leave”, is an unacceptable response especially from an officer of the law and one in your position. 

We will be contacting your superiors and those in the community who can assist in this. We certainly hope you reconsider your response and take the assault of this man as seriously as we do. This is the United States of America and no one is ABOVE the LAW.

Fascism

This week we have witnessed a phenomenal act of social movement-making in an era when many, myself included, have wondered if meaningful change in the U.S. still possible. Some of that worry is about aging, I’m sure. As you get older and the people around you get older you are inclined to wonder if the […]

http://tressiemc.com/2015/11/12/fascism/

How to politicise a tragedy

Atrocity demands solidarity.

https://samkriss.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/how-to-politicise-a-tragedy/

Are white people evil or is it just “people” are capable of evil? 

  

By: Michael D. Nurse

Are white people evil or is it just “people” are capable of evil? How does the promotion of one school of thought vs the other advance the liberation movement. 
  Some would argue that liberation starts in the hearts and minds and that hundreds of years of a falsely contrived reality; must be washed from the consciousness of the people before freedom can be achieved. 
Others argue that in times of war; the foundations of peace must be laid. It may not be possible to demonise and alienate an enemy and readily restore the peace once the battle is over. 
Some would suggest that the enemy will never tolerate a peace of equals; its a zero sum game that leads to complete capitulation with no conditions. Should you lose; you dont get to keep your Hitler or Roosevelt at the end. 
How do we deal with the allied; as future enemies or uneasy friends till the real enemy is destroyed? Who or what is the real enemy? Is it white people or injustice? Do we fight for black freedom or black supremacy? Does achieving black liberation mean that black nationalism must take priority or do we fight behind the flag of freedom from injustice or equality for all? 
Black people are not like white people. We cannot fight like we are equals. There is a terrible wounding in the hearts and minds of white supremacy victims. Mental wounds that have damaged our belief in ourselves; our belief in our full humanity. We have lost the initiave to be self sufficient. We have lost the common bonds that binds us together; that which allows any other man to build for themselves.
As a prerequisite to black liberation there must be a healing of the black psyche. First we must be afforded the opportunities to engage with truth. Knowing and understanding what actually happened to us as a people; who were stolen away from our native places and cultures and forced to become perpetual underlings; labourers and hand maidens for our unmitigated superiors and owners. 
When official slavery ended 150 years ago; no one bothered to heal our ancestors or to restore them to their full humanity and freedoms. The anti black propaganda continued unabated to this day. The denials of our achievements and a steadfast determination to rob us of the opportunity to become equals with our previous slavers and still oppressors.
As such we are forced to heal ourselves. Expose our own truths; liberate our own minds from the carnage caused by 400 years of anti black propaganda. Black people were told to assimilate; but this was never allowed to be a goal that could be accomplished by inferiors.
Coming to awareness of our loss will lead to greiving. Irrational denials and doubts about the veracity of our fate. Are we truly as badly off as we are? Do we harm ourselves as viciously as we do? Are we a nation beseiged by self hate?
The liberators are attempting to instigate freedom on multiple fronts. Learning of a history denied so that we can believe in our humanity, equality and the dignity of belonging and having equal access to the resources needed for survival. Then the retelling of history as it occured; atrocity by atrocity; struggle by bitter struggle; achievement by achievement so that we could shake off our delusions and live. Seeing the world clearly for what it is and has been. 
We must know our enemies and our friends. We must understand what it means to be free to ever be able to achieve it. Our white gods and masters must be humbled by truth so that we can turn again to give reverence and divine value to ourselves. We must learn how we once were before we were broken and enslaved.
On this path to redemption; there will be many challenges; victories and losses; great pains and sorrows; joys and achievements. We often do harm to ourselves and without any doubt; we will wound our friends and allies. This is a process and we will make mistakes but hopefully with the help and providence of all we can eventually be free.

What about our SYSTEMIC TERRORISM?!

  
Short and sweet:

Is anyone else pissed off that everyone is changing their profile pics
to support France when the racism in our country, in our schools, is so rampant? Im changing my pic to that of Malcolm X to remind people of what’s happening here at home!

#Mizzou

#BlackLivesMatter

#TogetherWeStand

#TheRevolutionIsComing

#Mizzou: To those who dismiss us…..

  
By Paige Julia Fernandez

I am so incredibly disappointed in the United States media for dismissing and blatantly disregarding the voices of the students of color at Mizzou and Yale. From headings such as “Missouri Confirms It: US Campuses Are Sliding into PC Chaos” to “The Most Expensive Day Care in the World” to “The Yale-Missouri Virus is Spreading” to “After Yale and Mizzou we Should Raise the Voting Age to 25” to “Yale, Mizzou, and the death of liberal toleration,” media outlets throughout the United States have successfully managed to belittle the painful experiences of students at Yale and Mizzou. These ludicrous articles accompanied by the senseless interviews taking place on talk shows and discussions on newscasts have all overlooked the real issues of institutionalized racism and the violent threats people of color face every day. Even with thousands of students screaming “our lives are in danger,” these sources (and people throughout the United States in general) continue to overlook the struggles of people of color. This is not a case of “sensitivity,” students are not being absurd or intolerant because they take offense to the racist rhetoric employed by both students and teachers alike, and they are definitely not being irrational or foolish for fearing for their lives. 

I am scared for the state my country, I am scared for my brothers and sisters of color, I am scared for our ability to speak out against racist actions and not receive such a ridiculous onslaught of criticism and so little support. But most of all, I am scared for our lives. 

To the students of color at Yale and Mizzou and other colleges throughout the United States and the world, I hear you. We, students of color throughout the US and the world, hear you. You are valid. Your opinions are valid. Your fear is valid. 

To those who dismiss us: 

We will rise up. We will be victorious. 
 #ConcernedStudent1950 #InSolidarityWithMizzou

An Open Letter to the Neighbor Who Filed a Complaint against my Black Lives Matter Sign

Dear Neighbor, I don’t know who you are, but you surely know me. We’re a pretty conspicuous family: two dads—one white and one Asian—and two young kids—one black and one Latino—who live right up the street from Thoreau Elementary. Maybe you’ve seen me reading on the porch while my kids play soccer in the front […]

https://gaysiandad.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/an-open-letter-to-the-neighbor-who-filed-a-complaint-against-my-black-lives-matter-sign/

‘Apostrophes’: Nikole Hannah-Jones on Race, Education and Inequality, at Longreads Story Night

Video: An incredibly moving piece by The New York Times Magazine writer.

http://blog.longreads.com/2015/11/05/apostrophes-nikole-hannah-jones-on-race-education-and-inequality-at-longreads-story-night/

Colorism: Light-Skinned African-American Women Explain The Discrimination They Face

 Jan 13, 2014 | Updated Jan 23, 2014
OWN

 

On a recent episode of “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” Iyanla Vanzant joined Oprah to discuss the issue of colorism, the prejudices people can face based on the lightness or darkness of their skin tone. While many understand colorism as the discrimination against darker-skinned African-Americans, two of Oprah’s lighter-skinned audience members surprise Iyanla with the colorism discrimination they face as well.

Though one of the women has seen first-hand how some of her darker-skinned family members are treated, she says that she, too, struggled with discrimination. “Being a light-skinned girl, you get called names,” she tells Iyanla. “You get called ‘lite-brite,’ you get called ‘high yellow,’ ‘redbone.’ This is a reality every day.”

Having longer hair or lighter skin, she continues, makes others in her community assume she thinks she is prettier than them — something she says simply isn’t true. “You’re alienated from your own people. You’re never black enough,” she says. “But we’re still black in America. None of us feel advantaged.”

 Iyanla finds this prejudice against lighter-skinned black women very interesting. “Both the dark and the light are experiencing the same thing at different ends of the spectrum,” she says before turning to the woman who had shared her story. “You got insulted by being called ‘high yellow’ or ‘redbone,’ but somebody [darker] being called a ‘coon,’ a ‘jiggaboo,’ and a ‘monkey,’ –

“We’re called that too,” another light-skinned audience member interrupts. “We’re called ‘coon’ and ‘jiggaboo’ and all those same things too. We’re still called that on top of ‘light bright’ and all those other things.”

“So the outside world that sees you as just a black person heaps the black stuff on you and then within the community, you get it,” Iyanla says. “Wow.”

Also in the video, one of the audience members explains the only way she believes real healing can begin, prompting Iyanla to give Oprah a “tweetable moment.”

For video- http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4588825

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