• America,  Black people in America,  equality,  Justice,  live,  minorities,  race,  state violence,  unity

    Poem: Death is passive. Killing is not.

    Poem: Death is passive, killing is not. by LaShawnda Jones Breathing is active. Breath is sacred. Air is life. We are all created beings with the same Right to Life and unhindered breathing. Access to air should not depend on Assumptions, opinions, political views, Occupation, wealth, social status, Skin color, mood, hatred of fellow humans or self-hatred. Access to air should not require legislation. Yet here we are.

  • America,  human rights,  minorities

    Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

    ...once a judicial opinion rationalizes such an order to show that it conforms to the Constitution, or rather rationalizes the Constitution to show that the Constitution sanctions such an order, the Court for all of time has validated the principle of racial discrimination. ... The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of urgent need."

  • Black people in America,  equality,  Justice,  minorities,  state violence

    The right to life.

    Life. Witnessing the wanton destruction of life has deeply impacted me these last few years. Every life I’ve witnessed killed on a video…every life I’ve heard was destroyed… everyone who has their right to life taken from them by someone who believed their right to kill trumped another’s right to live…all of those lives have changed me. People are people. No howevers, buts, if onlys can change that. Popular culture would have us believe animals are people. Some people are animals. Dogs and lions have a right to life. Some people forfeit their right to life the moment they’re born. That’s popular culture. Popular culture is wrong. People are people. No matter how…

  • equality,  human rights,  Justice,  minorities,  state violence,  Uncategorized

    Jesse Williams: Freedom Now

    On Sunday, June 26, Jesse Williams won the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award. He gave a powerful acceptance speech that is an on-point statement highlighting racial inequality in America today. It’s ironic that is was given before a room full of entertainers, one of which was posturing with pointing to the brand on his shirt right before Jesse called out the culture of selling ourselves for brands when we prayed and worked for centuries to escape being branded. “This award is not for me. This is for the real organizers across the country: the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system…

  • Black people in America,  minorities,  Uncategorized

    Paul Finkelman on 19th Century Slave Trade

    Paul Finkelman on 19th Century Slave Trade  April 21, 2012 Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman spoke about the practice of kidnapping freemen from the North and sending them South during the 19th century. He also discussed the wide-spread practice of renting slaves and how this tied non-slave owners to the slave system. Paul Finkelman has taught classes and written about the slave trade for many years. This interview took place at the organization of American Historians meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Click here to view interview: http://www.c-span.org/video/?305668-1/paul-finkelman-19th-century-slave-trade Source: http://www.c-span.org/video/?305668-1/paul-finkelman-19th-century-slave-trade

  • Black people in America,  human rights,  Malcolm X,  minorities

    Quote: Four hundred years of black blood and sweat invested here in America…

    What makes the black man think of himself as only an internal United States issue is just a catch-phrase, two words, "civil rights." How is the black man going to get "civil rights" before first he wins his human rights, and then start thinking of himself as part of one of the world's great peoples, he will see he has a case for the United Nations.....

  • Black people in America,  minorities,  Quotes,  state violence,  unity

    Quote: Justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other.

    Clem understood that justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other. That my liberty depends on you being free, too. That history can’t be a sword to justify injustice. Or a shield against progress. It must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. {Follow link to read full quote.}

  • Joint Action Plan: Brazil and USA,  minorities,  United Nations,  unity

    Joint Statement from the Fourth U.S.-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue

    "The participants reaffirmed the shared commitment to remove barriers to access economic opportunity, education, health, and justice for historically marginalized groups, including people of African descent through the ongoing implementation of the U.S.–Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality, and lauded the successful Joint Action Plan technical meeting and seminar on Equity in Education, both held in Brasilia in August 2012. The participants further agreed that empowering and protecting women and girls requires strong, coordinated action by the international community."