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BlackState State of the Black Union

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hausofriya:

Wow. Like wow. I love black people. I love my people.

""White people back at it again" Automatically makes you racist. Racism isn't just towards dark skinned people. Don't be a racist đź‘Ś"

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kumagawa:

Black People: We need to remember those Black so called celebrities who have stayed silent on Ferguson and on virtually every Black Murder

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rebelbaes:

chiefermadness:

rebelbaes:

We need to remember, how they had our support, the Beyonce’s the Jay Z’s the Kanye’s the Rihanna’s, all those celebrities that we gas the fuck up on these social networks.

And when shit hits the fan, and we could really use the voice that has the ear of a million sumn followers, how they were…

Jay and ye already spoke on police… Just not now specifically…

I’m talkin about now this specific situation effecting Black people not some reference some time ago in a galaxy far far away. Jay gets the side eye especially after that Barneys incident. So if you gonna cape you better come better than that.

"Oppressed groups are frequently placed in the situation of being listened to only if we frame our ideas in the language that is familiar to and comfortable for a dominant group. This requirement often changes the meaning of our ideas and works to elevate the ideas of dominant groups."

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Patricia Hill Collins  (via ethiopienne)

(Source: queerintersectional)

blackourstory:

blackchristiannews:

Security Hold Placed on Autopsy Results for Ezell Ford
The Los Angeles Police Department has blocked the release of findings from an autopsy of Ezell Earl Ford, the unarmed African-American man  who was fatally shot by gang officers in South L.A.

Pay attention - they’ve hit us with a lot in a short amount of time - Eric Garner in NY, Mike Brown in MO, and also Ezell Ford in CA. Stay woke.

Reblogged from uncommonstevie

blackourstory:

blackchristiannews:

Security Hold Placed on Autopsy Results for Ezell Ford

The Los Angeles Police Department has blocked the release of findings from an autopsy of Ezell Earl Ford, the unarmed African-American man  who was fatally shot by gang officers in South L.A.

Pay attention - they’ve hit us with a lot in a short amount of time - Eric Garner in NY, Mike Brown in MO, and also Ezell Ford in CA. Stay woke.

"If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register."

Reblogged from ethiopienne

A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek. 

Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.

(via madrassoup)

See also: It’s a privilege to throw out “Just go vote! Get your voice heard!” because everybody doesn’t get that.

(via ethiopienne)

Reblogged from gabifresh

mohala-sumiko:

this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).

community members had been using it as a safe space and staging area. police claim that the church is violating housing codes by sheltering protesters, even though the pastor has said it isn’t true.

please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.

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harrysde:

From Elon James White Tuesday night.

Amnesty International's latest hot spot? Ferguson.

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Amnesty International is best known for monitoring human rights conditions in places like Afghanistan and China—while active in the United States, it rarely makes headlines here. That’s why the sight of yellow-clad Amnesty activists walking the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, is attracting so much attention: It marks the first time an Amnesty delegation has been dispatched to monitor a human rights crisis unfolding on American soil.

Margaret Huang, deputy executive director of campaigns and programs for Amnesty USA, was in Ferguson earlier this week for what she called a “support mission” and says that Amnesty came at the request of the community. Huang and her colleagues did field trainings to educate protesters on their rights and how to respond to police. “The goal was not necessarily to produce a report, which is what Amnesty has typically done, but just to make sure things have been examined from a human rights angle and for people to understand international legal obligations,” Huang says. She says the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive; the police, however, haven’t been as welcoming. On Monday night, police forced Amnesty observers out of the protest area at gunpoint.

Amnesty began reporting on human rights in the United States in 1998, and it has since become just as vocal about conditions here as it is elsewhere. The organization’s 2013 report on the US is a laundry list of alleged human rights transgressions, including solitary confinement, detention of prisoners in Afghanistan and Guantanamo, drone strikes, and police brutality. This tweet about the situation in Ferguson sums up the organization’s angle:

While the nature of Amnesty’s mission in Ferguson is unprecedented in the United States, it’s not the first time delegations have been on the ground in times of crisis. After Hurricane Katrina hit, teams went to New Orleans to interview residents, with the purpose of producing a report detailing how government was failing in its recovery efforts. Amnesty also helped organize protests and raise awareness leading up to Troy Davis’ execution in 2011.

To find the closest parallel to what Amnesty is doing in Missouri, though, you have to look abroad. Huang says that Amnesty’s work during Turkey’s massive anti-government protests in 2013 most resembles the Ferguson mission. In Istanbul, activists gave medical assistance to injured protesters and observed the violent clashes involving protesters, police, and sometimes members of the press. They ultimately produced a huge report detailing the numerous human rights abuses carried out by Turkish police. Their concerns then—police brutality, harassment and detainment of the press—were also articulated in a statement about Ferguson.

What’s happening in Ferguson and what happened across Turkey last year aren’t the same, of course. But the similarities between the two situations—and the fact that Amnesty is in Ferguson in the first place—are, for many, making what’s unfolding now even more troubling. Huang didn’t say how long the delegation plans to stay in Ferguson, calling the situation “very fluid,” but Amnesty USA’s executive director, Steven Hawkins, is there now.

Source: Sam Brodey for Mother Jones

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kropotkindersurprise:

Two ways of dealing with tear gas grenades from comrades in Turkey: Either submerge them in water. Make sure you can close off the container cause the gas will still spread for a while. Or throw them in the fire so the gas burns off before it can spread.