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So beautiful seeing so many in the streets this wknd to #keepfamiliestogether & #FreeOurFuture - last week I wrote about why these fights are directly linked to the #AbolishPolice/#AbolishPrisons fight blackyouthproject.com/if-family-sepa…
I know it is hard sometimes as Black organizers to watch communities we have attempted to engage, only to be ignored, show up in such large numbers when Black ppl aren’t the specific center of the action.
Now is a good time post massive action to make these connections loudly & clearly. To say it out loud. To say it often. To ask our comrades to say it too.
If you agree that “breaking the law” does not strip the folks entering the border of their humanity, it is imperative that you ask yourself if you feel the same about the Black youth currently in jail, disproportionately.
And once you make that connection - the next question you should have is: “how am I going to show up for those locked up the way I showed up this weekend?” This is your charge. To figure that out.
I’ve heard many people make claims that “Black justice issues are taking up too much space” or “Latinx people are too much of a focus around immigrant issues”

Never mind the fact that there are Black Latinx folks, this is dangerous rhetoric.
It buys into a scarcity model that is counter to liberation. It is anti-Black & anti-Latinx at its core. It is in fact a white supremacist mindset. “Because these people are getting something that means I’m getting less” 🚮🚮🚮
My position is clear -thess fights are all LINKED. By history, by purpose & by enemy. Our job is to ensure our individual community needs are being met not as a COUNTERPOINT to another struggle but as a COUNTERPART!
It is incumbent on us to:
1) Call out anti-Blackness where it exists, especially in justice spaces.

2) Make the critical connections between the fight for liberation both here & abroad

3) Build strategies that work in parallel with other community led movements.

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Oct 7, 2018
I saw a quote this morning about how “things are not getting worse” - I’m not going to @ the person but I’ll be honest I’m offended. I’m all for positive thing but denying that things most def ARE getting worse is an insult.
We can’t fight effectively if we aren’t honest with ourselves & each other about the reality of what is happening & what is ahead of us. This is WORSE. That is HEALTHY & NORMAL to acknowledge.
This notion that we can “peace & love” our way to true revolution is ahistorical & terrible for our psychological health. It positions anger & rage as things we can’t & shouldn’t feel. It is HARMFUL.
Read 13 tweets
Sep 23, 2018
I am SICK to my stomach. This is white supremacy. This is fascism on the rise globally. independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
And for those who do not know about the #WindrushGeneration - these were Black people from Caribbean nations (mostly from JA) who were INVITED by the British Gov't from 1948 - 1971 to help meet a labor shortage GB was having at the time.
GB 1971 Immigration Act gave all Commonwealth citizens who were already living in the UK the right to stay permanently. So what's going on now?? Well -as fascism is rising in the UK & "cracking down on immigrants" is not the order of the day...
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Sep 18, 2018
I’ve seen WAY too many white men talk about the so-called “slippery slope” of high school actions being held against people for 35 years. The entire criminal justice system is built on that act at its core. I’m tired.
One of my friends got married to the love of her life last month. He was jailed as a teen & because of his conviction they can’t adopt a child in the state they live in.
You know how many friends from my neighborhood were arrested for some weed in HS & now can’t vote among many other things... 30 yrs later? FOH.
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Sep 16, 2018
I see we've reached the "why didn't she tell an adult at the time" stage of the GOP response to #ChristineBlaseyFord - SIGH. Gather round & let's have a chat with some historical context to this convo.
I am 10 yrs younger than Ford & Kavanaugh - the first prominent study on the phenomenon called "Date Rape" was conducted in 1987... when I went to HS in the 90's "Date Rape" MOST people didn't consider it a true crime. #facts
Add to that the pure fact that sigmas & consequences of having BEEN raped are HORRIBLE NOW - they were down right unfathomable in the 80's & 90's. So no - a teenager that was just assaulted in a "date" scenario in the 80's would not have told an adult.
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Sep 15, 2018
Insert side eye... so non-racist illustrations of Serena... they are PLENTIFUL. Lemme share a few
Current fave - which you can purchase a print of for just $20 - etsy.me/2ChjnRN
This one comes courtesy of @ColorOfChange #superheroSerena
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Sep 15, 2018
Today as I do every Sept 15th I honor the Fifth Little Girl & one of my sheroes Sarah Collins Rudolph - a civil rights icon & the sole survivor of the 9/15/63 Birmingham Church Bombing who has spent her life lifting up the memory of her sister Addie Mae & fighting for justice.
I know a lot of folks don’t know @SarahRudolp story - it’s something she has been working on telling for quite some time - al.com/news/birmingha…
She also has a book coming out later this year telling her truth - abc3340.com/news/local/boo…
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