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Today is the 4 year anniversary of the #FergusonUprising - the day the courageous freedom fighters in Ferguson took to the streets and changed the world. Join me as I share what lessons #FergusonTaughtMe
#FergusonTaughtMe that a military coup could happen in plain sight in this country and the populace and the media not bat an eyelash.
#FergusonTaughtMe that young Black Queer Women & non-men are leaders we have been waiting for.
#FergusonTaughtMe that ordinary people can change the world forever.
#FergusonTaughtMe that accountability to community is more important than what organization you belong to.
#FergusonTaughtMe that nothing scares those in power more than Black people realizing theirs.
#FergusonTaughtMe that the media will continually devalue, under report and out right lie about the purpose, size and reach of Black protest.
#FergusonTaughtMe that social media as an organizing tool can take a single tweet from a visionary Black Women and mobilize an entire country. This tweet changed the entire trajectory of my life. @FeministaJones I love you.
#FergusonTaughtMe that when the cameras leave and the attention has moved on, the real work begins. In awe of the electoral & community building work organizers like @iKaylaReed are STILL doing in STL.
#FergusonTaughtMe that connecting Black people to each other & directly supporting Black organizers is my calling.
Finally #FergusonTaughtMe that the only people who would pay for the actions of the State would be Black protesters - Joshua Williams is in jail right now for being a Ferguson protester. Here are details on how to support Josh #FreeJosh

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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.
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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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