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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...
Elderly members of the #WindrushGeneration are being denied services, losing their jobs and even being deported. Three deported members of the #WindrushGeneration have already died during this process. This could effect 50K long-term UK residents.
And in case you were confused about the RATIONALE behind this racist moves - this phrase they failed to meet the "necessary good character requirement" due to committing criminal offenses. Literally they are using any interactions with law enforcement to deport Black people.
This is a MIRROR to what we are seeing here in the United States. As a first gen immigrant US citizen, let me tell you that I have ACTIVE fear that my citizenship and that of my mother, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins will be stripped away. THIS IS REAL.
I am dreading having to renew my passport in a few years - deeper into this administration, I know my status as the child of an immigrant and my chosen work as an activist puts me directly into the crosshairs of additional scrutiny.
I fight because I know these issues will effect me - likely sooner than later. I'm vocal because linking the treatment of immigrants and refugees to the experiences of Black people around the globe is how we build for victory.
And just to get dissect the #WindrushGeneration a bit more - the UK facing a labor shortage, INVITED Black people from their current & former commonweath's to come to the UK for "work & opportunity" - these folks brought their spouses and children with them.
Now generations later - after these families have contributed INVALUABLY to the UK and help stem the labor shortage crisis at the time they arrived, they & their descendants are being told they don't have a right to be a UK citizen. The IRONY of all this is beyond the pale.
This is a tale as old as time - but it doesn't make it hurt any less, when our ancestor & Elder sacrificed everything to give us a better life only to see that opportunity ripped from under us just when it was to be paid out.
At last count I have 6 uncles who were part of the #WindrushGeneration - that left Jamaica to go work in the UK and brought their families with them. My cousins having to face the possibility of not being citizens 2 generations later is nausea inducing.

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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 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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Sep 14, 2018
One of the strangest things about the hyper gentrification going on in #Flatbush RN is that while Caribbean ppl are being pushed out & priced out of their own neighborhood- there has also been this whole widespread “lifting up” of the culturally diverse nature of Flatbush.
I’ll visit home & hear my family and childhood friends tell me who was pushed out most recently & how it feels to suddenly be over-run by white people & their dogs (which they don’t pick up after BTW).
And then I’ll see an event hosted by the James Beard foundation touting #Flatbush as a “cultural & social hub for Caribbean artists, chefs, entrepreneurs & more”

This hyper-gentrification will lead to the destruction of the cultural & social hub they are so excited about.
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