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OP-ED: Time to Unravel an American Tradition: The Pattern Of Black Voter Disenfranchisement Throughout Our History

We know that the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act in 2010 has led to voter suppression if not downright disenfranchisement of people of color. But this is only the latest round of a repeating pattern of Supreme Court rulings and legislative action to disenfranchise people of color. The latest attempts to deprive black and Native American citizens and other minorities of their voting rights are just part of something that has become a troubling tradition…

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Added by The Establishment on April 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Picture The Homeless - The Grassroots Organization (Founded And Led By Homeless People) That Fights For Social Justice

Check out Picture the Homeless - a grassroots community organizer focused on Civil Rights, housing, and education; founded and run by homeless people. Formed due to the increased harassment of homeless and African American men by police in New York, Anthony Williams and Lewis Haggins - two homeless men - founded the Bronx based nonprofit in 1999. Picture The Homeless state: "When Nicole Barrett was injured with a brick on the streets of New York in November of 1999,…

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Added by The Establishment on December 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Young, black activists emerge amid repeated police controversies in Chicago"

Since the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year (shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke), young, black activists have been at the forefront of frequent protests in the city - described by the Chicago Tribune in a recent article as "a younger generation taking…

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Added by The Establishment on December 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter to the Ku Klux Klan

By KiNG, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photo by Tyler Shields





Terrorism

knows a home

so well inside you

It can't even

call itself by name

Don't even

recognize

itself separate

You, self righteous

and murderer in

the same sentence

Try and turn

Black America

into a graveyard

and name it a playground

Act like you don't

believe in resurrection

In how voices can

be both…

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Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Obama named "Ally of the year" by Out Magazine + First Sitting President To Be Photographed For The Cover of an LGBT Title

Check out the latest cover star of Out! President Obama, named by the magazine as "Ally of the Year", covers Out's new issue (the annual issue dedicated to the 100 most influential people in the LGBT community) - the first sitting president to appear on an LGBT title. Aaron Hicklin, Out’s editor-in-chief, …

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Added by The Establishment on November 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

INTERVIEW: Bridget Anderson, One of the Many Black Women Reenergizing Atlanta’s Activism

Bridget Anderson is an Atlanta activist who is fighting for justice in the name of her late boyfriend Anthony Hill. She stands at about 5 feet 4 inches tall, but her smile and her strength are always larger than life. On March 9th Bridget’s life took a sharp change when she learned that Anthony, her boyfriend of 3 years, was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer.

We sat in a coffee shop on a sunny day, and she was willing to share her story with me. “The thing about…

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Added by The Establishment on October 16, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments

FEATURE: Alabama Brings In Tougher Voter ID Law, And Then Conveniently Shuts Down Driver's License Offices In Black Counties

Yes, you heard right! According to Talking Points Memo, Alabama (a Republican state) has closed down 31 driver's license offices in black counties, after enforcing a tough new voter ID law. Alabama's excuse: "budget crisis". AL.com columnist John Archibald is quoted as saying, "Every single county in which blacks…

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Added by The Establishment on October 7, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Gordon Parks & Roy DeCarava - The Dualism between two great Black Photographers

Gordon Parks (Nov. 30, 1912-March 7, 2006) & Roy DeCarava (Dec. 19, 1919- Oct 27, 2009) shared a time during 20th century photography when racism was legal, overt & as traditional as American baseball & apple-pie. Today, we as a modern society are still dealing with the entities that has political-correctness on one side & racism (indirectly & directly) on the other side. Aside from the unrestricted racial discrimination that could have dented…

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Added by Eye Candy on September 10, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Is It Time To Re-evaluate The Church's Role In The Civil Rights Movement?

I am not a religious person, however, I definitely identify as spiritual. I believe that one’s relationship with God should be personal, and if that relationship happens to align with the ideology of a religion, then that’s just fine. Religion gives us a sense of belonging and community, something desperately needed in recent times. With that said, I do feel that there are some serious conversations we need to be having in the black community about the place of…

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Added by The Establishment on July 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: “Looking Back at Huey Newton’s Thoughts on Gay Rights…”

In the wake of The Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage across the US, and in light of Obama's endorsement of the LGBTQ movement, take a look back at Huey P. Newton’s Thoughts on Gay Rights. Hip Hop and Politics profiled a speech that the late activist and Black Panther co-founder gave August 15 1970 regarding the the women’s liberation and gay…

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Added by The Establishment on July 3, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "The Supreme Court Might Destroy Affirmative Action Because This White Woman’s Grades Weren’t Good Enough"

The Supreme Court may soon destroy affirmative action in the United States all because of one white woman whose grades simply weren't good enough. Abigail Fisher, a white Houston student, sued the University of Texas for race discrimination after she was "wrongly" rejected - blaming the university's affirmative action program. Her argument: “There were people in my class with lower grades who weren’t in all the activities I was in, who were being accepted into UT,…

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Added by The Establishment on July 2, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: How my encounter with the police quickly turned ugly and potentially dangerous

On Nov. 30, 2014, in Corpus Christi, TX, I was stopped by Officer Chris Meer for driving without my headlights on. This was the first time I had been stopped and it turned ugly quick. Instead of asking if there was anything wrong with my lights, the officer immediately started questioning me about beer. I was not aware of any alcohol in my vehicle and had not been drinking prior. He then asked me to step out to perform a field sobriety test, which he conducted off camera and I… Continue

Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Skilled Professionals in Alexandra Township

Hi guys, Litha here.

 

I urgently need your help to make a real difference. The Children's charter of S.A., according to New Africa Education(2004) states that all children have a right to a safe environment and the right to recreational facilities so that children can be children.

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Added by Litha on April 1, 2015 at 8:18am — No Comments

FEATURE: Septima Poinsette Clark: The Queen Mother of The Civil Rights Movement

"I just tried to create a little chaos. Chaos is a good thing. God created the whole world out of it. Change is what comes of it." - Septima Poinsette Clark

In 1955, on the eve of her famous act of defiance, Rosa Parks attended a citizenship workshop led by Septima Poinsette Clark. These workshops were designed to train young activists, and train people in their rights as citizens. Parks said of Septima, "At that time I was very nervous, very troubled in my mind…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments

BHM: faces from the new civil rights movement - Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw from Dream Defenders

As part of AFROPUNK's spotlight on The New Civil Rights Movement, I caught up with Dream Defenders organizers, Jonel Edwards and Sherika Shaw. Amidst their hectic week, they took some time out to educate us on how they found themselves at the forefront of a movement and what’s next for their individual and organizational missions.…

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Added by The Establishment on February 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Black History Month: The Story of Ella Baker, The Mentor of the People

"Strong people don't need strong leaders." The organizers of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) called Ella Baker "Fundi." It's a Swahili word meaning an artisan who has mastered their craft and shares their knowledge freely with the community. Though she wrote only a few articles in her lifetime, and gave only a handful of major speeches, Ella Baker was one of the core activists working tirelessly behind the scenes in the Civil Rights Movement to…

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Added by The Establishment on February 20, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Black History Month: Celebrating the Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mother of Voter Equality

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer Bob Moses once noted that during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, President Johnson wasn't "afraid of Martin Luther King's testimony, he's afraid of Fannie Lou Hamer's testimony." Though she lacked the fiery studied oratory style of her peers, Fannie Lou Hamer's horrifying account of the beating she experienced, simply for trying to help register black voters, captivated the national attention. Johnson…

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Added by The Establishment on February 13, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Artist Chris Christion and the blunt and relevant sermons of Dr. Vernon Johns

American social reformer and preacher Dr. Vernon Johns (1892 – 1965), considered by some as the father of the American Civil Rights Movement, was a man known rarely to mince his words. Assertive and unapologetic, he would display blunt and often controversial sermon titles on the exterior signage of his church (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama) before services began. Now Southern California artist and curator Chris Christion has created a series…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 10, 2015 at 7:51am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Forgotten Story of Bayard Rustin: The Gay Pacifist Socialist Who Organized The March on Washington

There's no national holiday to recognize Bayard Rustin, no conspicuously under-maintained road named for him, and no-one quotes him out of context to make their points, but there are few people as instrumental to the Civil Rights Movement. He's the man who organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at which Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, he introduced King to Ghandian non-violence, he founded the Southern Christian…

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Added by The Establishment on February 6, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Black History Month 2015

Black history is living history. This month, AFROPUNK is featuring the artists, activists, and musicians who are making black history today. Throughout Black History month, we will be rolling out our 3rd mixtape, “Living History,” our collaboration with Faces Of The Movement, the February 9th release of The Triptych, and our slate of original pieces on the past, present, and future of the Civil Rights Movement. History is made every…

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Added by The Establishment on February 4, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

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