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FEATURE: Ban on affirmative action in Michigan Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

Is this Black man in denial? The Supreme Court decided 6-2 to support a ban on affirmative action in college admissions in Michigan. What's the deal Michigan? Is institutional racism suddenly over? Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Latina judge on the Court, was one of only two votes (out of 6) in support of affirmative action. She said: "As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish…

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Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "KKK Forms Neighborhood Watch Group In Pennsylvania"

Well well well... The Ku Klux Klan formed a neighborhood watch group in Pennsylvania but says "it’s not targeting any specific ethnicity"... ... ...

The Huffington Post reports: "In response to a string of recent break-ins, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has given a local Pennsylvania chapter the go-ahead to form a neighborhood watch…

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Added by The Establishment on April 22, 2014 at 1:02pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: The New Brooklyn: Gentrification through the eyes of 4 Clinton Hill natives

I stepped out on the corner of St. James and Fulton Street wide-eyed and confused. I had no idea where I was. Never mind the fact I’d spent 15 years walking these streets, and living just above the now vacant karate building. My elementary school was around the corner. The corner store I went to before work had become a gourmet deli. The flower shop I passed by in the spring time on my way to the Laundromat had disappeared 6 months ago, only to be replaced by something the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 'Dream Defenders' Sounds The Alarm

Members of Dream Defenders made their presence known at the Florida State of the State Address last week. After leading a month-long demonstration a year ago outside the governor’s office, they returned on opening day of the legislative session to protest.

Youth gathered between the House and Senate chambers, about 100 strong. They demanded for an end to zero-tolerance policies in Florida schools and a change to Florida’s gun laws.…

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Added by The Establishment on March 12, 2014 at 1:38pm — 2 Comments

"Caribbean nations prepare demand for slavery reparations"

The Guardian confirms that "Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations will gather in St Vincent on Monday to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade."

Full story here.

"In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hilary Beckles, who chairs…

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Added by The Establishment on March 11, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Black History: Ruby Bridges, "first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South"

"Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South", which she entered on November 14, 1960.

"As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry…

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Added by The Establishment on February 19, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Black History: Watch 'The Black Power Mixtape'

"Footage documenting the Black Power movement in the United States, shot by a group of Swedish journalists"? Just what the doctor ordered! Don't miss 'The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975'. Featuring many of the leaders of the Black Power movement, such as Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver. Really powerful.…

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Added by The Establishment on February 10, 2014 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

Brooklyn Stand UP! Taking On Poverty In Brooklyn

NYC: Join us at "BROOKLYN STAND UP!", a panel event that will bring together policy experts, media commentators and activists for a discussion on poverty in the community. Featuring Michaela Angela Davis of  "MAD Free with Michaela…

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Added by The Establishment on February 6, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

"How to write a great letter to the editor" from ONE.org

This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts about being a great activist from ONE.

By Emily Walker, ONE marketing manager…

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Added by The Establishment on February 4, 2014 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Feature: James Baldwin

On August 2, 1924, James Baldwin was born in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. As a teenager, he took after his stepfather and became a preacher, learning early on the power of his voice. Upon leaving the church at 18 he also left the…

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Added by The Establishment on January 30, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

5 Things No One Is Actually Saying About Ani DiFranco or Plantations

The Great Ani DiFranco Plantation Kerfuffle of 2013 has been something of a boon to people who debate and study race in America. In DiFranco, anyone who’s ever cared about race or Birkenstocks has had a light cast on the perception of just how far race matters have really progressed, which is to say, not as far as we thought. DiFranco is progressive and hip and down for the cause…and, as it turns out, completely full of white privilege. She rolled with …

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Added by The Establishment on January 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Black and Geeky in Corporate America: Fitting In When You Stand Out?

So I’m a nerd; at heart, in spirit, an undercover geek. Although I ditched the mid-80’s schoolteacher glasses and their annoying lenses for pretty, safe-for-contact-lens-wearers eye make-up and sexy stilettos, I’m still a geek. Dig in my pretty purse and you’ll find at least two books that I’m reading at the same time, a couple of notebooks, some #2 pencils and random post-it notes with scribbling all over. Do not take me anywhere close to a bookstore or you will lose me. Yes,…

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Added by The Establishment on January 20, 2014 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

The Other Side of the Upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil

"Cops pointed guns at and threatened to shoot protestors as they forcefully and brutally evicted locals from the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Armed and aggressive cops were sent in by the government to destroy these poor people’s dwellings in Mangueira, so they can build parking lots for the upcoming World Cup 2014." "A dozen houses in the Mangueira slums of Rio de Janeiro have been demolished, and residents have been removed at gun point by the government of Brazil in order to…

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Added by The Establishment on January 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Should we need to choose between liberty & stability?

The process of institutional education is drawing to a close for many of us. My finals are in May and so if deduct holidays, I technically have 3 months left of university. Scary stuff. The thing is, as far as post-graduation plans go, I had found myself in a bit of a rut.



By Tash Vals, AFROPUNK Contributor *



Let’s rewind a little.

Having started off in an airline company back in Africa that…

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Added by The Establishment on January 6, 2014 at 8:26am — No Comments

News: Leticia James New York City's First Black Woman Public Advocate

Congratulations to Leticia James for being sworn in as New York City's first Black Woman Public Advocate.

On Wednesday January 1, Leticia James became the first Black woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City. James was…

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Added by The Establishment on January 3, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

"Nelson Mandela: Why the backlash is wrong"

A typical “but he was a communist” diatribe spewed by a Facebook friend unfortunately occurred after I shared my Nelson Mandela tribute video. “Also Mandela wasn’t much for peaceful change,” he spewed, and “The ultimate freedom fighter I know of is Jesus Christ, everyone else falls short,” he later would spout with a condescending tone that would trump the sound of a chalkboard screech.

And on this blackboard, I would demonstrate why his one-sided, all-defining opinions were…

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Added by The Establishment on December 9, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

"Nelson Mandela: A look back at his Legacy" by Ellie Hall of Buzzfeed.com

Nelson Mandela, the leader of the struggle against apartheid who became South Africa’s first black president, died Thursday, Dec. 5, after battling a series of illnesses at the age of 95, President Jacob Zuma said in a live televised statement.…

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Added by The Establishment on December 6, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Revolutionary, Fred Hampton: “You can kill the revolutionary but, you can’t kill the revolution.”

Revolution is synonymous for change. Who said you needed to be a certain complexion, size, or even have the same preferences as the person to your left or right? Exactly, no one! We all embody strength from one another and the legacies of even the greatest activists, leaders, and peers have somehow been intertwined in our psyche whether we realize it or not. In the words of Frantz Fanon, “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray…

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Added by The Establishment on December 4, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Shut Up Introverts: Ambiverts Deserve Attention, Too!

“There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.” ~ Carl G Jung

Dear Introverts,

The loud world is basking in your silent revolution. Your function is in fashion now. You wear your personality trait like a hip badge of honor, and you’ve mustered enough inner-energy, all one-third of it, to gain battle ground against the over-valued extrovert. Gone is the stereotypical assumption of a shy, perhaps…

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Added by The Establishment on November 8, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Oh Shit, It's Columbus Day Again

As you may know, some of us are not exactly big fans of Christopher Columbus' ways around here. And yet, this holiday that so many Native Americans and others find offensive is still celebrated every year around the U.S. Let us know know what you think about Columbus Day and share you favorite memes with us! - L…

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Added by The Establishment on October 14, 2013 at 8:35am — 3 Comments

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