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FEATURE: Know Your Black History - How Black Ownership & Public Transit Boycotts Led to Civil Rights Success

The decision of “separate but equal” from the landmark 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson reversed the small progress that was made combating racism after the Civil War. The decision would trigger three distinct waves of boycotts by black American against racial discrimination. It also marked a dramatic surge of black entrepreneurship in the transportation field.



By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *…

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Added by The Establishment on July 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - The First Petition for Black Suffrage

Fully one hundred years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, black activists in the South launched a bold campaign for universal black suffrage. It is a stirring part of American history that most Americans were never taught. And the history leading up to it—abolitionist activities and effective black resistance to slavery in the South—has also been obscured.



By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *



In the…

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Added by The Establishment on July 1, 2014 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Color Of SNAP - The Food Stamp Capital

The imagery generally associated with people who receive SNAP Food Stamps benefits is usually a black single mother living in the inner city. She lives in public housing, and if she does vote, she votes democrat. That’s typically the image media perpetuates when we think of people who receive certain government supplements. The SNAP Food Stamp…

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Added by The Establishment on June 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - Maroon Leader Juan St. Malo

“Malheur au blanc qui passera ces bornes.” ("Woe to the white who would pass this boundary"). This was the sign posted by the maroon leader Juan St. Malo at Ville Gaillarde, the entrance of the land he claimed and controlled in Louisiana. Known as Rigolets the swamps and marshes he claimed stretched from Lake Borgne and the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain to the Gulf of Mexico. St. Malo and his group were said to have controlled this area from 1773 -1784,…

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Added by The Establishment on June 17, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: The New Slaves - The Prison Industry Is Big Business

There is a group of laborers that are paid way below minimum wage, and rival third world sweatshops. Corporations that make large amount of money, and save millions pay the workers low wages. These employees have been stripped, legally, of their political, economic and social rights. These second class citizens don’t have the right to unionize, are violently pressured into silence, they have no voice to even trigger change. These laborers are the 2.3 million American prisoners…

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Added by The Establishment on June 3, 2014 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Chicago teen tennis champion Taylor Townsend faced body-shaming

Chicago teen Taylor Townsend made a lot of noise with her performance at the French Open but WTF is up with the body-shaming she's been subjected to? The New York Times reports: "at the United States Open junior tournament [in 2012], the United States Tennis Association wanted to keep her out of the tournament because it believed her physical conditioning was lacking, even though she was the top-ranked junior girl in the world. She entered the tournament anyway and reached the… Continue

Added by The Establishment on June 2, 2014 at 10:50am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: "The First Decoration Day"

The Zinn Education Project published an article about Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day”, written by David W. Blight. According to him, "The First Decoration Day" was led by people who had recently been freed from slavery in Charleston, SC on May 1, 1865.

At the end of the Civil War, "Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these…

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Added by The Establishment on May 26, 2014 at 9:22am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Angela Davis on what's radical in the 21st century"

In a brillant interview published this week by the Los Angeles Times, activist Angela Davis shares her thoughts about what's radical in the 21st century. The prison system, feminism, democracy and capitalism are among the topics mentioned.

Excerpts:

About a just prison system: "Most of us in the 21st century abolitionist movement look to W.E.B. Du Bois' critique about the abolition of slavery — that it was not enough simply to throw away the chains. The real goal was…

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Added by The Establishment on May 9, 2014 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: #BringBackOurGirls - Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapped

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by extremist group Boko Haram. Why is it taking so long for this story to get major coverage, and for an international effort to take place? In an op-ed piece for cnn.com, Frida Ghitis writes: "If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world's biggest story. More than 230 girls disappeared, captured by members…

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Added by The Establishment on May 5, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Haikus For Sundiata - Write On!

freedom

i love freedom

butterflies in the sky

and the stomach too.



the record

41 years down

no fistfight in all that time

so who's violent?



Former Black Panther and political prisoner, Sundiata Acoli wrote those two haiku poems in conjunction with a social media campaign launched by The Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign (SAFC), Haikus…

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Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2014 at 5:04am — 2 Comments

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

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 away, rather than confront, the…

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Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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 — 7 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

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