Download poster at dignidadrebelde.com Seeking help after being in a car accident, Renisha McBride, a 19 year old young Black woman, knocked on the door of a home, in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights last Sunday. Instead of assisting her, the White homeowner Ted Wafe (54 years old$ opened the door and shot Renisha in the face with a shotgun blast and killed her. She knocked on several doors seeking help after the accident. #blacklivesmatter #justice4renisha #blackwomenmatter
After a car crash, our Sister, Renisha McBride, ran to the nearest house seeking help. Once denied she then turned to walk away and the devil, white man, shot her in the back of her head, blowing half of her face. She was just 19 years old.
Don’t Believe Us, Just Watch.
Our generation has been called complacent and disengaged. We’ve been kept out of discussions and meetings and strategies because some of the old heads of the movement still have a white-knuckled grip on the torch, but we’re ready. And we’re already working.
Yesterday, at the 50 year commemoration of the March on Washington, my friend, colleague and Director of the Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew, along with Sofia Campos of United We Dream, two of the youngest speakers were cut from the 70-person speaker list just as each of them approached the podium. Apparently, previous speakers had run too long. Phil’s name appeared on the big screen announcing him as the next speaker right before they told him it wasn’t going to happen. Then Al Sharpton spoke.
Please watch the video of his speech and then make your own #2Minutes. Tweet/fb @dreamdefenders (@thedreamdefeners on IG) and use the hashtags #OurMarch and #MarchOn.
Tell us what you march for. Who you march for. Tell us why you think our voices aren’t heard. Read us a poem. Read a quote you’re inspired by. Sing a song. We want to hear your voices. We outchea.
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September 17th 1849: Tubman escapes
On this day in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. Tubman was born into slavery but eventually escaped to Philadelphia, using the North Star to guide her. She soon returned to Maryland to rescue her family from slavery. She became a major figure in the Underground Railroad, helping to rescue hundreds of slaves. Tubman was a notable member of the abolitionist movement, and served as a Union spy during the Civil War. After the war she campaigned for female suffrage alongside Susan B. Anthony. Harriet Tubman died in 1913 aged 93.
A Dream Deferred? MLK, Trayvon, and the fight against racism today
With Cornel West, Gary Younge, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Brian Jones
This panel from August 24th, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, at Busboys & Poets, 5th and K St, Washington DC.
Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Busboys and Poets.
Dr. Cornel West is one of the most prominent and admired figures on the left today. A philosopher, academic, activist, author, and public intellectual who has appeared in over 25 documentaries, he can be heard weekly with Tavis Smiley on Public Radio’s “Smiley & West.” Dr. West has a passion to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Gary Younge has written several books on race and racism, the most recent is “The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.” Gary is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. www.haymarketbooks.org/hc/The-Speech
Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a writer and activist based in Chicago, who recently recieved her PhD in African American Studies. She is the author of “Rats, Riots and Revolution: Black Housing in the 1960s” (forthcoming from Haymarket Books), and is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review. http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Rats-Riots-and-Revolution
By William C. Anderson
I was fortunate enough to be born in Birmingham, Alabama. Although some people are ashamed to be from there, and think only about Confederate flags, bad health, and poverty, I think about the rich history of Black resistance and organizing that took place there. The civil rights movement marked a time when Black activists in the U.S. took rigorous steps to cement victories that would inspire activists for generations. Their courage changed the entire world and we are forever indebted to them.
This is why it pains me to no end to witness the appropriation of this legacy for the gain of nonprofits, self-styled activists, and for political gain. It seems any self pronounced watershed moment automatically looks for how to hijack the work of the tireless organizers that came before us. These thieves take the same ideas and recycle them, but not before stripping them of any real radical threats against capitalism, racism, and sexism that promote inequality among us. I write this as I prepare to witness what I am sure will be the spectacle of the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington. Late into the President’s second term he gave an invigorating speech at the Martin Luther King memorial dedication saying:
“…we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. King’s teachings. He calls on us to stand in the other person’s shoes; to see through their eyes; to understand their pain. He tells us that we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are well off; to care about the child in the decrepit school even if our own children are doing fine; to show compassion toward the immigrant family, with the knowledge that most of us are only a few generations removed from similar hardships.”
I expect his words will similarly be far removed from his actions during this anniversary and henceforth afterwards. The Obama administration’s unwarranted drone strikes, problematic ‘Race To The Top’ program, and 1.7 million deportations illustrate that there is very little true effort behind the Commander in Chief’s choice words.