Today in Solidarity: Incredible Women (and Girls) of Ferguson 

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blacklivesmatter:

There is a post going around showing Darren Wilson’s GoFundMe campaign. People are upset that it exists and allegedly racist comments are being made. I am infuriated that his campaign has received almost $190,000 dollars in 4 DAYS. Mike Brown’s fund has been up for 8 days and it has $50,000 LESS THAN THAT.

Show Mike Brown’s family that you do believe #BlackLivesMatter and donate to his memorial fund


There is a post going around showing Darren Wilson’s GoFundMe campaign. People are upset that it exists and allegedly racist comments are being made. I am infuriated that his campaign has received almost $190,000 dollars in 4 DAYS. Mike Brown’s fund has been up for 8 days and it has $50,000 LESS THAN THAT.

Show Mike Brown’s family that you do believe #BlackLivesMatter and donate to his memorial fund


Black Women Are Killed by Police, Too

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Be Free #blacklivesmatter

#BlackLivesMatter Be Free mix—to keep you inspired for the struggle.  may we all continue to push towards Black liberation!

Many thanks to Damon Turner!

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This poem was written and performed by Erin Upchurch in 2011 as a part of the Columbus, OH Transgender Day of Remembrance. This year, we wanted to bring it back. With the recent murder of Cemia “Cece” Dove from Cleveland, OH and many other members of the trans community, this poem really hits home for us.

Please support the Ohio Transgender community by attending one of the local TDOR events:

11/20 Cincinnati-7pm at Fountain Square (Fifth and Vine Street)
11/20 Columbus-7pm at King Ave United Methodist
11/20 Toledo-7pm at Sylvania United Church of Christ
11/22 Cleveland-5:30 pm at Huntington Park (Lakeside Avenue and West Third Street)


Thank you to all of the Trans*, Gender Non-Conforming and Allied people who took part in this video and thank you to Erin Upchurch for creating this amazing piece and allowing us to adapt it into video.


the reason why I do what I do (housing justice) is the number of stories behind all of these evictions that include black and brown and poor people. this map won’t tell you that, but it will show you the magnitude of the crisis we are in. only the stories can tell of the violence of this crisis. 

evictions are violent, and they impact those with the fewest resources, black and brown communities. this is evidenced by what has happened/is happening in san francisco: black and brown disappearance. black population is at like 6 percent and dwindling, and something like 5000 latino families moved out of the mission in the last 5 years. the rent for my former apartment in the northeast mission went up FIFTY percent in rent within 3 years! it’s crazy. and the white wave of gentrification is rolling over to the east bay.

housing is a human right. there is no way our communities can survive, much less thrive, without it. capitalism had commodified that need and therefore has put profit over people (of color). the system was designed to work us for nothing and give us nothing, and then make us buy back our rights as human beings! and it’s just so obvious that it galls me how they can justify it, with arguments about ‘landlord rights’. so, who gave landlords the right to dictate whether I deserve a roof over my head or not? god? please.

I really don’t want any comments trying to defend capitalism or the ‘market’ or whatever. housing - which is shelter from the elements, which is the basis of community, which is a place to raise/create your family, which is a place to find stability, which is a place to ground yourself in opportunity - is a fucking human right. and let’s not forget that this land that you are ‘lord’ over, is stolen sacred indigenous land. (happy motherfucking thanksgiving! enjoy your turkey with a side of genocide.)

evictions are violence because they take all of that away. having housing for sale takes all of that away. take housing out of the market. it’s a start. a chance for us to thrive. don’t let them convince you otherwise. we are all made complicit in this shit. I recognize that. but it’s not the only way.

evictions are violence because they are policy, and policy has this funny way of making people think it’s okay to treat people who do not benefit from that policy like they are less than, like they deserve their situation. think about what this has come to mean, with other laws like stand your ground. if you blame the tenant for not being able to afford the market rate rent even though they are working two or three jobs in order to do so, then you can also more easily blame renisha mcbride or trayvon martin for their own deaths. you commit institutional violence against black folk, then you can more easily get away not only with making people homeless, but even with straight up murder.

aren’t y’all seeing the links? aren’t y’all tired of hearing about all this violence? I’m tired of people telling me the same sad story about fearing losing their homes. i’m tired of hearing that our children are beat up or killed by a white man or a police officer.  our people deserve better stories, already have better stories to tell.

our ancestors knew of better ways. we need to reach out to them and reach out to each other.

we need to organize. damn, do we need to organize.



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