activism

Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights? – NYTimes.com | #OYRchallenge

Gunrights

The Cheetum family in Doerun, Ga., in 1950. Credit Bettmann/Corbis

There was a question posed to an African American group opposed to gun rights in America. “If your entire block died from drinking too much Kool-Aid, would your next electoral platform be to ban Kool-Aid from the open market in America?”

CONVENTIONAL wisdom holds that firearms are the preserve of conservative white men. You would never know this at my local shooting range, which happens to be in a majority African-American area, and has a clientele that reflects that fact. There, as a white man, I’m often in the minority; just one more guy who likes to fire weapons — another person to chat to and share stories with. It is, I’d venture, how things should be.

via Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights? – NYTimes.com.

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How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism | The Nation

A new brand of activism is sweeping the country following the murder of Trayvon Martin. Is the ‘old African American guard’ being pushed aside in the rush of young men taking abusive municipalities to task. History is taking a turn away from silencing rhetoric to an era of talk, talk, and more talk among our young. #OYRchallenge

The Nation

A group of 100 black activists, ranging in age from 18 to 35, had gathered in Chicago that same weekend. They had come together at the invitation of Cathy J. Cohen, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and the author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics, and her organization, the Black Youth Project. Launched in 2004, the group was born as a research project to study African-American youth; in the decade since then, Cohen has turned the BYP into an activist organization. The plan for this meeting was to discuss movement building beyond electoral politics. Young black voters turned out in record numbers in the 2008 and ‘12 elections: 55 percent of black 18-to-24-year-olds voted in 2008, an 8 percent increase from 2004, and while a somewhat smaller number—49 percent—voted in 2012, they still outpaced their white counterparts. But how would young black voters hold those they had put in office accountable? And what were their demands?

via How Trayvon Martin’s Death Launched a New Generation of Black Activism | The Nation.

“We Must Unleash Radical Thought”: Harry Belafonte’s Stirring Speech Accepting NAACP Spingarn Medal

Along with his rise to worldwide stardom, the musician and actor Harry Belafonte has been deeply involved in social activism for decades. One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s closest confidants, Belafonte helped organize the March on Washington in 1963. On Friday, the NAACP awarded Belafonte their highest honor, the Spingarn Medal. “Numerous strategies in the quest of our freedom has been played out at all levels of the social spectrum,” Belafonte says in his acceptance speech. “What is missing, I think, from the equation in our struggle today is that we must unleash radical thought. … America has never been moved to perfect our desire for greater democracy without radical thinking and radical voices being at the helm of any such quest.” [includes rush transcript]

 

Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120m (£77m) to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, the Guardian has learned.

via Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

 

The Academic Feminist: Feminist Fashion and Scholar-Activism: A Conversation with Tanisha C. Ford

This edition of the Academic Feminist features Tanisha C. Ford, Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tanisha’s work on fashion and social movements is at the intersection of race, sexuality, gender, and body politics, producing what she describes as “Haute Couture Intellectualism.”  Tanisha joins the Academic Feminist to discuss how these themes shape her book project, what she learned teaching a course on Feminisms & Fashion, and the centrality of scholar-activism in her on– and off–line work.

via The Academic Feminist: Feminist Fashion and Scholar-Activism: A Conversation with Tanisha C. Ford.

 

Crisis In The Congo: Uncovering The Truth

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth explores the role that the United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century.
Support the completion of the film: http://congojustice.org/take-action/
Sign The Petition:http://www.change.org/petitions/fully-implement-public-law-109-456
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Congo Resources: http://friendsofthecongo.org

 

(Hilarious) Lee Camp – A Cultural Insight (from The Zeitgeist Movement)

This is a two minute segment from Episode 3 of ‘Culture In Decline’ in which Lee Camp critiques modern culture… Hilarious!