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"For me, feminism is when we can create a world where a woman has the same rights as a man. I believe my daughter has the same rights as my sons," says photographer Nana Kofi Acquah. The self-declared male feminist juxtaposes images of African women in their most accomplished and vulnerable states on his blog.  

Acquah says his mission is to change the media’s portrayal of African women as victims of circumstance. 

See more of Acquah’s photographs via BBC

NYC: ACT UP Against Ebola - Oct. 30

WHAT: Demonstration Against Mandatory Quarantines and in Support of All Affected by Ebola

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 30, 5 PM

WHERE: Rally in Front of Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue (b/w 27th & 28th Streets)

March to Office of the Governor of the State of New York

633 Third Avenue (at 41st Street), New York, NY 10017

Join ACT UP/NY and allies as we demand the immediate end to mandatory quarantines and travel bans in the US, a guarantee that all US hospitals are sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants to receive care, support for all health workers, increased US funding to fight Ebola in West Africa and an end to stigmatizing the sick. The global response to the Ebola epidemic is woefully inadequate and we must act NOW to treat the epidemic at its source in coordination with local communities on the ground, respecting the human rights and dignity of all those affected by this disease.

ACT UP! Fight Back! Fight Ebola!

Talkin’ Bout People of Color Struggle, Racism & Halloween

I was recently asked on Tumblr, “what went through your mind…[when] the asian students went with the black students to the party and helped them shut that shit down.”

The Tumblr user was referring to a scene in recently released “Dear White People”, a satirical movie boldly discussing the relevance of race in America. For context, a racist Halloween Party was being held on a college campus. As a result, students of color were outraged and united together to shut down the party.  In the scene specifically, Asian-American students were shown amongst the side of their Black peers, collectively working together to reject the turn-up of ignorance.

To answer the question of what my thoughts were on this, I thought of something along the lines of  “Aww shiet. represent”.

Prior to that scene, students met up for an emergency Black Student Union meeting, it was here an Asian-American Student suggested mobilizing a RAZA and Asian-American student organization to shut down the racist Halloween Party. These scenes holds much symbolic significance because they reinforce the solidarity and unity people of color have with one another. Throughout history, the dominant perspective has been of a conflicting narrative when people of color are pitted against one another. However, this time it’s different for once.  This time the headline reads, “Hey, we got each-others backs “ and this time, it’s on the big screen.

Solidarity amongst people of color has been going on long before the term people of color was even coined. Though my initial thought of the shutting-the-party-down scene was limited, the more I thought about it, the more I realized this was what American Screens needed to show more of. I realized that the scene evoked instances of struggle and unity throughout history and instances of solidarity amongst the struggling. The instances that were not often told in our school history books.

It reminded me of when: Japanese and Mexican Farm Workers rallied up for better wages and working conditions (1903);

When the United Farm Workers Union was founded by Filipina/o and Latina/o organizers, the first and largest farmers union in the States (1962);

When Yuri Kochiyama held Malcolm X’s head in grievance upon his assassination during the Civil Rights Movement (1965)

When Asian-American and Chicana/o and Latina/o organizers backed up the Black Panthers, mobilizing to Free Huey P. Newton (1968)

When students of color mobilized in creation of the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF), a movement that led to the establishment of the nation’s first college of Ethnic Studies (1968);

When my peers and I were student organizers at UC Berkeley, and in times of need, could count on our student of color allies. When there was police brutality during the emergence of Occupy Cal, when we responded to a Racist “Diversity” Bake Sale with “The Affirmation”, when we rolled deep into Senate Chambers in outrage of when a "decoration" of a brown dummy was hung with a noose at a Fraternity Halloween Party.

Now, Halloween’s a day away. I’m really hoping there aren’t any instances of Blackface especially on issues of homicide and domestic abuse. I’m hoping that there won’t be any racist and stereotypical caricaturing. And I’m definitely hoping there won’t be anything resembling  “Bloods and Crips” and “Compton Cookout” themed parties.

Let’s get it right—because as long as racist Halloween Parties are being held, there’ll be racism in America. Except, this party is gonna be held around all year. Now that’s scary.

Sign the Community-Labor Resolution: 
Stop the Cover-Up of the Odessa Massacreof Trade Unionists and Anti-Fascist Activists! Stop Expansion of NATO!

Partial list of signers (in formation), 10/30/14:

  • Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
  • José María Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
  • Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist, Director, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
  • Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire
  • B. Ross Ashley, Vice President, Toronto-St. Paul’s New Democratic Party*, Ont.
  • William Camacaro, Coordinator, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York
  • Ed Childs, Chief Steward, UNITE HERE Local 26*, Mass.
  • Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, Bayan USA
  • Mary Lou Finley, San Diego County Co-Chair, Peace and Freedom Party*
  • Sara Flounders, Co-director, International Action Center
  • Steven Gillis, Vice President, Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union - USW Local 8751*
  • Martha Grevatt, Civil & Human Rights Committee, United Auto Workers Local 869*
  • Paul Harris, Editor, Axis of Logic
  • Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly Movement
  • Joe Iosbaker, Executive Board, SEIU Local 73*, Ill.
  • Mick Kelly, Editor, Fight Back! News
  • Steve Kirschbaum, Grievance Chair, Boston School Bus Drivers - USW Local 8751*
  • Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)*
  • Rev. F. Mark Mealing, Anglican Church of Canada*
  • Lucha Rodriguez, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
  • Margaret Sarfehjooy, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
  • Waltraud Schauer, Women in Black*, Vienna, Austria
  • Gerry Scoppettuolo, Co-founder, Gay and Lesbian Labor Activist Network / Pride at Work, AFL-CIO*
  • David Sole, Former President, United Auto Workers Local 2334*, Detroit
  • David Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council *
  • Phil Wilayto, Editor, The Virginia Defender

Organizations:

  • Banda Bassotti
  • Comité de apoyo a la Ucrania Antifascista de Madrid, Spain
  • FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
  • Fuerza Mundial
  • International Action Center
  • Juventud Comunista del Perú (Patria Roja)
  • Marcha Patriótica, Colombia
  • Mütter gegen den Krieg (Mothers Against War) Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
  • Parents to Improve School Transportation, New York
  • Party of Communists, U.S.A.
  • Peoples Video Network
  • Russian & American Goodwill Association
  • Solidarité Novorossia, Paris
  • Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee, U.S.
  • Team Solidarity – the Voice of United School Bus Workers, Boston
  • U.S. Friends of the Soviet People
  • Workers World Party

*For identification only

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Text of Labor-Community Resolution:

Stop the cover-up of Odessa massacre of trade unionists and anti-fascist activists!

Stop U.S. Expansion of NATO!

Whereas, on May 2, 2014, at least 48 people were massacred by neo-Nazis in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa;

And, whereas those killed were anti-fascist and opposition activists, as well as trade unionists who opened the doors of the headquarters to offer protection;

And, whereas the House of Trade Unions was set ablaze by fascists who surrounded the building, destroying the labor headquarters;

And, whereas the culprits of the massacre, though clearly identifiable in numerous videos and photos of the events, have been sheltered by the government in Kiev, which came to power through a U.S.-backed coup and has received billions of dollars in direct and indirect aid from Washington;

And, whereas the survivors of the massacre have been criminalized, forced into exile in fear of their lives or imprisoned by the Ukrainian regime;

And, whereas the U.S. government and U.S. corporate media have aided Kiev in covering up the truth about the May 2 massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions, while continuing to mis-represent the anti-fascist struggle in Ukraine and the independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and imposing sanctions and threatening war against Russia;

And whereas the crisis in the Ukraine is the result of the U.S. drive to expand NATO on Russia’s borders far beyond its original membership, through a U.S.-supported coup and the funding of rightwing and fascist groups in the Ukraine;

Be it resolved,

We honor the labor and anti-fascist activists who died in Odessa on May 2, 2014, and will make their sacrifice known throughout our unions and communities;

We demand that the government in Kiev, our elected officials in Washington, and the big-business media stop the cover-up of what happened in Odessa on May 2, and engage in truthful reporting on the civil war in Ukraine, the involvement of open fascists in the Kiev government, and the underlying U.S. goal of NATO expansion;

We further demand that the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress immediately halt all financial and military aid to the Ukrainian junta, stop NATO military expansion in Europe, and restore food assistance and other desperately needed social programs for our communities.

Sign the statement here

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rushing to put these up. people are really digging these. If you want to put these up yourself. right click save picture an print…somebody asked me if i  was going to their state an put these up. no. If you like them print them  and post them yourself…

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Today in Solidarity (10.13.14): From Ferguson to Palestine, the revolution has arrived. In the early days of the protests in Ferguson, it was Palestinians who first reached out to offer guidance and wisdom in how to combat police brutality. What has flourished in the time since is one of the truest manifestations of global solidarity I’ve ever witnessed. This is how a moment becomes a movement. #staywoke #fergusonoctober #revolution.

I just got back from ‪#‎Ferguson‬, where they issued a state of emergency and curfew to give cover to a crackdown. A quote from a young man I met during a march this evening:

"That cop’s in hiding, but he’s freer than we are. We’re protesting, but we ain’t free."

If the cops really wanted to avoid confrontation tonight, all they had to do was arrest the cop they know killed ‪#‎MikeBrown‬. Instead, they ignored community demands, trampled on people’s rights, and unleashed more violence.

As another protester said to me:

“I’ve been out here the last three days, and it’s always peaceful until the cops show up.  You saw it back there, we’re grilling, people having a good time, talking, building community.  It’s the police.  They’re the ones causing the violence.  Thursday they didn’t come out and nothing happened….I heard about the curfew, but I’m not leaving.  They can’t tell me to go inside and then shoot tear gas at us while we’re on our front lawns.  So I’m staying out.  If they want war, they can have it.”

‪#‎Solidarity‬ with Ferguson

Men —I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.