PAKISTAN, Peshawar - Young Pakistani children hold toy weapons as supporters of the banned organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) shout anti-Indian slogans during a protest to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day, in Peshawar on February 5, 2016. Pakistan observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5 to denounce Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region claimed in whole by both countries. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED

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Retributive Justice

This is a counter protest I performed for my conceptual art class.

Inspiration: Saturday Chores, started by Tina and Grayson Haver Currin

Protester calls for Rahm Emanuel's resignation at mayors conference

A Black Lives Matter protester interrupted a United States Conference of Mayors event in Washington Wednesday calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.

April Goggans, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Washington, blocked the podium during the opening press conference for the group’s Winter Meeting. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was discussing the need for 2016 presidential candidates to address issues impacting cities at the time.

Goggans stood silently holding a sign that said “16 shots and a cover up #LaquanMcDonald #ResignRahm.” Others in the room chanted “Black Lives Matter.”

McDonald was a black teenager who was shot to death 16 times by a Chicago police officer. Emanuel has been fighting for his political life amid high-profile police shootings of young black men in Chicago, and the subsequent response from city officials. Accusations that the mayor and Chicago police were involved in an effort to cover up the video contributed to Garry McCarthy losing his job as Chicago’s police superintendent.

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Wow! That’s what is called the freedom of speech! I admire April Goggans’ deed and I hope that it will help more people to realize that what is happening now in America is not the right thing.

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February 1st 1960: Greensboro sit-in

On this day in 1960, four African-American college students walked into the Woolworth store in Greensboro, NC. and sat at the whites-only lunch counter. By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum, especially following the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-6 which was prompted by Rosa Parks’s defiance of the city’s segregated public transport. Activists calling for black civil rights, influenced by Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent tactics, employed peaceful protest. The power of this approach was exemplified by Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond on February 1st, 1960. Inspired by previous sit-in protests, the black students were refused service in the segregated diner, but continued to sit patiently and wait to be served. As they sat, the students were threatened and harrassed by the white patrons, but they refused to respond with violence. The sit-ins continued for the next few days, with hundreds of demonstrators eventually joining the protest. The heroism of the Greensboro activists inspired a wave of sit-ins across the south, with 54 taking place by February 7th. By the end of 1960, over 1,500 black demonstrators had been arrested for taking part in sit-ins. However, their efforts were not in vain, and the sit-ins - along with widespread boycotts - prompted restaurants across the south to desegregate. Additionally, the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed that year to organise future grassroots protests. The decade that followed was characterised by stoic protests by African-Americans, despite the ever-present threat of violence. The first freedom ride occurred in 1961, followed by protest marches including the iconic March on Washington in 1963. With the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, important steps were made towards racial equality. The Greensboro sit-ins were not the first of their kind, but they mark a major moment in the Civil Rights Movement as they drew attention to the injustices of Jim Crow and inspired a youth-led movement to challenge segregation across the United States.

(Sources: http://www.ushistory.org/us/54d.asp, http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/the-civil-rights-movement-in-america-1945-to-1968/greensboro-1960/)

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In conjunction with the Bay Area’s call for #96Hours of actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr.’s radical legacy, activists shut down traffic on the San Francisco Bay Bridge for nearly an hour. Members of protest groups Black Seed and the Black Queer Liberation Collective took responsibility for the protest in a statement, citing recent police shootings. The action also resulted in several arrests. 

(Read Full Story Here) (Photo Credit: Kelly Johnson

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In case you missed it, in honor of MLK Day Monday, activists stopped traffic on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Twenty-five people affiliated with the Black.Seed queer liberation collective chained themselves across the roadway and stopped traffic for up to 30 minutes around 4 p.m. The demonstration was framed to remind America what King’s legacy is really about.

White parents, listen up.

I am a white man with two Black daughters. My eldest child Ripley is 11, one year younger than Tamir Rice when he was murdered by police in Ohio last year.

Ripley gets frustrated because I won’t let her get one of those Nerf Rebelle toy bow and arrows. She wants to pretend to be like her hero, Katniss Everdeen of “Hunger Games” fame.

Ripley can’t play that game, because Black children are gunned down for playing with toy weapons. Tamir Rice was allegedly playing with a toy gun when he was murdered. Today his killer walked free.

Don’t you dare sit this one out. For Tamir Rice, for my kids, for all the Black and Brown children in your kids’ schools, come out and stand up.

‪#‎BlackChildrenMatter‬

Tonight in NYC: 12/28 - 6:30pm - Washington Square Park
Tomorrow: 12/29 - 6:00pm - Washington Square Park

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These High School Boys Wore Dresses To Class In Protest Of Their School’s Dress Code


The current dress code policy, set in 1975 and applying to all schools in the district, states that “male haircuts may not fall below the mid-point of a standard stand up shirt collar and earlobes must be visible.” It also states that earrings are “not appropriate or acceptable” for male students.