The Muslim community is mourning the passing of Nabra, a 17 year old young woman from Sterling, VA. Nabra was beaten to death with a baseball bat and left in a pond after going missing while walking to a mosque with her friends. Hate crime against Muslim Americans is at its highest point with more than 67% increase since 2016. Nabra is another example of the escalating violence towards Muslims Americans. Activists gathered at Union Square to hold a vigil for Nabra and her family and to stand against violence against Muslim Americans.
March for the Gurlz: Stop Killing Black Trans Women
Since the beginning of 2017, 7 Black transwomen have been murdered. Living at the intersections of race, gender and sexuality, transwomen in Atlanta and nationwide are demanding an end to this violence.
On March 26th Atlanta came together to take over the streets led by Black transwomen to celebrate their lives and mourn the ones we’ve lost.
#DefendDACA: Donald Trump announced that he is repealing the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Many undocumented minors will be at risk of being deported to a country they know nothing about. New York, a city of immigrants, showed up at Foley Square to stand with immigrants and defend DACA.
Petit Pont, near Nôtre Dame, Paris
It’s easy to judge these families, outside at all hours of day and night, children ranging from infancy to adolescence camped out atop blankets on sidewalks, bridges, near ATM’s and restaurants and supermarkets. It’s common to be irritated by the tone of voice they sometimes use to pry Euros from those who pass, supplication and pathos falling shamelessly from these tones, endless repetition from all corners of Paris, excepting areas that are far less flush with the more fortunate. It’s also very hard to have sympathy for the parents at times, especially when you take the time to look into the eyes of their children, glassy eyed with boredom and shame. Shame is especially apparent as the children become older, reaching adolescence under a blanket on a busy street in hip neighborhoods of Paris, surrounded by kids the same age, who are part of an altogether different universe. I see boys and girls, from 13 to about 18, sitting alone and miserable, on a blanket, in proximity to an ATM or newsstand or café, with a cup for spare change placed in front. They are mute, and sit silently, performing a forced duty, there in body only. I also see groups of older girls, and bands of young boys, having graduated from their days on the blanket, roaming the streets of Europe looking to rob the rest of us with a sort of gleeful urgency.
It’s easy to forget that, as a population,they too suffered catastrophic losses, and to this day live under a cloud of ancient racism throughout Europe. The connection between them, and the present, and the past is not linear….they seem to be lost somewhere in time, stagnation becoming almost impossible to overcome after WWII. Because it’s easy to forget that they were exterminated in vast numbers along with the Jewish population of Europe, and have received far less sympathy, support and acknowledgement, and are to this day, August 31, 2017, living under the world we inhabit, under a blanket we call Gypsy.