mine: the movement


Remembering Robert Godwin Sr., victim of Facebook live shooting

  • As the manhunt continues for Steve Stephens, the family of the victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., have taken to social media to honor the life of a beloved relative they say was “a good man” through and through.
  • Below are some of the details of Godwin’s life, as described by those who loved him.
  • “He’d give you the shirt off his back,” one of Godwin’s family members said during a tearful interview with CNN affiliate WOIO
  • “This man right here was a good man. I hate he’s gone. I don’t know what I’m going to do. … It’s not real.”
  • Family mattered most to him. In an interview with Cleveland.com, Godwin’s son, Robert Godwin Jr., said that his father is survived by nine children, 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
  • He loved to fish and clean up litter. Godwin Jr. said that his father had gone fishing the Saturday before he was killed, a hobby he particularly enjoyed in his retirement. 
  • He also said that Godwin Sr. often patrolled the streets with a plastic shopping bag, picking up the aluminum cans he saw on the ground along the way. Read more (4/17/17 1 PM)

New Orleans Confederate monument of Jefferson Davis taken down as officials receive death threats

  • A construction crew removed the second of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans before dawn on Thursday, CNN reported. 
  • The crew dismantled a statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, which stood over the city for 106 years.
  • As they had been for the first monument removal in April, the workers were dressed in body armor. 
  • Officials and contractors have reportedly received death threats from opponents of the four scheduled monument removals. 
  • The threats stem from heated debates and court battles that have been waged since the New Orleans City Council voted in 2015 to take down the landmarks. Read more (5/11/17)

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Character: Roshanna Chatterji / Tremor

From: Secret Six (2008),The Movement (2013)

Representation: Asexual, Bengali

Their Importance: In her original appearances, she’s from a poor farming family. Her powers manifest as earthquakes, leading her to be seen as a “witch” to her village and moves away. She is the only asexual character I can think of that is portrayed as a person who happens to be asexual, and not a caricature for asexuality. She isn’t the oddball of the group or treated like she was weird for being ace, but her asexuality is still addressed. In an issue of The Movement, a major character, Mouse, has a crush on her and tries to flirt with her. When she realizes that he has a thing for her, she gently shuts him down, explaining that she isn’t into him because she just doesn’t feel any attraction to anybody. 

Thanks to @calmandcalculating for the write up! 

The Movement for Black Lives responds to recent claims of a fractured coalition

(Editor’s note: On Wednesday, BuzzFeed published an article titled “What Happened to Black Lives Matter?” According to organizers within the Movement for Black Lives, the article includes multiple inaccuracies and the groups are seeking corrections or a retraction. Below is their response to the original article.)

Real progress always comes out of the struggle, sacrifice and dedication of people working within movements for justice. Yet we face increased surveillance, and our communities are under attack. The Trump administration is engaged in a program of wholesale community destruction. The right-wing is emboldened and celebrates with avowed white supremacists as police kill us with impunity, deport us without question and jail us without precondition.

These are dangerous times for our people. History tells us that we need responsible, thoughtful and brave journalism. But movements can be stopped in their tracks by uninformed and inaccurate hit pieces that trade in gossip. We must consider what we believe in, who we stand with, and what we are fighting for.

The Movement for Black Lives is a space where groups working toward black liberation can come together, combine our collective powers and dream big. Our organizations are of varying sizes and take different approaches. Individually, we are a spectrum of gender identity, sexuality, region, age, class and political belief. We are not always in full agreement, we have competing ideas and we will undoubtedly upset each other in the process of making difficult decisions. We are here because we believe that our victories in service of black people are bigger and better when we win together.

We make no assumptions that everyone and everything within our movement is perfect — far from it. We are not above critique. We need as many people as possible in order to win and we endeavor to work with integrity and purpose. And when we arrive at conflict, we do our best to hold each other to that standard, no matter how difficult or inconvenient. We don’t always get this right, but in order to do so, it requires all of us to hold these values.

We keep coming back to each other, even when it is difficult, because of our collaborative potential. Together, we have bailed out black moms unjustly incarcerated under a racist system of money bail that we will end. On Juneteenth, black folks across the country took over vacant and unused land across the country for the benefit of our communities that badly need it. Through #ReclaimMLK, we have resurrected the radical legacy from which our movements are born. We have planned national days of action that have brought hundreds of thousands into the streets and into this movement. This is a fraction of our work together and we know it is worth fighting for because our lives depend on it.

Our work is not about ego or celebrity assigned by an often irresponsible press corps. We know that our movement is made up of countless people, whose dedication is tireless, and whose names most will never know. It is made up of the quiet leadership of those who agree to keep coming back to the work, to each other and to our people.

We are proud of what we’ve done together and what is yet to come. It has not been easy, it is often thankless, but it has always centered our people. It will take all of us to make it through this administration and into a future where all of us, and our coming generations, can live with dignity and respect. Let’s get to work. Read more (Opinion)

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Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.
It would be easy to quit if it was just about me, Khalil, that night, and that cop. It’s about way more than that though. It’s about Seven. Sekani. Kenya. Devante.
It’s also about Oscar.
It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first– Emmett.
The messed-up part? There are so many more.
Yet I think it'll change one day. How? I don’t know. When? I definitely don’t know. Why? Because there will always be someone ready to fight. Maybe it’s my turn.
Others are fighting too, even in the Garden, where sometimes it feel like there’s not a lot worth fighting for. People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They’re not forgetting. I think that’s the most important part.
Khalil, I’ll never forget.
I’ll never give up.
I’ll never be quite.
I promise.
—  Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
I had this silly little dream. I thought that we might be part of something better.

Where people cared about each other.

Where compassion wasn’t seen as weakness.

Where those in power helped people, without judgement.

I thought maybe we could remind people, you know?

That it’s okay to care.

—  Virtue, The Movement #12
The Movement || Keira || Closed

She’d been sitting in her usual spot, staring out the window when she felt the all too familiar tingle run through her right arm.

“Fuck,” she mumbled, knowing she couldn’t stop what was about to happen to her but still trying to regardless. She knew effort could sometimes minimise the shaking but this spasm was particularly strong.

The arm started to twitch and bounce, vibrations running all throughout her shoulder to her fingers and all she could do was let it happen and it caused the rest of her body to shake with the effort it took to hold back a scream of frustration at the fact that she couldn’t even control her arm. Her eyes filled with tears of exasperation and she ground her teeth together angrily.