A young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting.
Petite in size, with braids in her hair and hearts on her t-shirt, Zianna Oliphant collected herself and delivered her message loud and clear.
“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”
People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch, we are free.
A building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world.
two readings on Gorakhpur now that hamara yogi adityanath is moving to Lucknow:
1) Shahid Amin – Event, Metaphor, Memory (1992) on a colonial uprising many people still wag their fingers at (for its violence) called the Chauri Chaura Incident. I like that Shahid Amin also traces his roots to Gorakhpur district and finds theres a lot to write about its history!
2) Akshaya Mukul – Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India which is, huh, self-explanatory.
Last year, I abandoned a paper on resistance and activism in Gorakhpur, especially as the influence of two infamous religious institutions grew: the Gorakhnath Math and the Gita Press. All I really had were first tale accounts from my own family who live both in the villages of Gorakhpur district and the city of Gorakhpur and how the issue of land played out in their own lives as Dalit residents of a place that they try to abandon and yet always find themselves brought shackled back to. I think my dad was the only one who really left. Last year he went for a funeral after more than 10 years of never stepping foot there and he said it was wretched.
Cooper’s Donuts, the site where one of the first publicized gay uprisings against cops took place in Los Angeles, in May of 1959 (photo of the donut shop was taken two years afterwards). One of the people arrested during the uprising was John Rechy, a gay activist of color (Mexican American). Cooper’s Donuts was often a hot spot for the gay community of Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s. Though Stonewall is often cited as the “start of the modern LGBT rights movement”, the Cooper’s Donuts uprising was probably the REAL start, though pioneering gay activist Harry Hay claimed similar uprisings happened even years prior to Cooper’s Donuts.