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Dr. Barbara Ransby on the GenForward Survey: Young People Are Ready For A Third Party

By: Dr. Barbara Ransby

According to last week’s GenForward survey by political scientist, Cathy Cohen’s Black Youth Project, based at the University of Chicago, young people across the board, dissatisfied with both the Democrats and the Republicans, are eager for a fundamental political change. That is the good news.

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Marc Lamont Hill Is Voting Green, Has ‘Very Little Trust’ In Democratic Party

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill has been rising in prominence over the past few years. He is a Distinguished Professor at Morehouse College and a recent New York Times Bestselling author of the book Nobody. Now, the Vh1 and BET TV show host has shared his electoral plans for November with 105.1’s The Breakfast Club team – Charlamagne The God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee.

Spoiler alert: They aren’t good for Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party.

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BlacQurl Fosters Space for Black Women Creatives & Critics

For black women interested in art, the opportunity to speak with like-minded peers can be few and far between. The lack of space for black women in the art world compelled Jovonna Jones and Samantha Scott to create BlacQurl, an online magazine and platform for black women and femme writers, creatives, and critics.

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Neighbor Charged With Burning Down Black Firefighter’s Home

Kenneth Walker is the only black volunteer firefighter in the North Tonawanda Fire Department. One day, he received a letter threatening that he should resign from the position, because he didn’t belong, or he would “regret it.” His house was later burned down, as well as all of his family’s belonging. Fortunately, none of them were injured. 

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5 Ways To Stop Harming Black Women Today

One of my favorite gospel songs growing up said, “Give me my flowers, while I yet live, so that I can see the beauty that they bring.” The song always stuck with me now it resonates even more.

This past Friday, Joyce Quaweay was brutally beaten by her boyfriend and his friend reportedly because she would not submit. On Saturday, Skye Mockabee (26) was found dead in a Cleveland parking lot.  And, on Monday, Korryn Gaines (23) was killed while holding her 5-year-old son in her arms. As Brittney Cooper so aptly notes at the Crunk Feminist Collective, all of these women’s deaths are connected. To see them any other way is to deny the culture of white hetero-patriarchy in this country.

As a queer Black woman in the United States, I am keenly aware that my mere existence in public spaces is seen as disruptive, agitating, confrontational, and deserving of violence. For many trans and cis Black women, these sentiments extend into their private spaces as well. So how do we work to protect one another in moments like these? What do we do next?

Here are a few things we can work on right now that can help move toward collective liberation.

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Freedom Square Occupation Imagines World Without Police

For the past thirteen days, the #LetUsBreathe Collective has been occupying Homan Square, the known Chicago Police black site where arrested individuals have been disappeared, tortured, and abused. The occupation began on Thursday, July 21st, following the national #FreedomNow Campaign against police unions and has continued in the style of a block party. #LetUsBreathe activists are feeding the nearby North Lawndale community, providing mental and health care, giving out books, and putting on arts activities for young people.

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Movement for Black Lives Releases Demands, Calls for Reparations

On Monday, a coalition of organizations involved in the Movement for Black Lives released a list of specific policy demands to the public, entitled “A Vision for Black Lives.”  

Fifty organizations from all over the world came together over the past year to formulate and write the demands, including the Black Youth Project 100, Million Hoodies, and the Black Lives Matter Network. The demands encompass six key platforms: 1) End the War on Black People; 2) Reparations; 3) Invest-Divest; 4) Economic Justice; 5) Community Control; and 6) Political Power.