Solidarity can’t work without understanding that Blackness has a role in every struggle

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been marked by continuous attacks on the most vulnerable communities, just as promised. Those who have been resisting this administration have rightly responded to these attacks by attempting to shed light on every step taken toward such harmful efforts—from the blatantly bigoted “Muslim ban” and its equally bigoted second iteration, to threats against “sanctuary cities” whose governments refuse to go out of their way to target the undocumented.

However, in shedding this necessary light, many people have also chosen to distinguish struggles such as those against Islamophobia and anti-immigrant violence from the plight of Black people. While some have argued that its apparently lessened visibility is only a necessary evolution of the Movement for Black Lives, others have questioned the movement’s continued relevance after Trump’s ascension highlighted so many struggles that are seemingly distinctive and equally important.

High Schools students’ epic response to offensive flyers makes us all proud

 When a hateful flyer against immigration surfaced in a Brampton, Canada high school, students came up with an epic response.

A group called Immigration Watch passed out the offensive flyers around Brampton earlier this year. The flyer shows two images: one of an all-white crowd with the caption “From This…” and another of a group of Sikhs with the caption “To This…” 

Why the Banjee Black Gurl’s Brunch is a safe space

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By: Terrence Chappell

This past Sunday, June 8, I hosted a brunch at my apartment in Chicago’s Edgewater community. I absolutely love having friends over and entertaining. I grew up watching my mom entertain, so this brunch brought it full circle, of course with the help of a few of her hosting secrets and nick-knacks. However, this brunch was a little different from past things I have hosted at my place. Comically titled A Banjee Black Gurl’s Brunch: BAPs Edition (Chapter 4), the brunch was a social outlet for gay black men to connect and enjoy one another.

Michigan Committeeman: ‘Gays want healthcare because of AIDS’

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In an effort to unify Republicans with members of the Tea Party, a Michigan congressman expressed his views on traditional marriage, further isolating those in same-sex relationships. 

During the Berrien County Republican Party Holiday Reception on Thursday, former state rep and Michigan national GOP committeeman Dave Agema encouraged members of both parties to unite against same-sex rights.

Latino Gang Members Arrested for Hate Crime Against Black Family

21-year-old Efren Marquez and 19-year-old Jeffrey Aguilar have been arrested for terrorizing a black family in their neighborhood. 

The two reportedly beat one of the family members with a pipe, drove by their house yelling racial epithets on a daily basis, and had a group of 15-20 gang members surround the house and demand that the family leave the neighborhood.

Fearing for their lives, the family moved out of the home.

Univeristy of Mississippi Students Counter Anti-Obama ‘Riot’ with UNITY March

Yesterday, we shared a story about a group of about 200 students at the University of Mississippi who decided to express their disappointment over the re-election of President Barack Obama by burning Obama/Biden signs and spewing racial epithets.

Well, yesterday an even larger group of Ole Miss students got together for a unity march:

Crips and Bloods Stand TOGETHER At Occupy Atlanta

According to an article at the Huffington Post, the Occupy Movement is doing more than just bringing together people of different races and ethnicites.

Occupy is also bringing together young people of different gangs.

For Sherrod Britton and Shabaka Addae Guillory, the different colors they rep means little in the face of the widespread corruption and economic inequality they see in today’s America. They’ve put their differences aside and stood together at recent Occupy Atlanta protests.

From the Huffington Post: