The President of the United States is defending white supremacists and neo-Nazis. This is a national emergency and accountability is critical.
The most important thing to Trump is his money and business ties. Yesterday was a bad day for him as dozens of his business councils rebuked then abandoned him.
But that’s not enough. Starbucks and Nike–both companies that seek to profit off of a progressive and inclusive brand–have stores in Trump Tower in New York City. They have likely paid millions of dollars in rent to Trump over time–money that has given him a platform to spew hate for years.
Will you sign this petition with me, calling on Starbucks and Nike to get out of Trump Tower?
Because it’s not just coming to a neighborhood near you, it has, in fact, always been there.
Posted August 15, 2017
Black people: we love and we see you.
Black organizers and our accomplices are fighting back against the white supremacist, pro-fascist “alt-right, ” including those who descended on Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. Their intent was to violently intimidate those seeking to tear down, once and for all, the state’s monuments to the old (and defeated) Confederacy and white supremacy. In the aftermath of white nationalists’ state-sanctioned intimidation tactics, Heather Heyer is dead and dozens of Charlottesville residents and anti-fascists are injured.
This ain’t new. White supremacists have been publically provoking violence against Black people since we’ve been here. But we have a right to fight back.
As we rise up, like the people of Charlottesville, to fight for our freedom, we must prepare ourselves to confront the rising threat of neo-Nazism and neo-confederates. We must remember: the goal of any counteraction is still to build…
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Article reposted from The Lily
In light of Charlottesville, VA, the article below encapsulates my thoughts, entirely. I think about my own self daily, and what I would have done during the Civil Rights Movement.
“In June, Bri Traquair, 31, posted a mugshot of a young white woman named Joan Trumpauer Mulholland on Facebook. In 1961, Mulholland was arrested for protesting segregation. Traquair wrote that almost every white person she knows “has at least thought they would be like Joan” if they had been alive during the civil rights era. Yet, it’s easy to ignore the racial injustices of today if you’re a privileged white woman, she said.
“My fellow white people,” Traquair wrote, “if you think you would have done something then, but are doing nothing now, then you wouldn’t have done anything then, either. So think about what side of history you want to be on, because now’s the time for doing something.”
The post garnered 54,000 likes and more than 43,500 shares.
Mulholland was born in 1941 and raised in Arlington, Va., which was segregated. Her mother was an “unrepentant segregationist,” Mulholland said, and concerned about status. So Mulholland went to Duke University, where she began participating in the sit-in movement to protest segregation. She was arrested twice, and Mulholland later dropped out and became active with the Nonviolent Action Group in Washington.
She was a Freedom Rider, and on June 8, 1961, she was arrested alongside eight others in Jackson, Miss. They refused bail, and were put on death row at Parchman State Prison Farm, where Mulholland was imprisoned for two months.
Mulholland went on to attend Tougaloo College, a historically black college, and worked at the Smithsonian Institution, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice. She was also a teacher in Arlington and is still alive.”