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Mumia Abu-Jamal & the Struggle for Prison Abolition

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“…the struggle against the death penalty is bigger than me. The struggle against the prison industrial complex is bigger than me. The struggle for social justice is bigger than me. And they will continue long after I’m gone. Struggle goes on. It’s just important to know which side you’re on.”
-Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Migration is Beautiful

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"Artist and co-founder of CultureStrike, Favianna Rodriguez, created the “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly image. “The butterfly symbol was not my idea. Immigrant rights activists have seen the butterfly as a symbol of fluid and peaceful migration for generations. To me, the monarch butterfly represents the dignity and resilience of migrants, and the right that all living beings have to move freely. I believe that we shouldn’t allow our identity to be defined only by our suffering, nor by the actions that others have taken to devalue our families and our labor — rather, let us celebrate our beauty, pride, and resilience in the face of inequality and injustice.”


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Tree Planted at the U.S. Capitol in Memory of Emmett Till

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Tree Planted at the U.S. Capitol in Memory of Emmett Till
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Latinas For Latino Lit: Remarkable Children's Books of 2014

Latinas For Latino Lit: Remarkable Children's Books of 2014 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


It's the holiday season and the end of the year, with its accompanying "best of" lists, including book lists. Viviana Hurtado and Monica Olivera, the creators of Latinas For Latino Lit (L4LL), have compiled the Remarkable Latino Children's Literature of 2014, a wonderful collection of Latino-themed books, many of them written and illustrated by Hispanic authors and artists.


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I just was looking for presents for my grandsons. I'm definitely checking the books recommended here.

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Texas Court Case Challenges Border Patrol On Roving, Racial Profiling

Texas Court Case Challenges Border Patrol On Roving, Racial Profiling | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
A case now before the courts in Texas may set a precedent in alleged racial profiling cases brought against the Border Patrol.
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Ohio region embraces, improves border children's lives

Ohio region embraces, improves border children's lives | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio hoping to help even more unaccompanied juvenile immigrants from Central America.

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Human Beans - Kickstarter campaign

Human Beans - Kickstarter campaign | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


I am re-blogging this Human Beans article for a blogger friend, Tracy Jackson. 

Human Beans are an interesting idea that goes beyond simple M&M's that all taste the same even though they are colored differently. 

These jelly beans are flavored differently than what you would expect by their color. 

These can be used to stimulate dialog toward racial justice in the way that Lee Mun Wah's "What Stands Between Us: Racism Conversation Flash Cards" are used.

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Google's doodle marks 25 years of fall of the Berlin Wall

Google's doodle marks 25 years of fall of the Berlin Wall | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
The video shows scenes of the breaking down of the Berlin Wall and Berliners greeting one another in 1989.
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A piece of this wall is in my home city :)



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Welcome to Native American Heritage Month 2014

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I will do a post on any Native American topic that three or more commenters want (counting myself). If there are more than ten such topics, then I will do the ten most wanted.


How many commenters, so far, want which topics (seeded with my own nominations):


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4 Days of Imagery - Project 562

4 Days of Imagery - Project 562 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

“On January 19th I had a stroke. I was totally paralyzed on my left side. I was in the hospital for about three months. And then I was in rehab for thirty five days and when I came home I had to go to physical therapy. I just finished in August. I had to go to Billings for speech therapy to learn how to talk good again. My hands are only at 75%. They told me not to do any sewing, but I started sewing again anyway… But it was through prayer. Prayer is what brought me back to where I am now. And Crystal [pictured left]. She said, ‘Grandma, I’m going to move in with you, I’m going to take care of you.’ And I said, ‘Well, you’ll have to pray with me.’ And she said, ‘I will.’ And she really encouraged me. We’d walk a mile everyday. If it wasn’t for her and my strong belief, I think I would have given up a long time ago.”
-Jenni Parker, Northern Cheyenne

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Why Sci-Fi Keeps Using Stories of Colonizing The Whites

Why Sci-Fi Keeps Using Stories of Colonizing The Whites | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
As much as the genre imagines the future, it also remixes the past—often by envisioning Western-style imperialism visited on the Western world.
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HT to @Charles Franklin @TheCharlesiWas for recommending this article. 

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Click here to support ChantDowntheWalls $15K in 15 Days by Xochi Flores

Click here to support ChantDowntheWalls $15K in 15 Days by Xochi Flores | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


We at NDLON believe the music is a transformative and powerful tool that brings healing while fighting for social justice.  It is a vehicle by which we raise our voices, express our humanity, and transform our communities.  

These musical events, or serenatas we call Chant Down the Walls, bring our community together in song to remind workers, parents, and youth inside the immigration prison that they are not forgotten and that we will continue to fight the current administration's deportation policies. These events also serve to hold lawmakers accountable to their promises to bring justice for immigrants.


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What Does It Mean to Call a School Too Academic? Microaggressions Aimed at Asian Parents - HapaMama

What Does It Mean to Call a School Too Academic? Microaggressions Aimed at Asian Parents - HapaMama | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
What Does It Mean to Call a School Too Academic? Microaggressions Aimed at Asian Parents
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I know exactly what you're talking about. 


I know a set of parents who would not consider moving to Cupertino because the schools are 'too competitive'. I'm still not sure if that was racist code for they didn't want to live around too many Asians. 


This set of parents also pulled their child out of a Redwood City school because too many people spoke Spanish. 


*** steam whistling out of my ears ***


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Three Lucky Readers to Receive Free Copies of "Who We Be: The Colorization of America"

Three Lucky Readers to Receive Free Copies of "Who We Be: The Colorization of America" | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Good Black News is getting into the holiday spirit early — by giving away three copies of acclaimed author Jeff Chang‘s latest book, “Who We Be: The Colorization of America.”


In this follow-up to the classic “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,” which garnered Chang an American Book Award, “Who We Be” remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress.


I am currently reading this impressive, comprehensive work (the section on African-American comic strip artistMorrie Turner alone is worth the read) and can’t wait to share more about it once I’m finished, but why wait for a GBN review and recommendation when you can get the book for free right away?


To enter, simply send your name and email address with the subject heading “Who We Be Giveaway” togoodblacknewsgiveaways@yahoo.com by Saturday, November 8.  We will choose three winners at random and announce their names on Monday.


Onward and Upward… and good luck!


-Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Founder/Editor-In-Chief

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Executive Action on Immigration: Good, Bad, and Ugly


I went to bed last night mentally doing a checklist of everyone I know who qualifies and does not qualify under the President’s immigration action. As a community advocate and formerly undocumented immigrant, the word that most aptly describes last night is “bitter-sweet.”


While the announcement is not enough, we do need to celebrate our victories, and what change this temporary reprieve will bring to so many members of the community. However, I am also frankly terrified for those that it would not help, and what would happen in the absence of permanent changes.


I am making a quick reference checklist here for myself, family members and friends, similar to the one I made for the Senate immigration bill two years ago as a community advocate. These are simply my initial mental impressions of the various memos released by the DHS yesterday and available here. They are in no particular order:


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A is for Activist - Kindle edition by Innosanto Nagara


A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.


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Critical Ethnic Studies MA Degree - DePaul University

Critical Ethnic Studies MA Degree - DePaul University | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

DePaul University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer the first graduate program in a new and exciting field that utilizes Chicago as a living classroom. 

The Master of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies prepares students for advanced analysis of race and ethnicity in an urban and global context. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to the studies of systematic marginalization of racialized minorities. It also looks at how racialized groups respond to and counter these forces through art, culture, political organization and other forms of social citizenship. 
We emphasize social justice and transformation while focusing on U.S. ethno-racial populations through an intersectional, transnational, and urban framework. Students apply critical theories to complex social and cultural issues. The program consists of a combination of core courses and electives and a final project or internship.
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Family asking that Border Patrol shooter be identified

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Araceli Rodriguez, mother of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez at a press conference announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol in his shooting death, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Nogales, Sonora. Photo by Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star


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Income inequality impairs the American dream of upward mobility - debate [VIDEO]

Income inequality impairs the American dream of upward mobility - debate [VIDEO] | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


The elephant in the room that I did not hear in the debate is that the question should have not used the word inequality. Instead they should have used the word inequity. 

"Income inequity impairs the American dream of upward mobility."


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'Selma': First Trailer For Martin Luther King Jr Documentary

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Paramount has dropped the first trailer for director Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma. Pic stars David Oyelowo as the iconic civil rights leader and tracks King’s struggle to secure voting rights for all people, culminating in the Alabama march from Selma to Montgomery and President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Starring alongside Oyelowo are Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Paul Webb penned the script.


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This looks seriously good. 


The acting, cinematography, directing, wardrobe, lighting, everything looks superb. 


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Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race and Colonialism in American History and Identity

Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race and Colonialism in American History and Identity | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


Book Description from Amazon:

"Almost All Aliens offers a unique reinterpretation of immigration in the history of the United States. Leaving behind the traditional melting-pot model of immigrant assimilation, Paul Spickard puts forward a fresh and provocative reconceptualization that embraces the multicultural reality of immigration that has always existed in the United States. His astute study illustrates the complex relationship between ethnic identity and race, slavery, and colonial expansion. Examining not only the lives of those who crossed the Atlantic, but also those who crossed the Pacific, the Caribbean, and the North American Borderlands, Almost All Aliens provides a distinct, inclusive analysis of immigration and identity in the United States from 1600 until the present."


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HT Sharon H Chang @multiasianfams 


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Am I Not My Brother's Keeper?

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Siblings are family, right? Not under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the major law that protects employees who take time off work to care for sick relatives.
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The White mom of a Black daughter implores White parents to be mindful

The White mom of a Black daughter implores White parents to be mindful | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it


"If you don’t work on conditioning your kid’s brains, the world will simply continue to perpetuate the mindset of racist white conditioning, which creates the type of societal structures that allows police officers to kill young black men with impunity"


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Ebola

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Ebola (1976- ) is a disease that has killed nearly 5,000 so far in 2014 in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It broke out in December 2013 right near where the three countries meet. It is by far the worst Ebola outbreak ever. There is no cure. It kills 70% to 90% of those who get sick.


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Oregon, Washington, D.C. legalize marijuana

Oregon, Washington, D.C. legalize marijuana | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Oregon, Washington, D.C. legalize marijuana
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WTG Oregon & DC!

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Quick Race Bites

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On Ferguson and the killing of people of color by white police officers:
 

I am surprised, with all that’s been talked about with this issue for decades, at the language we use to discuss this. I would offer one simple adjustment to our thinking, which would potentially get us to finally address the issue at its source. We have a way of talking about this as in the passive tense rather than the active tense. I heard students at one of my recent visits to a college talk about how “I am in danger because of the color of my skin.” This is not true, you are in danger because of the mindset of the culture and mentality and actions of other people. The burden is not on you. It is on them. You are not being killed (passive tense), people are killing you (active tense). You can’t stop the passive tense, you can only stop the active tense. Stop the killing—then people will stop being killed.


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My take differs from Ayo's take 


On “black•ish” (the TV Show): 

I had reservations about this show and I was not overly impressed with the first episode. The writers did an okay job, good enough to give them more air time though.  I didn't feel the problem was a twisting of identities. The show is about mixed identity and that's what makes it interesting. 


On movies about painful parts of Back History: 

I totally feel Ayo on her point here. I can relate because I can't stand watching videos of people  getting hurt. I also don't like horror movies. And because I'm aware of people's sensitive feelings and that painful news can trigger remembering other painful events, I try to limit painful news and painful history on my personal Facebook page. However, because it's important to know the truth of current events and history I do post about painful news and history on some of my social media. I segment what I post. I put oppressive stuff on my Oppression Monitor social sites and more positive or neutral posts on my Community Village social sites.    


On “Dear White People” and Movies like it: 

I thought I was not going to love this movie based on some of the previews I saw. However, the acting, directing, cinematography, lighting, hair, wardrobe and story as a whole were all excellent! And it's a good movie to open discussions on fraternity segregation compared to housing segregation. Fraternities like to be grouped by common interests, whereas segregated housing off campus is highly problematic. This movie could also prompt great blog posts about interracial dating, interracial marriage, identity framing, society response to interracial dating / marriage and family response to interracial dating / marriage.   


On “How to Get Away with Murder” and the “make-up and wig moment”: 

I completely agree with Ayo. This scene was genius. 


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[VIDEO] What's It Like to Be an Obama Impersonator?

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"When you think you're the president, you just act like you are above everybody else."
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Fascinating to see people that look so much like these politicians :D 


Respect for actors, accents, and politicians too :D 


The jokes that he has to do though! Interesting blurry line he is walking between comedy and selling oppression. 


See both clips:
 

Atlantic VIDEO

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BronxObamaMovie.com 


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