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We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.

From our families bleeding in streets of Gaza, Hebron, Jenin, Jerusalem; from the Zionist prisons overflowing with our political prisoners; from our endless refugee camps, ghettos and Bantustans; from our indigenous people living as second-class citizens in what became “Israel” in 1948, and our dislocated diaspora: We send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.

We understand your moral outrage. We understand your hurt and anger. We understand your impulse to burn the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity; we support your right to rebel in the face of injustice.

And we stand with you.

The disregard and disrespect for black bodies and black life is endemic to the white supremacist system that rules the land. Your struggles through the ages have been an inspiration to us as we fight daily for the most basic human dignities in our own homeland against the racist Zionist regime that considers us less human. As we navigate our own struggle against colonialism, ethnoreligious supremacy, capitalism and tyranny, we find inspiration and strength from your struggles and your revolutionary leaders, like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Kwame Ture, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale and others.

We honor the life of Michael Brown, cut short less than a week before he was due to begin university. And we honor the far too many black lives who were killed in similar circumstances, motivated by racism and contempt for black life: John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tarika Wilson, Malcolm Ferguson, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Yvette Smith, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd and too many others to count.

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

Rinad Abdulla, professor, Birzeit University
Susan Abulhawa, novelist & activist
Linah Alsaafin
Rana Baker
Budour Hassan (via shiseido-red)

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UPDATE: National Moment of Silence 2014

journolist:

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Peaceful vigils honoring the innocent lives lost and pay respect to those whose lives have been affected by police brutality will gather on August 14, 2014 at 7pm EST/4pm PT. Moment of silence will start at the: 20 minute mark.

To identify each other and show solidarity, wear a red…

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climate justice now!

micdotcom:

Striking photos show the catastrophic flooding in Detroit

Part of metropolitan Detroit is in a total state of emergency, and barely anyone is paying attention.

Thunderstorms on Monday flooded major sections of the suburb of Warren, just miles from downtown Detroit. It’s pretty bad — in some places the water reached five feet high, while Warren Mayor Jim Fouts told WWJ Newsradio 950 that 1,000 cars had been abandoned to floodwater. Thousands of residents, as well as the city hall and police department, have flooded basements. One person has died and hundreds of others have been rescued by police in canoes.

"This is probably a 200-year rain. I’ve never seen anything like this." | Follow micdotcom

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Anonymous asked: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??

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booksoverbae:

ishyagrrrl:

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Yesterday I got a call from my sister Cheeraz Gormon in St. Louis who was standing with poet Elizabeth Vega. They wanted me to know that a few women had created, on lawns, in the streets, healing stations, a place where the youth could come and scream and cry and be held and heard in love. Mighty work.Dream Hampton

this made me cry.

I’m literally crying.

Y’all.. this is.. man

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firmeprincess:

fuuuuuck smh

"Found out what hit me. Got shot for standing on a sidewalk in #Ferguson. I’ve never been arrested, like #MikeBrown"

"Made in USA teargas canister was shot at us a few days ago in #Palestine by Israel, not they are used in #Ferguson."

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Manuel Mendive, Barco Negrero (Slave Ship), 1976 (Courtesy Alejandro de la Fuente)

[my image description: a painting named after the ships upon which African people were enslaved. it is painted with beautiful colorful small dots. laying and crouching Black people are cramped below the ship, some of them are gray colored, the are close to each other, resilient. one is jumping/falling/diving into the ocean below as a cream colored figure with long locs paddles in a decorate boat over to them. there are white people waving a spanish flag and sailing on the ships’ deck. there are jellyfish and fish swirling around the sails. the deep blue ocean below has long elegant snakes swirling around. the painting is full of live, African aesthetics and dignity.] 

Manuel Mendive, Barco Negrero (Slave Ship), 1976 (Courtesy Alejandro de la Fuente)

[my image description: a painting named after the ships upon which African people were enslaved. it is painted with beautiful colorful small dots. laying and crouching Black people are cramped below the ship, some of them are gray colored, the are close to each other, resilient. one is jumping/falling/diving into the ocean below as a cream colored figure with long locs paddles in a decorate boat over to them. there are white people waving a spanish flag and sailing on the ships’ deck. there are jellyfish and fish swirling around the sails. the deep blue ocean below has long elegant snakes swirling around. the painting is full of live, African aesthetics and dignity.] 

Filed under manuel mendive cuba barco negrero yemaya africa latin america enslavement resistance resilience survival African aesthetics Caribbean art Caribbean radical traditions

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Black Kids Don’t Have to Be College-Bound for Their Deaths to Be Tragic

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