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Embracing Both/And: A Response to Linda Burnham

Alicia Garza Organizing Upgrade
cover of newspaper In order to access the power we need to change our lives, we must work to dismantle power as domination and instead, advance power through interdependence, relationship and cooperation.

The Activist Roots of Black Feminist Theory

Linda Burnham Organizing Upgrade
What is the wellspring of Black feminist theory? It is important to provide a corrective to the misperception that intersection theory has its genesis in the academy, or, worse still, that it can be attributed to a single discipline...or individual.

Poultry and Prisons: Toward a General Strike for Abolition

Carrie Freshour Monthly Review
If the work of abolition is not only about stopping prisons, but also about imagining a future in which we win, then people cannot be released from prisons only to be put on the streets or to premature disability at the poultry factory.

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JUNETEENTH AND THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Rebecca Dixon NELP
As we contribute to the fight for workers’ rights and to build worker power, we are clear that the origins of the U.S. labor movement start with enslaved African people and their descendants struggling for emancipation.

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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Los Angeles Review of Books
This book is "a radical, genre-defying examination of the lives of 'ordinary' young Black women" in the rapidly urbanizing USA of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, says this reviewer.

Friday Nite Videos | August 2, 2019

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Kentucky Wants to Break Up with Mitch McConnell. La Bamba | Playing For Change. What If We Ended the Injustice of Bail? Boris Johnson: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. A Black Lady Sketch Show.

A Black Lady Sketch Show | Trailer | HBO

A Black Lady Sketch Show, premiering August 2 at 11PM, is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson.

The US Is Failing Black Women With HIV

Thurka Sangaramoorthy The Conversation
Five black women aging with HIV. ...60 percent of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in women in 2017 were Black. Yet, Black women’s voices are notoriously absent from the national discourse on HIV.
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