By Chloe Alexandria • Throughout the summer of 2022, Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail staff have been protesting against the poor working conditions, low pay and increasing cuts towards the transport sector. On Friday, 19th August, 400 overground and 10,000 Tube workers are set to strike for 24 hours. This movement is a part of the biggest strike action in 30 years since 1989, and is set to continue if employers fail to address their concerns.Continue Reading
By Stephanie Younger • The 2020 uprisings in defense of Black life made an abolitionist politic accessible to many people, allowing so many of us to re-evaluate why we are conditioned to believe that carceral systems work, that police keep communities safe, and how we can make this system obsolete.
By Stephanie Younger • Last week, we spoke with Fatima Derby, a Ghanaian feminist thinker, writer and organizer, who stands for freedom, justice and equality. During our conversation via Instagram Live, we discussed the violence LGBTQ+ people in Ghana are experiencing, what influences homophobic and transphobic violence against queer and trans Ghanaians, and the fight for their liberation.
By Teresa Younger • In the future what will we name the period of history that we are currently living in? Every aspect of life feels so volatile as we are thrown from one crisis to another.
By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy • If I were to ask you when New York City schools were integrated, what would you tell me? 1954 right? In fact, most people reference Brown versus The Board of Education and 1954 as when schools were integrated.
By Teresa Younger • Content warning: Sexual violence and murder • According to PEW Research Center, 235 Black people were shot to death by the police in 2019. The social movement against systemic racism and police violence continued in 2020, when believers around the world turned out following the May 25th police murder of George Floyd, during the global pandemic.
By Kahlia Phillips • “Who is solidarity for?” was a question posed by Ebony Donnley, the partner of Ericka Hart, in an IG live show and I’ve been pondering this question ever since. Our priorities around who we, as Black people, engage in solidarity with are not in order and it’s time that we change that.
By Alexandra Brown • Originally published on Conversations With • I wish to begin by sharing a prose I wrote in response to the murder of George Floyd. Institutional, systematic and structural racism, feels like I am dying a slow and painful death. When I learnt of the murder of George Floyd, it was like trauma to the soul. I fell silent, as I screamed. I am filled, consumed and embroidered with rage.
By Ryan Edward Perry • Originally published on The Backlight Blog • I was talking with one of my best friends today. She has recently, to my delightful surprise, become quite outspoken and engaging regarding social justice and the current state of American culture and the movements that have risen in that space.
By Stephanie Younger • 10 days ago, I climbed up the Robert E. Lee Statue at a protest in Richmond, Virginia—the former capital of the Confederacy— and I was asked to speak in front of a large crowd of protestors. This was unplanned, and I have been grieving so heavily these past few weeks that I had no idea what to speak about at first.
By Stephanie Younger • This year, the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles chapter was excluded by the Women’s March Los Angeles. In an article for LA Progressive, Melina Abdullah, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, wrote an article detailing the harm caused by the Women’s March.
Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day
By Taneasha White, Brooke Taylor, Sarmistha Talukdar and Rebecca Wooden Keel • Mother’s Day inspires images of family, bonding and care. May 12th is right around the corner, and many of us will be spending the day with our family. However, we forget that many Black women will spend this day in cages, just because they don’t have enough money to pay bail.
By Havana Chapman-Edwards • Speech at the Global Climate Strike on May 24, 2019 • My name is Havana Chapman-Edwards and I am 8 years old. I am here today because sometimes democracy looks like disagreement. I can’t sit in my classroom learning about our government when the government isn’t taking my future seriously.
By Stephanie Younger • Even though Black youth and youth of color – especially Indigenous youth – are the most affected communities by climate change, and have been combating this issue for a very long time, our voices are always excluded and left out of the conversation and action surrounding climate change.
By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing • According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Intersectionality means, “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.” This term is very well-known in the fight for gun violence prevention.
By Stephanie Younger • On Saturday, November 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics, to “honor the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline.”
By Stephanie Younger • Last week, I met Princess Blanding at an art build for the upcoming National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters on October 13th. Over the week, I spoke with Blanding about the movement demanding Justice and Reformation for her brother, Marcus-David Peters, who was murdered by the Richmond Police Department in May of this year.
By Stephanie Younger • Virginia, we have a problem. We need to come to terms with our state’s history of the marginalization of the Black community. Virginia is where the first enslaved Africans were brought against their will. We live in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy.
By Stephanie Younger • Today, I spoke at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond addressing the fatal school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. My speech shed some light onto how gun violence disproportionately affects women, queer and trans people, and Black communities.Continue Reading
By Stephanie Younger • On Friday, November 3rd, hundreds in Richmond, Virginia attended the Juvenile Justice Parade, organized by RISE For Youth, Art 180 and Performing Statistics calling for the closure of youth prisons in Virginia.
By Stephanie Younger • On August 11-12, Klansmen, and Neo-Nazis attended the Unite the Right Rally, a demonstration against the removal of the Confederate monument. They attacked anti-racist counter-protestors, many who were of anti-fascist and anti-racist activists.