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The Establishment's Blog – March 2015 Archive (12)

FEATURE: "Martese Johnson: My Wounds Will Heal, but the Trauma Will Stay Forever"

“I trust the scars on my face and head will one day heal, but the trauma of what those officers did will stay with me forever" - those are the words of Martese Johnson, the University of Virginia student whose violent arrest by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents was caught on cellphone video last week. Johnson issued the words during a news conference through his attorney, adding “I was shocked that my face was slammed into the pavement across the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 23, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?"

"Africans are immigrants. Arabs are immigrants. Asians are immigrants. However, Europeans are expats." These are words published in a recent article from the Guardian about the word 'expatriate' and the exclusivity of the noun when it comes to describing a migrant who is white. Check out the full article …

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Added by The Establishment on March 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The Return of Reconstruction and The Search for a Place In-Between

A schizophrenic remembrance of Reconstruction has almost paralyzed our national discourse on race, but now it’s time we address its legacy on invasive police surveillance of brown communities and a seemingly unsolvable immigration crisis. The ghost of Reconstruction reminds us that brown citizenship has always been tied to economics, with little regard or consideration of humanity; we are valuable enough to exploit, but not protect. This essay series seeks…

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Added by The Establishment on March 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Looking For Humanity in the Wake of Violence

This morning, shots were fired on two officers in Ferguson during a protest surrounding the resignation of embattled Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson. The revelatory DOJ report issued last week found concrete evidence of a system of racial bias in Ferguson policing, giving weight to the protests that have erupted nationally since the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. this summer. Checking the #FergusonShooting hashtag for actual information on the shooting is…

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Added by The Establishment on March 12, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Young, Black and Victorian' - Photographs of Victorian Women of Color

Check out these captivating photographs of Victorian women of color. The images, posted by Dangerous Minds, date from 1860 to 1901 and show an array of Victorian fashion. Sadly the names of most of the women are unknown. Explore the collection below.…

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Added by The Establishment on March 12, 2015 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: One Group Is Trying To Rename Bridge In Selma Still Named After A KKK Member

On March 7, 1965, demonstrators (peacefully protesting discrimination with voting rights) were brutally attacked by Alabama State Troopers. That day, known as "Bloody Sunday", was commemorated last week by President Obama and residents of Selma, Alabama; and saw the president walk the same bridge that demonstrators had 50 years before. One problem! The main bridge that those demonstrators walked along is still named after Edmund Pettus - former Grand Dragon of the…

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Added by The Establishment on March 11, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "10 Female Revolutionaries That You Probably Didn't Learn About In History class"

As Films For Action state, history often glosses over "the contributions of female revolutionaries that have sacrificed their time, efforts, and lives to work towards burgeoning systems and ideologies" and so the community-powered learning library has highlighted 10 women whose remarkable contributions to revolution is often lost in the barage of "his story". Check it out …

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Added by The Establishment on March 10, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Unconquerable Beauty' - black feminine protest using hair styles

Hair styles, hats and hair adornments have been used since before the ancient Egyptians as a form of protest, to show social standing, power, and reflect current styles and trends.

By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor

. Marie Leveau 

Mythological…

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Added by The Establishment on March 9, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Young entrepreneur creates Afrostream, the African equivalent of Netflix

Afrostream, the start-up online streaming platform of "black content" (for audiences in Europe and Africa) has partnered up with video-on-demand service provider, MYTF1VOD, to provide African, African American, and African-Caribbean movies - making it the African equivalent of Netflix. The CEO of Afrostream, Tonjé Bakang (pictured), says: "Black cinema has consistent US box office success. It is an integral part of the cinematic landscape and entertainment options,…

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Added by The Establishment on March 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

BREAKING: Justice Department will not seek Federal Civil Rights charges against Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown

After the November non-indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr., hope remained in a Justice Department inquiry into the killing. As of today, the DOJ has announced they will not seek charges against Darren Wilson. In an 86 page report, the department states that they have found “no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for…

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Added by The Establishment on March 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "These Two Teens Aren't Just Sisters - They're Twins"

Meet 18-year-old twins Lucy and Maria. Yes, twins! Hailing from Gloucester in England, the twin sisters are two of five children born to a white father and biracial mother. Although their siblings share the features of both parents, Lucy and Maria took the physical attributes of either parent. Read more on their story …

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Added by The Establishment on March 3, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "Meet the Badass Activist Collective Bringing Direct Action Back to Black Communities"

Meet the BlackOUT Collective, a "badass" Black Direct Action collective that provides training and support in communities that "prioritize the liberation of black people" - with the belief that “direct action works. We have seen it work for hundreds of years.” AlterNet recently interviewed the founding members of the organization, check out the interview …

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Added by The Establishment on March 3, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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