is only days away! And though this year's festival features our most exciting lineup yet (including Yasiin Bey [Mos Def], Macy Gray, Laura Mvula and more!), we're not only here for entertainment. We have also partnered with organizations on the ground who are dedicated to bringing AFROPUNK's mission of "giving voice to the unwritten, unwelcome and unseen" to life. From providing critical support to migrants, promoting Afro-feminism, and protecting LGBTQ communities, below are nine organizations we are happy to call part of our Activism Row family whose work you should know (and support!):
1. ActionAid France: ActionAid France is a human rights organization defending food sovereignty, supporting dignity at work, acting for women's rights, and advancing corporate social responsibility.
2. Tjenbe Red: TJENBÉ RÉD FÉDÉRATION fights racism, homophobia & AIDS.
3. Afrique Arc-en-ciel: Africa Arc-en-Ciel (AAEC) is an association supporting Afro/Caribbean LGBTQ communities in Paris.
4. Collectif La Chappelle: Collectif La Chappelle fights for the equal rights of exiles, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants.
5. Mix Ta Race: The Mix Bros diverts the symbols of the collective imagination to propagate a model of fraternity based on the mixture of cultures.
6. Le Paris Noir: Le Paris Noir explores the history of Black Paris via walking tours.
7. SIAD: The International Service for Development Support (SIAD) focuses on the development of the countries in the South by supporting local businesses.
8. Décoloniser les arts: Décoloniser les Arts seeks to address the necessary decolonization in the world of culture and live entertainment.
9. Cases Rebelles: Cases Rebelles is a militant black collective created in France in 2010. They organize political and cultural events, produce articles, as well as a monthly web-radio program around the stories, cultures and struggles of the black people.