Our friend, comrade, and LIES collective member LaKeyma Pennyamon needs help with tuition and fees in order to return to college and complete her bachelor’s degree. LaKeyma is one of the most brilliant, incisive, and independent minds we have ever encountered, and seeing her kept out of school for financial reasons breaks our hearts. She is a Black same-gender-loving woman, a committed Black radical, a communist feminist, and an inspiring force in the city of Baltimore, where she lives and works. We are asking for help with LaKeyma’s first semester of tuition, enrollment fees, and other initial expenses to get the ball rolling for her and show her that her friends all believe in her limitless genius.
Any amount you can give, even a few bucks, makes a difference. And even if you can’t give, please share this through your tumblr, facebook, listservs, and social networks! We have 2 DAYS LEFT.
LaKeyma’s work will be featured in the upcoming LIES Vol. II. Please help us lift up our comrade! Thank you <3
Defend Mecca & Etana Shakur and their human right to self defense against police abuse and political repression! Black Riders, new generation Black Panthers on Facebook Mecca and Etana Shakur are two revolutionary sisters, leading members of the Black Riders Liberation Party, new generation Black…
By David Correia An Albuquerque police officer shot and killed 19-year old Mary Hawkes yesterday in southeast Albuquerque near the corner of Zuni SE near Wyoming. She is the 25th person APD officer…
FRIENDS AND COMRADES! Please consider giving something of whatever you can to Makala, a comrade of ours who is struggling to make it through her first semester in college with no financial support and locked out of jobs! PLEASE give we need to make a little more so she can make it through the end of the semester! Reblog if you can and want to!
READ THIS MESSAGE FROM KALA BELOW:
Hello my name is Makala Walls and I’m 19 year old queer radical from Oakland Ca, a month ago I moved to Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica College. I picked Santa Monica because one it’s the #1 transfer school in California and i plan to transfer to a awesome CSU. It was hard to move to LA because my family isn’t able to support me at all, I’m the first in my family to go to college. I’m really excited to be in college and it was the best decision I ever made in my life. Being from Oakland and a family of no college graduates makes me wanna kick ass. I wanna be a role model to my 2 young brothers. That’s what matters the most to me, I want to show them that education can set you free and being in college has changed my life for the better. I’m going to college to get my AA and transfer, my major is business or social anthropology I’m hoping I can take my major and help the youth in my city…this fundraiser will help me pay my rent and also help me by a camera for my photography class that I also enjoy. I appreciate all the donations And support I have been receiving it’s been helping me feel more motivated and at ease because my family can’t support me and I almost had to drop out and move home but with your donations I can continue pursuing my dreams that I’m overly passionate about. Thank you so much for believing in me!
“After 40 years of impoverished black men getting prison time for selling weed, white men are planning to get rich doing the same things,” she added. “So that’s why I think we have to start talking about reparations for the war on drugs. How do we repair the harms caused?” - Michelle Alexander
“Jalini, 30, gets to work in the paddy fields in the ‘Vanni’, the ‘rice-bowl’ region of northern Sri Lanka. But she isn’t harvesting rice; rather she’s on the hunt for landmines, a deadly legacy of the violent 26 year-long conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers…until the various hidden landmines are identified and removed, the community in Thunnukai can’t work here. Jalini and her fellow de-miners have already found a dozen mines in this field alone, and believe there are some more. Across the north of Sri Lanka, an unknown number of land mines litter the once productive landscape, threatening lives and livelihoods.”
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Black Women Intellectuals (pdf) (from Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life with Cornel West)
For more than a year, the indigenous Binnizá community of Álvaro Obregón, in the Isthmus of Oaxaca, have defended their lands against the imposition of a wind park by the multinational Spanish firm Mareña Renovables. As part of that struggle, “the community became aware that the parties and political leaders have only used them for political and personal ends.” In August of 2013, the community held an assembly and decided to return to the traditional indigenous usos y costumbres form of governance, where community leaders are selected via general assembly, without the participation of political parties.
On March 2, community members assembled in Álvaro Obregón to defend the decisions of their general assembly. Around 2:15 PM, gunmen opened fire.
Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.
The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.