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Feminist Wire just posted a profile of 23 girls and women who are transforming our world with love, feminism, anti-racism, collaboration, peace, solidarity, empathy, critique, and hope. Check out who made the list.
If we are really serious about transformative social justice change, we need to expand who is at our table and actually understand why we’re all sitting together.
Thousands turned out on October 26th for the Stop Watching Us Rally to End Mass Surveillance. Though the spotlight is mostly on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, telecommunications companies are working hand in hand with the government – and it’s marginalized communities that are paying a hefty price.
When an FCC Commissioner sees a room filled with people and thinks “Wow, this really is a big group,” it is a sign that we need to fill the streets too. Knowledge Exchange helps us to do just that – by better working together to build the movement that will get America a little bit closer to its promise.
“When is the last time you have three days to think?” said Malkia. My brain was lit with ideas on the last day of the 6th annual Knowledge Exchange – hosted by the Consumers Union and Center for Media Justice in Washington DC.
When I was a child growing up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, at the beginning of what would be a long history of troubled sleep, my mom would sing this song to me as the gun shots and other sounds ricocheted in the background: lay down body/lay down little while/trouble soon be over/lay down little while/just keep on rolling/lay down little while/trouble soon be over/lay down little while. What my mother knew then, what I would only learn later, is that song can not only put a child troubled by violence to sleep, it can raise that child to dream, and raise a nation of dissidents to voice, to action, to power.
The revelations that the NSA is spying on Americans — with the help of tech and broadband companies — should frighten anyone fighting for racial justice. After all, our nation has a long and shameful history of using surveillance to disrupt racial and social justice movements.
“There is one number that simply haunts me—perhaps because I am a parent. Across the country, 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. That is 2.7 million children who do not know what it means to talk regularly with their mother or father.”
Post-racial is just an Orwellian remix of the age-old settler narrative that continues to drive culture and policy in the United States. And this nation building and power keeping story carries new weight and meaning amidst a deep demographic shift to a browner, younger country.
Discriminatory surveillance programs are hardly new. But our communities know “surveillance” does not lead to security, in fact it’s the opposite.
New America Foundation Panel: The Open Internet Goes to Court (featuring National Organizer Steven Renderos as one of the panelists)