👊🏾 "during asian-pacific american heritage month we honor the filipino farm workers led by larry itliong, peter velasco and philip vera cruz who began the delano grape strike in september 1965, and then quickly asked the mostly latino members of the union led by cesar chavez, dolores huerta and gilbert padilla to join their picket lines...
growers had historically pitted one race against another to break farm strikes. genuine solidarity between the races was a key factor in establishing the ufw as the first enduring farm workers union in american history."
📷 + words: @chavezfoundation
senior citizens have fought for our freedom, contributed to our economy, passed down the gifts of our ancestors, & raised us to be the revolutionaries we are today.✨ our elders are the backbone of our communities and they deserve care and support! 💪🏾
. #health4all means coverage for all seniors! 👴🏽 👵🏿 💛
🎨 @vrye #peoplepower
On this day in 1838, what is known as the trail of tears officially began. under the order of president andrew jackson, native americans were forcibly removed from their homelands in georgia, north carolina, alabama, florida, and tennessee to benefit white settlers, who wanted to grow cotton, there.
the affected nations included the cherokee, muscogee (creek) seminole, chickasaw, and choctaw , among others. this action led to the theft of land and attempted genocide of these native communities. people had to march for over 10 months, including through the winter, and thousands died along the way.
🎨: max d. standley
Today, we’re honoring dr. grace lee boggs ph.d. she was a published writer, activist, and philosopher born to chinese immigrant parents. boggs devoted her life to labor and civil rights, black power, feminism and environmental justice movement.
she was such a fierce ally to black folks, that angela davis once said, “grace has made more contributions to the black struggle than most black people have." she passed away just months after her 100th birthday and continues to inspire us, today.
A friendly reminder: minding your business is free! 🤗 during ramadan and year-round, worry less about what people are wearing or not wearing, what they believe or don't believe, and focus that energy on yourself, instead. 🙆🏽♀️
dope art and message: @niqabaechronicles
👏🏿 you've probably heard about robert f. smith's incredible gift to morehouse college's class of 2019: paying off their student loan debt.
few people can give at that scale but here's a reminder from @luvvie to do what we can for each other because every little bit adds up:
"you don't have to be a billionaire, though, to make a difference. do not let this get you off the hook for doing what you can to make this world better... big moves like this change the world but the small things you can do every day can add up to make a difference too. let's all keep doing work."
Cw: violence, murder
💔 last weekend, two black trans women were murdered. muhlaysia booker was 23 years young. she survived a brutal physical assault last month and was found, murdered, in dallas on saturday morning. michelle "tamika" washington was in her 30's and was seen as a mother to younger members of her local lgbtq community. she died of gunshot wounds early sunday morning, in philadelphia.
as pride season begins, let us remember that there would be no lgbtq movement without black trans women- who have always been on the frontlines. they have created culture and fashion, too, often without credit. and yet black trans women continue to be subjected to violence just for existing. we stand in solidarity with our trans siblings and will never stop fighting for justice and safety for them, period. rest in power, muhlaysia and tamika.
. #sayhername#blacktranslivesmatter .
✋🏿 many of us say "sorry" when what we really should be saying is "thank you!" (of course, sometimes we do need to apologize but not all the time.) shift from guilt to gratitude, today! tag that friend who's always apologizing and let them know they can stop. 🙂
🎉 happy birthday to two great activists for communities of color: yuri kochiyama and malcolm x! did you know that these two historical figures were friends and allies in the struggle for civil rights? in fact, kochiyama was by malcolm x's side as he took his last breaths.
kochiyama became an activist after her father was detained and she and her family were imprisoned for being japanese.
malcolm, later known as el-hajj malik el-shabazz, was a minister and human rights activist and was assassinated at 39 years old. may they both rest in power.
We hope you're taking all the dance breaks you need this weekend! to help, here's some vibrant and dope art from aurelia durand. times may be tough but we can't let them steal our joy!
🎵: "shaku shaku" by @afrob__