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Eds. Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this post to see
links to discussions of A Birthday Cake for George Washington. The
links are in two sets. The first is to items upon the release of
the book. The second set is to items following Scholastic's
decision to withdraw the book.
Back in November or December, I started to hear that people in children's literature were wondering what we (by we, I mean people who objected to the treatment of slavery in A Fine Dessert) would say about the smiling slaves in a book due out this year. That book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, is out now.
It felt, then and now, too, like the people who think A Fine Dessert is ok were waiting to pounce on us. The line of reasoning is this: if the smiling slaves in A Fine Dessert were not ok, then, the smiling slaves in A Birthday Cake for George can't be ok, either. It seemed--and seems--that a test is being put forth. If we don't slam A Birthday Cake, then, our critiques of A Fine Dessert can be ignored.
That situation is disgusting.
A predominantly white institution filled with predominantly white people with hundreds of years of power to determine what gets published is waiting to pounce on people of color if they don't pounce on other people of color.
I ordered A Birthday Cake for George today. I'll study it. I may--or I may not--write about it.
What I want to focus on right now is power and the investment in that white narrative of the US and its history.
Smiling slaves in picture books that, in some way, depict slavery are a parallel to the smiling Indians in picture books set in colonial periods. Those smiles sell. They tell kids things weren't all that bad for those who lived in slavery or those whose communities were being attacked and decimated by those who wanted their land--in many instances--so they could turn...
Save Lelu Island and Skeena salmon
from LNG: - [http://savelelu.ca/] - The health and abundance of
wild salmon depend on intact fresh and saltwater habitats.
The proposed Petronas Pacific NorthWest LNG development on Lelu Island, on the estuary of the Skeena River, would interfere with the delicate balance of Flora Bank and the natural processes that hold it in place. Flora Bank has been identified as critical to the health and abundance of Skeena salmon.
A study by the federal government in 1973, as well as recent science, confirms that altering or destroying these habitats will significantly damage the abundance and health of Skeena salmon.
This site was selected for industrial development without consultation with First Nations and Skeena communities.
We, the undersigned, share a deep and abiding interest in the continued health and abundance of wild Skeena salmon. Therefore, we declare the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project cannot proceed.
SEE: 'The Lelu Island Declaration' - PDF [http://media.wix.com/ugd/6d9c86_3cc8a16b0f884c18970adaa4a7fd7bb0.pdf]
Afro-led government to probe Guyana death squad killings | New York
Amsterdam News: The new Black view: Official inquests into
unsolved deaths have been sparse in recent decades, especially
during the 23-year rule of the Indo-dominated People’s Progressive
Party, which ended at general elections last May. Now Attorney
General Basil Williams says the way is being cleared not only to
stage judicial investigations into murders but also to help
families obtain closure.
Not surprisingly, the PPP opposed the passage of the bill, suggesting instead that it should have been sent to a bipartisan select committee for line-by-line scrutiny. The government side said it is afraid of what might emerge from inquests in the coming months as it is determined to hold those responsible for the primarily drive-by executions or abduction deaths accountable.
Flint Residents Told That Their Children Could Be Taken Away If
They Don’t Pay For City’s Poison Water | The Free Thought
Project: Flint residents have recently filed two class action
lawsuits calling for all water bills since April of 2014 to be
considered null and void because of the fact that the water was
“We are seeking for the court to declare that all the bills that have been issued for usage of water invalid because the water has not been fit for its intended purpose,” said Trachelle Young, one of the attorneys bringing the lawsuit said in court.
“Essentially, the residents have been getting billed for water that they cannot use. Because of that, we do not feel that is a fair way to treat the residents,” Young added.
Recent estimates have indicated that it could take up to 15 years and over $60 million to fix the problem, and the residents will be essentially forced to live there until the problem is solved. Despite the fact that the issue is obviously the government’s responsibility, they have made it illegal for people to sell their homes because of the fact that they are known to carry contaminated water. Meanwhile, residents are still left to purchase bottled water on their own, in addition to paying their water bill.
criminality established’: Probes into 57 unlawful killings in Iraq
by UK soldiers dropped — RT UK: The decision comes after UK
Prime Minister David Cameron urged ministers to draw up plans to
curb claims regarding troops coming back from Iraq which he
described as “spurious.” He demanded that returning soldiers be
protected from “being hounded by lawyers over claims that are
totally without foundation.”
Cameron has tasked the National Security Council with finding a way to clamp down on lawyers exploiting a “no win, no fee” system that may soon be banned while the government’s investigative powers may get a boost.
However, some lawyers argue that every person must obey the law and many cases of abuse have actually been proven while the Prime Minister noted that the “industry” is merely trying to make a profit out of servicemen.
The army’s former chief legal adviser in Iraq, Nicholas Mercer, said that the fact that British taxpayers had already paid out almost �20mn ($29mn) in compensations to settle hundreds of cases of abuses and violations against Iraqi civilians shows that the problem is widespread.
Stan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream goes viral |
Australia news | The Guardian: As part of the IQ2 debate series
held by the Ethics Centre, Grant joined immigration lawyer Pallavi
Sinha, Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi and Australian actor Jack
Thompson to argue for or against the topic “Racism is destroying
the Australian dream”. The event was held last year, but the Ethics
Centre only released the video online on Friday.
In his opening address, Grant, who is also Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, argued that racism was at “the foundation of the Australian dream”.
“The Australian dream,” Grant said. “We sing of it and we recite it in verse; ‘Australians all let us rejoice for we are young and free’.
La Loche Shooting: Victim's Family Tells Canada To Stop And
Listen: In its statement, the family says the leaders of the
village need to be listened to prevent similar losses in the
"Rather than looking for someone to blame, or coming up with outsider opinions of reasons why this occurred, we must stop and listen to the voices of La Loche. The leaders and members of the community know what types of support and changes are needed. Our responsibility as a nation is to listen and respond to create lasting systemic change.''
A school shooting in remote Saskatchewan, Hollywood debuts, and a tragic trophy killing were highlights this week in Indian country, with the release of The Revenant, t...
Gov. Snyder lied: Flint water switch was not about saving money,
records show | Motor City Muckraker: But it turns out, DWSD
offered the state-controlled city a deal that would have saved
Flint more money by staying with Detroit.
An e-mail obtained by Motor City Muckraker shows the deal would have saved the city $800 million over 30 years, which was 20% more inexpensive than switching to the Karegnondi Water Authority.
A high-ranking DWSD official told us today that Detroit offered a 50% reduction over what Flint had been paying Detroit. In fact, documents show that DWSD made at least six proposals to Flint, saying “the KWA pipeline can only be attributed to a ‘political’ objective that has nothing to do with the delivery – or the price – of water.”
Nantes | Articles | Show | Nuit de violences fascistes à
Quimper - Cette lourde défaite stratégique d'Adsav n'a pas plu
à ses militants, qui se sont vengés en commettant plusieurs
agressions dans le centre-ville en début de soirée. Vers 18h, 30 à
40 néo-nazis rôdaient toujours dans les rues après avoir assiegé un
bar près de la gare. La clientèle et le personnel sont parvenus à
se barricader à l'intérieur de l'établissement. Rue Jean Jaurès,
des véhicules ornés de certains autocollants (soutien à la ZAD,
etc.) ont été pris pour cibles. Au parking de la Résistance, des
pneus ont été crevés, à priori pour tendre des embuscades. Des
groupes violents très mobiles ont méthodiquement traqué les
personnes ayant participé à la manif "Bretagne Ouverte &
Solidaire". Totalement humiliée par une mobilisation antifasciste 9
fois plus importante en nombre, désemparée, l'extrême-droite a une
fois de plus révélé sa véritable nature. L'heure n'est plus à se
demander si ce sont bien des racistes et des fascistes qui s'en
prennent à nous, cela ne fait aucun doute. La violence, voila tout
ce qu'ils comprennent... Nous lançons un appel à témoin pour les
personnes ayant subit ou assisté à ces violences afin d'établir un
compte-rendu des dégâts. Pour nous contacter:
This major strategic defeat of Adsav did not please its militants, who retaliated by committing several attacks in the city in the early evening. Around 18h, 30-40 neo-Nazis still roamed the streets after being besieged at a bar near the station. Customer and staff managed to barricade themselves inside the building. Rue Jean Jaures, vehicles adorned with some stickers (ZAD support, etc.) have been targeted. The car park of the Resistance, tires were slashed, presumably for ambushes. Highly mobile groups have methodically hunted violent individuals who participated in the protest "British Open
How a Minnesota Activist Exposed a Cop Troll Encouraging Murder,
Leading to the Cop's Suspension - PINAC News: And now the story
has gone viral with media outlets such as Good Morning America,
CNN, New York Times and Washington Post, among others, reporting on
it, revealing a dark side about police culture that has nothing but
contempt for protesters.
Henderson said he has long had his eye on the trolling cop, saying he has had previous flame wars with JM Roth on the Facebook page, Minnesota Cop Block, which is an administrator.
The group page currently has 3,296 members and seeks to hold police accountable by video recording police encounters.
Henderson was already familiar with the account and stated that Rothecker would often troll the group with comments such as, “you don’t have the balls to do what I do” and calling them “armchair quarterbacks” or “flipping idiots”.
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Email: ReclaimDenver@gmail.com Twitter: @ReclaimDenver
PRESS RELEASE #ReclaimDenver: “Cops Are Killing Us For Sport.”
Clergy and Concerned Coloradans deploy prominent banner near Denver
Broncos football stadium before kick-of of the NFL AFC Championship
Denver, CO. January 24, 2016: In a courageous display of solidarity and
in the true spirit of community,
clergy and concerned Coloradans unveiled a banner reminding game-goers
and attendant media that
“Cops Are Killing Us For Sport” ahead of the 1:05pm MST kick-off of the
National Football League (NFL)
American Football Conference (AFC) championship game, to stand against
racist policing and systemic violence.
#ReclaimDenver unveiled the banner on the north face of Highland Bridge
during the rush of pre-game tailgating
traffic as a show of resistance against systemic unrepentant oppression
of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Queer, Poor,
and other marginalized people throughout greater Denver.
Today, #ReclaimDenver did what Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock refuses to
do: took action to protect the people
of Denver from police terror. People and vehicles came to a stop,
witnessing the demand for a stop to state
violence in Denver and beyond. Interested persons can follow updates via
Far bigger than Broncos vs. Patriots is a fight for survival:
marginalized people versus institutionalized
racism. In the shadow of Mile High Stadium are Denver communities
ravaged by rampant gentrification, families
devastated by lethal police brutality. A Sunday that should be
celebratory is instead marred...
The Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek ind...
A Brazilian tribal community is being attacked by a large number of gunmen in southern Brazil.
The gunmen, employed by local ranchers, arrived in around ten trucks and have been firing repeatedly at the Guarani village in Mato Grosso do Sul state. They have also reportedly set fire to several houses. The attacks are continuing on a nightly basis.
The ranchers are believed to be retaliating for a land reoccupation attempted by the Guarani last week. Although the Guarani have a right to their ancestral land under Brazilian and international law, it was stolen from them to make way for ranches and plantations. The ranchers frequently send gunmen to attack the Guarani and kill their leaders, in an attempt to keep them off the land.
On January 13th the Guarani marked the thirteenth anniversary of the murder of Marcos Veron, a tribal leader killed by ranchers in the same community, known as Takuara, where the attacks are taking place.
The DOF border security forces are present but have yet to step in to prevent the violence in this area, which th...
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