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“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”

https://youtu.be/4Vx8cuCGhaU “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.”

Prison-Industrial Complex 101 – Unshackle NU

https://vimeo.com/152505604 The Prison-Industrial Complex is a term used to describe the system of oppression that exploits bodies for capitalist gains. UnshackleNU calls for Northwestern University to cease its active participation and complacency in the oppressive enforcement of this vicious system. This animated short gives a general overview of what the PIC is, who’s involved, and how it works against the liberation of all marginalized people. Story and Animation by Bria Royal Music “Reflections” Produced by Moods

Transformative Possibilities and the ACSJL 2015 Global Prize

By Lisa Brock, Senior Editor and Academic Director of the Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College

On June 24, 2015, Jennicet Gutierrez interrupted President Obama at a White House event celebrating LGBTQ progress. “I Interrupted Obama because we need to be heard,” Gutierrez said in her June Blade essay. She continues, “Progress has not been fully realized because of the continuous discrimination and violence we face in our daily lives.”

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