Wisdom from Ida B. Wells-Barnett: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” ― Ida B. Wells-Barnett
1. AVP Twitter Chat: NCAVP’s Hate Violence Report Release #Not1Story
As discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ legislation continues to move forward across the nation and as existing protections are being rolled back by an unfriendly administration, we are certain that now is the time to take action. Hate violence affects different communities in similar and unique ways, and it will be only through the intersection of many voices and many perspectives that we can arrive at solutions for preventing and addressing such violence.
That’s why we are so excited that you plan to participate in our Town Hall to add your expertise, experience, and perspective to this conversation: after all, hate violence is #Not1Story, but many.
Tune in on the conversation on June 13th, 2pm-3pm
2. #RAISEYOURHAND: and end the school-prison-pipeline with Black Women's Blueprint, The Dream Unfinished and some talented female musicians on June 11th. This concert featured violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, most recently known in her roles in Broadway's The Fiddler On the Roof and Sunset Boulevard, Dr. Ashley Jackson, a harpist praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic range and Student Rosemarie Albanese a long-time member of the Manhattan Girls Chorus.
3. BWB’s Words of Fire Book Circle Continues into the month of June:
Our 5-week Words of Fire Book Circle is still taking place at the Black Women’s Blueprint! The first major anthology to trace the development, from the early 1800s to the present, of black feminist thought in the United States, Words of Fire is Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s comprehensive collection of writings, in the feminist tradition, of more than sixty African American women.
This book circle will provide space for reflection on the text as well as space for visioning, healing, and building community with Black women, Queer, Trans, Interxex and GNC Black people. For more information on this book circle, which will be continuing until the end of June please refer to our FB page.
4. BLM Co-Founder’s Ode To Black Women During Commencement Speech:
We love this moving commencement speech commemorating Black women given by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
5. Black Women and Political Action:
We support Black Women’s Roundtable and AARP campaign HealthCARE is a Human Right #NotaPriviledge - launched in response to the Trump adminitrations recent budget cuts which threaten access to Medicaid, Medicare, and quality affordable health care for marginal groups in the country.
The girlfriend of the late Philando Castile has recently testified during the ongoing manslaughter trial for police officer Jeronimo Yanez that began last week.
7. Justice for Female Inmate Raped in Sheriff David Clark’s Jail:
An inmate raped repeatedly by a guard in the Black conservative Sheriff David Clarke’s jail has been awarded with 6.7 million dollars.
Black Women’s Blueprint is in solidarity with the South African organization, One in Nine, which strives to call attention to the glaring endemic issue of sexual assault in the country.
9. “Of the 60 women who’ve accused Cosby of drugging and/or sexual assault, one third of us are black:”
Lili Bernard, one of Bill Cosby’s accusers, released an op-ed this Wednesday condemning allies of the defamed comedian for suggesting that recent sexual assault accusers are tantamount to white supremacists.
We are highly anticipating the web series, “Little Apple” - a show which follows a nine year old girl from Harlem growing increasingly cognizant of race, gender, and class hierarchies. You can help the show reach its production goals by checking out their Kickstarter page.