Migrants, supporters march in Columbia Heights after ICE raids on apartments — DC Direct Action News

On the 12th of July, ICE agents raided the Sarbin Towers apartments on 16th st, arresting nine people both residents and passers by. Other raids also occurred that week, as ICE assaulted this supposed sanctuary city. In response, a very large crowd marched from a the park at 14th and Kenyon and blocked 16th st […] … Continue reading Migrants, supporters march in Columbia Heights after ICE raids on apartments — DC Direct Action News

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[Video] Allyship Is Not About You: A YouTube Critique of Performative Allies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YViRmjXK3_s A video I finished a few days ago, just in time for Pride Month!

The Pocahontas Paradox

“The point is, Disney should never have made a movie about Pocahontas in the first place (it is NOT a happy story), but they did, and turned her into a stoic pinup. No matter what Disney does with this character, it’s going to be problematic at best, racist as worst. Some Natives have pointed out other issues with Pocahontas in the new movie (such as how a white woman is touching her hair), and some argue that including her in the first place is too much of a disrespect. It’s kind of disingenuous for some people to act like her looking lighter is the ONLY problem here; you can’t talk about how Pocahontas looks in CGI without acknowledging how her conception from the ground up is rooted in racist ideas.”

This is why media criticism is necessary. It’s not enough not to just show representation of any marginalized group; HOW you represent said group is just as important.

The Flying Red Robot

Earlier this month, the full length trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2 was released.

I’m excited as hell for Ralph and Vanellope being on another adventure together, as well as how the new character of Yesss will affect their relationships. So, I was pretty peeved when the trailer seemed to focus more on the Disney crossover material, with an extended scene of Vanellope meeting the Disney Princesses.

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Why? Because instead of people talking about the original character coming back, they’re obsessed with the princesses. More specifically, how the princesses look. And there’s a LOT of angry discourse which is honestly tiring to me at this point (again, it doesn’t matter what your personality or role in the story you have, it’s all about how you look).

But, there is one issue that seems to come up. The fact that Pocahontas appears to be considerably lighter in…

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BK/NY – Tuesday, March 13th– International Women’s Day Political Prisoner Card Writing Dinner

FYI: for my comrades in the NYC area; excellent event to take part in!

NYC Anarchist Black Cross

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
WHERE: The Base1302 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11221 (directions below)

NOTE: The Base is on the ground floor, is wheelchair accessible, and has a gender neutral toilet.
COST: Freeimg_9674Join us Tuesday as NYC ABC celebrates International Women’s Day by writing the female identifying political prisoners held captive here in the United States.

We’ll be sharing the stories of and writing to Debbie Africa, Janet Africa, Janine Africa,Red Fawn FallisNicole Kissane, and Rev. Joy Powell.

If for whatever crazy reason you cannot join us Tuesday, please take the time to write to them on your own time:

Debbie Sims Africa #OO6307
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403

Janet Holloway Africa #OO6308
SCI Cambridge Springs
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403

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Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

Planning a video on ally theatre in the near future, and this is tangentially related to the problems that can arise with “Allies,” so…I thought I’d share it.

Warrior Publications

Indigenous Action Media, May 4, 2014Accomplices not Allies graphic

This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.

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