Support Palabras for PR #PuertoRico

Jessica Marie Johnson writes:

I am helping to host an online fundraiser via YouCaring for Festival de la Palabra, located in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Please help us reach our $5,000 goal:


The mission of Festival de la Palabra is to internationalize Puerto Rican literature through the promotion of reading and creative writing in Puerto Rico and the creation of meeting spaces between writers and readers at school, national and international levels. Since Hurricane Maria, organizers and volunteers from Festival de la Palabra (FDLP) have been engaged in relief activities supporting some of the most isolated communities and youth through the arts. FDLP’s projects are based in LoĂ­za, Puerto Rico, a historically Afrxdescendiente area of the island.

In case you missed that part — These funds are going to support Black Diasporic Puerto Ricans. Yes, of course, this is the part of the island that is receiving the least amount of attention, the least amount of aid, and has the greatest need.

Festival de la Palabra Founder, Mayra Santos-Febres

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VIDEO: In the Wake: A Salon in Honor of Christina Sharpe on Vimeo

Featuring Christina Sharpe, Hazel Carby, Kaiama Glover, Saidiya Hartman, Arthur Jafa, and Alex Weheliye.
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VIDEO: The Heritage of Slavery (1968) w/ Fannie Lou Hamer & Lerone Bennett, Jr.

From 1968, a look at slavery in Charleston, SC and sharecropping in Mississippi from 1968 (via ReelBlack):

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AUDIO: First Draft 8.18 | BackStory 

On this week’s episode, Brian, Nathan, Joanne and Ed discuss the horrific events that happened in Charlottesville last weekend, and how it fits into American history.

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VIDEO: The Take Em Down Nola Story

Take Em Down NOLA, a multi-racial, multi-generational coalition of organizers, artists, and activists committed to the removal of ALL symbols to White Supremacy in the city of New Orleans as a necessary part of the greater push for social and economic justice in the city. In May of 2017, the group began posting videos documenting their history.

Chapter 1

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AUDIO: Joe Madison w/ Erica Armstrong Dunbar on “Never Caught”

Joe Madison speaks with author Erica Armstrong Dunbar, about her book, “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge.” Taped in the wake of and with commentary on Charlottesville.

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BLOGROLL: Fleming writes “White Supremacy Is the Foundation of Our Country”

Crystal Marie Fleming on United States’ history of white supremacy and the danger of stopping at statues:

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NEWS: “We Replaced You”

Charlottesville counter protest, organized with social media blackout to protect participants, retraced the path white supremacists demonstrators took on campus, bearing candles instead of torches. 

Image by Casey Kilmartin, h/t Bethany Nowviskie on Twitter.