All posts tagged: activism

The Sterling Situation

There have been so many articles written about this man in the last few days that it’s making my head spin trying to keep up with them. Then throw the Facebook newsfeed on top of that and all of the debate back and forth about each article that comes up. But in all of that, two contrasting themes have emerged, at least within my FB newsfeed and some of the comments on the articles I’ve read: 1) We (black folk) need to start making more vocal stands and engaging in more tangible activism, i.e., stop being cowards, and 2)  The burden of change shouldn’t be on those that are marginalized but those that are responsible for the marginalization, i.e., white folks, and furthermore, that those calling ‘coward’ aren’t respecting the need for survival. Of course, this is my overgeneralization of complex opinions where most people, like myself, fall somewhere along the spectrum. I don’t think this is an either/or issue; it’s a both/and. I don’t think the responsibility should be solely ours (people of color) to educate the dominant group about why something …

Amandla! Ngawethu!

This has been a resounding cry for the last 3 weeks as I’ve participated in the International People’s Health University (IPHU), the South African National Health Assembly (NHA), and the Third People’s Health Assembly (PHA3), all here in Cape Town. The phrase means: Power to us! And it is shouted as if it were a mandate from God himself, with incredible fervor and passion. All three of these consecutive events have been incredible. I don’t think I quite understood the significance of everything I was attending until I was nearing the end of them all. Especially, the IPHU. It almost (almost) makes me wish I’d put more effort into it, although in reality I was overwhelmed with the cold, the travel out to Belville everyday, and sitting all day long while trying to prepare for the NHA and do my own coursework (which is still being neglected, HA!) But all three conferences were simply beautiful. They really reframed the way that I think about health: the fundamental human right to health, what health means, what …

tobia: “I lost a baby. But for you to stand on this floor and suggest as you have that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought is preposterous. To think that we are here tonight debating this issue, while the American people, if they are listening, are scratching their heads and wondering “what does this have to do with me getting a job? What does this have to do with reducing the deficit?” The answer is nothing at all.” ThinkProgress » Revealing Her Own Abortion, Rep. Speier Criticizes Conservatives For Failing To Empathize With Women. via standupforwomen