Today at Noon (9am Pacific) for 8 minutes and 46 seconds workers across the country are walking off the job for justice, workers internationally are taking action in solidarity, and people everywhere are showing their support as part of the July 20, #StrikeForBlackLives!
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(Rochester NY, 1852)
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is a 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 that would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour.
Tell the truth; right the wrong; repair the harm; reconcile.
It’s sequential: truth, reparations, reconciliation.
So yes: tear down the statues (truth telling), defund the police, build palaces of learning in the public schools, universal health care, community control,homes for the unhoused, guarantees of income, close the pentagon, abolish the prisons, cancel student debt, tax the rich, take back the land—for a start.
DEMAND the IMPOSSIBLE!