Support Voto Latino at Activism Row!

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Voto Latino has provided Activism Row with online tools to help AFROPUNK attendees to register to vote in this year’s general election. You can register by visiting their site.

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The Solitary Lives of the Angola 3

 

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For four decades Black Panther Party members Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox were held in solitary confinement at the infamous Angola prison in Louisiana. Wallace, Woodfox, and Robert Hillary King have become known as ‘The Angola 3,’and were all separately convicted of armored robbery in 1971 and sent to Angola prison.

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Support Activism Row at AFROPUNK

 

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Progressive Pupil is teaming up with AFROPUNK FEST 2014 to co-curate Activism Row because #ActivismLives. You can support this informative, interactive and educational opportunity (and get rock star perks) by making a contribution and sharing the link to its crowdfunding campaign with your friends, family and colleagues.

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The Nonviolent Resistance Movement

 

James Lawson arrested on May 24, 1961. Photo courtesy of breachofpeace.com

James Lawson arrested on May 24, 1961. Photo courtesy of breachofpeace.com

A recent blockbuster film, The Butler, is about an African American man, Cecil Gaines, who serves eight presidents during his career as a White House Butler. The film takes place during a time of national unrest, covering such topics as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. One of the most difficult scenes to watch is when Cecil’s son has volunteered to join the Nashville Student Movement at the Woolworth’s counter sit-in in 1960. These brave students chose to sit at an all-White counter and ask for service at a time when most everything in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina was segregated. In preparation for this movement, students were forced to practice nonviolent resistance. As shown in the film, the students are taught how to remain peaceful while being verbally and physically harassed by their peers. These sit-ins will forever be a landmark in the civil rights protests of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Support Activism Row at AFROPUNK

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Progressive Pupil is teaming up with AFROPUNK FEST 2014 to co-curate Activism Row because #ActivismLives. You can support this informative, interactive and educational opportunity (and get rock star perks) by making a contribution and sharing the link to its crowdfunding campaign with your friends, family and colleagues.

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The Restorative Justice of Project NIA

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Chicago is well-known for being a beautiful city, its wind chill, and being the home of the great Michael Jordan. The city of Chicago is also well-known for being extremely dangerous in many areas. Like many large cities, there is a major problem with juvenile delinquency and there is a need to address it. Every day there are more and more organizations, both new and old working to change the system that is more punitive and less rehabilitative than it should be when dealing with youth.

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Justice for the Central Park Five

Khorey Wise during his 1989 trial. Image courtesy of PBS.com

Khorey Wise during his 1989 trial. Image courtesy of PBS.com

On the night of April 19, 1989, a White female jogger, later identified as Trisha Melli, was found unconscious, beaten, and raped in Central Park.  By morning, three youths were arrested: Yusef Salaam, 15, Raymond Santana, 14, and Anton McCray, 15. The boys were interrogated and held at the Central Park Precinct for the night, without their parents or attorney. Two other boys, Kevin Richardson, 14, and Kharey Wise, 16, were also later arrested, interrogated, and coerced by the police officers into confessions. All of them were convicted with sentences ranging from six and a half years for the juveniles for rape and robbery, to eleven and a half years for Wise, eldest at 16, who was convicted as an adult for sexual assault, first-degree assault, first-degree riot and sent to Riker’s Island to fulfill his sentence.

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What does Activism do?

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Happy Black August!

AFROPUNK and Progressive Pupil are co-curating Activism Row: an interactive, inspirational and informative experience to be featured at AFROPUNK Fest 2014 (August 23 and 24 at Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn). Activism Row’s goals are to facilitate voter registration, inform youth about civic participation opportunities and to encourage the festival’s multicultural audience to envision themselves making a difference. Highlighting social justice as a work of art, Activism Row shows activism lives today in communities of color.

Today, Activism Row launched an Indigegogo campaign to raise funds for the costs associated with producing the festival, which include staff, signage and programs.  You can support this effort by making a tax-deductible contribution and sharing the link (http://igg.me/at/AFROPUNKActivismRow14) with your friends, family and colleagues. Rock star perks are available for your generosity including VIP passes to the festival, which features D’Angelo and Meshell Ndegeocello, a chance to get on stage and more.

Activism Row features local non-profits that advance racial equality by solving urgent community problems such as violence, mass incarceration and HIV/AIDS. In addition, voter registration will be available. On-line and in person, Activism Row will provide AFROPUNK’s audience—who are predominately youth—the empowering opportunity to see themselves as agents of social change. By showing #ActivismLives, this exciting exhibition reveals that the best time for social change is NOW!

I hope to see you later this month at AFROPUNK FEST.  If you have suggestions for organizations that should participate in Activism Row, please share at facebook.com/ProgressivePupil.

In solidarity,

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Robin J. Hayes, PhD

Principal Organizer

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Glossary: Supermax Prison

A prisoner in solitary confinement. Alabama, 1979, by Sean Kernan. Image courtesy of seankernan.com.

A prisoner in solitary confinement. Alabama, 1979, by Sean Kernan. Image courtesy of seankernan.com.

Human rights activists as well as the legal community consider that supermax confinement constitutes torture under international law and cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution mandates humane prisons and the Eighth Amendment prohibits against punishment that is “incompatible with ‘the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” or “involve the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain.”

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See Black and Cuba at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival

The Harlem Chorus, from Black and Cuba.

The Harlem Chorus, from Black and Cuba.

Friends of Progressive Pupil,
Black and Cuba will be screened at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival on Wednesday, August 6 at 1:30pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center. A Q&A session with Director of the film/Principal Organizer of Progressive Pupil Robin J. Hayes to follow. You can purchase here

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