Black and Cuba Screening at Dominican University

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Friends of Progressive Pupil,

Black and Cuba is coming to Dominican University! Come and watch a free screening of our documentary, followed by a Q&A with director Robin Hayes tomorrow, Thursday on September 18th, at 6:30pm located at 7900 W. Division River Forest IL, 60305.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Black Resistance Screening List: Colors

Image Courtesy of Amazon

Image Courtesy of Amazon

Colors is a 1988 police drama directed by Robert Duvall, starring Duvall and a Sean Penn. It tells the story of two Los Angeles police officers working to stop the violence between rival street gangs ‘The Bloods” and “The Crips.”

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Icons: The Rock Steady Crew

The Rock Steady Crew

The Rock Steady Crew

Breakdancing is just one element of hip hop culture that can trace its origins to the low-income areas of the Bronx. It was started by Black and Puerto Rican youth in the 1970s. I was born and raised in Queens, New York during the early 1980s. Though Queens was not an area where hip hop culture dominated, I still have faint memories of my first introduction to hip hop and breakdancing.

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Dominican Hair

Nedra Sandiford Dominican Hair Accompanying Photo (twitter,facebook)

We are constantly being confronted with images of how things are and how things should be. Worldwide, the prevailing image of beauty is no doubt becoming more inclusive. However, it continues to discreetly assert certain traits as more preferable, promoting pale skin and long, straight hair as the definition of beauty. Because of the dominance and prevalence of these images, some women go lengths just to achieve this look, even if it means disguising their roots.

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Las Castas

Image Courtesy of NegroDocumentary.org

Image Courtesy of NegroDocumentary.org

Quadroon is a term used to describe the amount of African ancestry a person has. It stems from the Casta system of colonial Spain in the 17th and 18th centuries in the Americas. The casta (caste) system was used to delineate a person’s racial identity. In Spanish America, it was believed a person’s character was based on their birth, color, race, and ethnic origin. Concomitantly, the castas system was used to determine a person’s place in society and controlled several aspects of their social and economic life (including taxation). Charts, like the one pictured above, were created to illustrate a social hierarchy, with “Peninsulars,” Spanish-born Spaniards, at the top of the social ladder, and “Negroes,” people of pure African decent, at the bottom.

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The Battle for the Bronx

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Image Courtesy of FreshDirect

In 2012, the former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, offered millions of dollars in tax subsidies and incentives to FreshDirect so they could build a new headquarters in the South Bronx waterfront. South Bronx Unite (SBU) is a coalition of South Bronx residents and allies that have brought a multitude of legal obstacles to the FreshDirect development. The community organization contends that the new construction will disrupt the growing residential neighborhood that already has a history of environmental and health challenges.

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5 Requirements for White Allies of Feminists of Color

"We ALL Can Do It," by soirart.

“We ALL Can Do It,” by soirart.

I identify as a woman, but I move through the world not only as a woman, but also as a white woman, a woman from a middle-class family, an American woman, an able-bodied woman, and a young woman (I could go on). These identities, many of them granting me daily privileges in society, make my experience as a woman vastly different from the experiences of other women.

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A Toast to Activism Row!

 

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AFROPUNK has come and gone leaving shards of cowry shells and trampled kente cloth blowing in the breeze around Commodore Barry Park. Now that we’ve put away our gold and washed off our blue lipstick, we here at Progressive Pupil can’t thank you all enough for your support on the success of Activism Row.

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Girls for Gender Equity

Being in the streets and not following the rules can put you behind bars at a young age. Let's reduce the harsh discipline! - image and message by Margaret Grilliam.

Being in the streets and not following the rules can put you behind bars at a young age. Let’s reduce the harsh discipline! – image and message by Margaret Grilliam.

This past April, Progressive Pupil partnered with Girls for Gender Equity on an Image Voice Workshop that sought to reimagine “school pushout” through photography. Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is a Brooklyn-based organization that works to promote the physical, psychological, social and economic well-being of girls and women through coalition building and youth development programming that educates and empowers young women to question the status quo.  Led by Nefertiti Martin, community organizer for GGE and Progressive Pupil’s lead organizer, Dr. Robin Hayes, GGE’s motivated group of young women found a space to express their conflicted feelings around the punitive practice of rampant suspensions and expulsions for “bad” behavior in their high schools.

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School to Prison Pipeline: What Effect are School Cops having on Students?

Chicago Police And Neighborhood Officials Escort Children To School

What came first, the chicken or the egg? In this age-old saying, the question implies that there cannot be a chicken, without having been hatched in an egg first. But there also cannot be an egg, without a chicken laying it.  The same question can be applied to school cops. Which came first, school cops or school violence? It can be argued that school cops are a response to student violence. However, it can also be argued that student violence is a result of school cop presence. This debate is a very controversial issue at the moment and is extremely relevant to our schools today.

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