Kiyoshi Kuromiya’s voice of resistance was part of a collective cry vocalized by radical queer, trans and gender non conforming people of color who battled imperialism, racism, the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, and the prison industrial complex For the last 40 years. His life is a testament to queer and/or trans of color peoples’ participation in the civil rights, black power, New Left, queer and AIDS activist social movements and history. This spirit, and legacy, of queer people of color’s resistance and resilience remains vital and relevant.
All posts for the month May, 2014
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 29, 2014
The 2014 DC Caribbean Film Festival is on its way again, and we here at Progressive Pupil couldn’t be more excited to have been invited to screen our baby, “Black and Cuba.”
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 27, 2014
We’ve received so many submissions for Afro-Asian solidarity month and we wanted to share some of the best art that our Progressive Pupil family has to offer. This week’s piece is “Underground Rainbow,” by Clifford Rivera.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 24, 2014
I remembered your FBI interrogating my father at the U.S./Mexico border when I was 11. I remembered the rampage that occurred at the Wisconsin Sikh temple, which left 6 innocents dead. I remembered being told I was ugly because I am dark. I remembered my father telling me he was casually called a “sandnigger” one day. I remembered being made fun of because I adorned a bindi at school. I remembered being chosen to be violated in the TSA scanner in the airport, mortified that the man behind the computer screen had access to my body. I wanted to prove that I was a part, not apart, of you. My South Asian friend and I were discussing the Boston Marathon Bombings, and he admitted to me that he thought that the perpetrator might be Muslim. That same thought reverberated with me since the incident occurred, but I would never outwardly admit it. I was so, so, scared. I was struck with influxes of personal experiences and overwhelmed with alienation.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 22, 2014
We’ve received so many submissions for Afro-Asian solidarity month and we wanted to share some of the best art that our Progressive Pupil family has to offer. This week we have an essay, “City of Searching,” by Tony Robles.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 17, 2014
The Social Media and Engagement Program team at Progressive Pupil is incredibly excited to highlight Black and Asian Solidarity Month. We are looking forward to submissions, networking and outreach that will come of this month. Both groups historically have related on a platform of creating diverse mechanisms to fight against the complexities of racial, social and economic injustice. It is important to acknowledge the progress that has been made, and the road ahead.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 12, 2014
Recently the terms, “Cultural Appropriation” have been ubiquitously tossed around in describing the troublesome behaviors of the former Disney child star, Miley Cyrus. At first, I did not understand why everyone was so fascinated/ disgusted/ shocked by a young White female who happened to “like” Black culture. It wasn’t until I had heard from the perspectives of those who felt victim to such violations of cultural appropriation that I was able to truly paint the whole picture.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 10, 2014
A quick search for #blasian on Twitter returns thousands of tweets from people talking about their Afro-Asian heritage and posting pictures of themselves or their friends. Most of the tweets highlight bits of their heritage the posters are proud of, while some have hateful undertones in their words.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 8, 2014
Progressive Pupil is looking forward to celebrating Black Pride, Family, & Music month and we need your help!
Posted by Progressive Pupil on May 5, 2014