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May 8, 2019
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Race, Racism, and Relationship: Microaggressions and the Beloved Community

I will be co-teaching a workshop on ‘Race, Racism, and Relationship: Microaggressions and the Beloved Community’ tomorrow at 6pm at First Unitarian Church of Rochester. Will share some clips from The Injured Body: A Film about Racism in America, talk about Claudia Rankine’s work, discuss the inclusion of dance in the film, and the connection b/w oppression and breathing, and much more. Hope you can make it!

May 8, 2019
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MIMESIS by Fady Joudah

MIMESIS
By Fady Joudah

My daughter
wouldn’t hurt a spider
That had nested
Between her bicycle handles
For two weeks
She waited
Until it left of its own accord
If you tear down the web I said
It will simply know
This isn’t a place to call home
And you’d get to go biking
She said that’s how others
Become refugees isn’t it?

May 6, 2019
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US Sanctions Have Devastated Venezuela & Killed Over 40,000 Since 2017

Economist Jeffrey Sachs: The U.S. government has been trying to strangle the Venezuelan economy.

It started with sanctions in 2017 that prevented the country from accessing international capital markets and the oil company from restructuring its loans. That put Venezuela into a hyperinflation. That was the utter collapse.

Oil earnings plummeted. The earnings that are used to buy food and medicine collapsed. That’s when the social, humanitarian crisis went spiraling out of control. And then, in this year, with this idea – very naive, very stupid, in my view – that there would be this self-proclaimed president, which was all choreographed with the United States, very closely, another round of even tighter sanctions, essentially confiscating the earnings and the assets of the Venezuelan government, took place.

Now Venezuela is in complete, utter catastrophe, a lot of it brought on by the United States deliberately, creating massive suffering. We know there’s hunger. We know there’s a incredible shortage of medical supplies. We can only imagine, because we won’t know really until the dust settles and careful studies are done, how much excess mortality there is, but, surely, in a context like this, this is a catastrophe largely created by the US, because this is an all-or-nothing strategy. What the US, what Trump, just doesn’t understand is the idea of negotiations.

This is an attempt at an overthrow. It’s very crude. It’s not working. And it’s very cruel, because it’s punishing 30 million people. More here.

May 6, 2019
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this heirloom at city hall

#installing#work from my #art series ‘this #heirloom’ at #cityhall‘s #linkgallery today
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this #exhibition ‘embracing our #heritage’ celebrates APAA’s 10th #anniversary and will be on display may 7 to june 17
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along with my work, art by #japanese american artist rie maywar and #korean american artist jina park will also be on display
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opening reception on may 17 from 5:30 to 7:30pm

May 5, 2019
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bombing of gaza in ramadan

ramadan begins with the israeli bombing of gaza, an open air prison. dozens of people have been killed including a pregnant woman and her 14-month old daughter. in what world is that ok? #gazaunderattack #istandwithgaza

From Ahmad Matar

May 4, 2019
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No Burqa For Me Today

Pakistani artist Hoor Imad Sherpao. No Burqa For Me Today, Gouache and 24 Karat Gold on Wasli.

[Just to clarify, anyone who knows me, knows what I think of Western/white/imperial feminism. This is not a comment on how women should dress – short skirts are hardly indicative of liberation – but rather how women have the choice to wear whatever they want and how they have the freedom to change their minds. What I like about this painting is how tongue in cheek it is. It’s saying, today I want to dress up, I want to go over the top, I want to be fierce. That’s all. Peace ?]

May 2, 2019
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On a panel for PMI Rochester

On a brilliant panel today discussing ‘Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion,’ PMI Rochester Professional Development Day, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Great co-panelists, some 300 people in the audience, and a rich conversation. Thank u Rashid Muhammad!

May 2, 2019
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Hands Off Ilhan Omar: Angela Davis & Black Women Leaders Defend Congresswoman

black women rock!

African-American women leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday in defense of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim congresswomen in history and the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar has been the target of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office, including by President Donald Trump himself. More here.

May 1, 2019
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Parents turn out in droves to discuss racism in Pittsford schools

“There’s an increase in the inappropriate language and behavior that’s going on in our schools,” parent Sareer Fazili said. “We’re not hearing or seeing any denials of the existence of this behavior.”

Others say the district is tone-deaf.

Parent Jerome Gilles said he was disappointed to see Black History Month projects meant to highlight the accomplishments of prominent African Americans include incorrect information – or depict Caucasians instead.

“I felt it was a missed opportunity for the school to reinforce their commitment to diversity inclusion: also, to educate the kids,” he said. More here.

Concerned parents want to make sure the district is inclusive towards all students.