CCSF students placed at risk of death by riot police while peacefully confronting the oppressions of capitalism, white supremacy, classism and racism by CCFS’s Tom Temprano and the Board of Trustees.
To move forward is to take responsibility to recognize in ourselves where we accept the isms that have been spoon fed into our belief system, keeping our eyes closed to the 1 percenter pissing on our foot, our believing it to be rain ‘cuz he names it so, while inhaling the undeniable smell of urine.
The Bayview Hunters Point community came together in person for an open discussion following the deaths of Lamar “Chi-Chi” Williams and Demarree Hampton, exploring the path they are going to take in their precious diversity to create healing, building and commitment to the thrival of their community.
Toxic environments, as evidenced by human exposure to dirty water or polluted air, are deadly for everyone. The police, or band of brothers, who fill quotas and shoot first are also toxic. To connect the dots completely, we must understand how police brutality and toxic environments are inextricable forms of violence that impact communities. We must understand how this violence intersects and demand an incompatible alternative to what we now endure.
I ain’t gonna front – I shed tears when Trump and his minions were elected. The impending doom that is a Trump presidency is the result of a white America unable to swallow the conspicuousness of Black perfection, and a corollary of white rage. Black people have been shot, burned and lynched, but we did not die. Our hearts and minds have been subject to unspeakable trauma, and still we got back up. Persistence and lightenin’ spits from our fingers and truth is our ammunition. This is all too much for white America. Our perfection is our savior and it should not be feared.
Over 1,000 Black activists, artists, scholars, students and organizations have released a statement reaffirming their “solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and commitment to the liberation of Palestine’s land and people.” “We urge people of conscience to recognize the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a key matter of our time,” the statement asserts.
July 13 marks two years since #BlackLivesMatter was created. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has pushed to ensure that all Black lives are seen as an important part of an overall movement for social transformation. We have much to lose if we negate that all Black lives are central to the most well being for all of us. We must not rest until all of us are free.