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    Dream Defenders Statement on the Condemnation of M4BL Platform by Some Pro-Israel Groups

    On Monday, the Dream Defenders along with 50 other organizations, representing hundreds of Black people across the country launched A Vision for Black Lives, an agenda that clearly defines policies, organizing tactics and resources to advance Black liberation. The platform included a call for the US government to divest from military expenditures and US aid to the State of Israel and instead, invest this war-making money towards building infrastructure to support Black and Brown communities in the US. Since our launch, some Zionist organizations have condemned the platform and have announced that they will cut all ties with the Movement for Black Live, going so far as to label some in the BLM movement anti-semitic.

    Their response has made it all the more clear why we stand in solidarity with Palestine and with Black and Brown people around the world fighting for justice.


    Those who have previously claimed to be allies of the Black lives matter movement have shown us that they are comfortable with our resistance so long as it fits within particular confines and restrictions. It is convenient to endorse black lives matter when it benefits you. And as long as we stay silent about Israeli apartheid, they will “stand” with Black liberation in the US. Now that our movement has taken a stand against all forms of white supremacy and oppression, Black lives no longer matter. We want no part in this quid pro quo form of politics. True solidarity does not come with strings attached.

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    Sustain the Movement and Flourish With Us

    Orlando. Istanbul. Bangladesh. Baghdad. Louisiana. Minnesota. Dallas.

    This past month has left us speechless. We felt like we were waking up in a nightmare.  We found ourselves dazed, anxious and restless. Last week left us as worried and troubled and angry as we know each of you are. We tried to put our thoughts together in some meaningful way, tried to muster some powerful statement to inspire, agitate, bring hope. Alas, no words came to our rescue. These feelings overcome language.

    So, last week we did what we have been doing for four years and will continue doing until we never have a week like last one again. We trained our organizing fellows. We rallied and held healing spaces in Miami, Broward, St Petersburg, and Gainesville. We supported similar action across the state. We knocked on doors in Opa Locka, FL and held a strategy session with our Miami leaders.

    In short, we kept on organizing -- for our future, for our people, for our liberation.


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    Who Will Cry Out For Orlando

    My heart sits heavy in my chest and at times it feels hard to breathe. That wouldn’t be anyone’s first guess as I walk through each day since the tragedy the struck so many with a smile on my face and a little bit of light to share with the world. The reality of it all is there are 50 people who are gone, more who are injured, and the attack on them felt like a straight bullet into me. Being a queer, Cuban-Puerto Rican, brown womxn with heavy convictions made the attack in Orlando almost unbearable. As I got off of a plane in New York and walked out of La Guardia, I was bombarded by missed calls and text messages saying “WTF is happening in Orlando right now?” I had no idea. I was thousands of feet in the air with no service or access to any other part of the world but clouds and sky.

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