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When we are successful, our exact wording will be added to the contract and will be enforced by auditors or else the developers will be fined larger amounts of money.... If the meeting does not go as planned, Dream Defenders and other organizations are prepared to launch six days of civil disobedience leading up to the July 14th vote. #Overtown #ddblog

Overtown Rising: Gentrification and the Fight to Thrive

Miami is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It is a popular destination that attracts people like me with its warm weather and beautiful beaches. Miami is also a place where the wealthy are able to hide their money in overpriced luxury housing[1]; where the people who call Miami home don’t make a livable wage[2] [3]; where HIV/AIDS is infecting people like no other city in the US[4]; and where corrupt politicians make underhanded deals with rich developers that slight local residents.

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On the night of June 30th, the historically black church of Mount Zion AME church was covered in flames in the small town of Greeleyville, S.C. Only two decades ago, this same church was set on fire by the KKK. The town of Greeleyville is only an hour north of Charleston, South Carolina, the city in the Black Belt South where white supremacist Dylan Roof murdered 9 African Americans at Emanuel AME church on the evening of June 17th, 2015. Since the horrific white supremacist terror attack at Emanuel AME, 6 African American churches have been on fire, with only 3 not including Mount Zion AME being investigated by the Feds as arson attempts and others still under investigation.

Who Is Burning Down Black Churches?

On the night of June 30th, the historically black church of Mount Zion AME church was covered in flames in the small town of Greeleyville, S.C. Only two decades ago, this same church was set on fire by the KKK. The town of Greeleyville is only an hour north of Charleston, South Carolina, the city in the Black Belt South where white supremacist Dylan Roof murdered 9 African Americans at Emanuel AME church on the evening of June 17th, 2015. Since the horrific white supremacist terror attack at Emanuel AME, 6 African American churches have been on fire, with only 3 not including Mount Zion AME being investigated by the Feds as arson attempts and others still under investigation.

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White Supremacy Must Die

Recall the 16th Street Church bombing, an act of white supremacist terror which occurred at an African American church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, September 15, 1963. Four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted over two dozen sticks of dynamite with a timing device beneath the front steps of the church. The terror attack killed four black girls: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair. This was an act of intimidation, meant to stifle organizing efforts for the Civil Rights Movement which the Klan saw as a threat to the legacy of white hegemony in the South. 

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Watch the moving #BlackGirlsMatter by Dream Defenders and read more about the movement for our black girls affected by the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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"History is always in the making; while women of color and Indigenous peoples remain wordless in the official record. The very act of writing then, conjuring/coming to ‘see’ what has yet to be recorded in history is to bring into consciousness what only the body knows to be true." 

- This Bridge Called My Back, Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anazaldua

 

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Mother's Day #BlackBrunch for Black Mothers

Since the beginning of this year countless lives have been lost, and no one knows this pain more deeply than black mothers, whose grief cannot be overlooked. It is necessary and appropriate that the genocide of the black body and the defamation of black culture be discussed on the terms of the people—black people—who must live in fear of attack, who must fear for the lives of their black children. The time for this dialogue is now, and every space is appropriate.

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Profit and Prisons | Slavery By Another Name

De facto segregation through police violence, workplace discrimination and income, education and criminal justice disparities is an American reality. Opportunities for Black and Brown communities have been intentionally thwarted through intergenerationally maintained oppression. What drives this? The same institution that has fueled this country since its birth – slavery. The institution of slavery built the America we live in today through the exploitation of free labor of enslaved Africans. Slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865 – except when it is used as punishment for a crime. Under this loophole in letter and law, slavery by another name, the private prison industry, has continued in this country as a systemic form of oppression motivated by profit.

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Expose the Slaveholders

This is a graphic education series that connects the dots between slavery, mass incarceration and private prisons.  We believe these are the most important facts and insights that people need to know to begin to understand the Private Prison Industry today and how it impacts our communities.

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The Best Miami Gardens Can Do?

The Best Miami Gardens Can Do?

Those armed with the power of the government have repeatedly abused it and continuously oppressed those who possess characteristics different than the desired “norm.” Whether that be gender, race, religion, or sexuality, those who are different or “deviant,” have continuously been criminalized, struck down and brutalized from the streets in our own neighborhoods to the courtrooms in Washington, D.C.

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Dream Defenders Congress 2014 Was a Movie

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On a historic trip to Palestine, freedom fighters from Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Ferguson, and Atlanta were able to witness firsthand the effects of Israeli apartheid and occupation, and to learn from the people who are actively resisting on the front lines.

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Solidarity Demonstration in Nazareth : Ferguson to Palestine

 

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