Monday, August 14, 2017

Fish eye w half of Lynette.




We Shall Not Be Moved

William, it is hard to wake up in America today and not feel a deep sense of rage.
The bravest of our people were violently attacked in an act of terrorism this weekend that shook the nation and reminded us of our duty to fight. Hundreds of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and white nationalists carrying torches descended upon Charlottesville, VA in a march intended to evoke a violent history of racial terrorism. Three people died. 19 were injured.
Most infuriating was that so many of the forces here to protect us instead stood idle for hours and let it happen--including the police, the institutions that govern Charlottesville, and some allies. So many stood by the "Unite the Right" rally's right to exist and were surprised to see it turn violent and terroristic. This did not come as a surprise to the people living in the face of oppression every day. We know that the roots of white supremacy and hate run deep into the soil of America. But what runs even deeper is the love, sweat, tears, and sacrifice of our ancestors who worked hard to eradicate hate and the systems that reinforce it. We must continue their work even on days like today when it's hard to even turn on the news.
With decisive and strategic action, we can make sure that white supremacists don't have the power to make Charlottesville happen ever again. Here are 5 places where your voice is needed to stand up for Black and Brown folks in this moment:

Demand corporate funders cut off white supremacist hate groups. #NoBloodMoney - Payment processing companies like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are making big money from processing the funds for some of the vilest white supremacist groups--giving them the funds to plan events just like "Unite The Right." If companies refuse these services, we can stop hate groups from being able to fund rallies like this in the first place.
Call for the removal of ALL Confederate symbols from places of honor in America. - Symbols of the Confederacy are symbols of America's history of racist, vitriolic hate. And they embolden white supremacists to march the streets without shame. They must all come down. Now.
 
Stop legislation in North Carolina that protects drivers who hit protesters with cars. - Republican lawmakers actually want to protect people like the man who killed one woman and injured 19 other people by ramming his car into a crowd of protesters. In North Carolina this bill is moving forward, and we have to stop it from becoming law.
Tell Congress to refuse to side with white supremacists and force Trump to #FireBannon. - Now more than ever, we cannot tolerate white supremacists running our country. Democrats and Republicans in Congress alike must take a stand from hate taking a front seat in the White House.
Tell businesses to #QuitTheCouncil and drop from Trump's business and manufacturing councils. - After this weekend, businesses like Merck have already started dropping from Trump's special business councils. We can't stop until all of them have #QuitTheCouncil. 

Now more than ever, we cannot back down. Thank you for fighting side by side with us.
Until justice is real,
Rashad, and the rest of the Color Of Change team


Alexa, play Bukeka!


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Alexa, play Bukeka!


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More Nazi Rallies Planned After Charlottesville???



Last week a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, VA resulted in violence, grave injury, and death. Now another group of white supremacists wants to rally in Boston this Saturday, under the guise of protecting free speech. 

We need to send a strong message that we will not give quarter to bigots and their hate speech. Hate speech leads to hate crimes and prejudiced policies like those Trump wants to advance. We won't let white nationalists terrorize our communities. 

Click here to send a letter to Boston's mayor urging that he immediately shut down Saturday's "Free Speech" hate rally. 

At least 1,000 people are expected to attend the rally on Saturday. While this event's organizers are distancing themselves from the terroristic violence in Charlottesville, the line-up still boasts two speakers affiliated with the so-called "alt-right," more accurately known as white nationalists. 

Boston mayor Martin Walsh opposes this toxic rally, especially in light of last week's tragedy, so much that he's willing to join the counterprotest if the event isn't cancelled. However, from his position, he must take bold action to prevent the cancer of racism, bigotry, and hate to spread any further. 

Sign and send a letter to Boston's mayor: Urge him to immediately shut down the so-called "Free Speech" rally on Saturday.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My sunflowers are enormous! Canteloupes are on the way too.


This appears on my Google home screensaver so often I feel like it's ingrained on my brain.


Summer Wonderland


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Summer Wonderland


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OMG. That's out of control. #instagay #insta_chicago #chicago #googlemaps


Walking In A Summer Wonderland


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Walking In A Summer Wonderland


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