Why There Is Absolutely NO EXCUSE For Sexual Assault – Dispelling The Myths

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I just came upon a great post by Laura Riva on The Dancing Grapevine about sexual assault that happens in the dance community. What Laura outlined was extremely important and could be applied in so many other situations, so I wanted to repost and share her words with you.  Despite how common-sense not assaulting someone should be, there are still a frightening amount of rape apologists and victim-blamers in the world (as well as people who are sexually assaulting others). This great post by Laura highlights why sexual assault is…

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A Pictorial of Allensworth, California: My History, My People, My Legacy (IMAGES)

“Until we reckon with the compounding moral debts of our ancestors, America will never be whole.” – Author unknown This is my contribution to the legacy of my people in this year of 2016, in this month of February as we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of African Americans in this country. Historical towns founded and colonialized by African Americans is rarely written about or discussed. February is the quintessential month to celebrate, write about, learn and discuss African Americans legacy and contributions to America.   California first African American town…

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Trayvon Martin? Not On My Watch

SANFORD, Fla. — Saturday July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and was acquitted of a lesser charge of manslaughter. You will hear details of the news story from sources everywhere in the coming weeks – or so I hope. What I want to focus on now is the conversation this has started and what we can do so it never, ever happens again. I saw news of the verdict for the first time through…

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Turkish Government Violently Attacks Peaceful Protestors

For Turkey, May 31st, 2013  will be known as “Bloody Friday”. Peaceful Turkish citizens held a four-day sit-in at Gezi Park in Istanbul to protest the destruction of a part of iconic Taksim Square to build a shopping center. What began with around 100 protestors spread into tens of thousands of demonstrators, who sat in the park, reading, singing and dancing in an attempt to hold off the bulldozers. In response to the protest, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a public announcement stating that nothing would stop plans…

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Chilean Students Vs. Police – The War For Free Education

On May 8, 2013, a reported 80,000 students rallied in the streets of Santiago Chile to demand free and quality education.  The “March for Education” organized by student organizations and unions, was the latest in two years of student marches over Chile’s  education crisis, one of the most contentious issues in the country, and a key electoral issue for November’s Presidential election. Local media called it one of the largest marches in Santiago in more than two decades. Chile’s major cities drew to a standstill as huge numbers arrived to…

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