Activist. Angela Davis, “Bury the Ratchet” campaign interview

During an interview with television personality Jacque Reid last week, civil rights activist Angela Davis (pictured) announced a new campaign, “Bury the Ratchet,” aimed at improving the depictions of Black women in mainstream media.SEE ALSO: George Washington’s Runaway Slave, Harry

The “Bury the Ratchet” campaign specifically targets Black women who live in Atlanta, Ga., because of reality shows such as “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” According to Davis, when people encounter African-American women from Atlanta, “the first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like.

Which is why Davis is starting this campaign, “The goal is to get the spotlight off the ratchetness and on the successful women in Atlanta.”

Consequently, Davis will launch a symposium at Spelman College in March 2013, where she will engage other African-American leaders in analyzing how reality television is harming Black culture. Bury the Ratchet will then pool its resources into creating a public service announcement showing how young Black women feel about their depictions in the media.

But can this really help change what women think of these reality programs without removing them from the air? Davis seems confident it can.

“We want to change the mind of young women who absorb these images,” she said. “The first thing we are doing is giving them a voice.”

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Melissa Harris-Perry Mourns Death Of Jordan Davis (VIDEO)

Melissa Harris-Perry mourned the death of Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed in Florida, on Saturday.

Davis, a 17-year old boy, was shot by Michael David Dunn last week during an exchange about loud music at a gas station. Dunn fired shots into the SUV where Davis was in the backseat, claiming that he saw a shotgun in the car. No shotgun has been found and Dunn has been charged with second degree murder.

On Saturday, Harris-Perry drew parallels between Davis’ death and the killing of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was also unarmed when he was shot and killed by George Zimmermann earlier this year. One similarity, she said, was “that sense for those of us who know them and love them that this country is no place for young black men.”

Citing the gruesome murder of Emmett Till in the 1950s, she said that one thing has remained the same over generations of American history: “No presumption of innocence for young black men, no benefit of the doubt. Guilt not determined by what they did or said but presumed to be inherent in their very being. They need not wield a weapon to pose a threat because if you are a young black man, you are threat enough.”

 

via Melissa Harris-Perry Mourns Death Of Jordan Davis (VIDEO).

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Families United for Racial and Economic Equality

 

Mission & History

“You don’t need an army. You don’t need to know important, influential people. You don’t even need to be rich to leave a mark on history and make change happen!” –FUREE member

 

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is a Brooklyn-based multi-racial organization made up almost exclusively of women of color.  We organize low-income families to build power to change the system so that all people’s work is valued and all of us have the right and economic means to decide and live out our own destinies. We use direct action, leadership development, community organizing, civic engagement and political education to win the changes our members seek. Our guiding principle is that those directly affected by the policies we are seeking to change should lead the organization.

 

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Action Alert: Marissa Alexander Sentencing

Marissa Alexander faces sentencing on Friday May 11th 2012
Please call and/or e-mail the following individuals on Tuesday May 8, 2012 through Friday May 11, 2012 and ask that Marissa Alexander’s penalty is lessened. You may obtain additional information regarding her case at:www.justiceformarissa.blogspot.com

Judge James Daniel – 904-630-7154

Please call and e-mail State Attorney Angela Corey – Angela Corey has the power to remove the mandatory 20 year sentence. Angela Corey – (Better known as special prosecutor for George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case)
E-mail – Acorey@coj.net
Angela Corey phone (904) 630-2400

Governor Rick Scott
phone – 850-488-7146