founder of the #MeToo movement. She started the #MeToo hashtag in 2006 to focus on young women of color who have endured sexual abuse, assault or exploitation. Burke is now the executive director of the newly established organization “Me Too” International.
What Me Too Is Really About
Full Power of Women Speech
Disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of first-degree commission of a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape.
“If we turn a blind eye to the systems that they operate in, then we’ll just have another Harvey Weinstein. … That’s why we have to upend the systems,” says Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.
TARANA BURKE: What I’m trying to do and, I think, what those of us who are on the ground doing this work are trying to do is use this as an example of why we have to examine the larger systems. I really don’t want people to rest on this verdict as an indictment of the whole movement, or a victory even for the whole movement, or to think that our work is done. What we have to do is look at people like Harvey Weinstein and unpack that. What type of power and privilege was he surrounded by that allowed him to do this, these things, these crimes, for 20 and 30 years, right? He’s an individual person who did this, but individuals don’t operate in isolation. You cannot — you don’t become Harvey Weinstein overnight without having systems of power around you to keep you in that position. So, really, as the new trial happens and as we get to his sentencing, we’re going to keep a close eye on that, but use that as an example to talk about the larger issue of sexual violence and how it affects people who aren’t in positions like Harvey Weinstein or who aren’t actresses in Hollywood or people who have access to the same kind of resources.
– As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cuban “destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.” Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.
Watch full coverage of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Democracy Now! at http://www.democracynow.org/topics/ne….
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On the night of the 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women torn from Africa and sold into slavery in Santo Domingue (now known as Haiti and the Dominican Republic), rose up against the slave system and won their freedom. The revolution was led by former enslaved African and General, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and saw Haiti become the first independent sovereign nation state of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, the only nation state in the western hemisphere to have defeated three European superpowers (Britain, France and Spain), and the only nation state in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt.
21 years ago UNESCO designated the 23 August as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, to remember this history and its victims.
This day has seen little recognition in the U.K. with many not even aware that the day exists. In 2016 Slavery Remembrance was established to change this by holding an annual national memorial in London’s Trafalgar Square to help promote this day and remember and honour the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The memorial is held on the Saturday before August 23.
The Sankofa Day memorial provides a space for all who wish to remember and honour the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It is important for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, age or colour to come together to remember this horrendous piece of our shared history and pay respect to those who so greatly suffered during those 400 years. By doing so we hope that we can eventually begin to bring understanding and peace for all.
Out of African spirituality came the world religion. Religion is a set of rules and rituals created by foreign invaders of Africa, and because man is not perfect the religion is corrupt and divisive a tool for human power struggle.
Spirituality is not theology or ideology but a way of life linking us to the God within and each other. We Africans are allowing a minority people to fool us with their images of religion ( white god, white angels and hell fire ) images of politics ( so called democracy ) and mass media (retelling our stories in their movies), thus controlling us mentally.
Religion is a delicate and dangerous subject especially where it concerns the people of African descent. Where religion is concerned we are a purest people. Taking Jamaica for example there is more churches per square mile than anywhere on earth, for we love to believe in the unknown reality.
Religion is a money making organisation that sells promises to the people about the after life, a bit like Politicians who sells promises about the hear and now.The top 5 churches in Nigeria together earn more money than the total economy of Nigeria. Yet in real terms what has the churches done to help the people of Nigeria.
They don’t build Hospitals that can help the sick. They don’t build homes to take the people out of the slums they live in. They don’t build schools to educate the people. Just sell them promises of a good life when they die, i think we the African people need to rethink our priorities.
We have an historical fascination for ideas that come from the outside of Africa this has been our downfall and we have not studied the people who sell us fake trinkets fake ideas and rehash a religion that we invented in the first place.
We the African people are a gullible people always wanting to believe that other nations going to do something for us for nothing, that’s why we have the Europeans and the Chinese in Africa today under the guise of helping the African continent, but sucking the blood out of the African resources.
Religion has been a major player in some historical conflicts over the centuries and the most recent wave of modern terrorism, Preaching a philosophy of love but exhibiting actions of war mongers. Divided along Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim ideology. Religious identity not only survives but can take on heightened significance when national and political alliances break apart
RELIGION is one’s opinion and belief in some ethical truth. To be a Christian is to have the religion of Christ, and so to be a believer of Mohammed is to be a Mohammedan but there are so many religions that everyman seems to be a religion unto himself. No two persons think alike, even if they outwardly profess the same faith, so we have as many religions in Christianity as we have believers. Marcus Garvey
HORUS of Egypt
” The slave masters is the enemy of the slave,
if the slave prays to the same GOD as his master he is praying to the GOD that enabled the slave master to enslave them.
Therefore that GOD is the enemy of the slave. ”
We have an humanity that actually makes us believe in democracy, the inventors of democracy don’t believe in it saying you have freedom of speech until you say something that goes against their agenda, then it becomes a dictatorship. We the Africans had the original democracy known as UBUNTU ( I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE ).
Jamaican political leader, who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, founder the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), founder of the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands. And prophet of the RASTAFARI movement.
The Image of God*
If the white man has the idea of a white God, let him worship his God as he desires. If the yellow man’s God is of his race let him worship his God as he sees fit. We, as Negroes ( Africans) have found a new ideal.
Whilst our God has no colour, yet it is human to see everything through one’s own
spectacles, and since the white people have seen their God through white spectacles, we have only now started out (late though it be) to see our God through our own spectacles.
The God of Isaac and the God of Jacob let Him exist for the race that believes in the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. We Negroes believe in the God of Ethiopia, the everlasting God—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, the One God of all ages. That is the God in whom we believe, but we shall worship Him through the spectacles of Ethiopia.
page 44 philosophy and opinions of MARCUS GARVEY
So this is the consciousness of the Rasta (African) worshiping God through our own spectacles, These special words of Marcus Mosiah Garvey spoken in the spirit of God. have liberated the minds of the African Diaspora within Jamaica who had been worshiping the Blonde haired blue eye God of slavery.
Was it not man, who says Jesus was God ?
Roman emperor Constantine gathered the council of Bishops 325 A D, 2000 years ago. The conclusion of that meeting was Jesus was divine and therefore God in flesh, blonde hair blue-eyed white person. At no point did Jesus declare he was God manifestation. We the sons and daughters of Africa declare God is African.
As the Chinese say Buddha is Chinese or Asian say God is Asian and the European say their God is blonde and blue eyes. The world over mankind has seen the God they worship through there own eyes we black ( African ) people say God is as I am, and burn out the indoctrination of the slave masters liberating our minds.