(As I aforementioned….)—TO (via tobia)
1. Renisha McBride
On November 2, 2013, 19-year-old Renisha McBride was murdered. Independent Press has identified McBride’s murderer as Ted Wafer, although other media claims to be committed to protecting his name.
There has, as of yet, been no arrest. The Dearborn Heights Police Department says that they will make a decision on whether or not to prosecute Wafer, in spite of the fact that they have in fact acknowledged that McBride’s murder is a homicide, on Friday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11am.
dream hampton has made this short film about McBride’s murder. If you wish to assist in ensuring that McBride’s killer is arrested, do the following:
Demand Justice for Renisha McBride:
Call Dearborn Heights Police NOW
2. Cece McDonald
McDonald is a trans, black woman who was sentenced to two years in prison after she defended herself with scissors against transphobic, neo-Nazis who hurled homophobic slurs at her. McDonald, like many trans women, was sent to a men’s facility.
You can write, donate to, and even visit Cece. For even more information, visit the Support Cece! website by clicking through, or copying and pasting this into your browser: http://supportcece.wordpress.com/
3. Marissa Alexander
Marissa Alexander is an African American mother of three and survivor of domestic violence from Jacksonville, FL. In 2010, she fired a warning shot upwards into a wall to defend herself from a life-threatening beating from her estranged husband. Despite the fact that Marissa caused no injuries and has no previous criminal record, and despite the fact that Florida’s self-defense law includes the right to “Stand Your Ground,” she was subsequently arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. This past September, Marissa Alexander won her appeal, her guilty verdict was overturned, and she secured the right to a new trial.
Fatima Mohammed Bernawi, first Palestinian woman to have organized a commando operation in Israel, for which she spent ten years in prison, and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat, a manifestation celebrating the 13th anniversary of the Palestinian Revolution, organizated by the Al Fatah movement.
1977 Beirut, Lebanon
Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
The installation includes experimental screenprint, site-specific wall drawing, and performative drawings on mesh.
For many Africans, the issue of (im)migration has very real and immediate effects, and often negative consequences, as annually, many individuals from all over the continent risk life and limb to get to greener pastures and supposedly warmer shores.
Now, however, a new Kenyan sci-fi TV drama series seeks to fictionally turn the tables on this reality. Usoni, set in future world, 50 years to come, focuses on the “travel of a couple from the natural disaster stricken Europe to now the now illustrious Africa in 2062. It is a story which focuses on the immigration hurdles of Africans to Europe and looks at how it would be if the reverse were to happen”, says producer Denver Ochieng.
Whilst those of us not in Kenya will not be able to watch the series for now, according to Tech Moran, the plot will be ready for screening on 27th November 2013 at the USIU auditorium open to the students and public.
I love this concept. Fully.