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Lady wisdom cries out in the streets
But nobody listens and history repeats
When the story's been written,
The course has been run,
We'll be left standing here holding the gun
New song coming soon. #wrongsideofhistory #silenceisviolence #listenlosangeles

Thank you @listenlosangeles for creating a space for truth, honesty, love, and art. Thank you for setting an example of how the church should respond. Thank you standing in the gap. Words cannot express... "How many years can a mountain exist before its washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free?
Yes 'n' how many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is flowing in the wind...The answer is blowin' in the wind

How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
Yes 'n' how many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?

Yes 'n' how many deaths will it take til he know too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind the answer is blowin' in the wind"

#listenlosangeles #fightforjustice #lovealwaysinallways #bobdylan

Can't believe it's been a year already! Today marks one year of #listenlosangeles

Performing at 'Listen'. Such an intense night! But it was painfully beautiful. @listenlosangeles #listenlosangeles #deiselah #deiselahmusic photo credit : 📷📸 @jonathanstonerphotography

Yesterday, thanks to @theandrehenry's vision, I had the opportunity to carry a weight that is normally invisible. I took this boulder everywhere I went.... #ListenLosAngeles #BlackLivesMatter #MassIncarceration #WhiteFragility #SayTheirNames

An important thing happened last night. @mackenz_e with @listenlosangeles and five other African American artists asked us to just sit and listen. To listen to their experience of being black in America. I hope we did. I hope we figure out how to carry this load with them. #listenlosangeles #blacklivesmatter

Charlottesville one week later... At this point it is clear that by not condemning the actions of hatred happening in Charlottesville to a degree you are condoning them.

At this point there is no middle ground or, matter of opinion. It has been far time to take a stand and speak up publicly against heinous acts of bigotry, xenophobia, and racism.

At this point your silence has spoken volumes at decibels that are shattering eardrums.

At this point based off of your actions and inactions what you truly believe, and are willing to allow has been noted.

At this point where you stand on racism has been heard loud and clear.

The funny thing about time is that there is always more of it until there's not. So if at this point this is not how you want to be remembered, do something to change it.

#Charlottesville #AntiRacist #AngelaDavis #Activist #Author #FreedomFighter #SilenceIsViolence #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles

My God, My God, when does this end?
The law-enforced killing of family and friend?
These bones, after centuries trying to bend,
Have now broken. Will You allow just allow them to mend?

Top: A memorial at tonight's #listenlosangeles event, of black people killed by police officers.
Bottom: the memorial of JR Thomas, who called Pasadena PD for help today. They killed him. #jrthomas

Repost from @listenlosangeles : "A note to my white friends who marched. You might be tempted to think that the lack of arrests were because of general "good behavior," and good organization. Don't fall for it. If these marches had been largely people of color, we would have encountered the police out in force and geared up. We don't have time to be coy about the racism that exists.
But now we have a tool. Now we know that the police are still cautious about being too forceful with those they perceive to be white women. Let's use that. Let's be strategic and cunning and use every tool we've got." -Leslie Foster (Writer.Filmmaker.NomadArtist) #BlackLivesMatter #WomensMarch #ListenLosAngeles #ArtistsForChange #HereToStay

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Charlottesville one week later... At this point it is clear that by not condemning the actions of hatred happening in Charlottesville to a degree you are condoning them.

At this point there is no middle ground or, matter of opinion. It has been far time to take a stand and speak up publicly against heinous acts of bigotry, xenophobia, and racism.

At this point your silence has spoken volumes at decibels that are shattering eardrums.

At this point based off of your actions and inactions what you truly believe, and are willing to allow has been noted.

At this point where you stand on racism has been heard loud and clear.

The funny thing about time is that there is always more of it until there's not. So if at this point this is not how you want to be remembered, do something to change it.

#Charlottesville #AntiRacist #AngelaDavis #Activist #Author #FreedomFighter #SilenceIsViolence #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles

#Repost @charlesmblow breaking it down. ・・・
#AboutLastNight Hatred is not a requirement of #WhiteSupremacy. Just because one abhors violence or cruelty doesn't mean that one truly believes ALL people are completely equal - culturally, intellectually, creatively, morally. Entertaining the notion of imbalance — that white people are inherently better than others in ANY WAY — is also white supremacy. #AndYet.


#Charlottesville #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #AndersonCooper #CNN

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Lady wisdom cries out in the streets
But nobody listens and history repeats
When the story's been written,
The course has been run,
We'll be left standing here holding the gun
New song coming soon. #wrongsideofhistory #silenceisviolence #listenlosangeles

If you've wondered what you would've done during slavery, the Holocaust, or the Civil Rights movement... you're doing it now. --@aditijuneja
(Photo repost: @sarahthyre & @undocumedia) •

#Charlottesville #SpeakUp #WhitePrivilege #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles
#HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #NoMoreExcuses

And for so long I have wanted to escape into the Dream, to fold my country over my head like a blanket. But this has never been an option because the Dream rests on our backs, the bedding made from our bodies.
Ta-Nehisi Coates •


#MikeBrown #Ferguson #StopShooting #TaNehisiCoates #BetweenTheWorldAndMe #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles
Image Repost... @purposelyawakened_

The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through vast forests, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place. -James Baldwin •

#HBD #JamesBaldwin #Artist #Activist #Writer #CivilRightsLeader #Poet #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #IAmNotYourNegro

Can't believe it's been a year already! Today marks one year of #listenlosangeles

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. - Nelson Mandela (SouthAfrican President. Philanthropist. ANC. Revolutionist) 📸: @_xst

#NelsonMandela #AntiApartheid #Revolutionary #Activist #SouthAfrica #LongWalkToFreedom #FreedomFighter #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #ListenLosAngeles #Melanin #LoveTrumpsHate

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers' sons

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Ella's Song- Bernice Johnson Reagon



#EllaBaker #BerniceJohnsonReagon #BlackGirlMagic #SNCC #Resistance #Activist #Freedom #CivilRights #Anthem #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #DontShoot #MovementForBlackLives #BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo

Douglass’ words remind us that many have struggled to ensure that the promise of liberty be applied equally to all Americans — regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. And that the struggle for equality is never over. Today as we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us remember those, like Frederick Douglass, who fought and sacrificed to help America live up to its ideals of equality, fair play and justice for all. ...
Excerpt from: "The Complexities of Independence Day for African-Americans" by Lanae S., Digital Content Specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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#FrederickDouglass #Equality #FairPlay #Justice #NMAAHC #RacialHistory #NeverForget #MovementForBlackLives #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #4thofJuly #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou

"What are we going to fix? Nothing, there's nothing to fix. We have to tear it down and start with an entire new foundation." You better say it @michaelwoodjr.
The "War On Drugs" was just another way to legally enact systemic racism. Part of the reason it seemed so effective, "successful" according to the metrics, is because it allowed for the police to target the black community at an unproportionally high rate and have the government to back them up. •

According to journalist Dan Baum, Nixon advisor John Ehlrichman admitted that the war on drugs was a way for the Nixon administration to legalize the war on blacks. "We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalize both heavily, we could disrupt these communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."


#warondrugs #nixon #13amendment #systemicracism #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #legalizebeingblack #prisonsystem #newfoundation #empathy

The problem is that it's still taboo to hold a mirror up to America to show that "the land of the free and the home of the brave" inflicts violence on it's own citizens simply because they are black, and refuses to take responsibility for it, let alone provide redress.--Victoria M. Massie.
(@vmmassie Vox's Race and Identities Reporter) Photo from @feministastic


#Racism #Systemic #Taboo #Harikondabolu
#landofthefreehomeofthebrave #Vox
#BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #Protest #Resistance #SpeakUp #ShowUp

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin. ・・・
#TyrekeSmith, at just 17 years old has 40 scholarship offers, and is juggling offers from top schools on college football. As a four-star defensive, he's one of high school football's top recruits. He's been sought after by Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, UCLA and USC! Wow! And he's now decided to use the platform he has to draw attention to pressing issues.
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"I decided to wear the shirt because I wanted to bring attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate,” Tyreke said. “What we would like to do is have people talk about these issues to reduce the murder rate of African Americans.” #Repost @kojosweet.


#JamesBaldwin #BlackLivesMatter #StayWoke #ResiStance #SocialJustice #BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo #DontShoot #Melanin #LegalizeBeingBlack #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject

To those without fathers because the system has failed you
To fathers who have lost children because the system has failed them
We acknowledge that this day especially for you and is another reminder of a life gone too soon
To Frederick Douglass the "Father of the Civil Rights Movement," we thank you
It is in the memory of all of these we commit to continue to activate for change •



#FathersDay #SayTheirNames #InMemory #FrederickDouglass #Activist #Abolitionist #PublicSpeaker #Author #CivilRights #WomensRights #HumanRights #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #RestInPower

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