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Black History Month: Elizabeth Freeman

a free woman— I would. — Elizabeth Freeman” username=”forwardactionmi”] Elizabeth Freeman, also known as MumBet was the first enslaved Black person to file and win their freedom in a lawsuit in Massachusets. Freeman’s lawsuit, Brom and Bett v Ashley (1781), resulted in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling ruling slavery unconstitutional. The court further cited her suit […]

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Black History Month: The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary socialist organization founded in 1966 with the intent of protecting and enriching the lives of the Black community. The BPP publicized What We Want Now!: A Ten Point Program, demanding the following: We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community. We want […]

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Black History Month: Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old Black boy shot in Florida by a white man who liked beating up women. At 9 years old Trayvon Martin saved his father’s life, by pulling him out of a fire. He was known as a shy, kind, and quiet kid, who could often be found hiding in […]

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Black History Month: Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was an American entertainer and activist who fought for civil rights, to the detriment of her own career, and did so with no regrets and no shame. In 1968, Kitt answered a question posed to her by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam war, stating The children of America are not rebelling for […]

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Black History Month – Emmett Till

Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of flirting with 21 year old white Carolyn Bryant while in her family’s grocery store in Money, Mississippi. A few days after having visited Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market with friends, Carol Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant returned from a hunting […]

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Black History Month: Claudette Colvin

In March 2nd 1955, Claudette Colvin was a high school student attending the segregated Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery Alabama. Returning home from class on city busses, Claudette Colvin was thinking about a school paper she had written on local segregation issues within department stores. Black folk weren’t allowed to use dressing or […]

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Black History Month: Latasha Harlins

Hey FAM! Every week day this month, we’ll be posting a brief biography on a figure in Black history. Latasha Harlins was a 15 year old girl Black girl murdered in a convenience store in Los Angeles. Her murder, 13 days after Rodney King’s beating, and the murderer’s subsequent slap on the wrist contributed to […]

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Life As An Undocumented Person

CONTENT WARNING: THIS BLOG POST DISCUSSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, IMMIGRATION, SEXUAL ASSAULT, AND TRAUMA

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What Does Transgender Mean?

Hey FAM! On this week’s Social Justice installment, we’re going to discuss Trans issues. We’re going to touch a bit on the Transgender community and some of the ways they are marginalized by cisgender folks. Let’s start with a few definitions: Gender: A social construct that allows individuals to make logical assumptions about someone based […]

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On The Unity Argument

Good Morning FAM! The admin team has decided to start introducing weekly social justice posts! On these posts, you’ll be introduced to a new topic, and have the opportunity to ask questions. FAM is committed to working to make this a group that welcomes marginalized voices as equally as it does privileged voices. We realize […]