Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sorry Rebel Wilson, the Black Lives Matter movement is not a joke

Rebel Wilson has an interesting idea of what constitutes “police injustice.”

Sunday night, before announcing Nicki Minaj as the winner for Best Hip Hop Video at the MTV VMAs, the comedian decided to discuss her issues with police.

Police strippers.

Yes, the Pitch Perfect 2 star had an opportunity with millions watching to discuss the ways in which white bodies have committed violent acts on black bodies by way of police brutality.

But I guess that’s expecting too much.

Read the full article at The Grio.

Black Lives Matter’s Trans Liberation Tuesday stops traffic

Dozens of demonstrators attending a Black Lives Matter “Trans Liberation Tuesday” protest in D.C.’s Franklin Square blocked traffic in the middle of a busy downtown intersection Tuesday night as they sought to shine a light on the recent rash of homicides of transgender women of color in 2015.

Chanting “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name,” the demonstrators stood in the middle of the intersection of 14th and K Streets NW and literally got in front of cars trying to pass through the intersection. Some were carrying placards or signs while others simply obstructed traffic. One driver tried to escape the intersection, driving through a group of protesters and using his car to push them back before speeding off. Police eventually were able to herd the demonstrators back onto the sidewalk without making any arrests.

Read the full article at Metro Weekly.

All Men Must Remember Their Sisters on #TransLiberationTuesday

“If you are silent about your pain, they will kill you and say you enjoyed it.” — Zora Neale Hurston

This is a letter from one cis-brother to another.

The history of black oppression is defined not only by the stories we share, but by the stories we silence. At the core of the movement for black lives are the stories of the victims of state-sanctioned violence. We must repeatedly show the body of evidence of our oppression by highlighting the literal black “bodies” the state has destroyed. Yet time and time again, the stories of black cis men have been highlighted, their narratives uplifted while the narratives of black women were added as an afterthought. This violent act of erasure for black women generally is compounded for black trans women, who are surviving on the intersection of too many systems of interlaced oppression.

Read the full article at the Advocate.

Black Lives Matter organizers hold rally in D.C. for black trans women

Venus Selenite, 25, moved to D.C. from Louisiana seven months ago to begin her transition to a woman. Selenite, a black queer trans woman, says that since that time, she has been harassed on the streets and the Metro. One time, a man on a bike chased her for two blocks in Columbia Heights, trying to make sexual advances on her.

“I’ve been harassed on the street and the Metro. I’ve started to carry a knife in my purse,” said Selenite. “Every time a trans woman has been killed, I have fallen on my bedroom floor in tears.”

Read the full article in The Washington Post.