The people of the US Virgin Islands are ready to rebuild! Let’s help them make a comeback from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Native Virgin Islander, Fortune Bay co-creator, and Land of Love and Drowning author Tiphanie Yanique recommends donating funds and supplies through the local community-based nonprofit VI Strong. Amazon users can help out with their wish list-which ranges from Ramen to generators. Your help is needed and makes a difference.
Prize-winning novelist and native Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique skewered the Trump Administration for turning its back on the US Virgin Islands in their time of need in a New York Times op-ed this week. The Islands-St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix-are grappling with extensive damage created by Hurricane Irma. “Today Virgin Islanders are led by a president who makes clear delineations between ‘real’ Americans and all the rest,” writes Yanique.
Yanique’s forthcoming television series, Fortune Bay, reflects on how the people of Virgin Islands and other Americans who are deemed less “real” struggle to achieve their aspirations and overcome obstacles. The show is based on Yanique’s prize-winning novel, Land of Love and Drowning. It is featured as part of the Independent Film Project’s 2017 No Borders Production Marketplace.
Read the complete New York Times essay here.
It is so easy to focus on the negative right now. To endlessly repeat in our minds everything that is wrong, wrong, wrong about White supremacy, fascism and the deplorable people who hold those ideals dear. It has taken me a minute to quiet my own mind and gain some clarity.
The swastikas brandished in Charlottesville last weekend are no different than those placed in dormitories at The New School last November. The murder of ally Heather Heyer is along the same despicable lines as the killing of Black student Richard Collins on the University of Maryland’s campus. For some time now, White supremacist violence has been resurging. And that is terrifying. I am everything these people hate. So many of my loved ones are everything they want to disappear.
The good news is- as Nobel laureate Toni Morrison pointed out-this outbreak of hate is the quaking desperation of people who are losing. Losing ground. Losing support. Losing power. Even with champions in The White House.
The most important thing we can do now is to raise the already swelling tide of opposition to this latest iteration of fascism. A simple way to help is to invigorate dialogues in our communities that promote equality. Events such as diversity trainings or timely programs for Latino Heritage Month are proven to build compassion and acceptance.
Progressive Pupil offers workshops and programs that can help. If our work is not right for your school, place of worship, or company; please also consider the services of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
Don’t be alarmed. Be part of the solution.
Bigots can’t win.
Yours with Love and Solidarity,
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By Brian Murray and Esmeralda Avila
Enjoy music from and connected to the award-winning film Black and Cuba on Spotify. Featuring iconic musicians from throughout the Diaspora, including Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, Abbey Lincoln, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Happy Black Music Month!
See 9 GRAMS playwright Maisha Yearwood explain how to survive solitary confinement. She'll be performing her funny award-winning show at the My True Colors Festival in Brooklyn June 23-25, 2017. Happy Pride!
The Black and Cuba roadshow continues Sunday June 4, 2017 in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum 2pm 803 Pratt Street. Join this caring and vibrant community for what’s sure to be a lively dialogue after the film. If you can’t make it Sunday, Black and Cuba is also available on DVD and on demand at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.