Nyansapo Festival, a Black feminist festival slated to take place on July 28-30 in Paris, is “an event rooted in black feminism, activism, and on (a) European scale.” Sounds dope, right? Not so much to mayor Anne Hidalgo, who feels the event is “prohibited to white people.” “I am asking for this festival to be banned,” she recently tweeted in French, asserting her “right to prosecute the organisers for discrimination.”
While festival organizers expressed in a statement (also in French) that they were “the target of a campaign of disinformation and fake news orchestrated by the extreme right” and “saddened to see some anti-racist associations let themselves be manipulated,” it appears changes to festival were still forced. Hidalgo later tweeted that “the festival organized in a public place is open to all.” She added, “Mixed workshops will be held elsewhere, in a strictly private. #Paris is a mixed city and I will continue to ensure that this remains the case in public places.”
Congratulations are in order for Michael Brown’s mother, who completed the adult education program at Jennings Senior High School. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lezley McSpadden, who crossed the stage during the school’s graduation ceremony on Friday, graduated with her daughter, Deja Brown. She also had the honor of presenting her daughter with her diploma. Family lawyer Benjamin Crump told the Post-Dispatch McSpadden feels she “has a purpose now to try to uphold the legacy of her son,” and we’d say she’s doing a fantastic job. McSpadden is the first to graduate from the adult education program.
While you wrap your head around the Trump administration’s plans to minimize civil rights efforts, there is now website that donates money every time Trump tweets. It’s called WeCanResist.It, and it allows you to turn Trump’s 140-character streams of (manic) consciousness into money for charities of your choice. Charities and organizations include Black Lives Matter, Clean Water Action, National Center for Transgender Equality, and others. The best part? All the money you donate will go to whichever organization you choose (though there is a small processing fee). As the website explains: “Think of it like America’s swear jar. But, like, for toxic ideology.”
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