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Palabras for Puerto Rico #PuertoRico

I am helping to host an online fundraiser via YouCaring for Festival de la Palabra, located in Loíza, Puerto Rico. Please help us reach our $5,000 goal: http://youcaring.com/PalabrasPR

The mission of Festival de la Palabra is to internationalize Puerto Rican literature through the promotion of reading and creative writing in Puerto Rico and the creation of meeting spaces between writers and readers at school, national and international levels. Since Hurricane Maria, organizers and volunteers from Festival de la Palabra (FDLP) have been engaged in relief activities supporting some of the most isolated communities and youth through the arts. FDLP’s projects are based in Loíza, Puerto Rico, a historically Afrxdescendiente area of the island.

In case you missed that part — These funds are going to support Black Diasporic Puerto Ricans. Yes, of course, this is the part of the island that is receiving the least amount of attention, the least amount of aid, and has the greatest need.

Repost and a reminder to “buffalo on”

Seems appropriate to return to this now, again, with the murder of the young white woman protestor Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, but also with the Trump on the verge of pardoning Joe Arpaio, the truly disgusting racist and vile sheriff in Arizona whose detention centers were notorious spaces for rape and humiliation. This is also a Now when well-meaning liberals and humanists are expressing their fears that dismantling Confederate statues may lead to dismantling monuments to people like Columbus (Story of OJ “…..ok?” shrug), and news has been circulating that a Puerto Rican man, Alexander Ramos, was identified as one of the white supremacists marchers beating young Deandre Harris in a video from the rally….

AUDIO: Ritchie on the Lit Review Podcast Discusses Police Violence Against Trans and Cis WOC

via the Lit Review Podcast:

“Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color is a very timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.

[NOTE: Ritchie states explicitly in the podcast that *women in this book and in this conversation includes trans women]

Honoring Horne and Black Diasporic Resistance at AAIHS

The African American Intellectual History Society recently honored the intellectual and activist work of African diaspora scholar Gerald Horne. Organized by Phillip Luke Sinitiere, if you haven’t yet or IFYMI, definitely explore the posts there by clicking below.

Thank you Phil, Keisha, and everyone at AAIHS for inviting me to contribute!