FM July 26: BlackLives #FreedomDay /Feminist Summer School /Fight Gentrification

This week on Feminist Magazine, with hosts Lynn Harris Ballen & Cherise Charleswell :

FIRST … the Movement for Black Lives coalition hit the streets for #FreedomDay, and BlackYouthProject100 and BlackLivesMatter DC occupied the Legislative Office of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to demand that police officers invested in accountability and justice stop paying dues to the FOP – a private police union & ‘the most dangerous fraternity in America’. We hear from BYP100‘s Clarise McCants about the action, and the queer black feminism that informs BYP’s work.
AND … Hundreds of Black Lives Matter LA activists and allies have been sitting-in at Los Angeles City Hall since July 12, prompted by the ruling of the Los Angeles Police Commission that the killing of 30 year-old Black mother, Redel Jones, was “in policy.” BLMLA’s Melina Abdullah joins us to update us on the action to #DecolonizeLACityHall.

THEN … What does a Feminist Summer School look like? We hear from Hazel Koons of AF3IRM South Bay/Orange County about their Summer School of Women’s Activism. Over the course of 4 Saturdays, AF3IRM SB/OC covers issues ranging from how to put Transnational Feminism into action to Transformative Reproductive Justice. It’s a gathering for woman-identified community to gather and learn … reclaiming knowledge and contributing to a collaborative vision for our collective liberations.

PLUS … what happens when a community steps up to save an historic home, and protest the gentrification of Echo Park? Michelle Carr joins us to tell us all about The Great Cube Rebellion – an effort to keep the unique character, diverse architecture and neighborhood green spaces. And to save the former home of LA journalist & shero Grace E. Simons – founder of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park in the mid ’60s – who preserved that park as a ‘backyard’ for future generations.
TUNE IN Tuesdays at 3. THIS is What Feminism Sounds Like!

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