Black Lives Matter — The Weekly reFRESH

September 23, 2016

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This week, our round-up is dedicated to readings and videos in response to the recent killings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott. Because Black Lives Matter. 

What we’re reading/watching…

The Tulsa police officer who killed Terence Crutcher has been charged with manslaughter.

Luvvie Ajayi has a letter for white people that is a necessary read this week.

“[T]o condemn the uprising in Charlotte would be to condemn a man for thrashing when someone is trying to drown him.” A powerful op-ed by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

Also, three key facts about the Charlotte police shooting.

The eighth Facing Race conference will hold a session on self care strategies for racial justice activists by leaders in the Multi-Racial Movement for Black Lives.

Veteran Sage Lawson tells AJ+ why he’s protesting in this powerful video.

These students in Oakland are just one cohort of many across the country who have been kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.

An oldie but always relevant reminder from Ann Friedman on putting aside our white feelings in the movement for Black lives.  

What our speakers are up to…

A year after the the University of Missouri football team’s boycott, Mychal Denzel Smith asks the question: What if pro athletes refused to play in support of Black lives?

A huge congrats to FRESH speakers Brittney Cooper and Tiq Milan for making this year’s line-up at TEDWomen!

Also, Cooper makes the argument in Cosmopolitan that Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment wasn’t wrong.

In case you didn’t get the memo, men can be pro-choice advocates too: A big congrats (and thank you) to Jamil Smith for joining the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Also, Smith on how Donald Trump uses gaslighting to avoid blame for his lies.

FRESH Co-Founder and Partner Courtney has a piece in Fusion on why Americans don’t feel richer, even though the Census says we are. 

We could not love harder on this video of Jamia Wilson being awesome as usual as she explains why she supports Hillary Clinton for President.

If you’re in Oakland, Catherine Bracy’s TechEquity Collaborative is holding an event on October 13th on what ballot measures this November are most relevant to tech in Oakland.

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