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Africa Centre executive director sacked amid allegations of sexual harassment

CBC reports – Reporter Andrea Huncar

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-africa-centre-director-fired-sexual-harassment-1.4583635

This is a good day for people of the African Diaspora in #YEG. This shows harassment will not be tolerated in our community any longer.

Most importantly – Thank you for the women who spoke out!

The African community in Edmonton is better thanks to your voices!

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An explanation from Forbes

First a big Thank You to Chris Ladd from Political Orphans for printing this and exposing the original post by Forbes.

Please visit the explanation article – An explanation from Forbes on Political Orphans

Also, let’s point out that Forbes does post on social issues

https://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2017/07/23/the-government-shouldnt-force-pro-life-doctors-to-promote-abortion-and-a-federal-judge-agrees/2/#7869f36f7487 

Now if you think that Forbes’ explanation for why they took this story down is correct, you may want to check your privilege.

Black people in the southern states have suffered because of church’s with racist ideologies pushing their goals under the guise of God since the beginning of slavery in the new world. This is truth. You can see the hatred spewed from pulpits if you listen carefully because they have gotten smarter over the years and package nicely with a big red bow.

There is a reason people fought so hard to hold on to these ideologies and that is because white supremacy was folded into society and it was even presented as needed to obtain their salvation. Those against it were pushed out cast out of white society and fled for their lives.

This is the truth.

To see my original post with the original Forbes article please Click Here

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The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”

I am interested to follow this story and to find out why Forbes decided to pull this article that speaks so much truth into the perseverance of racism in the south.

Here is a quote from the article that stood out to me

“Guarding women’s sexual purity meant guarding the purity of the white race. There was no higher moral demand.”

Please go here to see the article on Political Orphans

 

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Triggers

Triggers

I never knew how an incident could trigger me so strongly or I never acknowledged it.

This past Saturday I participated in a #metoo rally in #yeg , as a member of Black Women United Yeg. Black women attended to support those who were currently hurting due to long standing issues within our community.

After the rally The March On Collective Edmonton accused us of trying to change the focus of the rally of; when we were trying to represent black women who have been sexually harassed and assaulted in our community.

What I learned from this experience is

Being accused of an ulterior motive when you do not have one is triggering

When the accusation of not be honest is presented, I am triggered.

I am triggered when survivors are not believed, this come from my own trauma and not being believed.

Harassment and assault regardless of whether it is sexual or not, is not okay.

We need to believe survivors. We need to stand up and support organizations fighting to support survivors or speaking on their behalf because the survivors are not always  strong enough to stand alone. We need to believe survivors because not believing survivors does harm.

We are harming and triggering victims causing them to relive their trauma when we do not believe them.

I wasn’t believed. I do not want that for anyone else.

#Ibelieveyou

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” – Zora Neale Hurston

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

A day to reflect on how slavery affected and shaped the world. It is a day to remember the atrocities that happened. In remembering we honour those who were harmed and killed by a brutal system that did not value human life, a system that viewed black lives as lesser. The effects of the slave trade are still felt throughout our society today and we need to take a look at today’s society because we still have a long way to go in regards to how we enslave individuals in our modern world.

Below is a tidbit of information of how the slave trade affected one of my major ethnic backgrounds.

More than 2 million slaves were sent from the Bight of Benin to the New World, and among them were many from Benin and Togo’s major ethnic groups. The Adja, Mina, Ewe and Fon groups of this region were the third-most enslaved groups sent to the New World. (www.ancestry.com)

I have a hope for the ancestors of the people who were enslaved by the cruel human trade that was legitimized for a long time by racist set of views, that have no place governing anything on our earth. My hope is for them to rise up and realize their worth. To rise and claim their space and no long make apologies or space for negativity that cuts into who they are a a person.

For more information on this day of remembrance please visit    http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/

Politics

Politics and why I speak freely about such a *Taboo* subject.

Never say it’s not right to talk about politics. How do we make move forward and make progress in society if we refuse to discuss what our society is founded on!

Should politics be banned at work? In my opinion – NO. You send about 1/3 of your life at work, why you should be gagged and bound from talking about a topic that effect’s you and everyone else at work.  People like to say they don’t mix personal life with work but the reality of it is, many people spend more time at work each day with than at home with their loved ones, as over half the time you are at home you are asleep.

Why shouldn’t you talk politics? Is it because people can’t support their view points? Is it because they feel it’s confrontational?  It is because they see it as unsolvable and pointless? Is it because once you start talking politics and rationalising things out with people, some things just don’t add up?

I have been amazed during this recent election how many people in their 20’s have said I’m voting for so and so because that’s who my parents vote for. This boggles my mind, you are given the freedom to vote because your opinion matters. Rarely do we blindly follow in other ways. Can you imagine walking into someones house and saying wow I like that couch and them saying I bought it because it’s the exact same couch as my parents have!!!!! No, because we each have our own thoughts, opinions, and life experiences so why not base your vote on what you feel and think is right, not what someone has told you to do. Research is a great tool. Decide for yourself who you want to vote for. (Don’t say so and so has researched it and figured it out……Figure it out yourself)

People say politics are boring or I don’t understand politics. How do you learn about them if you don’t talk about them?How do you get people engaged in topics that effect them greatly? Ask someone why they support a certain party, hear them out, and engage them in constructive conversation. Let them know how you feel and why you feel that way. There’s no reason why two people can’t have a conversation about this topics and there is no reason to feel threatened, think of it as a learning experience (for both sides).

Politics should begin with conversation, conversation is the first step to accomplishing change!

Politics

Strategic Voting

Here’s a great tool to help you vote strategically.

http://www.changealberta.ca/

and here’s  a link so you can have some fun!

http://www.toryorwildrose.ca/

Election Day is April 23, 2012. Here’s the information on voting once again. Advanced Polling starts today. Alberta has Canada’s lowest voter turn out compared to other provinces/territories. Let’s take this election to make a change!