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Why I want to #BringBackOurGirlsTC.

We will hold the space for the return of the girls and send the energy of love and well being to their families. We will send energy to the parents who are tired but must continue to fight.
We will make those that have taken them know that we will not stop looking. We are not afraid of them either.

We will NOT be silent. I cannot be silent.
I am African.
I dismiss the idea that I am not African enough to speak on this issue. I don’t need an ID or a passport to take my place as a world citizen.
I’m African American by way of the Maafa. The unspeakable kidnapping of millions from West Africa. I didn’t ask for it this way but it is this way. I know who I am. The blood of my ancestors flows through this land and Africa. Nigeria is my spiritual home.

I am a daughter of Africa.
I’m the sister/mother/daughter/aunt of those women and girls suffering in Nigeria. I will not let political pessimism define me or limit me. Those that hold the girls captive will have won.
They will not win.
I firmly reject the notion that our individual and collective prayers, marches/rally’s do not or will not help. The idea that we should do nothing because “this or that” will not help is baseless. Every change that has happened in the history of change has had the element of public demonstration or organized protest.

Doing nothing suggests that it’s someone else’s responsibility. Someone else’s business. It is our silence that makes us complicit in the kidnapping and threatened trafficking of these girls. These girls are our responsibility. Kidnapped and trafficked girls and women are my business. Children killed while in pursuit of education is my business in Africa and in the U.S.
Do not be afraid. Silence will not bring our girls back.

I am mother/daughter/sister/aunt.
This is hard for me to even imagine: my daughter missing! I know who took her and I cannot get her back.
I pray that someone would have the courage to help me look for her.
I pray that someone would hold me up in what surely would be my darkest hour as I searched and begged for the return of my daughter.
I pray that someone – anyone would step forward to help me FIGHT for her return. Anyway they could.

FIGHT for her return does not adequately describe the lengths that I would go to ensure her return.
Politics has a time and a place but this isn’t the time or the place. Too often political conversations are places where people get stuck in positions. Don’t get stuck! Get. Busy. Organizing.
Stand up for the these girls returned.

Stand up for the return of all girls!
Now is the time to find your power, now is the time to find your courage, now is the time to stand up and demand that these girls are returned home.
Now is the time to demand an end to stop sex trafficking and all forms of violence against women and girls – right here-where you are.
Because we know the truth: if it can happen in Nigeria- it can happen In North Minneapolis. In fact, it is happening right NOW-where we live. The selling of our babies-women and girls-right here in Minnesota.

I am an activist. I am a freedom fighter.
I’m committed to ending the sex trafficking of women and children.
I am confident – my prayers are always answered. Our prayers will be answered.
My children are the answers to my prayers – prayers I made at the river. The spirit of the river, Osun, blessed me with two beautiful children.
No better place to pray for the return of children than the river.
Join us tonight as we pray for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria and the kidnapped and missing in Minnesota.
If your loved one is missing-we love you and we are standing strong with you. In peace and freedom!


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Food + Justice = Democracy

LaDonna Redmond is the founder and executive director of The Campaign for Food Justice Now. Currently, LaDonna is the Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for Seward Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A long-time community activist, she has successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store, and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. Continue reading


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Friendship Co-op proposal: Opportunity for community or one more white space?

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Environmental justice organizer, Anne Young, has been involved in the co-op movement since 1973. Young became membership coordinator at Seward Co-op in 1981. When she joined the co-op, it was in poor financial shape. Young is credited with leading the effort to reorganize Seward to achieve financial success. Young currently staffs the Harrison community’s effort to create the Wirth Co-op in north Minneapolis. Young believes that, “Co-ops are good for community.” Young, who has worked in a variety of capacities in the co-op movement, said that, “Co-ops can bring healthy food to the neighborhood but the biggest reason is that it is member owned. By that we can decide what products to carry, who is in charge of making decisions…then there is job creation and economic vitality that comes along to strengthens community.” Continue reading


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Seward Co-op plans for second store run into questions of race, class and food justice

seward_by_ed_kohler“Will the store cause a rise in rents?” one community resident asked during the July public meeting about Seward Community Co-op’s plan to open a store across from Sabathani Community Center. At the heart of the discussion were questions about race, class and food justice. How can Seward Co-op serve a community that is primarily African American and working class while it currently serves a community that is white and middle class? In other words, can a white-led co-op serve a black community? Continue reading

Folks in the hood can eat good

Much of the healthy food conversation in communities of color focus on access to food access. One said says folks in the hood won’t eat healthy even if they have access to healthy food.

There are always conversation about how much healthy food cost. Is healthy food our of reach for folks in the hood? Sticman from Dead Prez doesn’t think so. Check out this article to get tips to eat better on a budget.

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