imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

SpiritHouse Launches campaign to end the image war against African American women

by Ruby Sales, SpiritHouse Friday, Apr. 13, 2007 at 6:39 AM

On the tails of the hurtful words of Don Imus, the Our Name is Our Own Campaign™ will target the systemic level of this habitual branding, and how it sabotages the work of social justice and obscures the vision for our common dreams. This grassroots campaign will be unveiled by Ruby Sales -- acclaimed civil rights activist, social critic, public theologian and history maker -- at the Lucy Florence Cultural Center located in Los Angeles, at 11am this morning. See below for press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2007
Contact: Ruby Sales, Founder and Director of SpiritHouse Project
on the web @ www.spirithouseproject.org or via email spirithousedc[[at]]aol[[dot]]com
Office: 323-293-1356; Cell: 202-431-0764

On April 12, 2007 at 11:00 am, Pacific Standard Time, at the Lucy Florence Cultural Center located at 3351 West 43 rd Street, Los Angeles, California , the SpiritHouse Project, a national social justice organization, inaugurates a national campaign to end the sexist and racist image war against African American women. This grassroots campaign will be unveiled by Ruby Sales, acclaimed civil rights activist, social critic, public theologian and history maker.

The Our Name is Our Own Campaign™ comes out of the hard work of the Civil Rights and Women's Movements. The public branding, discourse and marketing that misrepresents Black women as bad mothers, whores, mammies, immoral and amoral bitches, welfare cheats, passive love slaves, hoochie mamas, ghetto women is a serious challenge to this work.

As a matter of fact, this brand of thinking emerges out of a reactionary and dehumanizing world view that will bear disastrous consequences in a 21st century world community where the impulse for democracy and dignity still burns strongly in communities throughout the United States.

So, it is in our best interest as a nation to understand that the image war against Black women dehumanizes us all and sabotages the vision that guides the heart of this nation: to build a more perfect union. This is the common dream that binds us together in the face of our differences. It is a common dream that comes out of the hard work, struggle, sacrifices and blood of generations of Americans of all colors, classes, religions, sexualities, genders, ages, religions and classes. We cannot let a group of greedy and unjust power mongers who long for the "good ole –good old boys" days rob us of this common dream.

Therefore, the Our Name is Our Own Campaign™ gives us an opportunity to call the nation back to its highest self. The hopeful and good news is that we are not objects of history; we can play a major role in shifting the cultural center of gravity in our country. This is a campaign of meaning and hope that advances democracy and insures its growth now and in the future.

Without a doubt, Black male hip hop artists must be held accountable for demeaning Black women and adding gas to the image war. Simultaneously, we must not make the mistake in assuming that they stand on equal ground with the real white male power brokers. While their maleness informs who they are and their positions in the world, their color lands outside them outside of the loop of power. Unlike white men, they do not control who has the public mike or what is seen and heard in the public square. Nor can they make public policies that concretize these gender hating stereotypes.

Our Name is Our Own Campaign™ positions itself in the long held understanding passed down to us, as Black women, from generation to generation, that our name is worth more than silver or gold. It is the essence and spirit of our individual and community lives. Our name is a powerful witness of collective triumph over adversity and dignity over vulgarity. It is the story of women and communities who not only overcome but transcend. It is the story of race women and cultural carriers who anchored our community and pushed the nation towards democracy in the most virulent days of enslavement and southern apartheid.

We know from history that stereotyping is dangerous. It is a dehumanizing practice with severe economic and social consequences that creates fertile ground and justification for violence, exploitation, injustice and public policies that rob us of our rights and places in society. Therefore because of these dangerous consequences, the right to represent ourselves with dignity and authenticity is a human rights issue in the 21st century.

Our protest reflects a national conversation and movement that calls the question on the ways that mainstream and hip hop culture demonize and vilify us. It comes at a time of great urgency where the power elite and their go-fers are up to their old tricks of using an image war to hide and justify the nature and the truth of systemic white supremacy. By now, most of this nation know that Imus in the Morning host, Don Imus, and his Executive Producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the black female basketball players of Rutgers University "nappy headed hos."

Their racist and dehumanizing language and audacity reflect a deeply held public feeling that goes beyond personal attacks- beyond the individual racial and sexual hatred of the Don Imus' of the world or the internalize racism and misogyny of the Snoop Dogs of hip hop culture. The core issue is the systemic racism and sexism that lives deeply in mainstream American culture. The shapers of racism and sexism attempt to reshape reality and truth to obscure the nature and consequences of the world that they create and use their power and resources to sustain. They twist our minds and consciousness to believe that racist and sexist behavior and language is acceptable, realistic and normative.

Our rejection of these images as the cornerstone of our history and creativity reaffirm our refusal to continue to sit quietly and passively while members of the establishment distort our names, histories, and images for their economic and social benefit. They do not have the power to make us up or create us out of their imaginations and self interests. The power to name ourselves is in our hands. Without our permission, it cannot be stolen or bought.

That's why SpiritHouse came to Los Angeles two months ago and partnered with the Lucy Florence Cultural Center to address this growing racist and sexist assault against the image and community of Black women through a concept performance called: SisterAll Two: Our Name is Our Own ™.

SisterAll Two opened on April 6-7 with powerful voices of women of color activists artists who are turning popular culture on its head by refusing to root our voices and images in the slanderous and long standing stereotyping of Black women. SisterAll Two: Our Name is Our Own™ performance concept continues on April 13-15 at Lucy Florence Cultural Center in Leimert Park .

Ruby Sales says "This is a time for innovation rather than reaction. We must be on the cutting edge of human rights issues of the 21 st century. Our message is simple. We might be Davinas up against giants, but our slingshots are powerful tools that can bend empires and shape the world."


SpiritHouse Project
1615 Buchanan Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

SpiritHouse Project's Los Angeles Headquarters
At Lucy Florence Cultural Center
3351 West 43rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90008
Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy