Rising for Racial Justice

Get involved in ending sanctioned racial violence in America Contents Introduction Organizations What happened in Minneapolis with George Floyd is not an outlier incident. People of Color have endured hundreds of years of systemic racism and oppression. Law enforcement has its roots in slave patrols and holds an interest in protecting the status quo for…

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Running with Maud and direct action against sanctioned violence

FBB is changing the distance of our staff’s Week Of Action charity 5k to 2.23 miles in solidarity with the #RunWithMaud campaign. (2.23 miles recognizes February 23rd, the day of Ahmaud Aubrey's racially-motivated murder.) The beneficiary of our virtual 5k remains organizations supporting people experiencing food insecurity, but the Ahmaud Aubrey story has become impossible…

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1619-2019

As recently brought to the public consciousness by journalistic experiments like the New York Times’ 1619 Project, August 2019 marks 400 years since the first documented arrival of Africans in English-colonized America at Point Comfort, Virginia. These so-documented “20 And odd Negroes” had been kidnapped in Angola and packed along with 350 other enslaved Africans aboard a…

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Social Responsibility & Justice: Why I Serve on FBB’s Board

In March 2016, I joined FBB’s board of directors. Earlier that year, I had met executive director Noelle George at the Secular Social Justice Conference (SSJCon) in Houston. At the time, I was a newbie to the secular community. My professional work and passion was—and continues to be—focused on nonprofit and grassroots social justice movement-building.…

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Interview: Sikivu Hutchinson, Humanism at Work Speaker

In anticipation of this year's Humanism at Work conference, to be held in Boston on July 25, we are interviewing some of the people who will be speaking there. Up now is our Keynote Speaker, Sikivu Hutchinson. Her speech is entitled “Colorblind Lies and Meritocracy Myths: Moving Secular Social Justice” Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Moral…

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The Forked Road Ahead: African Americans for Humanism Conference

Sikivu HutchinsonBy Sikivu Hutchinson
Editor of blackfemlens.org

The L.A. Times news item was buried at the bottom of the page in the bloodlessly tiny print reserved for marginalia. A 7-year-old black girl named Aiyanna Jones had been murdered in her sleep by the Detroit police after a military-style raid on her home. In the wake of the shooting, neighbors and loved ones placed stuffed animals in front of the house in memoriam. Rows of stuffed animals stared out from Associated Press photographs of the crime scene in dark-eyed innocence. In black communities across the nation, Aiyanna’s death elicited a firestorm of outrage from activists critical of police misconduct and excessive force. Recalling New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and scores of other cities where black lives have been cut down by trigger-happy police officers, many condemned the murder as yet another instance of law enforcement’s criminal devaluation of black lives and “inner city” communities.

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The Radical Past and Present of Mutual Aid

In the past couple months, you may have noticed an explosion of mutual aid societies responding to the COVID-19 pandemic—groups which share housing, food, health care, goods, or transportation while drawing attention to the politics of inequity. The idea is nothing new. Frequently-cited historical examples of mutual aid organizations include unions, 19th century Friendly Societies,…

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