Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna Have No Co-Parenting Issues Amid Child Support War

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna might be duking it out in court over money to care for their daughter — but turns out there’s a measure of peace behind the scenes. Sources connected to both parents tell us Rob and BC are a well-oiled co-parenting…

TMZ.com

SPECIAL DEAL UPDATE:

African American Art Galleries and Museums to Support for Black Solidarity Day

As the anticipated International African American Museum gears up for a grand opening in 2020, we couldn’t help but find out what other black-centric museums and exhibits around the country are worth checking out right now.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking exhibits, some by African American artists, but all of them about African American life for African American viewers, whether they’re art enthusiasts, art geeks, or just simply looking to learn something new.

Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Brooklyn Museum

This exhibit takes viewers through the most political and revolutionary period of American history. The more than 150 artworks displayed throughout the exhibition aim to address the unjust conditions that African American artists faced from 1963 to 1983, a time of political and social revolution.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 14, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, New York Historical Society Museum & Library

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggles African Americans faced for full citizenship and racial equality. It is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights how African Americans advocated for their rights during that time. The exhibit opened in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 7, 2018-Mar. 3, 2019

Cotton: The Soft, Dangerous Beauty of the Past, African American Museum in Philadelphia

The exhibition features 35 large-scale photographs, as well as an installation and altarpiece by artist John E. Dowell, all aiming to “explore the dichotomy between the beauty of the plant and its inexorable link to the horrors of chattel slavery in the U.S.”

It also looks at the often overlooked history of slavery in the north.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 15, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, National Museum of African American History & Culture at the Smithsonian

This special exhibition features the life of the media mogul, philanthropist, and actress and will also showcase her roles as a film producer; TV host, with her successful daytime talk show; and educator. Visitors will be able to explore Winfrey’s influence and the impact that she has on the world. The museum will feature artifacts from the very first Harpo Studios in Chicago and much more.

Find out more information, here.

June 2018-June 2019

AFreauX, Zucot Gallery

The exhibit features a group of African American artists who express their artwork through the gritty, colorful, and dynamic trends of the street art movements. In a press release on the exhibit, their collective artwork is described as, “a rebellious response” and a “departure from current trends,” speaking to the African American narrative and experience.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 22, 2018-Nov. 16, 2018

Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

With this exhibit, the Detroit museum plans to honor Aretha Franklin’s life and legacy. The exhibit will feature photographs— loaned by photographers to help honor the late Queen of Soul—showcasing her work and life.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 25, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019

Facing the Rising Sun Freedman’s Cemetery and The Souls of Black Folk, African American Museum, Dallas

The two exhibitions, “Facing the Rising Sun Freedman’s Cemetery” and “The Souls of Black Folk,” present two views of African American art in life and art in Dallas, Texas.

Visitors will get the chance to see and hear from people who knew about Freedman’s town, later known as North Dallas, through interactive video, historical documents, objects, and photographs.

Over 500 objects are on display in “The Souls of Black Folk” courtesy of the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection.

Visitors can also check out a few other exhibits housed in the museum, including, “Genesis: African American Artists,” which shows the work of 36 local Dallas artists.

Find out more information, here.

On-going

International African American Museum, South Carolina

The highly anticipated museum is set to open in 2020. The IAAM will explore the deep-rooted history of African Americans, presenting untold and under-told experiences and contributions of African Americans. The museum has so far received a variety of donations from companies such as BMW, Viacom, and BB&T and a $ 10 million donation from the Lilly Endowment. This museum is definitely one to keep on your radar.

Find out more information, here.

Opening in 2020

The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes, North Carolina Museum of History

The exhibition will showcase many original paintings and artifacts of artist and Durham native, Ernie Barnes. Barnes was known for his exquisite and unique style. His iconic “Sugar Shack” painting was featured on the hit show, Good Times. The painting also appeared on the Marvin Gaye I Want You album cover. According to the museum, he is the first professional American athlete to become a noted painter.

Find out more information, here.

June 2018- March 2019

The post African American Art Galleries and Museums to Support for Black Solidarity Day appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Lifestyle | Black Enterprise

FASHION DEALS UPDATE:

US troops support operations on the southern border

Associated Press

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Black Restaurant Weeks to Support

Black Restaurant Weeks happen all throughout the year in different cities all across the U.S. for the last 25 years. A restaurant week provides the opportunity to experience cultural diversity and try new food while at the same time stimulating local economies and promoting awareness of minority-owned businesses.

Not only is it good for black-owned businesses but it also showcases community engagement and gives restaurant owners a chance to think outside the box with meal specials and deals that would not normally be on the menu or that are offered at a higher price.

Usually, customers who attend restaurant weeks wind up coming back; according to Toast.com, 80% of diners who try a restaurant during restaurant week are likely to return.

Here’s our list of black restaurant weeks around the nation that you should support if you’re ever in one of these cities.

UPCOMING

DMV Black Restaurant Week, Washington, D.C.

DMV Black Restaurant Week is designed not only to highlight the black-owned establishments in and around the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area but to also empower up-and-coming talent. And it’s not just about restaurants; it’s also inclusive of black-owned bars. Some events include bartender competition, mixology classes, and a conference about entrepreneurship and financing. It’s the first restaurant week of its kind to offer such a diverse array of programming that caters to patrons, entrepreneurs, and aspiring business owners.

Find out more information, here.

Nov. 4-11, 2018

Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) Black Restaurant Week, Columbus, OH

The organizers of Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) Black Restaurant Week believe that supporting black restaurants plays a crucial role in empowering their community. The event, they say, is also a chance for the black-owned restaurants in the Columbus area to offer dining deals and raise awareness of their business.

Visitors can try some of the newer black-owned restaurants while also supporting the established ones.

Find out more information, here.

November 11-17, 2018

2019

Chicago Black Restaurant Week, Chicago, IL

Chicago Black Restaurant Week, located in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs, was designed by PR guru Laura Smith with the intention of putting a spotlight on African American eateries. With growing support from local residents every year and over 20 restaurants participating, there is sure to be something for every patron to enjoy.

More information can be found here.

Feb 10-17, 2019

Black Restaurant Week, Dallas, TX

This event is the first of its kind in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Visitors can sample the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisines at participating restaurants like Wings World, Peace Love & Eatz Smoothie Bar, and OMG Soul Food.

Find out more information, here.

Oct. 13-27, 2019

PAST RESTAURANT WEEKS

Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, Richmond, VA

The Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is a celebratory week dedicated to supporting Richmond’s black-owned restaurants and promoting the Richmond regions growing culinary tourism scene. It aims to counter economic disparity within minority-owned businesses with fun and interactive solutions that engage, excite, and ignite a deeper understanding and love of Richmond food culture.

Find out more information, here.

Mar. 4-11, 2018

Memphis Black Restaurant Week, Memphis, TN

Created to help local minority-owned businesses gain exposure and support from the community, Memphis Black Restaurant Week was born. According to the website, its mission is to create an “opportunity for black-owned restaurants to offer dining deals to bring in new customers and raise awareness.”

Find out more information, here.

Mar. 5-11, 2018

Black Restaurant Week, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

This is Philly’s first black restaurant week, with the city of brotherly love showcasing African American, Caribbean, and African cuisine. In addition to diners being able to support businesses like Booker’s Restaurant and Bar and Rose Petals Cafe & Lounge, there is also a culinary panel and a cocktail competition.

More information can be found here.

June 10-17, 2018

Detroit Black Restaurant Week, Detroit, MI

Detroit Black Restaurant Week features casual dining and fine dining restaurants and offers several events that highlight and promote different aspects of the culinary scene in Detroit, particularly the black culinary scene.

It first kicked off in 2017 and is supported by Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, a Detroit-area resident who is passionate about showcasing black-owned Detroit businesses. His aim is to bring people of all backgrounds together for Detroit Black Restaurant Week and expose them to establishments and owners that they might otherwise not have encountered.

Find out more information, here.

Aug. 20-26, 2018

Atlanta Black Restaurant Week, Atlanta GA

For two weeks, Atlanta celebrates the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Participating restaurants include Mangos Caribbean Restaurant, Café Songhai, a West African eatery, and The Spice House.

Find out more information, here.

Sept. 2-16, 2018

Charlotte Black Restaurant Week, Charlotte, NC

More than 20 black-owned restaurants participate in Charlotte Black Restaurant Week and will offer special menu items and prices. The event also takes one night to honor the best black chef and it also includes black-owned food trucks. According to their website, the organizers and the black business owners of Charlotte realized the need to ramp up excitement about the black restaurants that have either planted roots in Charlotte or survived among closures.

Find out more information, here.

Oct.14-21, 2018

Taste of Soul L.A., Los Angeles, CA

Eater.com calls it L.A.’s biggest street food festival, and it features plenty of black-owned establishments. It has been going strong for 13 years with organizers claiming annual attendance of more than 350,000 people.

The annual, family-friendly festival, often held in October, features a variety of different food vendors all dishing up BBQ & soul food, Jamaican cuisine, as well as traditional African and American dishes. A beer garden is usually on deck along with live entertainment including music, comedy, and gospel singers.

Find out more information, here.

Oct. 20-21, 2018

Bay Area Black Restaurant Week, Bay Area, CA

Hosted in what is considered one of the best food cities in the country, this two-week Bay Area event has something for every restaurant-goer. Enjoy a dining experience with a variety of choices including barbecue, soul food, and even vegan options. A portion of the proceeds from this restaurant week will go back into the community and donations will be given to the Oakland Food Pantry and Farms to Grow in San Francisco. Patrons will be able to enjoy a great meal while also contributing to worthy causes.

More information can be found here.

Oct 21-28, 2018 

The post Black Restaurant Weeks to Support appeared first on Black Enterprise.

Lifestyle | Black Enterprise

FASHION DEALS UPDATE:

U.N. special envoy Jolie voices support for Venezuelan refugees

U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie speaks about the plight of Venezuelans forced to leave their crisis-stricken homeland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


Reuters Video: Entertainment

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Shop eBags’ Winter Sale & Clearance Event – Up to 75%* Off Your Favorite Brands!

Amy Schumer Will Refuse Super Bowl Ads in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Comedian Amy Schumer said Friday she would not do a Super Bowl commercial this year, in support of ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Her message came the same day reports surfaced that singer Rihanna turned down being the next year’s Super Bowl half time performer, also in support of Kaepernick.

Schumer posted the message to her Instagram, saying she believes more white NFL players should kneel during the national anthem to show their support of their black teammates. Taking a knee has become the main form of protest in the NFL against police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.

“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote. “I know it must sound like a privilege-ass sacrifice, but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

Schumer also said that Maroon 5, who is set to perform as next year’s halftime show, should also back out.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked a wave of NFL national anthem protests against racial inequality, beginning in 2016. His actions have enraged many, including President Trump. This has led Kaepernick, who is currently an unsigned free agent, to claim he has been blacklisted by NFL leadership.

Schumer has taken more public political action recently, including getting arrested with Emily Ratajkowski earlier this month while protesting the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In her Instagram post, she did not specify whether she had been offered any Super Bowl advertising opportunities.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Amy Schumer Will Refuse Super Bowl Ads in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Comedian Amy Schumer said Friday she would not do a Super Bowl commercial this year, in support of ex-quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Her message came the same day reports surfaced that singer Rihanna turned down being the next year’s Super Bowl half time performer, also in support of Kaepernick.

Schumer posted the message to her Instagram, saying she believes more white NFL players should kneel during the national anthem to show their support of their black teammates. Taking a knee has become the main form of protest in the NFL against police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S.

“I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year,” Schumer wrote. “I know it must sound like a privilege-ass sacrifice, but it’s all I got. Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them.”

Schumer also said that Maroon 5, who is set to perform as next year’s halftime show, should also back out.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked a wave of NFL national anthem protests against racial inequality, beginning in 2016. His actions have enraged many, including President Trump. This has led Kaepernick, who is currently an unsigned free agent, to claim he has been blacklisted by NFL leadership.

Schumer has taken more public political action recently, including getting arrested with Emily Ratajkowski earlier this month while protesting the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In her Instagram post, she did not specify whether she had been offered any Super Bowl advertising opportunities.

Sports – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

It’ll be tougher to travel with your emotional support animal on Spirit Airlines

Those hoping to travel on Spirit Airlines with emotional support animals will now have to jump through a few more hoops.

The company is enforcing stricter rules as of Monday, following the lead of other airlines also cracking down on creatures being crammed into their cabins.

If you’re traveling…

Life Style – New York Daily News

EMPLOYMENT SEARCH UPDATE:

Jimmy Kimmel Made a Video to Support His Theory About Melania Trump’s Trip

First Lady Melania Trump just completed her first solo excursion in a political capacity, touring Africa for five days and stopping by hospitals and orphanages, hanging out with elephants and visiting famous sites like the Sphinx and the Pyramids on her journey. And while plenty of attention has been paid to both her ongoing promotion of her ‘Be Best’ campaign and her fashion choices for the jaunt, Jimmy Kimmel wants to focus on something different: her facial expressions.

Kimmel drew a sharp contrast between the First Lady’s seemingly joyful spirit while photographed and videoed during her public engagements in Egypt, Ghana, Malawi and Kenya in comparison to clips of her taken while back in the U.S. at the side of her husband President Donald Trump for a spoof.

“This is Melania’s first trip overseas, and she really seemed to enjoy herself,” Kimmel suggested. “It’s not scientific, but draw your own conclusion.” (They added in some ominous Star Wars music for effect to really draw out the stark difference between her U.S. self versus her cheerful African tourist self.)

Now that she is back on U.S. ground.

Here’s Kimmel’s spoof below.


Entertainment – TIME

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Celebrities support Strictly star’s ex amid scandal

Celebrities and members of the public have rushed to show support for the girlfriend of Strictly star Seann Walsh, who released a powerful statement saying she is “not a victim” after he was pictured kissing his dance partner.
Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News | Sky News

ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALS:

Hulu Plus – New Subscribers Only

Mike Bloomberg’s super PAC spends over $2 million to support 7 Democratic women in House races

The commitment comes after Bloomberg declared he would be pushing ahead with an $ 80 million investment to support Democratic candidates.
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

Kavanaugh Confirmation Nearly Guaranteed After Collins, Manchin Express Support

Virtually guaranteeing Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., announced their support for the federal appeals court judge’s nomination on Friday.
RTT – Top Story

SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Key Republican Jeff Flake will support Kavanaugh’s confirmation barring big changes

The Arizona Republican says he would support Kavanaugh shortly after he voted to advance the judge's nomination to a final vote, which is expected Saturday.  
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 119,000 in community benefit grant funding to three nonprofits seeking to promote economic opportunity and support workforce development throughout the state.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing the shortage of health care workers and promoting economic opportunities in Hawaii,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Supporting Hawaii’s health care sector, and helping small businesses grow and create jobs are among many ways we are committed to a thriving Hawaii.”

Hawaii Community College (via UH Foundation) was awarded $ 69,333 for the school’s nursing program to help address health care labor shortages on Hawaii Island. Ninety percent of the school’s nursing graduates — approximately 40 students per year — go on to work in health care positions on Hawaii Island, addressing a critical need for care providers in rural areas. The grant will be used to purchase a simulation mannequin that provides essential clinical education and hands-on skills learning to maintain accreditation for the nursing program.

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, in partnership with Mana Up (via YWCA Oahu), received $ 35,000 to promote economic opportunity, counseling and training for locally owned small businesses, with a specific focus on women’s leadership development. The nonprofits will offer a 10-month professional development course for 11 emerging women leaders, as well as a 12-week accelerator program for 20 local small businesses.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation received $ 15,000 to expand scholarships for health care students in Hawaii. A shortage of providers in primary care, specialty care, mental health and oral health care, especially on neighbor islands, affects the health of the entire state. HHERF plans to offer scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 to 15 or more Hawaii health care students pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy and health care IT.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

The post Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $ 119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development appeared first on Kaiser Permanente.

Main RSS Feed – Kaiser Permanente

NEW PARENT ESSENTIAL UPDATE:

The FBI inquiry could provide wavering Republican senators the cover they need to support the nominee

Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of reaching the Supreme Court appeared to get a significant boost Thursday as key Republican senators reacted positively to the results of a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.


CNN.com – RSS Channel – HP Hero

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

BEST DEAL UPDATE BY AMERICAN CONSULTANTS RX:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Lady Gaga Surprises Fans at A Star Is Born Screening and Tearfully Thanks Them for Their Support

Lady GagaLady Gaga surprised hundreds of her little monsters on Wednesday by attending a screening of A Star Is Born in New York.
The six-time Grammy winner walked onto the stage in a sparkly red…

E! Online (US) – Top Stories

FASHION DEALS:

Take an Extra 20% off Clearance at Zales.com!

#CancelKavanaugh: Survivors in Los Angeles Spoke Out in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

A large crowd gathered in front of Los Angeles City Hall Friday as part of a nationwide day of action that followed in the wake of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing mounting allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct, to the Supreme Court.

Activists gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as part of a nationwide show of solidarity with survivors Friday. (Kohinur Khyum)

When the demonstration was organized, a floor vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination was scheduled to take place just days after heart-wrenching testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the committee, who is alleging that he sexually assaulted her in high school. But before it came to a close, an FBI investigation into her accusation, which feminists had been demanding in the weeks since Blasey Ford came forward, was finally authorized by President Donald Trump.

Protesters gathering in solidarity with Blasey Ford and the other women who have come forward since she exclusively told her story to the Washington Post, however, weren’t about to rest on their laurels. Feminists are continuing to demand information on the extent of the investigation after rumors that the White House had directed its focus and limited its scope—and activists are pushing for Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination entirely.

Donald Trump has claimed that the mounting sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are a “con job.” Kavanaugh called one woman’s allegations “a joke.” (Kohinur Khyum)

In Los Angeles, prominent feminist groups declared their support for Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school, when she was just 15; Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that he aggressively exposed himself to her without her consent while they were both in college; and Julie Swetnick, who declared in sworn testimony that Kavanaugh was involved in a routine practice of gang-rape at high school parties. They also urged the protestors gathered in the city’s Downtown district to remain engaged in November and make their voices heard at the ballot box—and made space for local survivors to share their own stories.

Times Up Entertainment co-hosted the protest; Nithya Raman, the Executive Director, spoke first, reminding the crowd of the power of women in the streets and at the polls. “They think that a few senators can silence the voice of Dr. Ford and of all women who have come forward. We will not allow that to happen,” she declared. “Women are watching and listening. When we come together we are undefeatable.”

“Today and every day, one of Raman’s colleagues added in a speech to the crowd, “we will take our power back because they never should have had it in the first place. This is about what side of humanity we will be on. Let’s us give our children an example of the future.”

Survivors and allies at the protest emotionally told their own stories, and bore witness to—and proclaimed their support for—those who came forward and those who could not or would not. (Kohinur Khyum)

Monica Ramirez, who earlier this year was honored at the Global Women’s Rights Awards for the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms., also spoke at the rally. As the leader of Alianza de Campesinas, the only organization representing farm worker women, Ramirez expanded the conversation happening in Los Angeles and around the world as the #MeToo movement continues to fuel a re-invigorated fight against sexual harassment and assault.

“The eyes of the world are upon us,” Ramirez noted. “What example will we be? What compassion will we show? This is the moment when senators have the opportunity to show their courage and leadership and show how this nation treats, believes, and stands with survivors.”

Ramirez, who was met with loud cheers and whistles, was followed by representatives from another organization representing women who face epidemic levels of sexual exploitation—but too often lack a platform and a voice in the national media.

“This is a moment where we are looking at an issue of our democracy,” representative from the National Domestic Workers Alliance told the crowd. “It is our moment as a nation to say that we will no longer dismiss the voices of women. It is women and everyone in our society that is standing up to take this power back.”

Feminists nationwide have been loudly proclaiming that they believe survivors in the wake of dismissals of Blasey Ford and other women coming forward during Kavanaugh’s nomination process.(Kohinur Khyum)

Sarah Bradshaw, former Feminist Majority organizer, empowered the crowd by including them in her time at the microphone. “For those of us who lived through Anita Hill, are we still angry?” she asked. “For those who have experienced rape and harassment, are we still angry? Will we still march? Will we show up to vote? Will we find others to get out and vote? Will we precinct walk and phone bank?”

Once the crowd responded to each question with a responding “yes,” Bradshaw laid out her marching orders: “Let’s get to work, folks.”

Survivors, some of whom had never shared their stories publicly or privately, then took the mic.

“It’s been six years since I was assaulted,” Rosalind, who identified herself as a 22-year-old feminist, told the crowd in an unwavering tone. “It’s been six years since I’ve spoken about it to anyone. My message to lawmakers and especially to Kavanaugh is that the 10 days you waited was a lifetime to us. We have all been discredited. I will fight like hell to make sure every lawmaker who supports Brett Kavanaugh loses their seat. The reckoning is here!”

“I’m 43 years old,” another defiant woman shared through tears. “Over and over our government tells us we don’t matter, your experience doesn’t matter. When do we get to be citizens of this country? It’s 2018! When do we get to be respected?”

Another brave survivor’s story was a testament to the reasons why many women don’t report their assaults. “It’s been almost a year since I was drugged, raped and violently beaten,” she explained. “I reported the incident to my university and the DA never filed charges. We must take justice into our own hands. We must come together. As survivors, we are here to demand justice.”

Building on her declaration, another survivor reminded the crowd that victim-blaming creates a culture of silence—and assured all those gathered there that she believed them. “When I was 16, until the age of 17, I was repeatedly assaulted,” she shared. “When I was in college, I told someone and he said it must have been something I did. I want to remind survivors that it is never because something we are wearing or something we drank.”

“When I was 5 years old, my dad’s best friend thought it would be a good idea to grab me and sexually assault me,” one survivor shared. “When I told someone at the age of 10, no one believed me. This week has been triggering. We must believe Dr. Ford.”

“The sad thing that kept happening,” another survivor shared, “is that everyone said [Kavanaugh] reminds them of their dad, or that guy in high school, that, as soon as he was backed in a corner, he began to cry—as if his tears meant more than hers. And you know what, Mr. Kavanaugh? You’re going to have to cry a lot better than that for anyone to believe you.”

Punam, a 36-year-old woman from Los Angeles, didn’t just make room for her own story—she made room, she told the crowd, for “my rage.” Remarking on the one-week delay granted for Kavanaugh’s eventual vote in order to allot for an investigation, Punam declared: “I don’t think one week is sufficient. They can take three weeks. They can take the entire month.” She told the crowd that her uncle molested her years ago, and that she sees that the culture of sparing sexual predators is continuing.

Punam, like women across the country, refuses to let that happen.

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

Victoria Sheber is an editorial intern at Ms., a debate instructor at Windward School and a member of the JusticeCorps at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Victoria is currently a senior at UCLA studying American Literature & Culture and History; she is also the President of the American Association of University Women chapter on campus and Assistant Section Editor for Fem Newsmagazine. She loves to read and write about feminist literature. 

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

ms. blog digest banner

The post #CancelKavanaugh: Survivors in Los Angeles Spoke Out in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared first on Ms. Magazine Blog.

Ms. Magazine Blog

BEST DEAL UPDATE: