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Announcing The “Creating Healthy Masculinities” Project

September 11, 2016
Shay-Akil

What is “Creating Healthy Masculinities”?

Creating Healthy Masculinities” is an outreach program specifically interested in providing spaces for Black men to directly confront the ways in which Black men fail to show up for Black women and in many cases perpetuate harm that leads to acts of violence against Black women (E.G. Tiarah Poyau, Jessica Hampton, Joyce Quaweay, Mary Spears, Marissa Alexander, & many others).  

As an outreach program for Black men, we are focused on creating ‘healthier masculinities’ to help reduce gendered violence against Black women.  This means actively discussing and strategizing ways to be ‘masculine’ and a ‘man’ that do not involve enacting harm against Black women and girls in a collective setting.  This provides ways for Black men to work to confront gender essentialist attitudes in their homes, families, and in communal spaces with other men.

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D.A.T.T. Freedom School Summer 2015 Syllabus

June 22, 2015
Shay-Akil

In preparation for the summer workstudy program, read these articles:

(1) Critical Thinking & Employing Education to Develop A Critical Consciousness: http://wp.me/p4oYXR-63

(2) Black Feminism: A Short Intro: http://wp.me/p4oYXR-w

(2) Patriarchy & Gender: http://wp.me/P4oYXR-55

(3) Race, Ethnicity, & Racism: http://wp.me/P4oYXR-5o

(4) Books You Can Read & 3 Documentaries You Can Watch Instead of Exposing Yourself to the Hegemonic Lies in the Hidden Colors Films: http://wp.me/p4oYXR-3O

D.A.T.T. Freedom School Summer 2015 Syllabus:

Week 1: Capitalism – Week of June 28th

Readings:

  • “A Companion to Marx’s Capital” by David Harvey – Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 3
  • “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery & The Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptiste – Chapter 1-2
  • “Black Marxism” by Cedric J. Robinson – Chapter 1: Racial Capitalism – The Nonobjective Character of Capitalist Development
  • “Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism” by Kwame Nkrumah – pp. 1-3

Week 2: Scientific Socialism – Week of July 5th

Readings:

  • “Class Struggle in Africa” by Kwame Nkrumah – Chapter 12 “Socialist Revolution”
  • “Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan Africanism” by Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael – Chapter 7: The Dialectics of Liberation
  • “Black Marxism” by Cedric J. Robinson – Chapter 3: Socialist Theory & Nationalism

Week 3: Race & White Supremacist Racism – Week of July 12th

Readings:

  • “Fatal Invention” by Dorothy Roberts – Chapter 1: The Invention of Race
  • “Racial Formation in the United States” by Michael Omi & Howard Winant – Chapter 4: The Theory of Racial Formation & Chapter 5: Racial Politics & the Racial State
  • “Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan Africanism” by Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael – Chapter 3: Power & Racism
  • “Unsettling Ourselves: Reflections and Resources for Deconstructing Colonial Mentality” compiled by Unsettling Minnesota – “What is White Supremacy” by Elizabeth Martinez pp. 71-74
  • “White by Law” by Ian Lopez – Chapter 1 “White Lines”

 

Week 4: Cishetpatriarchy, Gender, & Sexuality – Week of July 19th

Readings:

  • “Doing Gender” by West & Zimmerman (1987) [Article]
  • “Doing, Undoing, or Redoing Gender” by Connell (2010) [Article]
  • “Black Sexual Politics” by Patricia Hill-Collins – Chapter 6 “Very Necessary: Redefining Black Gender Ideology”
  • “Heteropatriarchy & the 3 Pillars of White Supremacy” by Andrea Smith
  • “The Invention of Women: Making An African Sense of Gender Discourses” by Oyeronke Oyewumi – Chapter 1 “Visualizing the Body: Western Theories & African Subjects” & Chapter 4 “Colonizing Bodies & Minds: Gender & Colonialism”

Week 5: Black Feminism – Week of July 26th

Readings:

  • “Black Macho & The Myth of the Superwoman” by Michelle Wallace- Chapter 1
  • “Black Feminist Thought” – Chapter 1 “The Politics of Black Feminist Thought”, Chapter 2 “Distinguishing Features of Black Feminist Thought”, & Chapter 10 “U.S. Black Feminism in Transnational Context”
  • “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde – The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master’s House
  • “Africa: homophobia is a legacy of colonialism” by Val Kalende: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/africa-homophobia-legacy-colonialism

Week 6: Anti-Colonial Struggle – Week of August 2nd

Readings:

Week 7: Pan Africanism (Scientific Socialism) – Week of August 9th

Readings:

  • “Global Circuits of Blackness: Interrogating the African Diaspora” – Introduction
  • “Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan Africanism” by Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael – Chapter 14: Pan Africanism & Chapter 15: From Black Power to Pan Africanism
  • Africana Critical Theory by Reiland Rabaka – Chapter 2 “W. E. B. Du Bois: The Soul of a Pan-African Marxist Male-Feminist” & Chapter 3 – “C. L. R. James: Pan-African Marxism Beyond All Boundaries”

 

Every week on Saturdays (with the exception of the 1st Saturday) we will have “Liberation Circles” which is our tweet chats where we discuss the readings & topics as a community.  This is where the participants & the coordinators come together to share and build in critical thought.  Below are the dates & times for the Liberation Circles:

Week 1: Friday, July 3rd, 2015 (7 PM – 8 PM EST, 6 PM – 7 PM CT, 4 PM – 5 PM PT)

Week 2: Saturday, July 11th, 2015 (4 PM – 5 PM EST, 3 PM – 4 PM CT, 1 PM – 2 PM PT)

Week 3: Saturday, July 18th, 2015 (4 PM – 5 PM EST, 3 PM – 4 PM CT, 1 PM – 2 PM PT)

Week 4: Saturday, July 25th, 2015 (4 PM – 5 PM EST, 3 PM – 4 PM CT, 1 PM – 2 PM PT)

Week 5: Saturday, August 1st, 2015 (4 PM – 5 PM EST, 3 PM – 4 PM CT, 1 PM – 2 PM PT)

Week 6: Saturday, August 8th, 2015 (4 PM – 5 PM EST, 3 PM – 4 PM CT, 1 PM – 2 PM PT)

Week 7: Saturday, August 15th, 2015 (4 PM – 5 PM EST, 3 PM – 4 PM CT, 1 PM – 2 PM PT)

The D.A.T.T. Freedom School’s Liberation Circle will be facilitated by @DATTFreedomSch

The D.A.T.T. Freedom School hashtag that we will use our tweet chats is #DATT

 

D.A.T.T. Freedom School: Summer Session

June 8, 2015
Shay-Akil

Purpose:

DATT Freedom School’s purpose is to provide political education to those who want to learn online with a variety of platforms.  DATT Freedom School is a dynamic online work study group that includes the basis of a book club, hosted tweet chats every other week, video lessons, & master posts.

Goal:

Provide people with the basics of critical thinking skills & begin their political education process.

What are we teaching?

The DATT Freedom School will teach the political foundations of Black feminism & Pan Africanism (scientific socialism).  These will be based on the intellectual legacies of Patricia Hill-Collins, Audre Lorde, Kwame Ture, Kwame Nkrumah, Frantz Fanon, Ida B. Wells, etc.. Continue Reading

COMING THIS SUMMER: D.A.T.T. Freedom School

May 2, 2015
Shay-Akil

Its about to go down.
DATT School Announcment Tweets

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The goal is for the freedom school to function as a work study program that provides people with the basics of critical thinking skills & begin their political education process.  The DATT Freedom School will host weekly tweet chats where the basics of how to understand hegemony is taught & discussed by guest educational coordinators & a DATT Freedom School Team Member as well as tweet chats reviewing the chosen book of the week or month.  I also plan on setting it up where participating educational coordinators & community activists record video sessions that easily breaks down concepts and applies them to historical & contemporary examples.

If you would like to participate DM me on twitter or email me at decolonizeallthethings@gmail.com!

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!!!!!!!!!!

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