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Why we must stand with #BlackLivesMatter: We’re witnessing a historic moment and as a community of color, we must stand in solidarity with Black people as they take an awe-inspiring and courageous stand against police brutality and for racial justice and equity. Our silence in the face of historic and continued human rights abuses by the police and the United States government against Black people is complacency with white supremacy. Not only is standing with those demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Mubarak Soulemane, and the countless others killed by police the right and moral thing to do, it’s also essential for our own liberation as people of color. Our freedom as a human race and as marginalized non-white communities are inherently tied to one another’s freedom. …


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I wrote this for me, but I don’t want to contribute to the image of the forever-energized activist who will never ever give up even if it is at the cost of her life and health so I decided to publish. I also hear we’re not supposed to share our shortcomings and failures on social media and I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. Anyway…

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I started 2019 with a lot of energy. I had just left a job where I didn’t feel I was learning and growing, my love life was (and is) amazing, and I had just gotten a few freelance gigs. …


The year is almost at its end. We want to take some time to thank each and every one of you for your support and solidarity throughout 2017 and share some of the year’s highlights with you.

To begin with, we held a fantastic event in Balkh and another one in D.C.

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With your help, our reach nearly doubled through social media, our website, and partnerships with other platforms and newspapers, including Rustam Radio station in Afghanistan. Our all-volunteer collective increased in numbers and we published hundreds of new pieces of literature.
Our advocacy against gender-based violence and in defense of women’s human rights caught global attention.

About

Noorjahan Akbar

I drink green tea. I write about gender. I travel when I have $$. Alum of @AmericanU, @DickinsonCol & @GeorgeSchool. Read my stuff on freewomenwriters.org.

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