This post is part of The Nation’s biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts first-person updates on student and youth organizing. For recent dispatches, check out November 10 and November 24. For this edition, ten people submitted a video and a brief update on their organizing in the struggle for black life. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with tips. Edited by James Cersonsky (@cersonsky).
1. “One struggle”
In the past two weeks, members of the Missouri GSA Network have joined with Millennial Activists United to shut down highways and major intersections, convene community forums and march with Metro Trans Umbrella, chanting, “Black lives matter!” and “Stonewall was a riot!” As young trans women and gender nonconforming people of color, we are in one struggle against murder at the hands of police, the criminalization and pushout of students of color in schools and the gender policing we do within ourselves. We ask: #AreYouListening?
2. “We ain’t going to stop until our people are free”
In New York, FIERCE has been in the streets with our drums, our voices and our bodies. We are marching to ensure that, when we chant, “Black lives matter!” all black lives are uplifted and remembered. We are tired of black bodies, queer bodies, youth bodies and trans bodies being seen as disposable. We will continue to use what we have in the struggle for justice for all black lives lost due to police violence.
3. “As soon as the tower dings…”
On December 4, at 12:15 PM, 100 black students at the University of Texas organized a die-in in response to the non-indictment of Eric Garner’s murderer. We lay in the intersection of 21st and Speedway, one of the busiest on campus, while non-black allies stood around us as a protective shield, holding signs reading, “Black Lives Matter.” With the help of the the People’s Task Force, African and African Diaspora Studies Department professors and many members of the Austin community, we shut down traffic and stood in solidarity.