Black Lives Matter: A Social Movement For Real Change

Black Lives Matter: A Social Movement For Real Change

Black Lives Matter is a movement that started on 13th of July in 2013. Founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, the social movement focused on systemic racism and gun violence meted out to African Americans, or black people. The movement started in the United States and has gained traction around the world. However, the movement remains concentrated and mostly relevant in the United States. Black Lives Matter aims to end gun violence and police brutality against African Americans. It also partly focuses on gun control. In a broader sense, the movement opposes the systemic racism that has existed in the United States for centuries and even though slavery has been abolished and blacks have the same rights as whites, the menace of racism still exists as undercurrents in the society. At times, the undercurrents come to the fore and result in different kinds of incidents. From police brutality to targeted shooting of black people, the underlying racism persisting in the American society has become more obvious in recent years. Black Lives Matter: Origins Black Lives Matter started as a social media movement protesting the deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. The police brutality shed light on the larger issue of racial inequality and that there was embedded racism in the criminal justice system of the country. What started as trending issue on social media with #BlackLivesMatter after the acquittal of George Zimmerman who was charged with shooting African-American teen Trayvon Martin quickly became a social movement that galvanized public support which had been building up over the years. As Black Lives...
Wheelchairs Against Guns Presents: The Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic

Wheelchairs Against Guns Presents: The Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic

Wheelchairs Against Guns would like to invite all New York City children, ages 6-18, to the first annual Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic. Registration is FREE and all kids will get FREE t-shirts and lunch after each game. Clinics will be held every Saturday, during the summer, from 10am – 12pm in the park of PS 28, located at W. 156th Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem New York. The Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic was created to present an alternative to kids hanging out on the street. For two hours, parents can take comfort knowing their children are safe playing in the park and not hanging out on the corner getting in trouble. In addition to learning the fundamentals of basketball, the clinic is designed to teach children the value of teamwork, build positive self esteem, and develop critical thinking skills that will help them make better decisions.   Wheelchairs Against Guns is a non-profit organization comprised of men living with disabilities as a result of gun violence. During the school year, members of the organization visit New York City schools to conduct anti-violence workshops that teach students practical ways to deal with bullying, gangs, and gun violence. Kareem Nelson, the founder of Wheelchairs Against Guns, had this to say about the Sugar Hill Basketball Clinic: “At our workshops, we teach students three lessons — critical thinking, how to have positive self-esteem, and conflict resolution strategies.   The basketball clinic was created by our COO Terry Parris, as a way for WAG to give back to the community, while continuing to reach the youth during the summer months...