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Blog posts from FRN Founder Leslie MacFadyen

About that flag coming down in South Carolina

Well – the Confederate flag will no longer fly outside the state house in Columbia, SC. It was taken down in what was repeatedly referred to as a “small dignified ceremony” in front a large crowd of citizens, lawmakers and the families of 9 souls killed in the name of hatred in Charleston, SC. just a few weeks ago.

I wasn’t going to write anything about this symbolic moment, but I was so struck today by the aforementioned “small dignified ceremony” that I realized I did indeed have something to say. So I wrote a little something about it, want to read it? Here it go…

Let’s back up a bit and go through the history of THIS flag at THIS location in THIS state.

This Confederate flag was placed in front of the Columbia, SC Statehouse on April 11, 1961 as part of the Centennial celebration of the firing on Fort Sumter, which opened the Civil War. It became a formal figure above the Statehouse on March 16, 1962 when lawmakers approved a measure to make it’s place permanent.

A few months before the flag was raised that first time, a groups of black students who would become known as The Friendship Nine were arrested and convicted the following day for refusing to leave an all-white lunch country in Rock Hill, SC. These students refused bail and spent 30 days doing hard labor at a County Prison Farm – meanwhile the lunch-counter & jail-not-bail protest model spread across the South. It was widely know that SC Rep John A May who requested the flag be flown did so in direct response to the actions of the Friendship Nine.

Who were the Friendship Nine?

Continue reading About that flag coming down in South Carolina

FRN Must List – June 22, 2015

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#BlackLivesMatter Ep of #MooreTalkLive Loving Blackness and #Charleston #Haiti #Jamaica

The Dominican Republic’s “Ethnic Purging”: Edwidge Danticat on Mass Deportation of Haitian Families

South Carolina Massacre: Why Don’t We Call Killing of 9 Black Churchgoers and Act of Terrorism?

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A long walk to freedom – The “March 2 Justice” is over, but the fight for racial equality continues by Alex Q Arbuckle Continue reading FRN Must List – June 22, 2015

On the Loss of Susie Jackson

My heart is still heavy today thinking about the 9 lives lost in Charleston to White Supremacy. Today on my mind is Susie Jackson.


She was the matriarch of her family and was busy planning their annual family reunion at the time of her murder. I am haunted by the knowledge that her final moments were tied to such violence and hatred. That after her long life THIS is how she was taken from us.

I sit here thinking about all that she lived through in her 87 years on this earth as a black women. There are many tragedies that I know mark those 87 years but instead here I choose to note the triumphs that she witnessed her fellow Black Women achieve during her lifetime.

Losing her is the loss of a real life connector to these moments & to the stories that go with them as seen through her eyes that only she could tell: Continue reading On the Loss of Susie Jackson

FRN Must List – June 8, 2015

FRN Must List – June 8, 2015

Must Watch/View

Black Summer Vacation or how White Supremacy ruins everything – STORIFY


A National Left Politics? From The Left Forum 2015


Decoded – Are Fried Chicken & Watermelon Racist? MTV News

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The Role The Police Played in Sparking The Baltimore Violence

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

Black Filmmakers Launch Twitter Takeover with #ARRAY

Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie: My Father’s Kidnapping

Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa

Picking Up the Pieces: Policing in America – A Minneapolis Case Study

White progressives’ racial myopia: Why their colorblindness fails minorities – and the left

Samaria Rice on Living & Losing Her Son, Tamir

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FRN Must List – June 1, 2015

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Baltimore activist calls out Democratic “Leaders” on police brutality

Deray McKesson on CNN regarding threat from Chuck C Johnson

@Crissles on Micropolis: Funny or Racist addresses Sarah Silverman in Blackface – skip to 1:19 for the specific portion

Mass Incarceration: The Politics Behind the Bars
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DOJ Report on Cleveland Police Department

Hey, White People! If You Really Want to Help End Racism, You Need to Invest in Other White People (Yeah, We Know It Sounds Counterintuitive)

Can Philly Students Convince City Official to Repeal Stop & Frisk?

The shocking truth about the two Chicago Police officer posing in this horrendous photo

The Persistent Racism of Theological Schools Part I
The Persistent Racism of Theological Schools Part II

Kentucky Organizer: Ending White Supremacy Is in Everyone’s Interest

A Theology of Liberation to Inspire White Anti-Racist Organizing

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FRN Must List – May 26, 2015

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Word Warriors/Aja Monet

Is Racism Over Yet?

Feminista Jones: The Voice of Black Feminism

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Here’s What Black Lives Matter Protests Over Memorial Day Weekend Looked Like in NYC, LA, San Francisco & More

Thousands of Newark students leave school in protest, block major intersection

How Racist Housing Laws Are Keeping New Orleans white

Killer Mike Baltimore Op-Ed: ‘I’ve Watched Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer Pander to the Audiences of the Oppression’

Bail Relief Fund fo Cleveland Activists

#SayHerName Report from AAPF

7 Ways To Treat Your #ActivistBae

The Myth of the Welfare Queen: How Classism Worked Against Black Women

84 Films By & About Women of Color Courtesy of Ava Durvernay

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and just for some fun….

The Movement for Black Lives – National Convening Announcement



JULY 24 – 25

The Movement for Black Lives – National Convening

Black people from across the country led a wave of resistance that spread around the world. A new chapter is being written in our long journey towards liberation.

Our people demand a collective vision that matches the intensity, scale, urgency, and promise of the moment.

Open, and created by many voices, The Movement for Black Lives Convening is a space to realize that promise fully on our terms as Black people.

Join hundreds of Black folks from around the country, as we convene to shape our present and chart our future.

Fri. July 24th- Sun. July 26th, 2015, in Cleveland, OH. ALL black lives are needed; mind, body, and soul.

Registration Opens Jun 1st.
To Pre-register go to: