What has protesting accomplished?

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(Fact checked links in my bio)

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests:⁣⁣⁣ Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging state lawmakers to enact 911 “Amy Cooper” False Accusation Bill.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾NYC Mayor announcement to defund police and to reallocate those funds to community programs and social services.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 Minneapolis City Council announced they were seeking to dismantle the city’s police department.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 New York is seeking to reform Civil Rights Law 50-a-disclosure of police personnel performance & disciplinary records⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 Denver Colorado banned the use of chokeholds. Officers will also have to report to a supervisor any time they intentionally point a fire on at someone while on the job.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, New Orleans, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia). ⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Mayor of Washington D.C. renamed the street outside the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.⁣⁣⁣

👉🏾 American companies have donated millions into the advancement of black communities.⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣Not to mention…⁣⁣⁣

💓 Difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.⁣⁣⁣

💓Realizations that some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.⁣⁣ ⁣

Fact check sources:

https://apnews.com/ce3c4c56b683ae47d26bec1045a35fb7

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/03/us/george-floyd-officers-charges/index.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/05/870414038/dallas-police-adopts-duty-to-intervene-policy-to-prevent-abuse

https://www.officer.com/command-hq/news/21140879/new-jersey-to-license-police-officers-update-useofforce-policy

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-police-accountability-group-20200530-vllpk32dznh4rewovasncz3rda-story.html%3foutputType=amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/deadline.com/2020/06/lapd-funding-city-council-reduce-operating-budget-1202950507/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/people.com/politics/new-york-gov-andrew-cuomo-backs-amy-cooper-false-reporting-bill/%3famp=true

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/07/us/new-york-city-police-funding-social-services/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/06/07/us/george-floyd-protests-sunday/index.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-new-york-lawmakers-to-pass-package-of-police-reforms-albany-20200608-dlegw6gj5ngrjlffi2dj5tp2ny-story.html%3foutputType=amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/2020/6/6/21282412/protests-viral-videos-police-violence-disciplinary-action-suspension-firing

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-police-update-policies-to-ban-chokeholds-require-body-cam-use-for-swat-more-reporting-for-officers

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Confederate_monuments_and_memorials#

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Lee_Monument_(New_Orleans,_Louisiana)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/black-lives-matter-plaza-dc-mayor-viral-videos-photos-reactions-6445528/lite/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/06/07/us/politics/trump-military-troops-protests.amp.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/06/01/corporate-donations-tracker-here-are-the-companies-giving-millions-to-anti-racism-efforts/amp/

⁣⁣⁣#afrikanface #blacklivesmatter #girlrillavintage #therewillbejustice #therewillbepeace #whathasprotestingaccomplished

Yoru

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Dear ancestors, ⁣⁣
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Thanks in advance for the new car and sweet little house!⁣⁣

All my love,⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

PS: Those wondering about what Yoru means, it literally translates to, “night” in the Japanese language. Yoru is one of the strongest swords in the world. It is one of the twelve Saijo O Wazamono or “Black Sword/Blades”. In a world crumbling around us, be the strongest black sword today! 

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#afrikanface #africandiaspora #abundancecall #ancestorsprovide #blacksword #blackwomenbelike #conjurewoman #girlrillavintage #girlrillavintagedotme #imsunflowerssista #loveisessential #manifestandmaintain #mendewoman #merlica #mindfullnessmeditation #orisa #rememberyourroots #2020aintoveryet #sankofa #shadowkeepersandroothealers #speakitintoexistence #strongesrswordintheworld #theeamazinggrace #yoruba #yoru #westafrican

Smudgetalk: Okra is Medicine

“The only time I use okra is for medicine.” —Luisah Tiesh⁣

In the healing spirit of GirlrillaVintage, I’d like to offer up an early bird smudgetalk on plant healing. ⁣🦉

Did you know that eating okra or drinking it’s water is a great choice for treating bowel irregularity? And as many of us know that when the bowels ain’t movin’ the crankiness gets to loomin’. And relieving the colon can eliminate many diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, skin irritation, headaches, anxiety and depression to name a few. ⁣

I’ve been intentionally slow walking this book because it’s chock full of amazing and practical information about herbs and holistic medicine from the experiences of elders of Afrikan descent born in America. ⁣

Here’s a snippet from the book, “Working the Roots Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing”, that boosted my ole cranky, constipated mood lol! Also, I discovered from reading this book that Luisah Tiesh (still with us btw) authored a book called, “Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals”, that I recently ordered. Get into it. And enjoy all this goodness! ⁣
⁣—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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“The only time I use okra is for medicine.” —Luisah Tiesh⁣ ⁣ In the healing spirit of GirlrillaVintage, I’d like to offer up an early bird smudgetalk on plant healing. ⁣🦉 ⁣ Did you know that eating okra or drinking it’s water is a great choice for treating bowel irregularity? And as many of us know that when the bowels ain’t movin’ the crankiness gets to loomin’. And relieving the colon can eliminate many diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, skin irritation, headaches, lung, anxiety and depression to name a few. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve been intentionally slow walking this book because it’s chock full of amazing and practical information about herbs and holistic medicine from the experiences of elders of Afrikan descent born in America. ⁣ ⁣ Here’s a snippet from the book, “Working the Roots Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing”, that boosted my ole cranky, constipated mood lol! Also, I discovered from reading this book that Luisah Tiesh (still with us btw) authored a book called, “Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals”, that I recently ordered. Get into it. And enjoy all this goodness! ⁣ ⁣ #afrikanface #ancestorsleadtheway #constipationblues #episodeonesmudgetalk #girlrillavintage #healthyself #jambalayathenaturalwomansbook #rootmedicine #shadowkeepersandroothealers #smudgetalk #storytime #thepowerofokra #vulnerabilityisnecessary #workingtherootsover400yearsoftraditionalafricanamericanhealing ⁣

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Don’t be silent about your pain

I sent this to a male acquaintance last night:

It might sound petty, yet I don’t have the patience to deal with your unwanted advances. My “NO” is enough. As women we are taught to be nice and chalk it up when men are being annoying, disrespectful, and pushy for fear of our safety. I don’t want to be nice to you anymore. I don’t care how successful you are, I’m simply not interested. Please respect that.

AND AFTER ALL OF THAT…he didn’t offer an apology, commenced to blame me for being “attractive”, and asked who this nigga was in a picture I posted 😳. LAWD LOL! I didn’t respond at all. THEN he did something new, sent a disturbing silhouette of his penis and tried convince  me that I didn’t know what I was missing. I thought, look where being “nice about this shit” has gotten me. I blocked him.

Ladies, be empowered to never tolerate exchanges like this, especially if you clearly were uncomfortable the first time. 😦🤬😫

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️💕♥️

#anythinglessthanayesisano #endrapeculture #toxicmasculinityhastostop

Can’t stop, won’t stop the love: Surprise visit from the Bakers

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I planned a bday bash in March, but had to postpone after the virus hit. Today my bestie @cynmoni & mommy B surprised me by dropping off belated gifts and an abundance of love in the finest social distancing fashion lol! Between mommy B’s homemade sweet potato pie, plum preserves and handmade masks I’m on top of the world. Thank y’all so much!

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️💕♥️

#afrikanface #blacklove #bestiesforlife #familyties #giftgiving #girlrillavintage #happybelatedbirthdaytome #piscesnation #thankyou #theeamazinggrace

Spring cleaning: Understanding codependency

We often throw the words codependent or codependency around, not truly understanding what it means. Honestly, I’m a recovering codependent. I never knew that codependence is considered to be a disease like that of an addiction. ⁣

How 3 of our main institutions (churches, families, and schools) actively teach us to not form boundaries, to stay in addictive, suffering, possessive, clingy relationships. ⁣
Or normalizing duality and fused identities vs coming together as individuals. This book is awesome and teaching me new things! ⁣⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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We often throw the words codependent or codependency around, not truly understanding what it means. Honestly, I’m a recovering codependent. I never knew that codependence is considered to be a disease like that of an addiction. ⁣ ⁣ How 3 of our main institutions (churches, families, and schools) actively teach us to not form boundaries, to stay in addictive, suffering, possessive, clingy relationships. ⁣Or normalizing duality and fused identities vs coming together as individuals. This book is awesome and teaching me new things! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #afrikanface #boundariesarehealthy #codependenceisadisease #codependencyrecovery #context #girlrillavintage #perspective #recoveringcodependent #sharingiscaring #smudgetalk #understandingcodependency #vulnerabilityisnecessary

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Stankass Laundry Day

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Stank ass laundry day lol! I know…I joke around about washing my stank ass laundry, yet I know the privilege it is to be able to wash my ass and my laundry. ⁣

Folks could NEVER imagine the half me, my brothers and mom survived. Sleeping in abandoned houses, bellies scraping our spines, being brutalized by predatory dick heads, mama having to sex work for money, food and shelter, shamed for being impoverished. ⁣

I don’t live this life to take any of it for granite although, I have at times. Grateful to be here to tell it, to smile while telling it, knowing I never have to go back there. Bless those in struggle for basic human necessities. Trust, life won’t always be like this. ⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

#afrikanface #awarenessiskey #bekindtoyourself #girlrillavintage #knowyourprivilege #laundryday #lifewontalwaysbelikethis #sharingmytruth #stayinthestruggle #theeamazinggrace