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Tamika Mallory on Nationwide #GeorgeFloyd Protests, May 29, 2020

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” -- Audre Lorde

Tamika Mallory's speech provides an important lesson and warning about letting other people define with the nationwide #GeorgeFloyd protests meant for us and why you should not allow people to write our story of our actions.
See my full transcription of the speech below.

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Summer in Atlanta 2020: Do Not Let Them Rewrite Our Rebelllion

People will try to rewrite Atlanta's protest history. When they do so, remember this.
— Alyasah “STFH” Sewell aka “Ali”, Ph.D. (@aasewell) May 30, 2020

A 21st Century New Deal

There are a lot of #coronavirus rebate policies floating around. My response considers these policies broadly. The policy we need must have elements that are universal, need-basis, and industry/occupation-targeted. Basically, we need a 21st Century New Deal.
Most of the policies presented are income-based, and the worse are contingent on tax liabilities. The overwhelming majority ignore that need is created both by how consumers actually spend their money and how American workers make their money. Let me explain why such policies ultimately will be inefficient at plugging the gap in the long run. 
Foremost, income-based policies ignore the choking reality of wealth inequality. Assets (e.g., savings, checking accounts) are the primary means people have to cope with financial crises. Yet, a sizeable portion of the American public has little to no savings but this is being completely ignored. 
Moreover, most policies conveniently ignore the outstanding burden of debt liabilities. Even r…