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The Twitter voices we are listening to today — amid the protests about racism and police violence, and the social turmoil and crackdowns that have accompanied them — are the voices of Black leaders associated with the nonprofit sector.
Some of them are new faces for Generocity, others have written for us or been written about by us. One of them is part of the Technically Media and Generocity team. All of them have interesting things to say on an ordinary day. More so on these not-so-ordinary days.
Not everyone is tweeting at the moment — the toll of the events of the past week is inestimably heavy — but if you explore their timelines you will see the rich variety of perspectives this sector encompasses and offers.
All of them are worth listening to.
1. Nuala Cabral, program officer, Independence Public Media Foundation
— Nuala Cabral (@nualacabral) May 27, 2020
2. Reggie Shuford, executive director, ACLU-Pennsylvania
Call it, Don! https://t.co/NIjl4oHeMo
— Reggie Shuford (@reggieshuford) May 31, 2020
3. Faye Anderson, director @PhillyJazzApp
.@PhillyMayor said he's "disappointed" young people are not adhering to the curfew. They're ignoring you the same way you ignored calls to remove the Frank Rizzo monument to police brutality.
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— Faye M. Anderson (@andersonatlarge) June 1, 2020
4. Stephanie Keene, program manager for ethical global learning, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship
I keep wanting to take a break from social media, but honestly that’s not a safe decision for Black folks to make right now. That’s how most of us get credible real-time information about how to *attempt* to be safe. Twitter ain’t a luxury.
— Stephanie D. Keene 🖤🖤🖤 (@RhythmKeene) June 2, 2020
5. Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO, Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
— DonnaFrisbyGreenwood (@DAFrizzG) May 31, 2020
6. Omar Woodard, executive director, GreenLight Fund Philadelphia
#EidMubarak to all of my fellow Muslims! This was probably one of the toughest Ramadans for me in the last 25 years. As hard as it was, I already miss it.
— Omar T. Woodard (@OmarWoodard) May 24, 2020
7. Shanell Ransom, program officer, Samuel S. Fels Fund
We deserve action. https://t.co/IYpvvr0DHU
— Shanell Ransom (@ShanellR_) June 1, 2020
8. Vincent Better, vice president of Philadelphia Initiatives, Technically Media
— Vincent Better (@VBetter) June 1, 2020
9. Scott Charles, director and trauma outreach coordinator, Cradle to Grave
First it was coronavirus, then it was murder hornets, now it’s the MAGAhideen.
2020 is like Let’s Make a Deal, but instead of the occasional chance to win a new car, there’s just a hot pile of garbage behind every door. https://t.co/FAKLbOAyCX
— Scott Charles (@TheScottCharles) June 2, 2020
10. Farrah Parkes, executive director of New Century Trust
— Farrah Parkes (@farrahparkes) May 30, 2020
11. Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, cofounder, Black and Brown Workers Cooperative
This is an offering, my offering to you and in giving this offering to you, I enrich myself. I am doing this because, as they say “time is of the essence” and because I come from a lineage that finds spiritual work in the giving of gifts.#EidUlFitr https://t.co/rQ8uFXM2Wo
— 𝗳𝗮𝘂𝘅𝗴𝗴𝗼𝘁𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 (@MxAbdulAliy) May 23, 2020
12. Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown, director of advocacy and external engagement, School District of Philadelphia
You know what, if staff REALLY gave a damn about navigating these conversations, they would have been doing it long before the death of another Black man. The nerve of you, and your privilege! https://t.co/MzaKMzjvx2
— Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown (@OnPoint24_7) June 1, 2020
13. Lorene Cary, @VoteThatJawn
Join My General Tubman actors & me to celebrate the school where students’ lives matter every single day. See https://t.co/9RAkiQpCgK for link. Tomorrow 5pm. Pls RT!
@stjamesphila @LouisaJShepard @ArdenTheatreCo @harriettsbooks pic.twitter.com/Za7xWrqWPf
— Lorene Cary (@LoreneCary) May 30, 2020
14. Anthea Butler, graduate chair of the department of religious studies, University of Pennsylvania
so much is going on, but just a reminder.. the Virus is still here folks. This is the X factor that we can not account for in this catastrophe that is America right now.
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) June 2, 2020
15. La’Tasha D. Mayes, New Voices for Reproductive Justice
The fight for justice and Black liberation is on all fronts. Malcolm X told it us it would be the ballot or the bullet – it is both. 🗳👊🏾 June 2 is the #PAPrimary. Ain’t NOTHING gonna stop me from voting! https://t.co/xzPoVOR79G #BlackLivesMatter #BlackWomenVote #ReproJustice pic.twitter.com/88hRvbuQgd
— La'Tasha D. Mayes (@duxfemfac) June 2, 2020
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