When The U.S Government Fails, Mutual Aid Workers Step Up: Part I

Diverse volunteers packing donation boxes with canned food in food bank

When The U.S Government Fails, Mutual Aid Workers Step Up Happy New Year!  I know we are all so excited to be getting a fresh slate and looking ahead to better days. I wanted to start off this year by showing thanks to local people and organizations who are helping this community get through tough […]

Youth Activist Sarah Adams Is Hope for The Future

The face of a young strong African woman on yellow background.

Youth Activist Sarah Adams Is Hope for The Future I have faith in the future because of students like Sarah Adams. At just 14-years-old, Sarah has made strides in Rochester with the school district and social justice.  She was marching this past Summer for Daniel Prude. She has protested teacher cuts for the Rochester City […]

“Defund the Police” Means “Defund the Police”

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“Defund the Police” Means “Defund the Police” “Defund the Police” means “Defund the Police”. Folks don’t need to “rebrand” the phrase. We don’t need to make it palatable for a broader audience. I don’t care what prominent Negro you cite who thinks the phrase is too “harsh”. It means what it means and the creators […]

Don’t Kill My Vibe: On Letting Folks Have Small Wins

Group of intercultural children in attire of superheroes playing together

Don’t Kill My Vibe: On Letting Folks Have Small Wins  The election is (somewhat) over. It took nearly a week to determine some states, and despite the recounts and the sitting president’s own denial, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be next President and Vice President of the U.S. respectively. Everyone remembers when the Associated […]

Dear White Led Organizations

In the wake of recent #BlackLivesMatter civil unrest, protests, and uprisings 540WMain (like so many other Black led organizations) received a deluge of training, workshop, and consultation requests. The following letter is an edited version of a correspondence I recently shared with one of the white led organizations that reached out to 540WMain. As an […]