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agitate the administration issue 1

an art zine by BYP100 DC and local Black artists and writers


© 2017 BYP100  All Rights Reserved  byp100dczine@gmail.com  Cover art by Jordan DeLoach  MelaNation​ was designed by Jordan DeLoach using illustration and  collage 


to the  Black  artists  and  writers  who  contributed  their  artwork to the ​MelaNation    to  the  BYP100  members  who  helped  pave  the  way  to  MelaNation    to all who have supported and affirmed ​MelaNation    to those who fight for Black liberation    to the readers    to our families and     to our ancestors     Thank you. 


Contents ●

The MelaNation Manifesto........................................................​1 

Artists..............................................................................................​3

“Fight Back/Challenge” by Toni Lane...................................​7 

“On revolution” by Nicole Newman.......................................​9 

BYP100 DC Contributions from Eric Burkley.....................​11 

BYP100 DC Contribution from Arielle Newton.................​13 

“Power” and “F@#K RACISM” by Gary Leaks.................​15 

“Strong” by Hure Leon White.................................................​18 


“Break Those Chains With Love” by Raven Best................​19

BYP100 DC Contribution from Maya Jefferson..................​22

“on solidarity” and “remembering requires looking forward” by Jamila Zahra Felton......................................​23 

“Our World” by BuddahDesmond.........................................​27

BYP100 DC Contributions from Darya Nicol.....................​28

“When Freedom Called (The Fallout)” by BuddahDesmond............................................................​30 

BYP100 DC’s ​We Keep Us Safe DC ​Campaign..................​31

Community Activism Glossary................................................​34


The ​MelaNation​ Manifesto Black  Youth  Project  100  (BYP100)  is  a  diverse  collective  of  young  Black  activists  who  engage  in  nonviolent direct action,  advocate  in  local  and  national  spheres,  and  learn  through  radical  pro-Black  political  education.  We  work  through  a  Black  queer  feminist  lens  and  fight  for  justice  for  all  Black  people.  ​The  DC  chapter  of  BYP100,  BYP100 DC, invites you  into  a  creative  world  where  Black  folks  in  the  DC/Maryland/Virginia  area  use  art  to  explore  what  resistance  means  to  us  and  what  justice  and  liberation  could  look  like  in  our  communities​.  This  creative  world  is  MelaNation​.  

MelaNation aims  to  be  a  well  of  reflection  that  uplifts  the  legacy  of  Black  creativity  and  storytelling  to  agitate  mainstream  agendas  and  advocate  for  Black  liberation.  This  fight is particularly relevant given the nation’s current political  landscape.  The Trump Administration has steadily threatened  the  freedom  that  we,  as  Black  people,  already  have  and  the  freedom  that  we  seek.  But  as  residents  living  so  close  to  one  of  the  most  destructive  U.S.  administrations  in  modern  history,  we  continue  to  demand  control  of  our  Black  streets,  our Black communities, and our Black lives. 

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Thusly, for  M ​ elaNation’s  first  issue,  BYP100  DC  put  out  a  call  for  submissions  to  Black  artists  and  writers  in  the  DC  area to address the following prompt:  

What does Black resistance look like to you, especially as we  enter an era of increased hostility as white nationalists gain  political power?   The  submissions  that  BYP100  DC  received  to  this  prompt  were  reflective,  hopeful,  angry,  somber,  energizing,  inquisitive,  loving,  and unapologetic. The contributors engage  their  radical  imagination  to  explore  their  activism  using  poetry,  illustration,  screenprinting,  and  more.  ​We  hope  that  MelaNation  readers  will  also  engage  their radical imagination  and join the fight. 

Welcome to ​MelaNation​. 

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Jordan DeLoach, Maya Jefferson, Eric Burkley, Havana Seoul, Arielle Newton, Darya Nicol, Jonathan Butler, Kandyce Jackson, Kolenge Fonge, and Ruth Tyson are creators from BYP100 DC who contributed their skills in writing, illustration, design, and editing to the zine.

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BYP100 DC's WE KEEP Us SAFE DCCAMPAICN

We Keep Us Safe DC is a coalition-driven BYProo DC campaign that will interrogate the DC and federal government to prioritize a vision for Black people beyond cages and punishment. At its core, BYProo DC is

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representatives invest in our communities and not in institutions that hurt, harm, and kill our people. To BYProo DC, the foundations of true community and safety are deeply rooted in access to basic needs: safe, dignified, and permanent shelter; preventative and responsive health care; non-exploitative financial security¡ and food security; and equitable, culturally responsive education. These are the goals of our campaign

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To facilitate content, build power with, and agitate Black communities around the roots of policing in DC. Through this process, we will collectively draw links between racist policing and intra -community violence and offer alternatives to police investment as a solution to community violence. To demand Mayor Bowser and DC City Council to:

• DIVEST funds from policing across all sectors and invest deeply in community based solutions to violence. This includes but is not limited to accessible affordable housing, living wage jobs, healthcare, and violence interruption programs.

• REDIRECT all federal funding that resources programs that promote the surveillance of Black, Muslim, and undocumented people and all programs that further imbed and militarize police in our communities.

• DECRIMINALIZE sex work in Washington, DC and provide reparations for harm perpetrated by criminalization.

• DECOUPLE policing from emergency response programs this includes but is no.t limited to mental health, domestic violence, and sexual violence crisis. • Provide true COMMUNITY CONTROL over Metropolitan Police Department and auxiliary law enforcement agencies that patrol and surveil Washington DC residents. This includes but is not limited to hiring and firing power and budget control.

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to learn more about BYP100, please visit www.byp100.org to learn more about BYP100 DC's work, please email BYP100 DC at dc.chapter@byp100.org to learn more about BYP100 DC's MelaNation, please email byp1oodczine@gmail.com

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MelaNation’s​ Community Activism Glossary a short, incomplete list of social justice terms     

This glossary is not comprehensive and is meant to grow and evolve over time.  Please email ​byp100dczine@gmail.com​ if you’re interested in contributing to the  development of MelaNation’s Community Activism Glossary. 

● The Black  Queer  Feminist  Lens  -  ​A  B ​ lack  Queer  Feminist Lens allows us to 

understand that  our  identities  make  us  vulnerable  to  multiple  types  of  oppression.  Therefore,  liberation  for  all  Black  people  can  only  be  realized  by  lifting  up  the  voices  and  experiences  of  historically  silenced  and  vulnerable  groups  within  Black  communities.  Specifically,  queer,  trans*,  femme,  poor,  disabled  and  undocumented  bodies are the ones most vulnerable because they  are  traditionally  marginalized  groups  within  already  marginalized  communities.  It  is  in  taking  a  Black  Queer  Feminist  lens  that  one  recognizes  and humanizes Black bodies that have been made inferior. 

● Intersectionality -  ​Taking  into  account  every  aspect  of  a  person’s  identity 

when we  consider  how  oppression,  power,  and  privilege  affect  their  day-to-day  life.  (For  example,  please  do  not  just  think  of  a  Black  queer  woman  as  just  Black,  or  just  a  woman,  or  just  queer  -  all  of  these  identities  shape her experience.)   

● Activism ​-  Actions  or  involvement  as  a  way  to  achieve  political  goals,  sometimes by demonstrations, protests, and/or other actions.  

● Oppression ​-  The  denial  or  limiting  of  a  group’s  power  and  ability  to 

participate fully  in  society  because  of  their  perceived  inferiority  by  the  privileged  group.  Oppression  manifests  in  social  ideologies,  institutions,  and  interpersonal interactions.  

   

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● Implicit Bias  ​-  Basically,  these  are  the  prejudices  that  you  have  about  other 

people or  things  that  you  didn’t  even  know  were  there.  I​ mplicit  biases  often  favor  our  own  social  group  and  disfavor  other  social  groups.  And even if you  aren’t  aware  of  them,  you  could  still  act  on  them  ALL  THE  TIME.  (for  example,  when  a  White  person  reflexively  clutches  their  bag  when  a  Black  person walks by, they’re acting on their racist, implicit bias.) 

● Race ​-  A  sociopolitical  construction  that  gives  White  people  most  of  the 

power over people of color.  o Racial  and  Ethnic  Identity  -  The  race  that  someone  describes  themselves  as  based  on  their  biological  heritage,  culture,  appearance,  and personal experience. 

● Ableism  ​-  When  people  are  treated  poorly,  excluded,  and/or  denied goods,  services, and resources because they have disabilities.    

● Gender Identity   ​-​   ​Whatever  gender  you  feel  that  you  are,  whether  you  feel 

that you  are  a  man,  a  woman,  both,  or  neither.  There  are  infinite  gender  identities  that  someone  can  feel  that  they  are,  and  these  identities  can  evolve  over  a  lifetime.  This  identity  is  ​real​,  regardless  of  what  sex  is  listed  on  someone’s birth certificate.  

● Trans -  An  abbreviation  of  transgender;  a  denotation  of  trans  identity  that  recognizes that transgender people are not limited to a male/female binary.    

● Cisgender ​-  When  a  person’s  gender  identity  is  the  same  as  the  sex  they  were assigned at birth.  

● Gender  Queer/  Gender  Nonconforming/  Gender  Nonbinary  -  A  gender  identity  that  articulates  itself  as  existing  outside  of  the  male/female  gender  binary.  Those  who  identify  as  g ​ ender  queer​,  ​gender  nonconforming​,  or  nonbinary​ may or may not also identify under the transgender umbrella.        

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● Queer

- An  umbrella  term  for  individuals  who  do  not  identify  as  heterosexual.  ​Queer  ​includes  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual,  transgender,  pansexual,  omnisexual,  and  sexual  identities  that  do  not  fall  under  the  dominant  heterosexual sexuality.  

● Patriarchy -  A type of group, society, or government in which men are given  power over other genders.    

● Misogynoir   -  A  combination  of  the  words  ​misogyny​,  which  describes 

prejudice against  women,  and  n ​ oir​,  which  is  a  French  word  for  black.  Misogynoir  i​ s  prejudice  and oppression against Black women, and it considers  the  unique  experiences  that  Black  women  face  because  of  their  racial  and  gender identities (​remember intersectionality?​) 

● Police  Brutality    ​-  When  police  do  too  much  and  abuse  the  power  they  have  (for  example,  excessive  tear  gas,  sexual  abuse,  racial  profiling,  physical  intimidation). This violence disproportionately targets Black and Latinx folks.   

● Ally/Accomplice -  A  person  who  is  a  part  of  a  privileged  group  who actively  and  consistently  engages  in  dismantling  their  privileged  status,  supporting  the  interests  of  an  oppressed  group  that  they  do  not  belong  to,  and facilitates the  redistribution of power equitably.   

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Thank you. 

MelaNation issue 1: agitate the administration  
MelaNation issue 1: agitate the administration