2015, art, blacklivesmatter, brooklyn, events, festival, saturday, sunday

At a Book Festival??

Just recently read an article about a woman who showed resilience at her job after facing censorship. Jordan Alam is a New
York City based writer who worked with the Brooklyn Zine Festival that is coming up on April 25th and 26th. When Jordan proposed a Black Lives Matter panel to be present at the Festival they refused. They alluded to the topic of police brutality and oppression as being too political of a topic at such a fun-loving event.

It is no surprise to me that a group whose sole purpose is to give the people a voice would discriminate against the black race. I completely felt Jordan’s outrage over the situation. From her trying to explain how having this group at the panel will not promote apprehension, to her being chastised in work related emails, to her finally sending in her resignation. This woman is a true activist in my eyes, because she stood up and put her foot down. Sometimes you gotta get in these peoples’ faces!

I respect her decision to leave the job because if she stayed she might have been forced to further sugar coat her views and philosophies. Since Jordan’s resignation, the Zine Fest has decided to add the Black Lives Matter group to the panel. A representative will be answering questions about their prospects for the community and its relation to education.

Anyone who has the free time this Sat and Sun should definitely check out all the creative talent in Downtown Brooklyn at the Zine Fest. I leave you with that information and the link to  Jordan’s website so you can read her first hand experience of the face of Prejudice.

Jordan’s Story

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