Harriet Tubman (to the left) with adopted daughter Gertie and husband Nelson Davis, ca. 1887.
Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born a slave in Maryland, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. She made some 13 missions to rescue about 70 people, family and friends.
I know the news is in the pocket of the ruling class and everything but I can't fucking believe ppl in philly created an entire fucking les-mis style blockade around a city block to stop cops from evicting houseless folks and that wasn't major breaking news.
Like CHAZ was in the news for fucking weeks meanwhile philly had a colossal group of homeless people set up a tent city, a bunch of black bloc folks erected a barricade by breaking into construction sites and stealing supplies, then used that barricade as a bargaining chip to negotiate the city into giving 100 homes to public housing, and nobody fucking knows about that except for a few of my friends irl. What the fuck.
Police murdered Walter Wallace on camera. His mother was trying to de-escalate his mental health crisis. Rioters over powered armed police last night. Solidarity protests have popped up nationally as a response.
The strangest thing is that literally any justice at all came of that incident because we were all immediately talking about how Philadelphia PD just kidnapped her kid when it happened. If it weren't for BLM protestors being vocal and vigilant during the police's violent assaults on the people the damage to all of our communities would be untold and incalculable.