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An activist collective dedicated to creating a more socially just, equitable, and accountable science. Chapters in LA, East Coast, & remote (anywhere)!
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Feb 15, 2021 11 tweets 4 min read
ANNOUNCING: Our #DefundSurveillance campaign w/ @stoplapdspying has been working to dissect & defund LAPD’s $3.1 billion budget. Today, we’re launching our demands focused on the extreme harm of LAPD’s spending on surveillance, tech, & community policing: DEMAND 1: Defund and disarm LAPD of all weapons and surveillance!

LAPD is the country's most murderous police force. Technology and data-mining are crucial to how LAPD targets our people. Every dollar LAPD spends on harming us could instead pay for life-affirming resources. Image
Jun 26, 2020 22 tweets 9 min read
As part of our #ScientistSolidarity drive, we've been posting threads on the intersections of science with anti-Blackness, abolition, racial justice, and solidarity over the past few weeks. Here's a handy compilation of all those threads… as another THREAD! 🎉😂 We hope this compilation can be a helpful primer for anyone hoping to learn about/ get involved in efforts to create a more just, equitable, and accountable science that works toward Black liberation & the dismantling of oppressive systems. #BlackLivesMatter #ScienceIsPolitical
Jun 18, 2020 58 tweets 35 min read
Black knowledge creators who've shaped how we think about & experience ECOLOGY, NATURE & CLIMATE. A (large yet nonexhaustive) THREAD.

This is part of our "Spotlighting Black Scientists & Ways of Knowing" series, check out the previous part on Technology⬇️ We’re sharing these threads as part of our #ScientistSolidarity Drive which ends TOMORROW, calling on non-Black scientists to support orgs/funds doing grassroots racial justice and abolition work. We're only $300 away from our (updated) $6110 match goal!
Jun 17, 2020 46 tweets 16 min read
Dear Scientists: Is your research just?

Knowledge is power, and scientific research shapes and changes the world just as much as it describes the world. This thread is meant to help scientists reflect more critically on our own research and to mobilize science for justice. A graphic representation of this tweet with the title " To review, Western science, which is built upon the exploitation and oppression of Black people and communities, is one part of institutionalized racism.
Jun 16, 2020 17 tweets 9 min read
This is the first in a series of threads focusing on Black knowledge creators, scholars, scientists, and more who have influenced our work and shaped our thinking on science and technology. Today, we start with: Data & Technology. Quick note, this thread is part of our #ScientistSolidarity Drive, calling on non-Black scientists to support orgs/funds doing grassroots racial justice and abolition work. We are $800 away from hitting our (*updated*) $6110 match goal!
Jun 16, 2020 20 tweets 9 min read
Last wk, we discussed how Western science is founded on anti-Blackness. Today, we share how Black ppl across the globe have always been at the forefront of knowledge creation, within/outside of/in resistance to anti-Black dominant institutions of science. We intentionally couple these threads b/c while it’s important to name and work to dismantle the ways institutional science has exacted violence against Black communities, we need to also know about & celebrate how Black communities have BEEN doing science, BEEN making knowledge.
Jun 9, 2020 30 tweets 8 min read
Institutional Western science has stolen knowledge, technology, health, wellness, and life from Black people

Western science owes Black people reparations. A (nonexhaustive) THREAD:

#ScienceIsPolitical First, let’s preface this thread with a few things. These are just a few of the anti-Black skeletons in institutional science’s closet

There’s a rich literature that goes much deeper and broader than what we’ll mention here, much of which is created by Black scholars
Jun 8, 2020 19 tweets 7 min read
Western science has long benefited from & driven the oppression of Black people. Free Rads calls on scientists to support #BlackLivesMatter & the abolition of our anti-Black policing system, learn about grassroots orgs, and donate. We are matching donations up to $4150! (THREAD) Make a donation to one of the funds in the graphic (also listed in next tweets) and share the receipt at…. Once you’ve donated, share with your fellow scientists and help us spread the word by tagging #ScientistSolidarity and #BlackLivesMatter.