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The Next Poet Laureate Could Be You

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The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture seeks nominations for the position of Poet Laureate for the 2020-2022 term. 

The San Antonio Poet Laureate is an honorary position within the City of San Antonio. The primary role of the Poet Laureate is to promote literary arts and literacy within the community and create a greater appreciation of the poetic arts through the reading and writing of poetry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4 p.m. central time. Nomination form and information are available at www.sanantonio.gov/arts.  

The individual selected will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $3,500 per year. The Poet Laureate is expected to generate public interest in the literary arts and pursue the preservation of the art of poetry. The selected individual will participate and make appearances at least one public event annually, such as a poetry reading and/or theatrical performance.

The State of Texas has appointed Poet Laureates since 1932, with San Antonio becoming the first major city in Texas to appoint a Poet Laureate in 2012. Several cities throughout the United States, including San Francisco, Santa Fe and Denver, also have Poet Laureate programs.

“With cities across the country convening in San Antonio this week for the National League of Cities Conference, this is a perfect time to showcase how our city is a leader in arts and culture,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Our Poet Laureate Program is one of many ways our city places significant importance and value on artistic expression in telling the story of our past, present and future.”  

The Department of Arts & Culture has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio in conjunction with the city’s Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and more. 

In 2018, Octavio Quintanilla was appointed San Antonio Poet Laureate. Since his appointment, Quintanilla hosted and participated in various poetry events – including dozens of poetry readings, keynote speeches, editorial boards and classrooms visits throughout the city. 

“It has been an honor to serve as the San Antonio Poet Laureate for 2018-2020,” said Quintanilla. “I have enjoyed working with the diverse poetry communities in city, visiting schools, volunteering in the community, and representing our San Antonio beyond its city limits as one that values poetry.”

More information about the City’s Poet Laureate program is available HERE.

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Arizona Police Officer Violently Attacks Black Teen With No Arms or Legs

A disturbing video of a Pima County police officer violently attacking 15-year old Immanuel Oloya, who has no arms or legs, has recently surfaced online and sparked outrage. Oloya and his friend, who was recording the incident, were arrested and charged.

The incident allegedly occurred in September at a group home where the teen was living after he was abandoned by his parents. Police were called after he reportedly knocked over a garbage can when he got upset with a staff member.

A police officer arrived at the scene and eventually screamed and cursed at the child while wrestling him to the floor, the video showed.

Oloya, who is a quadruple amputee, and the 16-year old teen who recorded the video, were both arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

Joel Feinman, the Pima County Public Defender, condemned the officers involved.

“Men with badges should not be acting this way,” he said. “Men and women who do act this way should not have badges and guns.”

After the video was finally reviewed by authorities, the charges against Oloya have been dismissed, while the charges against the one who recorded the video have yet been dropped. The sheriff’s department said they are conducting an “internal investigation” into the incident.

Moreover, several people have expressed their disgust about the incident.

“Is no one off limits?” one wrote. “This deputy would have got jumped for this now we just accept it. Cops are literally murdering black citizens in cold blood, they are beating toddlers up, wheelchair bound citizens, aushwitz survivors, punching pregnant women and we are just taking it. Why?”

“Give the details of the worker,” another one wrote. “They need to be fired. No more working with teens. Or anyone in need of help. Go work at McDonald’s.”

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“Shop Black Week” Campaign to Boost Support For Black-Owned Businesses Will Be From November 22-29

Nationwide — As consumers across the U.S. gear up for holiday deals on sales merchandise, this Black Friday, a coalition urges buyers to make it a Shop Black Week. More than 100 groups have designated November 22 to 29 as Shop Black Week, a time of supporting Black-owned businesses by purchasing products, goods, or services from Black entrepreneurs.

This nationwide campaign, spread through social media has amassed well over a half million participants based on counts of subscribers and followers, according to organizers.

The Shop Black Week campaign is a nationwide campaign that simply asks every American to support Black-owned businesses in November. Participating entities include organizations, Online-social groups and publications that have made the commitment to help spread the word with their social media accounts. With the support of these entities and as new supporters join in, it is projected that this nationwide campaign could be the most successful economic movement of all time and be able to profoundly help thousands of Black-owned businesses in the process. The last big movement for Black people was the Million Man March, but organizers feel that the time has come for another big movement.

Participating organizations and representatives and members from an additional 30+ organizations and Facebook groups will be sharing the information during the initial roll-out. Collectively, they represent over 750K followers and members who will be asked to spread the word as well. Everyone will include #shopblackweek and #SBW2019 to help it go viral.

Shop Black Week organizers REQUEST registration on their website because they need as much participation as possible from strong organizations, FaceBook groups, LinkedIn Groups and other social groups who are willing to share this information with their followers and members. Those who wish to participate should register on their website as a show of solidarity in this movement and to be documented in this historical moment.

For businesses, organizations and individual supporters who want to participate or want more information, they should visit www.shopblackweek.org.

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