In a new episode of the 8 Black Hands Podcast, the guys discuss the events that unfolded at a recent Elizabeth Warren rally where the Powerful Parent Network, featuring black and brown parents and grandparents from around the country showed up to protest the presidential candidate’s education plan.

In the episode, the 8 Black Hands come to the defense of the #PowerfulParentNetwork and call out the shameful attacks from those who attempted to dox, defame and discredit both the protest and the mom’s from around the country who came to have their voices heard.

“They want us to talk about everything else under the sun except for what these women are saying. Except for what they are fighting for. Lets just talk about what these women are asking for. Let’s keep the conversation where it needs to be.”

-Charles Cole

The crew takes exception to the idea that people would call these mothers and grandmothers “bought and paid for,” especially when the smears and marginalization comes from journalists and media outlets. They highlight the racism of discounting these Black mothers being and being unable to fathom that they could organize and fight for what they believe in rather than just being pawns to billionaires.

I’ve heard so many people say “listen to Black women” but then when they show up and say something it’s “shut up, who paid you?”

-Sharif El-Mekki

Listen to the full episode here:

Josh Stewart considers himself a global citizen first and foremost and is passionate about cultural exchange. He has a B.s. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from St. John's University in Minnesota and experience as both an ESL and social studies teacher in Korea and the Philippines. He currently works a digital content Manager for Citizen Education and Education Post and enjoys both traditional and creative methods crafting messages around the desperate need to improve our education system and provide quality options to the most marginalized students and families.


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