On Black Friday 2018, the biggest retail shopping day of the year, Blackout for Human Rights launched its fifth annual #BlackoutBlackFridaycampaign, urging people nationwide to take part in an economic boycott of major retailers, and any corporations that violate human rights standards, and/or profit off the pain and suffering of others.
This year, Blackout for Human Rights partnered once again with The Film Society of Lincoln Center to host a free special screening and conversation with filmmaker, producer, director, artist, and musician Terence Nance, creator of the acclaimed HBO series “Random Acts of Flyness”. Nance was joined in conversation by filmmaker Michèle Stephenson of Rada Film Group. Here are some photos and video from the event:
Official statement from Blackout for Human Rights:
Our lives are joined by the money we spend as consumers. Today, more than ever, the levers of power – civic, corporate, industrial, capital – are tied to one another and to our economy. The US economy depends on our shopping, especially during the holiday season. But the lives of our brothers and sisters are worth more than the dollars we can save on holiday gifts. Together, we can make a historic stand against racism and spark change. Let’s demonstrate our unity. #BlackoutBlackFriday is an inclusive and intersectional movement that fights for all of our brothers and sisters, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, creed, religion, nationality or gender. #BlackoutBlackFriday is deeply rooted in the revolutionary power of the people, the potent power of hope, the radical power of dissent and the influential power of artists. Together, we have the power to make our voices heard.
Launched in 2014, #BlackoutBlackFriday is a call-to-action encouraging individuals to refrain from shopping to protest social and economic injustice in the U.S., and instead engage in cultural activism. As an alternative, Blackout for Human Rights — a collective founded by filmmaker Ryan Coogler with members including Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King and others — has to date organized FREE events in New York City and Oakland, California to celebrate arts and culture, and to build solidarity against extreme capitalism and human right atrocities happening across the country.
To learn more about Blackout and #BlackoutBlackFriday, visit HERE.