Fighting for Our Lives is this year’s Free Minds Free People conference theme. As the 2011 host city, Providence understands the power that is behind and results from FMFP. When the idea of a backyard Get Out screening was thrown out there by this year’s fundraising and finance committee co-chair, Dulari Tahbildar, other Providence-based planning committee members knew we had to make it happen.
A disturbing movie in distressing times, Get Out depicts the violence of white supremacy and shows the viewers the terrifying depths of our society’s commodification of Black bodies. Chris, the movie’s protagonist, must literally fight for his life amidst this violence.
Over 50 people came out to support FMFP youth scholarships, raising nearly $400. This money will support youth from four Providence-based organizations to attend FMFP: Providence Student Union, Providence Youth Student Movement, Young Voices, and Youth in Action. Shout outs to Adeola Oredola for graciously offering her home with backyard movie screen andChristina “V” Villareal for her signature cupcakes, kettle corn, Rice Krispie treats, and special Get Out Edition Fruit Loop treats.
A special thank to the young people of Baltimore Algebra Project for their original video sharing their excitement for FMFP, which was shared before the feature film.
Thank you Providence for showing your love. Thank you FMFP fam for all that you do.
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