“Are you just looking for supplies for your Facebook page? Then you are right here. Memes are designed, shared, discussed and edited here.”: this text is translated from a German Discord server called Reconquista Germania which had its own “meme factory”.
The same strategy is now being used by other groups who want to polarize mindsets with far-right messages. What began as a mere recreational form of interaction has now become a full-fledged activity for some political groups who want to influence public opinion.
The year 2017 witnessed a global rise of the “alt-right” online campaign in countries such as Germany, USA and Sweden. The term “alt-right” refers to the offshoot of conservatism mixed with racism, white nationalism and populism. They coordinate their hate campaigns through applications like Discord, which was originally designed for gaming communities to interact, and Telegram, a VoIP application. These applications are now used by political groups of all persuasions but the far-right is more sophisticated in using these apps.
Amid repeated attempts to reform and promote immigrant policies post-9/11, several women live with severe medical conditions that haunt them even 16 years post the deadly attacks.
As per the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund reports, a total of 3231 cases have been reported till September 2017 for medical claims. A total of 4875 cases were reported last year. If the pace keeps increasing yearly then the government may have to rework the health policy of New York state. Till now, the New York State health department has spent over $1,819,801,385 value; however the immigrants and undocumented people still struggle to exercise their rights over the medical claims.
Arias, now a green card holder, was an undocumented immigrant 16 years back when she worked to clean the debris of World Trade Centre demolition. She remembers the details vividly and is somewhere still frightened as to how the event took away lives of so many people, and the aftermath of which, she watched so closely.
This year the West Indian Day parade was wild and full of frenzy with colors on revelers’ costumes, floats and their faces as they gathered along Flatbush avenue as early as 4 a.m. The lilt of steel drums and cowbells mingled with the ting-a-ling of spoon players in the distance.
J’ouvert is a cultural parade festival which is celebrated by Caribbean and Africans in different parts of the world.
Besides being known for the traditional music of calypso/soca bands, the festival has a visual appeal to it too. The usage of colors signifies the part of struggle that the Caribbean community had suffered during the period of slavery. The emotions that are rucksack-ed for years are given an outlet on this particular day.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Parade is filled with sentiments of equality, happiness and diversity. The colors signify the struggle that the caribbean community had suffered during slavery and colonialism, according to organizers of J’ouvert, the pre-parade event..
As the musicians warm up in the distance, participants in J’ouvert are already spraying colors all over each others bodies and faces.