Moving Forward - 10.30.17
Today we will be continuing our discussion on White Supremacy with
Eritha "Akile" Cainon and Mike Sliwa.
Mike Sliwa is the author of Chasing a Different Carrot, A Manifesto
for the Predicament of Privilege and former cohost of Nature Bats Last
here on PRN. Mike and his wife live in an off grid intentional
community in New Mexico. He has written for the Good Men Project,
Resilience, Transition Voice and Generation Alpha. Mike has given two
TEDx Talks and has presented at various universities and conferences
including the White Privilege Conference. You can follow Mike’s work
on his YouTube channel, Your Local White Guy.
Akile is a 21-year-old woman, born and raised in the poor and working
class sectors of the black community on the south side of St.
She was raised by her step-mother Erica Cainion, as well as her
father, Bruce Cainion, who spent most of their time summing up the
deplorable conditions that they and the black community faced and
still endure today.
These political discussions soon sparked her interests and developed
into a fierce desire to participate in work that would end these
She took her dad’s teachings and began to better articulate them once
she entered high school.
She was a member of the National Honor Society and was accepted into
an International Relations program that allowed her to travel and
study in Rome, Italy.
She graduated in 2015, receiving both her high school diploma and an
Associate in Arts degree at 18 years old.
She applied for and got accepted into my desired college, but found
herself immersed in political work after joining an organization that
organized to combat the conditions of the black community—conditions
that she learned about from her father. This organization is the Uhuru
She declined the offer to study in New York to fully invest her time
in the struggle for justice and economic development for our
She was the Membership Coordinator for the International People’s
Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM), a position she held for a year and
Last year Akile was appointed international chair of the Justice for
the Three Drowned Black Girls Campaign, a campaign led by
International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.
This year, following running District 6 City Council in St.
Petersburg, Florida, Akile was appointed the Chair of Communities
United for Reparations and Economic Development (C.U.R.E.D.),
co-chaired by former St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel, to
implement the platform of Unity Through Reparations throughout every
precinct in St. Petersburg.
Akile has also been interviewed on Press TV and profiled in Ebony
Magazine as a “millennial of change”.
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