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Dream Defenders

It All Falls Down

Michael W. Waters | Posted 11.18.2016 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Today, because of the growing masses of the disenfranchised and the dissatisfied, the societal structures that have given sanctuary to systemic racism in our nation are beginning to fall down. It is falling down not only under the weight of its own shoddy construction, but it is being aided in its fall by a generation that refuses to take this anymore.

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year the day after Thanksgiving will be remembered not as the biggest shopping day of the year but as the day Americans took action to demand that Walmart, the country's largest employer, pay workers livable wages and play a part in improving our economy.

12 Things White People Can Actually Do After the Ferguson Decision

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Dr. David J. Leonard

So many of us feel so powerless, unable to affect substantive change, unable to do anything other than hurt. Powerless does not mean there isn't work to be done. It is silence, inactivity, complacency and disconnect that are the enemies of justice, not rage.

We Have a Dream: Improve Transparency and Accountability at the NYPD

Chris Bilal | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Bilal

We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.

Defending the Dream in Ferguson: Vest or Vote

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

This past weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in continued protests, forums, and demonstrations seeking justice for Mike Brown and other victims as part of the highly organized Ferguson October weekend of civil disobedience.

One Woman's Witness: 24 Hours in Ferguson

Shani Jamila | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Shani Jamila

It may seem crazy that I'm voluntarily choosing to enter a zone where any of these protective preparations are necessary, but as I've spent hours on my couch in Brooklyn watching the coverage of this situation, it just feels like I can and should do something more.

Florida, Ferguson, and a New Civil Rights Movement

Vincent Intondi | Posted 10.18.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown will not simply be footnotes in history. They will be the names we look back on as those who united a new generation to sacrifice, endure, and fight for justice and equality and create a new Civil Rights Movement.

8 People Arrested At Michael Brown Protest In Miami

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

Eight protestors were arrested Thursday afternoon in Miami during a demonstration against the 2013 death of a local teenager and the fatal shooting la...

Dr. King's 'Triple Evils' and the Emergence of Freedom Side

Vincent Intondi | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. King argued that the "spiritual and moral lag" in modern man was due to what he later referred to as the "triple evils" of society: capitalism, militarism and racism.

Obama's Opportunity Agenda Starts with Public Education

John H. Jackson | Posted 04.05.2014 | Education
John H. Jackson

Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this last week's State of the Union address. But it was the President's focus on education that brought home how one of our most important public institutions is suffering from the same inequities.

10 Amazing Young People Worth Celebrating

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 12.26.2013 | Black Voices

From Kendrick Johnson to Renisha McBride, too many young black people made headlines this year in the United States for news directly related to a tra...

12 Years a Slave and Today

Max Berger | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Max Berger

Last night, I went to see a screening of 12 Years A Slave that included a conversation with Harry Belafonte and Steve McQueen about the film and it's ...

The Dream Defenders: Learning From History

Vincent Intondi | Posted 11.27.2013 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

My students, most of whom were African American, began to cry. They said, "Professor, they killed Emmett Till, Malcolm X, Dr. King, and those four little girls in Birmingham. They still follow us, harass us, and are still killing us because of our race. Will it ever stop?" I responded, "Only when you make it stop."

Florida Youth Take 'Stand Your Ground' Fight To The Next Level

Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Although it has been over a year since it made national news, the Trayvon Martin case pushed the country's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws into...

Have the Darkest Moments Passed?

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

The undervaluing of black lives and race-based hate crimes remain a critical issue. How can a people be truly free if they are dehumanized, and even killed, because of their race, and often without consequence?

Dream Defenders Leader Headed To D.C.

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2013 | Miami

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 23 (Reuters) - The shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last year shook t...

LISTEN: Where the Dream Defenders Came From

Ben Wikler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Ben Wikler

They're being recognized as the next generation of civil rights leaders. But rewind a month, and almost nobody had heard of them. So who are they, and where did they come from?

Poll To Call Special Session On 'Stand Your Ground' Fails

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Miami

As projected, an effort to get lawmakers to hold a special session on Florida's Stand Your Ground law has failed....

PHOTOS: Miami Artist Unveils Mural At Capitol Protest

Posted 08.12.2013 | Miami

A bald man resembling George Zimmerman pulls the trigger on a hooded figure as Martin Luther King's head explodes with blood in the background. Instea...

Muslim-Americans Defending the Dream, Advancing Civil Rights

Mustafa Abdullah | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Mustafa Abdullah

These are corrosive practices and policies that impact all communities and growing Muslim-American recognition of this fact has been reflected in increased involvement in this civil rights moment.

WATCH: How The Dream Defenders Are Needling Rick Scott

Vanessa Martin | Posted 08.09.2013 | Miami

In their quest to fight Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Dream Defenders, the Miami-based protesters, aren't just continuing a 25-day sit-in at Gov....

Rapper Urges Fans To 'Turn Up' For The Dream Defenders | Talib Kweli | Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices

I write this as I sit in the Florida office of Governor Rick Scott, live from the capitol. It is 4am and I am writing to the sound of a sleeping giant...

Talib Kweli Joins Dream Defenders' Fight For 'Trayvon's Law'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Black Voices

The fight against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws isn't ending any time soon. Especially not if rapper Talib Kweli and the Dream Defenders have any...

'Stand Your Ground' Hearings Chair: 'I Don't Support Changing One Damn Comma'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Miami

Republicans in Florida appeared to make a major concession to protestors last week when House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) ordered heari...

Dream Defenders Florida Take Over Enters Week Four

Bill Quigley | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

They are an inspiring and organized black and brown student movement going into week four of their sit in and occupation of the Florida governor's office. They are demanding changes in Florida laws which criminalize young black and brown people.