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Racial Justice

The Book of Negroes and the Ongoing Fight for Equality in America

Cierra Lockett | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Though The Book of Negroes will undoubtedly serve as one of the newest cinematic educational tools, awareness is only the beginning. In order for history not to repeat itself further, Americans have to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Patricia Arquette's Stirring Oscars Call (and Teaching Moment) About Wage Equality

Christine Pelosi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

From President Obama's calls for equal pay to the House Democrats' Women Succeed agenda to the nonpartisan National Women's Law Center to now Oscar night itself, this issue is gaining traction.

Heading to the Supreme Court This Valentine's Day

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 02.13.2015 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

Valentine's Day takes on a special meaning at the Supreme Court this year. The first case on the docket delves straight into the matter of love and rights. Specifically, the Court is asked whether a U.S. citizen can be denied the ability to live here with her spouse without the government providing a reason.

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Sports
Jim Wallis

Dean Smith clearly touched many individual lives, but he also affected the world in which he lived. He was especially committed to fighting racial discrimination and wasn't afraid to speak out against the nuclear arms race, and he publicly opposed the death penalty -- all issues that didn't have great support in his environment.

Beyond ‘Black Lives Matter'

The New York Times | Charles M. Blow | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

The Black Lives Matter protesters took some criticism for what others viewed as a lack of clear focus and detailed agenda. But in truth, raising an is...

Hope and Struggle

George C. Gardner III | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
George C. Gardner III

Only in the last few weeks has the temperature in New York City descended to consistently freezing lows, yet I've been numb since last summer. I am contemplating still the murder of Michael Brown.

The Media vs. the Movement: 3 Ways the 'New York Times' Completely Misunderstands #BlackLivesMatter and Movements in General

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 01.22.2015 | Black Voices
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr: Social Justice Is Linguistic Justice

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities. This is ever so true when it comes to immersing children in their heritage language.

What Color Is Your Student Loan?

Mekela Panditharatne | Posted 01.16.2015 | College
Mekela Panditharatne

Geographies of class and color segregation are cementing inequalities in schools. Overworked and faced with crippling debt, many low-income students and students of color drop out of university or opt out entirely.

David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Wallis

Many historians just see King as a "civil rights" leader, but they don't fully understand how being a minister and a faith leader made his role in the movement possible. Oyelowo believes, after the years of research into King and the civil rights movement, that King could not have led this movement had he not been a "man of faith."

Racial inequity: An everyday issue for educators across the country

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Co-authored by Madaline Edison In an ever-changing news cycle, the stories of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice fall to the background of ...

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

Fostering A Climate For Racial Justice

Ian Monroe | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Ian Monroe

Climate change is not primarily an environmental issue. Yes, over half of Earth's species are in danger of extinction from our current pace of climate disruption. But what makes the imperative to immediately act on climate most compelling is what a warmer world means for people, particularly people living in poverty and people of color.

Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position

Joe Torres | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Joe Torres

Over the past few weeks, this argument has been exposed as nothing more than a ruse meant to deceive lawmakers, regulators and the public.

Staying Focused in the Movement for Racial Justice

Opal Tometi | Posted 02.21.2015 | Black Voices
Opal Tometi

We have to start imagining a new reality -- this will mean fewer police and more social workers and teachers. This will mean creating more economic possibilities and investment that preserves and does not displace our communities. This will mean confronting decades of disinvestment in our communities.

Three Ways the Labor Movement Can Support the Call for Racial Justice Nationwide

Doug Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Doug Moore

Here's a list of three things labor can do to support those who are leading the charge to confront racism and promote justice in our nation:

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Being Black in America (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This episode of #realtalk tackles the Ferguson protests and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

Privilege Wearing a Beer-Soaked Santa Hat

Adam Lewis | Posted 02.14.2015 | New York
Adam Lewis

Not joining the fight to make it a reality is starting a fight to keep it from becoming one, silence and apathy manifesting as complicity. And pushing aside this issue altogether in favor of a debaucherous afternoon among blindly advantaged peers? That's a certain white privilege called SantaCon.

'American Spring'?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

As in the Arab Spring, young people like the Dream Defenders and Millennial Activists United, protesting police practices in the black community, have created a "free space" in the national political continuum. What will fill that space when the protests inevitably end?

Fighting for Racial Justice in Ferguson and Everywhere

Doug Moore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

For so long in the labor movement we have called for others to join us as we champion worker's rights and fight for a better future for working families. But we have fallen silent on issues of racial justice when our brothers and sisters needed us to speak up most.

If We're Having a Real Conversation About Race, Let's Make Sure It's the Right One

John A. Powell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

If we having a real conversation then we must have one that examines the deep racial anxiety in this country, an anxiety not only stoked by strategic political manipulation, but by fear of rapidly changing demographics, and a rapidly changing world.

Statement on Grand Jury's Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

In the tragic killing of Michael Brown, while there appear to have been credible witnesses, there were no cameras or videos. If we cannot believe our own eyes with what we witnessed on the Eric Garner video, who or what can we believe?

Building Coalitions for Racial Justice Is More Complicated Than Solidarity Rallies

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

I'm worried that our predictable response to the issue -- as well as the aftermath in Ferguson after a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown -- will keep us in the same place: reacting to singular events without addressing the roots of the problem.

'This Is What Theology Looks Like:' My Reflection on the 'Die-in' Protest at Emory

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

I've experienced many challenging and inspiring moments in my first semester as a student of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. None has been as equally challenging and inspiring than what transpired in recent days.

We Must End Racial Profiling and Deadly Police Brutality

Linda Meric | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Linda Meric

Mothers across the country are taking to the streets to demand accountability and change in American policing that criminalizes African Americans regardless of actual crimes committed. The deplorable failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown is just the latest evidence that the system is beyond broken.