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Racial Justice

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

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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.

A Sad Night for America

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We now all have the chance to examine the evidence -- released last night -- in the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the verdict on America's criminal justice system is already in for many Americans: guilty, for treating young black men differently than young white men.

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

John A. Powell | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
John A. Powell

Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

'The Movement For Racial Justice Is Bigger Than A Political Party'

Essence | Rashad Robinson | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

The Republican takeover of the Senate signals deep challenges that will gravely impact our families and communities. It’s a reminder that our fight ...

So, You Say You Don't See Race? We Need to Talk

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

When you tell people of color you don't see race, you are telling them you don't see their history or their story. You don't see what they and their families have lived through. You don't see them.

Ferguson Crisis Is Symptomatic of Many Other Injustices

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The stark and wildly diverse perceptions that white and black Americans have of the crisis in Ferguson (and on race in general) is crucial evidence that the racial divide in our nation is still considerable.

How to Participate for Change and Peace in #Ferguson

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Whether you're in the business of helping people or not, it's hard to sit back and watch a situation like Ferguson unfold. With information coming at us via social channels, muddied like a game of telephone, it can be difficult to discern which side is right or wrong (as if it's ever that simple anyway), much less take any sort of action.