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Racial Justice

Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position

Joe Torres | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 11.27.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.

What Does the Crisis in Ferguson Have to Do With Reproductive Justice?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The central tenet of reproductive justice is that every woman has the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.

10 Ways White Christians Can Respond to Ferguson

Troy Jackson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Troy Jackson

Like many of you, I've been overwhelmed and deeply saddened by the events transpiring in Ferguson, Missouri. And at times I've felt helpless, 350 miles away in Cincinnati, as friends of mine are in Ferguson praying, marching, organizing, and working for peace and justice.

Ferguson's Lessons for the Fall Semester

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.17.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

As students return to school this fall with the echoes of gunshots and angry protests reverberating across the country, how will teachers address the lessons of Ferguson? Will they even be able to do so?

Vincent Harding Built a New World

Dee Dee Risher | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Dee Dee Risher

Vincent Harding will be mourned by hundreds of thousands of people who had basked in the glow of his slow, gentle smile and heard his quiet, mellow tones of encouragement urge them into the struggle.

Hell No, We Won't Go: No Fake Net Neutrality for Racial Justice Advocates

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 06.28.2014 | Media
Malkia A. Cyril

The Federal Communications Commission insists that its priority as a regulatory agency is to ensure the rights of the largest telecommunications companies to profit where profit can be made. The FCC isn't proposing Network Neutrality, it's legalizing discrimination.

Affirmative Action and My Attachment to the Rainbow

Emily Dievendorf | Posted 06.22.2014 | Detroit
Emily Dievendorf

Affirmative action has helped to provide the diversity that provided truth, even if not perfectly. Until we had a more perfect route to telling the truth of who we are and who we could be as a nation we needed to have something else in place.