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Maria J. Stephan: Achieving a Multiracial Democracy

King understood that no single approach would be sufficient to combat the interconnected evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism. 

January 16, 2023 · 4 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Black College Students Are An Endangered Species Unless They Play Ball

One thing seems certain if the Supreme Court bans affirmative action in college admissions: The only Black men left on campus will be athletes.

January 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

Sonali Kolhatkar: Abolishing the Nation’s Largest Jail System

L.A. County activists are working to replace violent jails with mental health facilities, and to reallocate funding from incarceration toward social services.

December 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Nicole Froio: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

The concept of cuerpo-territorio (“body-territory”) around which the Xinka women in Guatemala organize themselves recognizes the interconnectedness between human bodies and all other living beings. 

December 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Adrienne Maree Brown: Accountable to Our Ancestors

Lately it feels like ancestors are talking to me all the time.

November 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: Albert Woodfox, Activist Wrongfully Imprisoned for 43 Years, Dies at 75

“Our cells were meant to be death chambers but we turned them into schools, into debate halls.”

August 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

Toi Derricotte: Black Boys Play the Classics

their slick, dark faces,
their thin, wiry arms,
who must begin to look
like angels!

June 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Carlos Saavedra: Movements and Leaders Have Seasons — It’s Important To Know Which One You’re In

Learning to attune to the cycles of our own leadership can help us know when to do the right thing at the right time.

February 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?

I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

February 4, 2022 · 3 Comments

Kenyatta R. Gilbert: John Lewis and the masks Black preachers wear on the public stage

Preaching, in their understanding, tells the truth about suffering in the contexts of fear and death. Ultimately it declares that evil and despair have an appointed end. Because of this, as John Lewis said in his posthumously publishe op-ed: “Each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up, and speak out.”

February 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Heidi Matthews: Talk of toxic masculinity puts the blame in all the wrong places

Anti-toxic-masculinity activism is compatible with commitments to protect white female innocence at the cost of Black boys’ freedom.[…] It offloads onto individuals the responsibility for countering the real problems of wealth and power distribution that lie at the heart of gender inequity.

July 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Those Pesky Socialists Claiming There’s Anybody Here But White Men

The supposed dangers of truth-telling about history, even when we aren’t the good guys, is bedrock right-wing rubbish, because of course the truth can be a pain and then you have to learn, change, do better and ewww, who wants to do that?

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” – Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13, as Moses directs the Israelites to appoint officials who will govern justly.

April 22, 2021 · 5 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: 2020 unmasked the truth about ‘all lives matter’

This is the year when we really learned that not even white lives matter to most white people.

December 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

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