Double Standard, Double Spacing

Sharisse Tracy

July 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Late in April, approximately 1,000 students in the Upward Bound Program at The University of Maine Presque Isle (UMPI) received notice that their funds would not be continued, due to the line spacing of their funding application. Programs like Upward Bound work to “level the playing field” […]

The Revolution Will Be Blogged: Fostering Youth Activism Through Online Writing

Adrienne Carmack

July 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. In an era of polarized politics, heightened activism, and the rise of the “resistance,” the conversation often turns to the actions and attitudes of youth. The infamous millennials are framed as lazy and unengaged (though research tells a different story), and their younger cohort is criticized for its dependence on technology and social […]

Black and Brown Families United in the Era of Political Dysfunction

Paige DeLoach

July 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. By Paige DeLoach When I visited home for the first time after the 2016 election, my mother spoke to me in a voice I had never heard her use before. Her heart was heavy, she said. Her heart was like stone. She stammered through the conversation, quietly […]

Sunday rally planned to mark one-year anniversary of Memphis bridge protest

Wendi C. Thomas

July 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm

This article originally appeared on MLK50. On Sunday, organizers will gather at Tom Lee Park to mark the anniversary of the July 10, 2016 protest that shut down the Hernando-Desoto bridge over the Mississippi River. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Coalition of Concerned Citizens will honor “the heroines and heroes who shut down […]

“Take it to the bridge”

Wendi C. Thomas

at 1:43 pm

This article originally appeared on MLK50. MEMPHIS — July 10 marks the anniversary of the largest spontaneous act of civil disobedience in the city’s modern history. The spark: The police killings of two black men in less than 24 hours, Alton Sterling on July 5 in Louisiana and Philando Castile on July 6 in Minnesota. The kindling, though, was the generations-old […]

Come Back to Art: How Creativity and Activism Intersect

Community Change

June 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

This article first appeared on Equal Voice. I wasn’t trained in this. I didn’t go for school for this. Nobody pays me for this, and nobody expects me to be doing this. But most evenings, after my son is asleep, and I can’t work at my computer anymore, I get into bed with a sketchbook […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit Has People Talking About Who and What Really is Dividing Us

Community Change

October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Originally published by The Undefeated. Did a Saturday Night Live sketch last week hint at a future hard to envision in today’s bitter political climate — a future in which black and white people join forces against a broken government? That’s what Colleen Wessel-McCoy hopes. She and hundreds of others are working to organize a […]

Conference connects young people as next generation of leaders

Angela Pupino

August 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

During the last weekend in July, I found renewed hope and optimism for the future of our country. I joined 70 students from across the country who are interning this summer in the District of Columbia assembled in the Hall of States Building near Union Station. We were gathered for a three-day Public Service Weekend, […]

And #StillIRise: #PeoplesConvention takes over Pittsburgh

Community Change

July 11, 2016 at 10:20 am

Wendi C. Thomas is a writing fellow for the Center for Community Change. [View the story “And #StillIRise: #PeoplesConvention takes over Pittsburgh” on Storify]

Comic W. Kamau Bell: We Are Living In The ‘Most Racial America’

Community Change

July 10, 2016 at 10:01 am

Originally published on the Huffington Post.  PITTSBURGH – Police have one standard for black people and another for white people – and as proof, comic W. Kamau Bell played at his show Friday a short video of Beaverton, Oregon police officers trying to subdue a white teen high on mushrooms. The crowd watched, some mouths […]

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