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 […]

Reparations well-intentioned, but insufficient for the debt owed

Wendi C. Thomas

July 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

This article originally appeared on MLK50. On Thursday, the city of Memphis announced it would pay what can only be described as reparations for decades of shorting the retirement funds of black sanitation workers. At a press conference at the National Civil Rights Museum, Mayor Jim Strickland — the city’s first white mayor in more than 20 […]

St. Louis Case: Another Black Man Shot, Another Excuse

Fred McKissack Jr.

June 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

This article first appeared on The Progressive. The June 21 shooting of a black police officer in St. Louis County by another officer has been  described as “friendly fire.” That’s a laughably absurd euphemism for this latest racial incident. A 38-year-old off-duty officer, with eleven years on the force, heard a commotion in his north St. Louis […]

Soda Industry vs. Quality Child Care

Community Change

April 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm

By Chirag Mehta, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Community Change Coca-Cola and the soda industry at large are pulling out all the stops to fight Santa Fe, New Mexico residents who want to pass a very small tax on sugary drinks to fund a program that would make preschool available to 1,000 low-income children. Coca-Cola […]

TUNDRA: Episode 1

Jeremiah Chapman

February 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

TUNDRA: Cold Journey to Justice is a docu-series that captures the cold climate found in marginalized communities across the U.S. This series will feature interviews with community leaders on efforts they are mounting to combat oppressive policies and systems of injustice on a local, state and federal level. This series will also generate research through […]

Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Saves Lives

Fred McKissack Jr.

November 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday’s “Day of Disruption” walkout by thousands of low-income workers underscores that the Fight for $15 movement is undeterred by the change of administration. Earlier this month, voters approved minimum-wage raises for Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. What began as a long shot to even liberal labor leaders, the resurgent low-income fight is now bolstered […]

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