When Anti-Immigration Meant Keeping Out Black Pioneers and Keeping Blacks from Voting in the Midwest

In the 1850s, Midwestern states used harsh laws to deny free African-Americans wealth and property. By Anna-Lisa Cox, a fellow at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research. Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes.com William Brown managed to get across the river safely, finding work in a small rural Illinois community close to the state’s border with Indiana. He would have known …

Coalition pushes to end criminalization of marijuana and other drugs

By Kyle Jaeger, Link September 8, 2019 | CREATE! A coalition of more than 100 civil rights groups—including ACLU, NAACP, National Education Association and National Organization for Women—released a criminal justice reform platform for the 2020 elections on Thursday that calls for the legalization of marijuana and supports the “dismantling” of the criminalization of other drugs. As part of the document’s plank on ending …

Social factors in walkability: walking while black?

Connectivity is good for walkability, but social factors also matter Posted on September 3rd, 2019 in NewsTags: active transportation, bicycle, crime, pedestrians, safety By Saumya Jain Most efforts to increase bike and walk accessibility focus on physical access. But the built environment is not the full story. A new study finds that certain attributes of the social environment also greatly affect the perception of walkability, especially among people …

DOJ: In 2018 alone there were 25 race-based terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, each committed by an alleged white supremacist but new legislation focuses on nonviolent civil resistance and property

The Department of Justice reported, in 2018 alone there were 25 race-based terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, each committed by an alleged white supremacist. Immediate action is needed to address this crisis and tragedies like the Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas. So I read with interest a recent press release of Rep. Michael McCaul—the Republican incumbent in the Texas 10th Congressional …

Half of Sanders supporters are people of color

The Guardian, excerpt, Aug 31, 2019 A survey by the Pew Research Center this month found that about seven in 10 of Warren’s supporters are white, compared to about half of Sanders’ backers. Warren’s supporters are substantially more likely to have a college degree compared with supporters of Biden and Sanders. John Zogby, a pollster and author, said: “Because of …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …

We have had an economic system, a housing system, a school system, a credit system, that has specifically excluded black populations through housing, through student loans, through credit, through businesses, from the wealth accumulation of whites

And whiteness has been defined differently throughout time. And so we can go through the history of whiteness, but all of it has been built on an anti-blackness. So we have to talk about the racial wealth gap if we’re going to talk about housing, or schools, or anything like that. You can’t understand why we have the gaps that …

The immense mobility needs in black and brown neighborhoods are the result of systematic, significant and sustained disinvestment. Here’s what the mayor can do to reverse the damage.

August 14, 2019, Scooters in an unjust city: There’s a war in our streets, and we don’t even know it, Equiticity, PRINT Olatunji Oboi Reed “Man, what the fuck is y’all in the streets for, man? Don’t y’all know it’s a fucking war going on, man? Get the fuck in the truck, man.”  —Snoop, “The Wire,” Season 03, Episode 10  Congratulations, Mayor Lori Lightfoot: …