Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

The fight to curb gun violence must address the violence inflicted by law enforcement. Institute for Policy Studies, April 12, 2018 | By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson Originally in OtherWords This spring, an estimated 800,000 Americans gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the “March for Our Lives” organized by the teenage survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Thousands more attended 800 sister marches across …

Black People’s Land Was Stolen

Any discussion of reparations must include how this happened, who did it, and the laws, policies and practices that allowed it. By Andrew W. Kahrl, an associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia. June 20, 2019 The aftermath of the Tulsa Race Riot in Oklahoma in 1921, when whites burned down “Black Wall Street.”CreditOklahoma Historical Society/Getty …

Racism is a public health crisis

By Jessicah Pierre, Otherwords.orgJune 7, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! Milwaukee’s novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities. Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America’s prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. Systemic racism, writer Jenee Desmond-Harris explains, refers to how racial disparities operate “in major parts …

Latinos are being pushed to urban edges, rural areas with few transportation options

By Robbie Webber at SSTI, Latinos are being pushed to urban edges, rural areas with few transportation options, posted on June 3rd, 2019: affordable housing, job access, Latino, transportation options A study by researchers at UT Health San Antonio details the barriers that Latinos in the U.S. face because of poor access to transportation options. Inadequate transit options, unreliable or spotty schedules, long commutes, and a …

There are real solutions to end mass incarceration. If we can get prosecutors across the country to change these five practices, we can transform our criminal justice system.

Ave DuVernay’s compelling Netflix mini-series When They See Us is a reminder that we need to change how the system works Mon 3 Jun 2019 The Guardian  Ava DuVernay directing When They See Us. Photograph: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix The Central Park Five marked a political awakening for me. I was just getting to middle school, Jesse Jackson’s historic second run for …

Why Black Credit Unions Matter for Financial Empowerment

OSCAR PERRY ABELLO, Next City, MAY 21, 2019 Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where Concord Federal Credit Union is based. (Photo by Oscar Perry Abello) Chancellor Gregg needed to move, and quickly. He was on a month-to-month lease for his New York City apartment, which his landlord suddenly decided to terminate last winter. Moving is hard in any city, let …

Eight things I wish people understood about elite college admissions, by a former dean

What the student might contribute to campus, take full advantage of resources lacking throughout his/her life, and contribute both socially and academically. By Jason England  Updated May 8, 2019, Vox.com SHARE When people find out I used to work as a dean of admissions at an elite liberal arts university, they want to gab about the wealthy and famous, bribes and scandal, the …

Reparations and the Green New Deal Should Be Connected

Hurricane Katrina evacuees outside the New Orleans Superdome in 2015. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) The Green New Deal Should Include Reparations The Democratic Party is talking about both issues separately. They make more sense in tandem. By EMILY ATKIN, The New Republic, May 2019 Environmental justice activist Anthony Rogers-Wright lives full-time in Seattle, Washington, but just happened to be in Massachusetts last …

Ten solutions to bridge the racial wealth divide, from affordable housing to raising the minimum wage, M4All, tax changes, baby bonds, and reparations

By Chuck Collins, Darrick Hamilton, Derrick Asante-Muhammed and Josh Hoxie, Ips-dc.org, April 19, 2019 | CREATE! The deep and persistent racial wealth divide will not close without bold, structural reform. It has been created and held in place by public policies that have evolved with time including slavery, Jim Crow, red lining, mass incarceration, among many others. The racial wealth divide is greater today …

The Case for Reparations Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and …