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Welcome to the Praxis Center, an online resource center for scholars, activists and artists hosted by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. From action research and radical scholarship to engaged teaching and grassroots activism to community and cultural organizing, and revelatory art practice, we make visible imperative social justice work being done today.

Praxis is
the synergy between
theory and practice,
knowledge and relevance,
ideas, images, and the real.

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Morgan Mahdavi
Program Coordinator
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

What It Feels Like To Be Considered a “Public Safety Concern” for Fighting for My Community’s Survival

Thursday, May 26, 2016

By Ireri Unzueta Carrasco
Organized Communities Against Deportations

In March of this year, immigrant rights organizer Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, received a letter from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stating the agency considered her a “public safety concern” due to her participation in peaceful civil disobediences, and that therefore they would not be renewing her DACA application. Sign the petition to support Ireri and get background on her lawsuit against USCIS here. Continue reading →

Historic Federal Guidance on Transgender Students

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

By Transgender Law Center

Thanks to the Transgender Law Center for providing insightful commentary on the federal government’s historic guidance on transgender students issued last week on May 13, 2016. Please visit the TLC blog for up to date reports about legal battles and policies affecting trans people.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, the Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance today making it clear that schools must treat transgender students according to their gender identity in all respects and cannot ban transgender students from using facilities that match the gender they live as every day. Continue reading →

Alisha Walker: Survived & Punished

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

By Brit Schulte

Alisha Walker was working when she was attacked. Her attacker, Alan Filan, was a regular client who became aggressive, hostile, and demanded unsafe services while under the influence of alcohol. When Alisha refused, he escalated from threats to violence. As she felt her life at risk, Alisha fought back. For defending herself, and saving the life of another young woman who was on the scene, she is facing 15 years behind bars. Continue reading →

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