This is the last blog of Praxis Center, a years-long project of the ACSJL at Kalamazoo College.
I Am Not Your Negro Official Trailer (2016) – James Baldwin Documentary
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
#Resist Syllabus: Cultural Histories of Resistance in the U.S
This syllabus explores histories of cultural resistance and activism in the United States from the colonial period to the present.
The Failure of Pandemic Bonds
A pandemic bond is a financial product that is part insurance, bond, swap, and cash grant.
Noam Chomsky: Decades of “the Neoliberal Plague” Left U.S. Unprepared for COVID-19 Outbreak
Noam Chomsky talks about the ways neoliberalism has brought the world to its current state with COVID-19.
Disasters, Culture, and Society Syllabus
This course is about some key ideas and case materials on disaster and society.
The Childbirth Chronicle: A Theatrical Expression of Chinese Migrant Women in Beijing
A group of migrant women delivered a stage performance, Childbirth Chronicle at the Star Theatre in Beijing’s Xicheng District.
Meet the Fragile Middle: China’s young migrant workers
Migrant workers make up nearly a fifth of the Chinese population
The Global Chinese?: Chinese Migration, 1567-2007 Syllabus
This subject will examine Chinese migration in historical and comparative perspective.
THE PEOPLE WILL GOVERN
The privileging of property over human beings is not new nor is the general antidemocratic bias against the majority.
Voter Suppression: It’s the American Way
Alzo Slade talks the history of voter suppression and how it’s manifesting itself in the 2020 races.
2020 and Beyond: The Unfinished Business of the 19th Amendment Syllabus
This syllabus explores voter suppression in 2020.
The Police Tackled Shikera C.
Students created a petition that demanded that the police be removed from campus.
Ithaca College & Others Protest Campus Racism
Ithaca College is protesting racism on campus and calling for their president to resign.
College Students, Politics, and Protest Syllabus
This course studies the history and politics of student activism from 1945 to today.
Remembering James Baldwin and Singing the Blues
James Baldwin teaches us the art of resistance through the blues.
James Baldwin – Pin Drop Speech
In this 1965 speech, James Baldwin speaks about the state of race and racism United States.
Reconsidering James Baldwin in an Era of #BlackLivesMatter
This syllabus puts James Baldwin’s original essays, non-fiction, and public talks, in conversation with the current BLM movement.
Seven Steps To Heaven
By Richard Cartwright He felt something whizz past him, ricocheting off a metal vase and slamming…
What Does It Mean to Defund or Abolish the Police?
Trevor talks with Patrisse Cullors, Josie Duffy Rice, Sam Sinyangwe, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Alex S. Vitale about the BLM movement.
Police and Prison Abolition 101: Syllabus and FAQs
This syllabus provides readings that will help readers build a greater understanding of the ideas and theories behind abolition.
The White Empathy Industrial Complex
White empathy proselytizers have been working to suppress Black rage and Black activist momentum for centuries.
5 Tips For Being An Ally
Chescaleigh breaks down five basic tips to become better allies in this three-and-a-half-minute video.
Race and Racism Syllabus
This syllabus on race and racism focuses on the ways the social construction of race affects people’s daily lives.
Review of Anti-Imperialist Poster Exhibition II: Neoliberalism
The poster has been a weapon in the struggle of the oppressed all over the world.
Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy
Chomsky explains what neoliberalism is, how it came to be, and what it means for today’s world in the context of Trump.
Marxism, Imperialism, Racism
Students will apply theoretical knowledge in order to develop an incisive analysis of contemporary imperialism.
Hide and Seek
Canal day doojay par shows a scene of the Lahore canal in the summers except here, I replace male bodies with non-male bodies.
Jannat Ali: On Being a Pakistani Transgender Activist
Jannat Ali shares her journey of coming out to her family and to society at large as well.
The purpose of this syllabus is one of open, public education regarding trans and intersex issues in sociology, academia, and society at large
The Race-Class Narrative and Eroding the Racist Right: A Review of Merge Left by Ian Haney López and Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl
Two recent books provide new insights that may help organizers in sorting out what works from what is ineffective or even counterproductive.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson: Class vs Race
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson describes how racial divisions between poor and middle-class Americans benefit the wealthy and powerful.
Contemporary Sociological Theory
This course offers an introduction to contemporary sociological theory for graduate students.
Remembering Attica: Seeing Through The Bars
The classroom can be a procreative space for building social change at the institutional and systemic levels.
The Right2Vote Report: Busting Myths About Voting Rights
Amani Sawari breaks down myths related to ending felony disenfranchisement.
Capture and Control: Geographies of Detention and Incarceration
This course explores spaces of detention, and engages in a historical and theoretical investigation of the processes that produce them.
Healing and Thriving from Racism, COVID and their Colonial Roots
For us to heal, we cannot simply reason ourselves out of generational trauma.
Walden Bello| Is COVID an opportunity for Food Sovereignty?
Walden Bello shows how the COVID-19 crisis exposed the fragility of the present corporate and free trade driven food supply system.
Food for Thought and Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum
This curriculum emphasizes informed activism.
COVID-19 and Its Impacts on Immigrant Families and Communities
Blacks, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian populations are more likely to contract COVID-19 and die from it compared to whites.
Undocumented immigrants left to cope without safety net
The United States is facing an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression.
Barriers to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
Immigrants are among the most vulnerable U.S. residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC FROM INSIDE PRISON WALLS
All it takes is ONE positive case to spread this lethal virus to hundreds of vulnerable people.
Prison in the time of coronavirus
Jails and prisons can be toxic breeding grounds for COVID-19.
Solitary Confinement: A Philosophical Exploration
In this class, we will explore some of the philosophical and political questions raised by solitary confinement.
Living and working in the time of the Pandemic in Pakistan
The real problem remains the government’s failure to enforce labor laws and provide adequate legal protections to workers.
COVID-19 Lockdown: Impact on Textile Industry
This breaks down the impact of covid on the textile industry.
Pakistan’s Garment Workers Need A Safety Accord
This report reviews current risks and violations in Pakistan’s textile and garment factories.
Tomorrow is a Rumor
The COVID-19 lockdown in Pakistan has meant that folks who cannot afford to stay home are being arrested and punished for breaking the law.
Pakistan COVID-19 Infections Pass 100,000
The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan has passed 100,000.
Disaster Planning and Policies
Throughout the course, attention will be paid to how disaster planning and policy efforts can increase resilience and reduce vulnerabilities.
Pride 2020: A time for vigilance and collective action in the COVID-19 pandemic
In a global health emergency, it is not uncommon for LGBTQ people to be blamed for disasters, both “manmade and natural”.
COVID-19 Hits LGBTQ+ Communities Harder Than Most
Here’s how LGBTQ+ communities feel the coronavirus crises harder than most.
COVID-19 and the Human Rights of LGBTI People
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people may be particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
KAYLA MOORE’S STORY in BAD FORM: QUEER, BROKE & AMAZING!
BAD FORM: QUEER, BROKE & AMAZING! refreshingly challenges the myth of gay affluence and reveals an extraordinary world of resilient, economically struggling LGBT people.
Queer Liberation is Black Liberation, Justice for Black Lives Is Justice for All
Black queer and trans communities have been in the vanguard of both LGBTQ and racial justice campaigns.
The History Of Pride In 6 Minutes
How and why we celebrate Pride the way we do today!
Queer Black History
This course will introduce students to the historical study of LGBTQ African Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Angel’s Tree: COVID Activism Inside a CA Women’s Prison
It took 5 days after her request (April 8 – 13) before she got to see the doctor and get lab work done.
Defund the Police
We get response from Linda Sarsour and Mychal Denzel Smith amid growing calls in New York City for police accountability.
Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0
Prison Abolition Syllabus 2.0 is a resource for those already doing this work and those looking to carry the goal of prison abolition forward.
How COVID-19 rationing frameworks reinforce white supremacy
Any framework offering guidance on rationing scarce healthcare resources in the US must explicitly address inequities.
Hearing on the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19
Ways and Means Committee hearing on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.
Public Health and Health Disparities
This course examines how social, economic, environmental, cultural and lifestyle factors contribute to differences in morbidity and mortality.
I am Done Running
I am angry about the silence from so many.
US anti-racism protests: Curfews in place in more than 12 cities
There have been violent protests across the United States, from New York to Los Angeles.
Black Lives Matter Meditations
Guided meditation is one way to assist in calming a heightened state of distress.
From collapse to future imaginaries: Child Care and Early Education in an era of COVID-19
We call for a more inclusive and less segregated, and publicly supported child care sector.
We look at the impact of the pandemic and who is at the table to shape what happens next.
Anti-Bias Education: for Young Children and Ourselves
Anti-bias work is essentially optimistic work about the future for our children.
What is to be done? Scholar-Activism in the Era of COVID-19
What does scholar-activism look like during a global pandemic?
Low-income students grapple with deferring college dreams
Low-income first-generation students are grappling with keeping higher education plans in the midst of the pandemic.
Seminar on Scholar Activism
This seminar examines the phenomenon of “scholar activism,” also referred to as scholar advocacy.
Our idea that life itself is merely a tick-tock in time has everything to do with our insistence that we are nothing in the universe.
Vertigo (1958) Muir Woods Sequence
A clip from the Thriller/Mystery film Vertigo.
Elder Abuse in India
The aim of the study was to define and identify the symptoms of elder abuse, create awareness and strategize for its prevention.
Land to the Tillers
Indigenous peoples worldwide are being dispossessed of their land at an intensified rate.
Solidarity Not Charity
Mutual aid groups are forming to protect and provide for the vulnerable.
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food and Supply Distribution
This zine is a compilation of resources accessible online to support mutual aid-based projects.
Femicide Does Not Respect the Quarantine: The Fifteenth Newsletter (2020).
The global pandemic ‘is attacking societies at their core’.
Domestic abuse soars globally since lockdown
The global lockdown and restrictions on movement have been catastrophic for women at risk of domestic abuse.
Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity
We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations.
When humanity fails: A hopeful reminder
As I write today, the novel coronavirus, Covid-19 pandemic has crossed oceans and lands, carried by human breath.
Renata Flores – Trap + Quechua – Tijeras ft. Kayfex
Renata Flores is a young artist keeping the Quechua language alive through her music.
Beginning Quechua I
The program focuses on the development of written and oral communicative abilities in Quechua.
Covid-19 and the Political Management of the Pandemic in India
As of April 10, India reported 11,555 COVID-19 confirmed cases with 396 deaths.
‘Stigmatised’: India’s coronavirus ‘heroes’ come under attack
India’s government is appealing for attacks on healthcare workers to stop.
Understanding Political Developments in India
This course analyzes the conditions that have allowed the Indian state to remain democratic.
Can Coronavirus Be a Catalyst for Thinking Globally?
At the global level, it is past time both for mutual learning and for solidarity.
How will the global economy ever recover from the coronavirus?
The global economy is shutting down because of COVID-19.
Social Change and Global Solidarity
The purpose of this course is introducing students to the concept of social change and development.
In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People.
We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilisation.
COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund Raises $100k+
WHO fund raised $100M in 2 weeks to help the global fight against COVID-19.
Seminar in Healthcare Policy
This course explores the role of the U.S. government in organizing, financing and delivering healthcare for Americans.
XENOPHOBIA, ANTI-ASIAN RACISM AND COVID-19
The response to COVID-19 in the U.S. has unveiled the persistent xenophobia against Asian Americans.
How Coronavirus Racism Infected My High School
What happens when stereotypes and fear about Covid-19 arrive before the actual disease does?
Treating Yellow Peril: Resources to Address Coronavirus Racism
This syllabus gathers textual and digital resources to provide easy access to material useful for teach-ins and talking points.
What the coronavirus outbreak means for thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
As of March 13, Lebanon has 77 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Lebanon state of emergency over coronavirus
Lebanon has declared a state of emergency in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus.
Global Health and Social Justice
This course explores disparities across nations.
This process is messy. We failed, often. But we also made something beautiful.
Adrift in the Circuits of Women’s Precarious Lives
“Adrift” was collaboratively produced by Precarias a la Deriva from Madrid in November 2003.
Convivial community – based research approach is a grassroots collective investigative effort.
Re-imagining A Queer Future: Creating movements in a hesitant Gujarat
There’s really no telling what your journey is going to look like when you are building something that hasn’t been tried.
Mat Kar Maya Ko Ahankar Mat Kar Kaya Ko Abhimaan – Shabnam Virmani
Shabnam Virmani documented singing during an event organized by Queerabad.
Queer and There: Queer Theory and the History of Sexuality in the Global Context
This module familiarise students with current theories and approaches to gender and sexuality.
2551 San Pablo Avenue
As an activist and organizer I knew I had to do something to help my neighbors beyond documenting their stories.
“State of Emergency”: Special Report on California’s Criminalization of Growing Homeless Encampments
In a Democracy Now! special report, we look at the rise in homelessness in many major cities across the United States.
Gentrification is Displacement and Replacement of the Poor for Profit
This syllabus starts housing is a human right, that everyone has the right to a safe and affordable place to live.
Museums of Knowledge and Streams of Consciousness
The instigators of this race discourse were drawn from the highest tiers of American commerce, science, and government.
Museums have a dark past, but we can fix that
Museums are beloved cultural institutions but behind the scenes, a war is raging – many cultures want their heritage returned to its place of origin.
History and Theory of Museums
This seminar explores the history and theory of museums and delves deeply into several disciplinary perspectives on museums.
Green New Deal Can and Must Be Global (Part II)
It is the most vulnerable groups that suffer the greatest impact from the climate crisis.
Inside The Sunrise Movement
A look into how youth climate activists put the Green New Deal on the map.
Power, Justice, and the Environment
This course introduces students to the theoretical and historical foundations of environmental racism and environmental inequality.
ACSJL Impact Study
It’s time to look at the impact that the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership has had on our community.
Green New Deal Can and Must Be Global (Part I)
Today’s climate activists are homing in on climate justice issues, emphasizing how the climate emergency hits the most vulnerable populations with greatest force.
World Economic Forum 2019: Climate Change in Africa
Africa is the most vulnerable continent in the world to climate change.
Planning and the New Green New Deal: A Practicum
This course concentrate on the socio-technical aspects of the GND instead of technical responses to climate change.
A Killmongerian Dilemma: How to Become an Ascendant from Slavery?
The Black Left has been embattled lately, trying to imagine Black unity as the conversation about reparations for US slavery moves into the mainstream.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ full opening statement on reparations at House hearing
Coates told lawmakers that many of the inequalities created by slavery persist today, including in the form of economic and health disparities.
Pan African Studies
This course examines institutional factors that affect the structure, evolution, and function of people of African descent.
The Reparations Debate and the Herero
The reparations debates for past atrocities are difficult conversations in our modern society.
Namibians Want Reparations From Germany For A Genocide That Killed Thousands
Decades before the Holocaust, Germany carried out what many historians consider the first genocide of the 20th century in Namibia.
African Americans and the Politics of Reparations (More than a Check)
This course is concerned with the historic and contemporary reparations debate as it pertains to African Americans.
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the third decade of the twenty-first century.
20/20 – ENVISIONING JUSTICE for a Livable Future
Like dreams, justice deferred is justice denied.
Wealth Inequality Explained
Wealth is very unevenly distributed. This has negative implications for both economic prosperity and justice.
Empirical Research on Economic Inequality
This course is about economic inequality, its causes, how it’s affected by policy, and econometric methods that have been used.
I wanted a flag that would express that, but would also be a fighting flag, centering intersectionality within class struggle.
Black Panthers and Young Patriots
Black Panther Bobby Lee helping comrades in the Young Patriots organize a group of working class Whites to demand for radical change.
The Black Panther Party
This course examines the history, legacy, and controversy of the Black Panther Party.
Josie’s Girl: On Being Irish and White (Part 3)
My grandmother was a fighter for her community her whole life.
A Bite-Sized Guide to Second Wave Feminism
At this year’s all about women festival, we take a look back on the achievements of the different ‘waves’ of feminism.
Queer Cultural Studies
This class will identify queer producers of culture, queer presumably heteronormative cultural artifacts, and critique queer cultural discourse.
There’s Something That’s Ours on Those Streets and We’re Going to Take It Back: The Forty-Third Newsletter (2019).
They came because they are frustrated, angry that history seems to disregard them as it consistently favours the ruling class.
From Lebanon to Chile
Special correspondent Jane Ferguson and Nick Schifrin take a look at ongoing protests in Lebanon and Chile.
Global Protest: Social Movements in Age of Globalization
The course go back and forth between the nature of specific social movements and scholarly debates about social movements in general.
Utopian Field is an ongoing research project that focuses on the pursuit and construction of egalitarianism during the past two centuries.
Utopia…The search for a perfect world
Will we ever stop searching for perfection? David Quantick explores utopianism.
Dialogues with Utopia
The goal of this course will be to learn something about various utopian visions and how they reflect or challenge our values and beliefs.
Josie’s Girl: On Being Irish and White (Part 2)
For me, the most eye-opening story about my grandmother is entirely unknown in the family.
Irish Women in the Early Labour Movement
Many of the women involved in Daughters of Erin were working class and in 1911 they organized themselves in the Irish Women Workers’ Union.
History of Labor and Work in the United States, 1880—1945
This is a course on the history of the American workers and the American labor movement from 1880 to 1945.
Mediterranea Saving Humans
Instead of being a place of meeting differences, the Mediterranean Sea has become a deadly border between Europe and Africa.
Italy Is Paying Libya To Intercept Migrants On The Mediterranean
In the first six months of 2017, the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy dropped by around half.
Immigration, Migration, and Displacement in the Middle East and North Africa
By completing this course, students will gain an in-depth knowledge about the role of migration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Josie’s Girl: On Being Irish and White (Part 1)
The daily violence I observed at the hands of mostly Irish mothers toward Black children driving into our Boston neighborhoods cleaved a devastating gash through my story of us.
Why America Loves/Hated the Irish
Today, Irish traditions are seamlessly embedded in American culture. But once upon a time, the American people rejected—even hated—those immigrating from the Emerald Isle.
The Irish American Experience
This course will examine the historical experience of the Irish, one of the largest ethnic groups in America.
Eco-Poetics and the New Orleans Poetry Festival
Loss—of species, habitats, etc.—is a major concern of contemporary eco-poetry, but so is the possibility of empathy and solidarity.
Tommy Pico — The Poetry Center
Tommy Pico reads from the manuscript to his forthcoming book Feed, on September 13, 2018, at The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University.
This course examines poetry published in the nineteenth and twentieth-‐centuries, as well as contemporary times, through the lens of nature.
All in for All Genders
The New York Times presented a study in friendship between two Midwest rollerskaters who can only be described as gender non-binary.
5 Non-Binary People Explain What “Non-Binary” Means To Them
Non-binary people define the term “non-binary,” where they encounter challenges, advice for allies, and what the future may hold.
Queer of Color Theory
This seminar investigates the theoretical work of queer people of color, primarily in the U.S., from the 1970s to the present.
Breaking the Taboo: The Myth of Racial Democracy in Brazil and the Call for Justice for Marielle Franco
This week would have marked Marielle’s 39th birthday. Her assassination sparked massive protests in the streets of Brazil and worldwide outcry.
The Life Of Brazil’s Marielle Franco
Marielle Franco was a symbol of hope to many marginalized communities who felt left out of politics – here’s what led to her life of activism in Brazil.
The Politics of Race and Violence in Brazil
This class investigates the race/gender/sexuality aspects of violence in Brazil, and how this violence maintains social hierarchies in the nation.
Toy Story Memorial
To commemorate the six year anniversary of the BLM movement, we are publishing a poem by Danielle P. Williams in memory of Tamir Rice.
We Fall Down
Danielle P. Williams recites her original poem ‘We Fall Down’.
Poetics of Blackness
This course combines Black critical theory and contemporary black poetry to think through key sites of conﬂict in the theorization of Blackness.
On Twitter, He Declares War on Iran
On Twitter, Trump has declared war; but his hand hovers over the orders, which he has not yet signed. But he could – at any moment.
Trump Brings U.S. to Brink of War with Iran
President Trump calls off military strike against Iran minutes before launch, raising questions about his briefing on key aspects of the decision.
This course examines America’s involvement in Iran with reference to economic objectives, military assistance, strategic needs, and foreign policy.
Carnival Is Women: Black Women Loving Black Women
Carnival gives me a soul-nurturing joy; it makes me the most comfortable in my Black skin. But most importantly . . . Carnival is women.
History and Culture of Carnival
We discuss the history and culture of Carnival as it stands today: its origins, dazzling costumes and dance, and the themes behind celebrations.
Caribbean Religion and Cultures
The Caribbean is the United States of America’s neighbor. But how much do Americans know of the Caribbean in its rich and varied complexity?
Depression and Black Men
Depression among Black men is an oft-unspoken pain that deeply affects the health and quality of life of Black people.
Snapping the Chain: Ending Mental Health Stigma in the African American Community
Members of the Black community discuss their experiences with mental illness, and why the stigma surrounding mental health must be challenged.
This course provides a broad exploration of the psychological experiences of people of African descent in the United States.
Redefining Kinship for On-Campus Mobilization at Kalamazoo College
We can create a community of kin that transcends racial and ethnic boundaries to ultimately create a non-oppressive, revolutionary campus.
Paris is Burning | ‘House’
Members of various houses of the ball circuit, referred to as “gay street gangs,” describe their newfound families.
Love and Power: The Anthropology of Kinship and State
This course explores kinship anthropologically through its relation to other feelings and things like power, authority, violence, and loss.
A poem about Trenton, New Jersey
jessica Care moore: We Want Our Bodies Back
jessica Care moore speaks about her life, work, Detroit, and the importance of supporting artists who love your community.
Womanifesto: Black Women Writers in Literature and Music
Using Jazz, Gospel, Neo-Soul, and Hip‐Hop music genres, this course explores the performance of the black woman’s voice in 20th century literature and music.