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Bailey Mead
Managing Editor
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

What Unfresh Hell Is This? Detroit, A Post-Mortem

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

By Mary F. Corey

Detroit, the latest film by Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriting partner Mark Boal, is not really about Detroit or the 1967 uprising in that city. The film dramatizes an event that took place during the uprising when police stormed the Algiers Motel, responding to a false report of sniper fire from the hotel. The police rounded up the guests — a group of unarmed Black men and two underage white girls who were, as one critic said, “partying like it’s 1966.” Continue reading →

Indicting the State and Defying Its Narrative: Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water, the Truth about The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Thursday, September 7, 2017

By Jennifer Ash

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1300 prisoners took over the prison yard at Attica prison in upstate New York demanding changes to their ghastly living conditions. For five days, prisoners created a society for themselves as they elected leaders, held political discussions, listened to speeches, cooked, ate, invited observers in to the yard and negotiated with authorities. On the fifth day, state authorities defeated the rebellion with brutal force, which was later described by an investigatory commission as the “bloodiest encounter between Americans since the Civil War.” On the 46th anniversary of the rebellion, Jennifer Ash discusses Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy as an indictment against an entire system of oppression that continues today. 

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What to Do When White Supremacists March in Your Town

Friday, August 25, 2017

How people committed to peace and justice can resist alt-right rallies with resilience.

By Mia Henry and Sharon Djemal

Resilience – To shift from reactivity to a state of resourcefulness in moments of stress and crisis. (Rockwood Leadership Institute)

They are securing permits, making plans, and preparing to publicly defend the indefensible. Yes, the Nazis are coming to town. The white supremacists have removed their hoods and are coming to a neighborhood near you. Those who promote the policies of white resentment and propagate the myth of white victimhood to spread fear and justify oppression are (once again) emboldened to express their beliefs publicly. Many of us can’t sit back and watch this unfold without feeling an intense call to act. As we face this horrifying reality, what should we do? Continue reading →

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