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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.

Contact

Karla Aguilar
Program Coordinator
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
karla.aguilar@kzoo.edu
269-337-7033

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Towards a Water Ethics Manifesto

By Lucy Rodina

Is it ethical to let a river run dry?
Is it ethical to have clean drinking water in Vancouver and hundreds of boil water advisories in Indigenous communities all across Canada?
Is it ethical to take away water from rural areas to quench the thirst of ever growing cities?

Try to think about a river and ethics together. These two words do not fit together easily because we tend to separate the world of the “natural” from that of the “ethical.” Continue reading →

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A Revolution of Ideas: Economic Democracy and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s Legacy One Year Later

By Dara Cooper, Contributing Editor, Environment, Food, and Sustainability

“If you don’t love the people, sooner or later you will betray the people.”

 

“I will say again….We’re about to have a revolution here. A revolution of ideas. We’re about to have new ideas. Good ideas…something that’s going to change the situation for us. We should never be afraid of new ideas. Of good ideas.”

 

“We have a choice to make. To create an economy for the people, by the people. Or to continue with an economy for the few, for the benefit of themselves.”

-Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

 

Just over a year ago last February 2014, the world lost an incredible activist, organizer, father, and mentor—Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba who came to be known as “America’s revolutionary mayor”—due to a very sudden death. Although we gained Baba Chokwe as an ancestor,   after only seven months in office, the loss of Mayor Lumumba came as a sudden blow to activists, dreamers and loved ones all over the country. The significance of his revolutionary work, and most notably his term in office, was and will be forever remembered. With scant resources, a radical agenda and revolutionary heart, his candidacy appeared to be a tremendous long shot to most. A strong grassroots strategy that mobilized the masses proved that the power of the people is more than an ideology. The election of Mayor Lumumba was a real life example of the true power of democratic processes and the viability of a radical agenda. Continue reading →

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chuck fraser says:

what a wonderful inspiration and acknowledgement of what democracy he can do, if used properly. Simply put: “for the people, by the people! This can be done anywhere in America. Instead of forming gangs and selling drugs and death, exactly what the man wants, we could follow this example of real people power. One community at a time. Hope dealers of peace and love! The Creator our dealer, keeps us high 24/7. This is how we will take control of our planet. Thank you sir for showing us the way!

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The Obamacare Challenge We Need? Improved, Expanded Medicare for All

By Robert Zarr | CommonDreams

As a primary care pediatrician who sees children of low-income families in Washington, D.C., I am reminded every day of the vulnerability of our children’s health to the ill-informed whims of our lawmakers and courts.

Those children will be on my mind as I gather with others outside the Supreme Court today.

Just yesterday, I saw my 16-year-old patient Mary, who suffers from Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease, both conditions with lifelong disabilities. I have known Mary for the last 13 years.

Her family has been through some very rough times. I still distinctly remember listening to Mary’s mother tell me that her family was homeless, just a few years ago. Mary’s mother was in tears. They had no place to live, two children to feed, and both parents were unemployed. Continue reading →

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