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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

Towards an Age-Friendly World

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

By Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Contributing Editor, Global Health

By 2050, a full 25% of the world’s population will be 65 years old or older and their life expectancies are expected to increase as well. By 2020, the number of older people will double and outnumber the number of children younger than 5 years of age. This demographic shift has numerous implications for the health and state of the world, and many communities will have to rise to the challenge of preparing themselves for an older society.   Continue reading →

Harriet Tubman and the Monetization of Black History

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

By William C. Anderson, Contributing Editor, Race, Class, & Immigration | Truthout

There’s a strange irony in printing the image of someone who spent her life on the run because she was worth money onto money itself, as a supposed honor. This hasn’t stopped the US Treasury Department from announcing a change replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill. While many people see the change as progressive and indicative of respect, others have taken issue with the contradictions therein. Capitalism, bolstered by slave labor and steadily craving more chattel, showed the US Bill of Rights and the Constitution to be fictional documents.

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When Capitalism Fails, Who Will Feed us? Earth Day Celebrating Earth Stewards Eugene Cooke and JoVonna Johnson-Cooke

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.”-Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai

“We’ve worked to get ourselves off the plantation, or out of the fields, why would you be going back? Because the fields is where it all starts. That’s how civilization is built…. These are the steps that have always been pushing everything forward. So we’re on the cutting edge on the next civilization as this one begins to crumble.–Veganic farmer, chef and activist JoVonna Johnson-Cooke. Continue reading →

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