The intersectionality of racism, classism, and immigration policy is as pertinent today as in the past. Who is deemed legal and illegal, afforded full citizenship rights or not, is almost always determined by master-class politics and race.
By Dara Cooper, Contributing Editor, Environment, Food, & Sustainability
As a food and environmental justice activist, like many of my comrades, I embrace a global, macro analysis and vision for why we’re fighting. Rooted in the realities of injustice, particularly among communities of color, we understand the quality of our food, air, schools, water, and our overall lives intersect. We understand that white supremacy and capitalism feed on the destruction of our lives and much of our work is centered on creating an alternative future where our children’s children can thrive. We envision collectives, earth justice, sustainable agriculture, sustainable homes, honoring of indigenous values, healthy bodies, healthy relationships, self-determination, pride, educated minds, and so much more. Yet, in the here and now, we see police brutality. We see destruction. We see exploitation. So we work hard, dream, build for a better future, and in the meantime, we fight back.
It is our duty to fight for freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
– Assata Shakur
By Alice Kim, Editor Keorapetse Kgositsile, a world-renowned South African poet and activist, began his writing career as a journalist for the newspaper, New Age, a leading voice in the struggle against apartheid published from Johannesburg. From 1962 to 1975, … Continue reading
By Stephanie Shonekan In recent years, there has been a growing fear among some black music scholars, critics, practitioners, and partakers that its power as a significant expressive outlet for the community has been eroded. Commercialization, globalization, capitalism, media mania, … Continue reading
By Shea Howell Shea Howell, an educator, activist and founding member of the Boggs Center, shares her remarks from a plenary session at the recently convened With/Out – ¿Borders? conference hosted by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at … Continue reading
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights Female, with tattoos peeking out of her shirt partially covered by a black and white striped apron, Susan Davis is anything but a Hollywood image of a butcher. When you check out her … Continue reading
By Alice Kim, Editor, Praxis Center James Thindwa is a long time labor and political activist who is currently the Great Lakes Community Engagement Coordinator for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Prior to that, he was the Executive Director … Continue reading
By Jonathan Romero, Contributing Editor, Race, Class, and Immigration On this day, thirteen years ago, attacks on U.S. soil cost the lives of 2,977 people. The consequences of this day, especially for unauthorized immigrants, continue on to this day. The … Continue reading
By Lisa Brock In 2014, more and more workers are being squeezed. Some are facing reduced hours so their employers can avoid paying for health insurance and others being forced to work 12-hour days in order to just keep their … Continue reading
By T.S. Leonard Editor’s note: Since the second half of the twentieth century, music critics and scholars have talked about the “whitening of black music.” This phenomenon is ever present on the airwaves and on music shows as African American … Continue reading
By Antonio R. López, Ph.D. Editor’s note: The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the epidemic of violence against Black and Brown youth in Chicago and nationally points to the urgent need for a more holistic understanding … Continue reading
By Mark Anthony Neal | NewBlackMan (in Exile) Following the election of the first Black President, I recall there was the sudden push—largely among young Black college educated types—for Black youth to wear the part of the constituency that had … Continue reading
By Sarah Macaraeg “Memory is your body as it was in the world and the world as it was and will be.” Hilton Als When I was eleven, my brother came home from the Army. Like many veterans, he … Continue reading
By Katherine Fobear I want to talk about stories. From the simplest story of a trip down to the grocery store to the local news story on the radio as we drive into work, stories permeate and create our everyday … Continue reading
By Scott Kurashige The following is a tribute to Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama who died on June 1, 2014. I am one of thousands whose lives were immensely touched by Yuri Kochiyama. Not all of those people are Asian American, … Continue reading
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights I began traveling to Hungary in December of 2001. Every time I got on the plane my collective Jewish family would take in a deep breath. I was going back to “The Old … Continue reading