Leila Abdelrazaq artwork
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Race, Class, & Immigration

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.

Freedom Dreams and the Urgency of Decolonized Racial, Food, and Environmental Justice

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

* This post is in honor of freedom fighter Yuri Kochiyama. May she rest in peace and power.

“I want to first acknowledge that this conference is taking place on colonized land,” said Dr. Angela Y. Davis as she began her remarks at the Freedom Dreams Freedom Now conference hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Social Justice Initiative. This conference, co-sponsored by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership and others, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer by asking participants to explore what freedom is.

Dr. Davis noted that one of her freedom dreams is: “…for us to develop what food justice activists call ‘a deep sense of place.’ That whatever we do, we never allow ourselves to forget the lasting effects of settler colonialism and its genocidal violence on the original inhabitants of this land.”

Later, she encouraged us to “learn how to eat consciously, to understand the implications of how we eat, to take care of our bodies and our spirits.” (more…)

In search of the activist academic

By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights When people ask me “what do you do?” meaning “what do you do for a living?” I find I have two options for how to respond. One is to look proudly in their … Continue reading

Why I Didn’t “Make It Out” the Hood

By David Turner III. PhD Student, Social and Cultural Studies in Education, University of California-Berkeley You want to know what bothers me? When I tell someone where I’m from, and they respond with, “oh, so you got out [the hood],” … Continue reading

Lupita: One Small Step for Dark Girls?

By Stephanie Shonekan, Contributing Editor, Art, Music & Pop Culture In the week of April 21, 2014 People Magazine announced their long anticipated choice of “Most Beautiful Woman” Lupita Nyongo. It was not unexpected because the Kenyan actress had become … Continue reading

Freedom through Exile: The Unfolding Stories of Cambodian Son

By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights Three years after a meeting in the bustling streets of Phnom Phen when the co-founders of Studio Revolt, Masahiro Sugano and Anida Yoeu Ali, first “experienced” Kosal Khiev’s poetry, a documentary about his … Continue reading

In Memory of Chokwe Lumumba: Social Justice Warrior

By Jim Van Sweden, Director, College Communications, Kalamazoo College Reposted from Kalamazoo College News and Events Chokwe Lumumba ’69, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, died on February 25, 2014. He was 66. He came to K from Detroit, Michigan, as Edwin … Continue reading

Standing Our Ground

By Regina Stevens-Truss, Contributing Editor, Science and Social Justice When did we lose our humanity and accept circumstances in which we are allowed to say, “I have a right to be here and to prove that I’m going to shoot … Continue reading

Devils, Saints, and Denmark Vesey

Repost from the Huffington Post On February 15, the city of Charleston, South Carolina unveiled a long-overdue monument to one of its most controversial historical figures. In scenic Hampton Park on the upper part of the peninsula, crowds gathered under … Continue reading

Pratibha Parmar Brings Alice Walker’s Art to Life

Repost from Women in the World. Samina Ali interviews Pratibha Parmar, who most recently directed Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, celebrating the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Parmar speaks about retelling Walker’s words. Read more at … Continue reading

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