• COVID-19, Decarceration, and Abolition

    Friday, Apr 24, 2020

    How should abolitionists respond to the coronavirus pandemic?

    How can we achieve urgently needed decarceration for the millions of people caged in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers?

    Abolitionism doesn’t just say no to police, prisons, border control, and the current punishment system. It requires persistent organizing for what we need, organizing that’s already present in the efforts people cobble together to achieve access to schools, health care and housing, art and meaningful work, and freedom from violence and want.

  • [Opinion] The Black Plague

    Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020
    Thousands of white Americans have also died from the virus, but the pace at which African-Americans are dying has transformed this public-health crisis into an object lesson in racial and class inequality. According to a Reuters report, African-Americans are more likely to die of COVID-19 than any other group in the U.S. It is still early in the course of the pandemic, and the demographic data is incomplete, but the partial view is enough to prompt a sober reflection on this bitter harvest of American racism.
  • The pandemic will pass. Our grief will endure.

    Friday, Apr 10, 2020

    Americans have been told to brace themselves for difficult days ahead. The numbers are uncertain, but mass death is at our doorstep. If we do everything right and shelter in place, we may still see between 100,000 and 240,000 dead. These are staggering numbers, but more importantly they are real people. Mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts, daughters and sons, friends — people whose deaths will disrupt the lives of families and rend the fabric of communities across this nation.

  • The Lost Secrets Of The Harlem Renaissance

    Monday, Mar 2, 2020
    by NPR
    Harlem in the 1920s was perhaps unlike any other place in America. While artists like Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston still endure, dozens if not hundreds of works from that period have been lost, forgotten, or never published. Now, they're coming to life for the first time.
  • Black Voters Matter: Eddie S. Glaude Jr. and LaTosha Brown discuss the importance of organizing in 2020 and beyond

    Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020
    Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies was joined on stage by LaTosha Brown, an award-winning organizer, philanthropic consultant, political strategist, and jazz singer. Brown is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a civic engagement organization, and principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, a philanthropy advisory consulting firm. Additionally, Brown is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics where she also teaches graduate courses.
  • [Opinion] The Hypocrisy of the NCAA's Amateurism Model

    Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020
    This was but the most recent example of the injustice of the NCAA’s insistence on amateurism, which claims the purity of having no money in the game while at the same time constructing a multibillion-dollar industry around college athletics. This massive business is built on the backs of athletes, the majority of whom are black, and the profits go to mostly white power brokers.


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