Radical Visions: Failed Jobs Training Programs Inspire A ‘Black Worker Center’ In DC

A Washington, D.C., community organizing group held a press conference last week to call out the District government for a lack of transparency and enforcement mechanisms to protect workers and put the city’s residents, who are often victims of displacement and gentrification, to work. “We always hear this rhetoric about public-private partnerships, and giving out […]

Race, Justice, Outreach at the Heart of this New Orleans Camp

  Forty youth, aged 12 to 24, will be learning about community organizing, political campaign building, and data collection this summer in a five-week social justice organizing institute with VAYLA New Orleans. Originally founded as theVietnamese American Young Leaders of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, VAYLA New Orleans has evolved into a multiracial, multilingual, and […]

District Voters Have Won at Last

District residents can at last claim victory on the Local Budget Autonomy Charter Amendment they overwhelmingly ratified two years ago. This morning, the D.C. Council held a second reading on the fiscal year 2016 budget act in accordance with the Charter Amendment. After Mayor Muriel Bowser signs the act, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will […]

How to fund #BlackLivesMatter

There are growing pains for the newest generation of civil rights activists. Groups that sprouted up in response to a string of police killings of black Americans — grabbing the nation’s attention with hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter, #BaltimoreUprising and #BlackSpring — are beginning to grapple with the more mundane challenges that come along with success. One of […]

DC civil rights organizations fail to represent education civil rights agenda

In recent weeks, a few national civil rights organizations including the National Council of La Raza, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the League of United Latin American Citizens and National Urban League have vocally opposed efforts to highlight the dangers of high stakes testing by students and parents opting out of […]

Interview with Michelle Alexander | Beyond Black Spring

Protests against police violence continue across the US, and this week’s episode continues our exclusive reporting on the movement behind the protests. How are the legacies of the eras of slavery, reconstruction, and Jim Crow still with us today? Laura talks to civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar Michelle Alexander about citizenship and the […]

#SayHerName: Why We Should Declare That Black Women And Girls Matter, Too

Tanisha Anderson. Rekia Boyd. Miriam Carey. Michelle Cusseaux. Shelly Frey. Kayla Moore. These names are etched into tombstones that stand over the graves of black women killed by police — and were echoed at a vigil in New York City on Wednesday, where dozens gathered to show that these women should not be forgotten. For […]