Why I'm Walking 100 Miles for Migrant Rights

As a mother of two little girls, aged 4 and 6, the photograph of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, the waves lapping the face of his lifeless body, shook me.

But the tears came much later — not as I saw more and more images of migrant and refugee suffering in the news, but when I saw families in Europe with signs welcoming refugees, standing by the roadside with food and water. What’s moved me most are the images and stories of everyday people not waiting for government policy, but choosing love and taking action.

Maps: 10 Years After Katrina, NOLA's Poor Neighborhoods Are Still Largely Abandoned

Photo caption: Robert Green, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, sits in June on the steps that once led into his mother's home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Li Muzi/Zuma

The Lower Ninth Ward only has a fraction of its pre-storm population.
By Samantha Michaels
Originally Published in MotherJones.com

This Is the Conduct We Expect: If A Man Comes to Kill You, Kill Him First. If A Boy Throws A Rock At You and Runs Away, Kill Him Too, Because We Can.

Written by Abby Zimet, staff writer

Originally published on CommonDreams.org

Photo of Muhammad's funeral by Majdi Mohammed/AP. Front photo of his family grieving by Oren Ziv/Active Stills

We Were Never Meant to Survive: A Response to the Attack in Charleston

By Alicia Garza

Originally  published on Truthout.org



Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, an act of terrorism was committed against a group of Black people who gathered in prayer. The church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was a site of slave rebellions as far back as 1822 and one of the oldest Black churches in the country.

Families of Police Violence Victims Face Trauma Without Support

Written by Adam Hudson, Truthout

Originally published on TruthOut.org

Photo caption: Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, speaking, with Angela Naggie, mother of O'Shaine Evans, to the side, at an event in Oakland, California on April 9 about the struggles families of police brutality go through. (Photo: Adam Hudson)

Hey, White People! If You Really Want to Help End Racism, You Need to Invest in Other White People (Yeah, We Know It Sounds Counterintuitive)

Written by Jamie Utt.

Originally published on EverydayFeminism.com.

As I sit here writing this after learning of the brutal murder of Natasha McKenna while in police custody, a death local authorities ruled an “accident,” a familiar feeling rises inside of me. I recognize this anger and this sadness.

Press Conference Announcing the DC Language Access for Education Bill of 2015


Originally Published at MLOV's website site here

Washington, DC -- DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large; Chairperson of the Committee on Education) joined immigrant youth organizers from the Student Multiethnic Action Research Team (SMART) to announce the introduction of a new Bill putting forward specific reforms on Language Access in DC Schools.

How to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement in DC

The organizers of Black Lives Matter DMV have asked the Washington Peace Center to create a list of resources and opportunities to get involved to support their work. This is partly a follow-up to the inspirational Dear White Allies training in January.

What can you do to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the DC Metro Area??

Support upcoming Black Lives Matter/DC Ferugson actions:

In photos: Gaza families live in rubble of their bombed homes

Originally published as Article "In photos: Gaza families live in rubble of their bombed homes" by The Electronic Intifada.

"We all lived here before the war,” al-Kheyseh said, explaining that his wife, four kids and fourteen grandchildren were living in the two-story home. “We tried to come back several times during the war, but it was very dangerous. There was shelling even during the ceasefires. When we finally got back to the house [after the ceasefire], there were dogs living in the living room.”


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