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

By MLOV 

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.”

We Are All DC: FY 2016 Budget Recommendations

Originally Published on The Fair Budget Coalition's Website 

“We are Washington, D.C.—a city headed in the right direction. Our hardworking and compassionate residents know that there is still work to be done and progress to be made—in all eight wards—to help the District reach its full potential.” - Mayor Muriel Bowser

On Charlie Hebdo, freedom of speech, terrorism, and the value of lives

By: Yazan al-Saadi

Published  on Al-Akhbar English on Thursday, January 8, 2015    

An attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a controversial French satirical magazine, and the mainstream discourse immediately rehashes the same concepts and talking points about the importance of safeguarding freedom of speech, battling an ill-defined notion of terrorism, and maintaining Western values. However, the essential issue of whose lives have value continues to be disregarded.

Anatomy of a Mexican Massacre

Anatomy of a Mexican Massacre

Originally Published in The Daily Beast on 10.18.14 by Jason McGahan

For almost a century a teacher’s college in rural Mexico has been training educators and activists. Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.
MEXICO CITY — Twelve days ago, police and unidentified gunmen believed to be members of a drug cartel ambushed a caravan of college student activists in the state of Guerrero, about half way from Mexico City to Acapulco.

Emmett Till, Michael Brown and the Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice

By Peter Dreier

Originally Published in Truthout.

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

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