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Last week, the expert panel created by the passage of Berkeley’s Measure D met to consider and make recommendations to Berkeley’s City Council on investments for community-based initiatives to promote the reduction of the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and address the effects of SSB consumption on health. The total amount available for this round of investment was $637,500 to be allocated to fund community-based efforts that reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and to address the effects of SSBs on health.

Without effectively transforming the exploitative labor system under which food is grown—a labor system that is part-and-parcel of the racialized economic exploitation that denies so many people access to healthy food and lives—we can’t have the food justice that our bodies and our communities need. Food justice is racial justice is worker justice, and it takes organizing to get it. !Sí se puede and happy César Chávez Day!

Black Alliance for Justice Immigration (BAJI) grew out of the major immigrant rights’ upsurge of 2006, when millions of people—immigrants and their allies—took to the streets in opposition to draconian anti-immigrant legislation working its way through Congress

With 88% of its Black teens (16-19) and 85% of its Hispanic teens without jobs, Chicago is one of the nation's cities with the highest rates of youth unemployment, according to a report released this week by Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Praxis interviewed Chicago's Kenwood Oakland Community Organization youth members Kenneth Moore, Alonzo Moore, and organizer Shannon Bennett and Great Cities Institute director Teresa Córdova, who is also Praxis’ board chair, to gain insight about how these staggering statistics can be applied to organizing, and how employment is intricately connected to a community's health and well-being.

Guns are old and tired. Communities fueled by collective responsibility and trust are fresh and alive. That’s the attitude we need in order to achieve our collective vision of building healthy communities where everyone has what they need to thrive.

Scratch beneath the surface of the tension between law enforcement and the Black community and we find The New Jim Crow staring back - the “caste-like system in the U.S that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars” as detailed in Michelle Alexander’s book of the same name. Look at Chicago, where the people are taking over police stations in anger and grief and struggle after the release of the video of the murder of LaQuan McDonald, shot 16 times by a white police officer. Look at Minneapolis. Look at Cleveland. Don't take your eyes away from Ferguson, from Baltimore, from North Charleston.

In 2014, Detroit hosted The Praxis Project’s annual gathering, Roots & Remedies, just three weeks after Grace Lee Boggs turned 99 years old. Our agenda for the three day gathering was inspired by Ms. Grace’s urgent question she asked throughout her life as a speaker, writer, philosopher, organizer and visionary: “What time is it on the clock of the world?”

Help us tell the story of Makani Themba’s unique legacy as a change agent with your personal video message! Record the video with your device and email it to mparish@thepraxisproject.org by Friday, October 15th. Let her know what she means to you, your work for justice and how she's made an impact in your life and community. We’ll show the video message at the celebration events in Oakland and Washington, DC. If you have any questions, please email Miles or call our Praxis office at 202-234-5921.

On July 10-12, 2015, close to 300 freedom fighters from across the nation convened on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, the first historically black institution of higher education in the South. We deepened our shared analysis of root causes and elevated practices and policies – remedies – to inform how we're using this momentum to Build a Better Movement!

 

A documentary film produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable

Watch now: https://vimeo.com/137311942
About the film and the Roundtable: www.OrganizersRoundtable.com.

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