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03/28/2014

The Jackson Rising: New Economies Conference will explore the possibility of making Jackson, Mississippi a center and example of economic democracy by building strong cooperatives and other forms of worker owned enterprises and financial institutions that will create jobs with dignity, stability, living wages, and quality benefits. Check out the conference's site for more information.

 

03/05/2014

This year, Motor City! “Roots & Remedies 3: Connect. Plot. Build. A National Gathering” is set for July 18-20, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. If you’ve been to a Roots gathering, you know it’s not to be missed. This outside-the-box, interactive convening of committed, big picture thinkers is an action space where we build, plot and connect the dots between issues, movements and each other.

02/28/2014

He was known as "America's most revolutionary mayor." Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013 with 86 percent of the vote. And in his eight-month tenure, Lumumba earned a reputation for being both practical and visionary, an effective politician who never abandoned his principles of "revolutionary transformation."

01/16/2014

Breathe DC is leading the effort for healthy home environments across Washington, DC, by conducting the Healthy Public Housing – Smoke Free Project through a grant from the Department of Health. Because the rates of smoking and chronic disease are highest in low income communities, the organization is inviting interested public housing residents of DC to apply for mini-grants up to $2,500.

01/16/2014

An analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), estimates that 8 million Americans avoided premature death as a result of the “1964 Report on Smoking and Health,” and the tobacco control efforts launched as a result of the report.  Since then, each of those 8 million people spared a premature death because they never smoked, quit smoking early, or gained, on average, almost 20 years of life.

01/08/2014

This morning the Departments of Education and Justice issued new guidelines which lay out for educators their legal obligations to refrain from racially discriminating agaisnt students with their school discipline policies and explain how they can do their jobs without engaging in discriminatory practices.

01/06/2014

In 2014, a mid-term elections, building community based power will be critical to our communities--especially as a network of 17 conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign. It is critical that grassroots organizations join together to empower community based organizations to develop and lead voter outreach campaigns in state, local, and federal elections, now and beyond.

01/06/2014

"Still, it comes as a big surprise that while we have been declaring race dead, structural racism has clearly increased.  In fact 50 years after Civil Rights, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and during the first black presidency, white Americans currently hold at least 19 times the wealth of African-Americans (Kochhar 2010: 3). " Read more about the historic implications of capitalism, wealth building, and the burdens of debt for African Americans.

01/06/2014

In 1964, about 19 percent of the U.S. population lived in poverty. Today, the national poverty rate hovers around 15 percent, 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his "war on poverty." Healthcare and food programs such as SNAP, housing subsidies, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, "Despite their effectiveness at reducing poverty...

11/07/2013

(VIA Truth-Out)Republicans are outraged for all the wrong reasons.This past Friday, $5 billion was automatically slashed from the federal food stamps program, affecting the lives of 47 million Americans.The USDA estimates that because of these cuts, a family of four who receives food stamps benefits will lose about 20 meals per month.But these enormous cuts to food stamps aren't enough for Republicans.They still want to slash an additional $40 billion from the program in the name of reducing spending and federal debt.

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