During this election season, many of our partner organizations have been working hard to make sure that people of color, immigrants, and low income folks know about their right to vote and are registered in time. With confusing and misleading language on many of the important ballot initiatives around the country, community organizations have put together voter guides to show how each initiative impacts communities of color.
Join Food Chain Workers Alliance, Food Day, The Praxis Project and dozens of other organizations and individuals to celebrate Food Day on Friday, October 24th at the The First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St NW,
"Your Human Dignity shouldn’t be truncated because you’re priced out of the commodification of an essential resource." Charity Hicks on water shut-offs
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our beloved comrade and sister Charity Hicks has joined the ancestors.
Today, thousands of students chanting “Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! The PARCC test has got to go!” walked out of New Mexico’s public schools in protest of the controversial standardized test associated with Common Core standards. New Mexico launched the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) this school year. The standardized test links results to school funding, teacher pay and graduation requirements.
Praxis has been reflecting on policing of late - its basic paradigm of "us vs them"; the deep level of dehumanization that takes place in the way officers are trained and socialized, and in how they are trained to perceive those around them that they are paid to protect and serve. If police were actually trained and deployed as if they were to protect and serve, life would be very different for so many of us. So many more of our children would be alive today. So many more mothers and fathers would never know the horror of losing a child.
President Johnson’s historic State of the Union address 50 years ago declared war on poverty and unemployment thanks largely to a large and vibrant grassroots movement. The focus then was on civil rights and ensuring that every “citizen” had the opportunity to make a living and live their life in civil liberty. Today, even these civil rights are under attack and basic human rights such as food are not guaranteed. In fact, as we reflect on this 50th year anniversary of the “War on Poverty,” it is clear that public policy has devolved into a “War on the Poor.”
Please join IMAN tomorrow as we take part in a multifaith prayer
service and observance being held in response to Monday night’s
fatal shooting of a 49-year old man a block away from the IMAN
office. The observance, to be held outside at the spot of the
shooting, will start at 12:45 PM with a Stations of the Cross prayer
led by Father Tony Pizzo from St. Rita of Cascia as part of their Good
Friday procession. That will be followed by Friday khutbah and
congregational prayers led by Gemali Ibrahim, an IMAN-Southwest