The Praxis Project board of directors announced today that Makani Themba will transition from her role as founding executive director by the end of this year. The transition signals a new phase in Praxis’ evolution as a leading grassroots movement institution in support of organizing and change work on the local, regional and national level.
Like many of you, we at Praxis were saddened but not surprised by the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Walker for the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Brown family and to all who feel the tremendous grief and suffering of a loved one lost - and so senselessly.
The greatest public health threat and catastrophe of our time is climate change, and the South is at its epicenter. Rising oceans are taking coastal lands, destroying communities, cultures, and whole ways of life, while dramatically altered weather patterns are leaving inland areas in historic droughts.
The South’s rich history of “bottoms-up leadership”, while not covered by mainstream media during the Selma 50th Anniversary Jubilee, was worn on the chests of hundreds of marchers from the Southern Movement Assembly during the “Backwards March.” Hundreds of marchers wore yellow sashes with the words: We are the Peoples Movement, Leadership from the Bottom-up. The march’s purpose is to ‘go back, get it right and go forward with everyone who has been forgotten or left behind,’ according to Rev. Kenneth Glasgow who has been organizing the march since 2007.
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.
The Praxis Project Turns 10 this year!
Come by and help us celebrate our tenth anniversary at an Open House Happy Hour. Enjoy live jazz featuring Washington DC's own treasure, The Nasar Abadey Quartet, good food, champagne and more as we say thank you for your love and support. for more information follow along here.
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