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.
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.
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.
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.
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