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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.

#WhereDoWeGo: Amnesty

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!

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 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.

Roots & Remedies 4 Wrap Up Video

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!


10 Years After Katrina: "Resilience," "Recovery" & REALITY

A documentary film produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable

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