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.
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Praxis News and Notes goes beyond the headlines to provide in depth reporting from the frontlines. Check out this issue’s offerings including an investigation into Politics of Aid in Haiti, national efforts to change transportation policy, and a look at organizing for water rights in New Mexico.
Mainstreaming in the UK: Lessons for the US? From multiculturalism to structural racism and now, mainstreaming. Efforts to advance equity and equality in the United Kingdom have been shifting dramatically in the face of hard economic times and new political realities. Still, many of these policies provide powerful models for social justice advocates in the US.
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Fair Game: A Strategy Guide for Racial Justice Communications in the Obama Era
The latest goings on at Praxis plus our roundup of the good, bad and the ugly on the issues that shape our work.
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."
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.
Check out our blog, The Praxis Chronicles, an irreverent look at news and views as only Praxis and our extended family can break it down.
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.”
This week marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s "War on Poverty." Today, it seems as if the war is no longer on poverty—public policy has devolved into a war on the poor. With catastrophic cuts being proposed to SNAP and other food support, it is important to reflect on an era when the eradication of hunger was on the political agenda and poverty was treated with more compassion and less condemnation. Below are some powerful quotes from a diverse set of leaders that remind us that food justice is a critical part of social justice.
Responding to the smart and tireless work of education justice advocates across the country, and a year after the first Congressional hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline, the Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued a set of Federal Guidelines to change school discipline policies to address the widespread pattern in the United States of pushing students
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“Freedom, Jobs, Peace & Social Justice”
(The Praxis Project will engage mainly with these two activities) .
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement
10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership & Organizing Training Conference
Highlights: Unity Breakfast, Tribute to Jamal Rose, Issue Organizing Breakouts, Regional/State-Based Organizing Strategy Sessions
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Join the Praxis Project @ National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Marriott Kansas City Downtown - Imperial Ballroom
August 16th, 2012, 8pm-until...
Praxis Project Brings the Politics...and the party.