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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

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The latest goings on at Praxis plus our roundup of the good, bad and the ugly on the issues that shape our work.

Guns are old and tired. Communities fueled by collective responsibility and trust are fresh and alive. That’s the attitude we need in order to achieve our collective vision of building healthy communities where everyone has what they need to thrive.

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.

Just two months before Ferguson, MO exploded into protest against police violence, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay “The Case for Reparations” appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic. Almost exactly one year after this groundbreaking essay insists America maturate through the payment of reparations to African Americans, the City of Chicago created a reparations program for the survivors and victims of systematic police torture from the 1970s to the early 1990s--a program that could serve as a model for communities seeking justice, both in the future and for the past.

A documentary film produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable

Watch now: https://vimeo.com/137311942
About the film and the Roundtable: www.OrganizersRoundtable.com.

Almost one year ago in Ferguson, MO, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown and left him lying in the street. Since then, the list of names of unarmed Black people whose lives have been taken by the police keeps growing.

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Blogs

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.

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.

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?”

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Events

Upcoming events calendar for Praxis and our partners. Sign up to be notified of upcoming events via email

07/22/2016 - 10:15am to 07/24/2016 - 4:15pm

Mark your calendars! Roots & Remedies is coming to ‪#‎Chicago‬ July 22 to 24! Sign up to get updates: http://bit.do/RR2016

11/14/2015 - 6:30pm

Reflect on The Praxis Project’s founding as we honor outgoing Executive Director Makani Themba’s visionary work to build healthy communities and celebrate with us as we blast off into the future with the next generation of Praxis leadership!

WASHINGTON, DC AREA

Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

03/05/2015 - 9:30am to 03/08/2015 - 5:30pm

Thursday March 5 - Sunday, March 8
Praxis Project staff will march among the thousands of foot soldiers commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery and the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
http://www.selma50.com/

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