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Amalgamated Bank endorses HR 40

By Reparations

Last year, Amalgamated Bank doubled-down on its commitment to racial justice initiatives. Catapulted by the cruel murder of George Floyd, the bank issued a statement supporting Black Lives Matter and publicly committed to 10 concrete actions to support racial justice, including the formation of a Racial Justice Task Force to build a more inclusive work environment. These efforts are built on the foundation that Amalgamated is America’s socially responsible bank…

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We Have to Let White Supremacy Die in Order to Truly Live

By Editors' Choice

By George Yancy— In a climate of white supremacist violence and blatant contempt for a robust democratic vision — where distrust, deception and unabashed lying run thick in the halls of power — Lindsay Graham and other Trump enablers are rubbing salt in the wound by calling on people to simply “move on.” To truly move forward, however, we will need a form of accountability that is oriented toward social…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

A program about reparations and why now?

By Reparations

By Patricia Yosha— Race Matters. At the beginning of 2020, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) sponsored two community discussions on racial issues and local racial history. Shortly after, the coronavirus pandemic took over, destroying lives inequitably among Black and brown people. Adding to that pain, police killings of Black people inspired demonstrations of racial reckoning all over the country. As we look…

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More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations

By Reparations

By David Crary— NEW YORK (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder. An Episcopal church in New York City erects a plaque noting the building’s creation in 1810 was made possible by wealth resulting from slavery. And the Minnesota Council of Churches cites a host of injustices — from mid-19th century atrocities against Native Americans to police killings of Black…

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Church honors Black Lives Matter protests with Nativity scene

By News & Current Affairs

By Javier Rojas— For more than a decade, one Claremont church has turned to social justice issues to help inspire its unconventional Nativity scenes built to spark tough conversations. Though 2020 brought a pandemic that has killed several hundreds of thousands of Americans and caused economic uncertainty for millions of people, it was the wave of protests over police brutality and calls for justice and equity that gave the congregation inspiration for its current version of the Nativity. An illustrated…

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Election Eve Edition of Vantage Point: Mayor Ras J. Baraka on COVID-19 Pandemic and Power of the Vote

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point November 2, 2020 — On this Election Eve Edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, NJ. Topics State of Newark Updates Combating the COVID-19 Pandemic The Power of the Vote for Social Justice Post-Election National Town Hall Meeting Special Guest Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, NJ Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap…

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America has its knee on the necks of Black & Brown People

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Don Rojas — Today America is at a crossroads, a turning point…at an intersection of the old imperial order at home and abroad with the birthing of a new order, “a new normal” if you will. For millions of people in America, the unprecedented street uprisings of the past 10 days offer a glimmer of hope that after 350 years of oppression, meaningful change may actually be on the…

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy in St. Augustine, Florida. June 1964.

‘Until We Are All Free’: Learning from Tubman, King, and Stevenson

By Commentaries/Opinions

All of them returned to the South’s frontline struggle for racial justice. By R. Drew Smith — In 2020, January remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. are occurring against the backdrop of two high-profile films emphasizing sacrificial servant leadership. First, the film Harriet provided a renewed focus on celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman. This biopic chronicles her mid-19th century enslavement in Maryland, her daring escape to a hard-won freedom in Philadelphia, and her…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

A New Year and Enduring Issues: Crafting an Agenda, Rebuilding a Movement

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is in reaffirmation of the enduring issues ever before us, that I in the practice of sanofa, remember and reach back to visit the need to craft a Black Agenda and rebuild the overarching Black Movement. For it is a vital need in order for us as a people: to do the work and wage and win the struggle for racial and social justice,…

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Nov 26th Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Slave Conditions In Sugar Land, A Social Contract for Working People

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Topics: Slave Conditions In Sugar Land: The Modern Convict Lease System • A New Social Contract for Jobs and Working People • Preview of New York African Diaspora International Film Festival. Guests: Cathy Albisa (Exec.Dir., National Economic and Social Justice Initiative, New York, NY), Atty. Darryl Scott (Social Justice Advocate, Houston, TX) and Maurice Carney (Exec. Dir., Friends of the Congo, Washington, D.C.)

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RiseUp Detroit (Teaser) – The Revolutionary evolution of Black Detroit during the 60’s

By News & Current Affairs, Video/Audio

RiseUp Detroit chronicles the Revolutionary evolution of Black Detroit during the 60’s. Featuring activists JoAnn Watson, Frank Joyce, Helen Moore, Rev. Dan Aldridge, Elliot Hall, Esq., Charles E. Ferrell and others. Produced by Junius Williams, for the Center for Education and Juvenile Justice. In partnership with Wayne State University, Rutgers University (Newark), Washington University (St. Louis). Research by Peter Blackmer. Video and Editing by 248 Pencils.

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Lucy McBath speaking to a group of supporters in Atlanta early this month.

‘Democrat. Fighter. Mother.’ Lucy McBath Is Redefining Social Justice in Politics.

By News & Current Affairs

By Astead W. Herndon, The New York Times — An air of solemnity hangs over Lucy McBath’s bid for Congress. It is present in her campaign stump speech, when she recounts the 2012 murder of her son, Jordan Davis, a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white man at a gas station when the 17-year-old refused to lower the volume of the rap music playing in his…

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