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Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today's Leaders

Ending Mass Incarceration: Ideas from Today’s Leaders

By | Editors' Choice

By Inimai M. Chettiar, Priya Raghavan, Michael Waldman, Adureh Onyekwere — The American public has decisively concluded that our approach to criminal justice isn’t working. Mass incarceration is the civil rights crisis of our time. The racial disparities pervasive in our justice system compound at every juncture: African Americans are more likely to be stopped by police, arrested, detained before trial, and given harsher sentences than whites. Worse, the disparities in…

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Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Don Rojas and Rev Herbert Daughtry at Benefit Tribute to Don Rojas, May 11, 2019, House of the Lord Church, Brooklyn, New York

Freedom fighter now fighting for his life

By | News & Current Affairs

By Herb Boyd — From far and wide, comrades of Don Rojas came with passages of praise for the ailing journalist, who was defined by many as a freedom fighter. Rojas, diagnosed with bone cancer and undergoing debilitating treatment, must have felt some comfort with the outpouring of love and genuine respect from a coterie of renowned speakers last Saturday evening at the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn.

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May 11, 2019, Brooklyn, NY — A special gathering to pay tribute to Don Rojas, one of the great progressives and freedom fighters of our time and to provide financial support for him and family during his courageous fight against bone cancer

Benefit Tribute to Don Rojas

By | Events, News & Current Affairs

May 11, 2019, Brooklyn, NY — A special gathering to pay tribute to Don Rojas, one of the great progressives and freedom fighters of our time and to provide financial support for him and family during his courageous fight against bone cancer. Program will include an ensemble led by Ahmed Abdullah and poetry/rap by Talib Kweli and words from Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mireille Fanon-Mendes France, Viola Plummer, Dr. Ben Chavis, Assemb. Charles Barron, Dan Coughlin, Dr. Brenda Greene, Dr. Todd Burroughs, Gary Byrd, Dr. Ron Daniels and others.

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Taking Reparations Seriously - Understanding what the conversation about reparations is, and isn't, about.

Taking Reparations Seriously

By | Editors' Choice, Reparations

Understanding what the conversation about reparations is, and isn’t, about. By Richard North Patterson, The Bulwark — In 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote his seminal essay “The Case For Reparations.” Five years later we are talking about reparations again. This presents a fresh opportunity for Americans at large—liberals, conservatives and everyone of goodwill—to thoughtfully consider the ways in which systemic racial injustice has warped our social fabric. For the stark reality is that…

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Danny Glover's visits with Don Rojas at his Maryland Home. February 6, 2019

A Fundraising Tribute to Don Rojas with Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Talib Kweli, Danny Glover, Dr. Ben Chavis and others

By | Events, Press Releases / Statements

A Fundraising Tribute to Don Rojas with Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles as Guest Speaker, Danny Glover, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Dr. Ben Chavis and Several other Prominent Public Figures to Present Solidarity Greetings. The event is Saturday, May 11 from 4 to 7 pm and open to the public at House of the Lord Church, which is located at 415 Atlantic Avenue and Bond St. (Take the A train to Hoyt/Schemerhorn).

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now A conversation about race and 2020

By | Editors' Choice

By Eric Levitz, New York Magazine — In recent days, as Democrats debated the definition of “reparations,”Joe Biden rationalized his opposition to integration, and socialist congresswomen started demanding the rebirth of a nation, inquiring minds wanted to know: What would Ta-Nehisi say? Throughout the Obama years, Ta-Nehisi Coates provided politics-watchers with a regular source of historically grounded, bracingly well-written punditry and reporting. But since 2016, the writer’s ambitions have led him off of…

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ew York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks at the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally on May 5, 2018. Nixon has been criticized by black leaders for saying that marijuana licenses could be a “form of reparations.”

Cynthia Nixon called marijuana licenses a “form of reparations” for black people. Not exactly.

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Marijuana reform can help black communities. That doesn’t make it “reparations.” By P.R. Lockhart — New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is facing criticism after suggesting that giving black people access to marijuana licenses could serve as a “form of reparations” for black communities. The controversy started after Nixon, who is challenging current Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s upcoming Democratic primary, appeared at the NYC Cannabis Parade on May…

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I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye — Article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Image by Glenn Harvey

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom. By Ta-Nehisi Coates — I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have happened like this, like folk wisdom, because when I think of that…

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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Book Review

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s New Book is the Story of Race in America — and of Coates Himself

By | News & Current Affairs

By Constance Grady — We Were Eight Years in Power, the new book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is not precisely new. It’s a collection of eight articles Coates wrote for the Atlantic, starting in 2007 during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, concluding this year with the start of Donald Trump’s administration, and including some of Coates’s greatest hits, including his much-lauded 2014 article “The Case for Reparations.” What’s new is that each…

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