We are excited to welcome aboard Xavier Morales to The Praxis Project as our new executive director!

When Xavier joined Praxis’ board of directors almost two years ago, we were thrilled he chose Praxis to apply his lifelong passion for building healthy communities. He also brought his extensive health policy and coalition building experience as executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

We hope your 2016 has been filled with reflection, inspiration and opportunities to put theory to action. Praxis kicked off 2016 with a planning retreat at the W. Haywood Burns Institute’s beautiful office in downtown Oakland. While we could not get ourselves in sync to get a proper group photo, we united in our shared passion to develop a robust and exciting Praxis work plan while having many good laughs, of course!

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.

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Last week, the expert panel created by the passage of Berkeley’s Measure D met to consider and make recommendations to Berkeley’s City Council on investments for community-based initiatives to promote the reduction of the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and address the effects of SSB consumption on health. The total amount available for this round of investment was $637,500 to be allocated to fund community-based efforts that reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and to address the effects of SSBs on health.

Without effectively transforming the exploitative labor system under which food is grown—a labor system that is part-and-parcel of the racialized economic exploitation that denies so many people access to healthy food and lives—we can’t have the food justice that our bodies and our communities need. Food justice is racial justice is worker justice, and it takes organizing to get it. !Sí se puede and happy César Chávez Day!

Black Alliance for Justice Immigration (BAJI) grew out of the major immigrant rights’ upsurge of 2006, when millions of people—immigrants and their allies—took to the streets in opposition to draconian anti-immigrant legislation working its way through Congress

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

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