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?”
Help us tell the story of Makani Themba’s unique legacy as a change agent with your personal video message! Record the video with your device and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 15th. Let her know what she means to you, your work for justice and how she's made an impact in your life and community. We’ll show the video message at the celebration events in Oakland and Washington, DC. If you have any questions, please email Miles or call our Praxis office at 202-234-5921.
On July 10-12, 2015, close to 300 freedom fighters from across the nation convened on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, the first historically black institution of higher education in the South. We deepened our shared analysis of root causes and elevated practices and policies – remedies – to inform how we're using this momentum to Build a Better Movement!
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.
One day after South Carolina removed the Confederate flag off the state’s capitol, close to 300 freedom fighters from across the nation convened in Raleigh, NC at Shaw University to connect, plot and build a better movement. Also fresh in our memories was the image of Bree Newsome climbing the flag pole in South Carolina just a week before and stating to the press, “The southern heritage I embrace is the legacy of a people unbowed by racial oppression.”
The greatest public health threat and catastrophe of our time is climate change, and the South is at its epicenter. Rising oceans are taking coastal lands, destroying communities, cultures, and whole ways of life, while dramatically altered weather patterns are leaving inland areas in historic droughts.
The South’s rich history of “bottoms-up leadership”, while not covered by mainstream media during the Selma 50th Anniversary Jubilee, was worn on the chests of hundreds of marchers from the Southern Movement Assembly during the “Backwards March.” Hundreds of marchers wore yellow sashes with the words: We are the Peoples Movement, Leadership from the Bottom-up. The march’s purpose is to ‘go back, get it right and go forward with everyone who has been forgotten or left behind,’ according to Rev. Kenneth Glasgow who has been organizing the march since 2007.