With roots in the struggle for educational justice, "Healthy Hoods" champion Padres Unidos has evolved over the past twenty years into a multi-issue organization led by people of color in the Denver, Colorado area who work for educational excellence, racial justice for youth, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all. Most recently, Padres Unidos published "Health Justice Report: A Community Analysis of Nutrition, Food Access and Physical Activity in Denver Public Schools". Read the report here. #
ICS is creating healthy hoods by organizing communities in east Los Angeles to create Health Empowerment Zones in public schools, and changing policy to create safe places to play. Not only do they want to make students healthier, they want to keep them in school! Recently, ICS was featured in the LA Times for their work organizing hundreds of students to create alternatives to school suspensions that keep students in school and engaged. Read more about it here.
On June 9th, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) issued, “Every 40 Hours: Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of Black People by Police, Security Guards or Self-Appointed Law Enforcers.” “Every 40 hours (now updated to “Every 36 Hours”) documents the police killing of 110 Black people between January 1st and June 30th, 2012.
As the Supreme Court closed out its final week of this session, there was a flurry of historic cases that set the web a titter. Most of the attention was focused on the Court’s rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the so called Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) in which they applied an odd brand of states’ rights to gut the VRA and strike down federal jurisdiction over marriage. Although DOMA’s demise as federal policy was cause for celebration for many of our allies, if you were not a state or a corporation, there was little reason to celebrate.
Senate Farm Bill Feeds Big Business Starves Families
By Bob Wing*
Chokwe Lumumba--a founder and leader of the Republic of New Afrika, the New Afrikan People’s Organization and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, defense attorney for Tupac Shakur and others, and a first term city councilman--is the new Mayor of Jackson, Miss.
His June 4 victory is a stirring tribute to the courageous Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers who fifty years ago on June 12, 1963 was gunned down at his Jackson home.