"Still, it comes as a big surprise that while we have been declaring race dead, structural racism has clearly increased. In fact 50 years after Civil Rights, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and during the first black presidency, white Americans currently hold at least 19 times the wealth of African-Americans (Kochhar 2010: 3). " Read more about the historic implications of capitalism, wealth building, and the burdens of debt for African Americans.
In 1964, about 19 percent of the U.S. population lived in poverty. Today, the national poverty rate hovers around 15 percent, 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his "war on poverty." Healthcare and food programs such as SNAP, housing subsidies, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, "Despite their effectiveness at reducing poverty...
(VIA Truth-Out)Republicans are outraged for all the wrong reasons.This past Friday, $5 billion was automatically slashed from the federal food stamps program, affecting the lives of 47 million Americans.The USDA estimates that because of these cuts, a family of four who receives food stamps benefits will lose about 20 meals per month.But these enormous cuts to food stamps aren't enough for Republicans.They still want to slash an additional $40 billion from the program in the name of reducing spending and federal debt.
Moral Mondays and “Fusion Politics” Organizing
As the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington last month, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal issued statements claiming that America’s problem is “people being too proud of their ethnic identities and emphasizing their separateness.”
When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds came together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn't nearly on the political radar then like it is today.
"They were fighting for equality, and that's exactly what we're fighting for," said Mikhel Crichlow, 28, a native of Trinidad and Tobago now living in Brooklyn. Crichlow said he was going to Washington for the commemoration.
Youth Will Carry the Torch as Washington, DC Prepares to Mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
Civil rights and social justice groups from around the country will be convening in Washington DC from Aug 22-28 to construct a new political agenda for the country as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.
NYPD & Capitalist Systems: Organizing for Police Accountability across Black, Muslim, and Latino Communities
Saturday, March 17th
12:00pm - 1:50pm
Praxis Project staff members and activists in our extended network will be participating in three workshops at the Left Forum, the largest yearly gathering of left-wing activists in this country. With thousands of participants and over a thousand workshops on every conceivable topic of interest to our movements, the Forum takes place this year at New York City’s Pace University March 16-18.
For more info on this event and directions, the website is at http://www.leftforum.org. We will be doing workshops that take on some of the most pressing issues facing our movements and our society...with people who are the forefront of the struggles around these issues. You will not want to miss these throughout and discussion provoking workshops and we sure don’t want to miss your contribution to them!