He was known as "America's most revolutionary mayor." Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013 with 86 percent of the vote. And in his eight-month tenure, Lumumba earned a reputation for being both practical and visionary, an effective politician who never abandoned his principles of "revolutionary transformation."

Breathe DC is leading the effort for healthy home environments across Washington, DC, by conducting the Healthy Public Housing – Smoke Free Project through a grant from the Department of Health. Because the rates of smoking and chronic disease are highest in low income communities, the organization is inviting interested public housing residents of DC to apply for mini-grants up to $2,500.

An analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), estimates that 8 million Americans avoided premature death as a result of the “1964 Report on Smoking and Health,” and the tobacco control efforts launched as a result of the report.  Since then, each of those 8 million people spared a premature death because they never smoked, quit smoking early, or gained, on average, almost 20 years of life.

This morning the Departments of Education and Justice issued new guidelines which lay out for educators their legal obligations to refrain from racially discriminating agaisnt students with their school discipline policies and explain how they can do their jobs without engaging in discriminatory practices.

In 2014, a mid-term elections, building community based power will be critical to our communities--especially as a network of 17 conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign. It is critical that grassroots organizations join together to empower community based organizations to develop and lead voter outreach campaigns in state, local, and federal elections, now and beyond.

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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.

Today, thousands of students chanting “Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! The PARCC test has got to go!” walked out of New Mexico’s public schools in protest of the controversial standardized test associated with Common Core standards. New Mexico launched the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) this school year. The standardized test links results to school funding, teacher pay and graduation requirements.

 

Praxis has been reflecting on policing of late - its basic paradigm of "us vs them"; the deep level of dehumanization that takes place in the way officers are trained and socialized, and in how they are trained to perceive those around them that they are paid to protect and serve. If police were actually trained and deployed as if they were to protect and serve, life would be very different for so many of us. So many more of our children would be alive today. So many more mothers and fathers would never know the horror of losing a child.

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