This year, Motor City! “Roots & Remedies 3: Connect. Plot. Build. A National Gathering” is set for July 18-20, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. If you’ve been to a Roots gathering, you know it’s not to be missed. This outside-the-box, interactive convening of committed, big picture thinkers is an action space where we build, plot and connect the dots between issues, movements and each other.

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.

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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.

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.”

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