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.
"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.
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.
Remembering Dr. King, the Black Community Organizer
By Makani Themba