Like many of you, we at Praxis were saddened but not surprised by the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Walker for the murder of Michael Brown, Jr.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the Brown family and to all who feel the tremendous grief and suffering of a loved one lost - and so senselessly.

During this election season, many of our partner organizations have been working hard to make sure that people of color, immigrants, and low income folks know about their right to vote and are registered in time. With confusing and misleading language on many of the important ballot initiatives around the country, community organizations have put together voter guides to show how each initiative impacts communities of color.

Join Food Chain Workers Alliance, Food Day, The Praxis Project and dozens of other organizations and individuals to celebrate Food Day on Friday, October 24th at the The First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, 

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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.

President Johnson’s historic State of the Union address 50 years ago declared war on poverty and unemployment thanks largely to a large and vibrant grassroots movement. The focus then was on civil rights and ensuring that every “citizen” had the opportunity to make a living and live their life in civil liberty. Today, even these civil rights are under attack and basic human rights such as food are not guaranteed. In fact, as we reflect on this 50th year anniversary of the “War on Poverty,” it is clear that public policy has devolved into a “War on the Poor.”

This week marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s "War on Poverty."  Today, it seems as if the war is no longer on poverty—public policy has devolved into a war on the poor.  With catastrophic cuts being proposed to SNAP and other food support, it is important to reflect on an era when the eradication of hunger was on the political agenda and poverty was treated with more compassion and less condemnation. Below are some powerful quotes from a diverse set of leaders that remind us that food justice is a critical part of social justice. 

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08/22/2013 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

“Freedom, Jobs, Peace & Social Justice”

(The Praxis Project will engage mainly with these two activities) .

 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 

Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement

10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership & Organizing Training Conference

Highlights: Unity Breakfast, Tribute to Jamal Rose, Issue Organizing Breakouts, Regional/State-Based Organizing Strategy Sessions

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

07/26/2013 - 11:30am to 07/28/2013 - 2:45pm

08/16/2012 - 8:00pm to 08/17/2012 - 12:00am

Join the Praxis Project @ National Conference on Tobacco or Health

Marriott Kansas City Downtown - Imperial Ballroom

August 16th, 2012, 8pm-until...

Praxis Project Brings the Politics...and the party. 

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