The Praxis Project board of directors announced today that Makani Themba will transition from her role as founding executive director by the end of this year. The transition signals a new phase in Praxis’ evolution as a leading grassroots movement institution in support of organizing and change work on the local, regional and national level.

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.

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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.

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.”

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03/05/2015 - 9:30am to 03/08/2015 - 5:30pm

Thursday March 5 - Sunday, March 8
Praxis Project staff will march among the thousands of foot soldiers commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery and the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
http://www.selma50.com/

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

05/01/2012 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

The Praxis Project Turns 10 this year!
Come by and help us celebrate our tenth anniversary at an Open House Happy Hour. Enjoy live jazz featuring Washington DC's own treasure, The Nasar Abadey Quartet, good food, champagne and more as we say thank you for your love and support. for more information follow along here.

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