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Praxis Welcomes Xavier Morales as Executive Director!

We are excited to welcome aboard Xavier Morales to The Praxis Project as our new executive director!

When Xavier joined Praxis’ board of directors almost two years ago, we were thrilled he chose Praxis to apply his lifelong passion for building healthy communities. He also brought his extensive health policy and coalition building experience as executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

Happy New Year from The Praxis Project’s Staff!

We hope your 2016 has been filled with reflection, inspiration and opportunities to put theory to action. Praxis kicked off 2016 with a planning retreat at the W. Haywood Burns Institute’s beautiful office in downtown Oakland. While we could not get ourselves in sync to get a proper group photo, we united in our shared passion to develop a robust and exciting Praxis work plan while having many good laughs, of course!

#WhereDoWeGo: Amnesty

Scratch beneath the surface of the tension between law enforcement and the Black community and we find The New Jim Crow staring back - the “caste-like system in the U.S that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars” as detailed in Michelle Alexander’s book of the same name. Look at Chicago, where the people are taking over police stations in anger and grief and struggle after the release of the video of the murder of LaQuan McDonald, shot 16 times by a white police officer. Look at Minneapolis. Look at Cleveland. Don't take your eyes away from Ferguson, from Baltimore, from North Charleston.

#WhereDoWeGo: Reparations

Just two months before Ferguson, MO exploded into protest against police violence, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay “The Case for Reparations” appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic. Almost exactly one year after this groundbreaking essay insists America maturate through the payment of reparations to African Americans, the City of Chicago created a reparations program for the survivors and victims of systematic police torture from the 1970s to the early 1990s--a program that could serve as a model for communities seeking justice, both in the future and for the past.

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10 Years After Katrina: "Resilience," "Recovery" & REALITY

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.

#WhereDoWeGoWe Gon Be Alright

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.

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