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US Policing Needs a Complete Overhaul

 

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.

SNAP: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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.”

#FoodFight Highlight: Food Justice IS Part of the War on Poverty

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. 

Federal Guidelines Passed to Address School to Prison Pipeline

Responding to the smart and tireless work of education justice advocates across the country, and a year after the first Congressional hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline, the Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued a set of Federal Guidelines to change school discipline policies to address the widespread pattern in the United States of pushing students

It’s a Day On, Not a Day Off

“Recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be a servant.”~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, the nation will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his unwavering endeavors to end racial segregation, to campaign for social and economic justice, and to protect and defend the basic civil rights, democracy and freedom denied to millions of African Americans and others.

Federal Guidelines Passed to Address School to Prison Pipeline

Responding to the tireless work of education justice advocates across the country, and a year after the first Congressional hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline, the Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued a set of Federal Guidelines to change school discipline policies address the widespread pattern in the United States of pushing students out of school

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