Yohuru Williams: In her bid to become UFT president, Jia Lee says she represents a large, but mostly silent body of teachers who remain frustrated with the union for not challenging damaging education polices.
Yohuru Williams: Teachers, then and now, invoked the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the words of Martin Luther King to support a deeper investment in America’s public schools.
Yohuru Williams: Perhaps if Sandra Bland, Raynette Turner, and the other women who have died were lions, then the majority of Americans could understand why the deafening indifference to their deaths wounds our pride.
Yohuru Robinson: While Jack made the headlines, Rachel often bore the brunt of the hidden but nonetheless significant battles such as shepherding the family through the process of facing northern style apartheid.
Yohuru Williams: Somewhere between the tragedy of the Charleston shooting and the comedy of the faux conservative horror over President Obama’s use of the n-word is a profound statement on the power of white privilege in 21st century America.
s residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment. It would be easy to attribute the violence now taking place in the nation’s 20th largest city to external […]
Yohuru Williams: The likes of Scott Walker and Chris Christie continue battering into the side of teachers unions in defense of high-stakes testing but the real dragon at the door in the form of the assault on American democracy goes unchecked.
Yolhuru Williams: Our nation can no longer afford to function as two societies, separate and unequal, deeply divided, and policed by the racially insensitive Thin Blue Line.
Yohuru Williams: As the shots fired from Officer Wilson’s gun last August echo into what may be a long winter of discontent, the assumption that a brutalized people will always resort to violence is plain wrong.
Yohuru Williams: The image of Governor Christie sternly chastising a polite middle school teacher for asking a question, against the backdrop of a state wide investigation into fiscal mismanagement in education, made national headlines propelling Christie and Tomlinson into the national spotlight.
Yohuru Williams: The “historical” Jack Robinson was a man who cared far more deeply about social justice than many realize and spent the better part of his post-baseball life working toward achieving equality for all people.
Yohuru Williams: While trying to give the appearance of popular support for their destructive actions, AstroTurf organizations like PennCAN actually cause injury.
Yohuru Williams: Thankfully, many teachers took a very different approach, not only by encouraging dialogue, but organizing communities to meet the humanitarian needs of those affected.