Peter Dreier: My sense of the 400 students who occupied Occidental College’s administration building over five days last week, and who won almost all of their demands, is that believe they can be responsible change agents.
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Coles Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on this U.S. holiday.
Dianne Guenin-Lelle: The black/white divide does not tell our whole story as a nation. In the Antebellum South, there existed the most accomplished society of Free People of Color in America.
Solidarity with Mizzou Students: We see this as a critical democratic moment of claiming the university for all students; we see this as an exciting rebirth of reclaiming democratic, equitable education that benefits our society as a whole.
Peter Dreier: Less than half a mile from where the Rose Parade route begins, near Millionaires Row, Pasadena becomes a city of low-wage workers, predominantly Latino and Black. Tens of thousands of residents struggle to meet their basic needs.
Hector Villagra: For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked to make sure the promise of equality covers everyone – those intentionally left out at the nation’s founding and those who weren’t even considered for protection.
Sonia Singh: One way the center is trying to tackle the barriers that trap Black workers in low-wage jobs is by focusing on construction.
Olivia Davis: The Oxy students were sending a message that the events happening in Columbia, Missouri, are not unique, but rather a microcosm of the experiences of Black students at predominantly white institutions across the nation.
Unai Montes-Irueste: Latino students had to explain why it was that “Cinco de Drinko” fliers featuring caricatures of Mexicans and Mexican Americans were ignorant and offensive.
Sharon Kyle: It seems that hardly a week goes by without footage—usually captured by a bystander—going viral and revealing violent interactions between law enforcement and oftentimes unarmed black or brown people.
Frank Fear: College athletes rarely speak out or organize for social causes—individually or collectively. The picture changes, though, if we focus on the athletes’ identity as student-athletes.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Although the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality Republican presidential hopefuls still think marriage should be between one woman and one man.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The criminal justice system, the police, and ordinary white citizens have played in preserving the purity of white womanhood by both promoting the image of the insatiable black rapist and the out of control, hypersexual black “bitch.”