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.
Jamala Rogers: The 2014 election was more than a Democratic shellacking; it was the consolidation of states’ rights around a white supremacist ideology and strategy.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While Jonestown as cultural “artifact” is perversely sexy—the object of near necrophilic projection and fantasy—Peoples Temple is a historical stepchild; its legacy an unwelcome reflection of the lingering race, gender and class divide in “New Jim Crow” America.
Winona LaDuke: t’s a bit ironic how long the Washington National Football League team has held fast to that name even as hundreds of colleges and high schools have changed their names.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When it comes to creating or lifting up existing feminist or womanist programming for black girls in our communities the lavish support and enthusiasm that fuel the latest feminist Twitter skirmish is simply not there.
Lamont Lilly: Lennon Lacy did not hang himself; he was lynched! He did not commit suicide; he was murdered! Capturing the correct language is so critical in this case, which is probably why mainstream media has refused to cover it.
John MacMurray: Slavery gave whites a group of people to feel superior to. They may have been poor, but they were not slaves, and they were not Black. They had power simply by being white.
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.
Rasheed Shabazz: In Killing Them Softly, comedian Dave explained how fearful he was to call the police when someone broke into his house. Now why would a anyone in a free country like America be afraid to call the police to his own home when he was the victim?
Winona LaDuke: Native people have over 370 treaties signed with foreign countries, and most of those have not worked out too well for us; particularly those signed with aggressive military powers with huge economic interests.
Kevin Uhrich: In my opinion, one that I still hold, having more information about any given subject — “the other side” of a possible story — was something to be valued, not scorned, even in anti-ACLU Reagan Country.
Soya Jung: We got invited to the real hustlers convention, even if just as the kitchen help, and learned that anti-blackness and settler logic are the poker chips for maintaining white economic and political dominance.
Dick Price: At its annual garden party this past Sunday, the ACLU of Southern California’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter recognized six individuals and groups that have provided long-term service to Pasadena and Northeast Los Angeles for their social justice and civil liberties work.