Arica Coleman: On this first anniversary of the Emanuel A.M.E. tragedy, let us honor the victims and their loved ones by remembering their acts of kindness shown to one who proved himself to be so undeserving.`
Sam Davis: The obvious solution is that we must keep people on the verge from becoming homeless, because once on the streets they experience a dehumanizing and costly downward spiral.
These men and women at the Heroin Anonymous event are testaments to cracking that snake in half, and throwing away the allure and the mighty erotic and attractive moment of the fix hitting all those dopamine-serotonin cylinders all at once.
Paul Haeder: What we have is emptiness in America – the public spaces no longer public, barricaded against the struggle that is displacement, and no place to live or stay.
Larry Wines: Meanwhile, we see fellow Americans who instinctively know how to respond: with help. They are making donations of desperately needed blood for victims. Long lines are already zigzagging outside hospitals in Orlando.
Hannah Petrie: We now have a “faithful 8” of trainees, a diverse group of community members including the Walkers (and their daughter Nicole) who will soon be able to facilitate inter-generational councils in our community, welcoming anyone ten years and older affected by gang affiliation.
Angela James and Melina Abdullah: The brutal treatment of pregnant women, as well as the abusive treatment of gender nonconforming men and women, must all be giving the same value as we assert that in fact, ALL #BlackLivesMatter. #SayHerName
Alvaro Huerta: In retrospect, I should have written about their remarkable stories of hard work, sacrifice and resilience in a hostile society.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Whereas each week brings a tide of white female victims/survivors accusing, and, sometimes, triumphing over their abusers, black women and girls remain invisible, both as victims, survivors and heroines fighting back against sexual assault.
Dick & Sharon: “Using the tactic of disruption and challenging respectability politics, we’ve been able to bring more attention to the crisis that exists and have existed for a long time in our communities.”
Janet Phelan: What the world may not be aware of is that non-CIA connected individuals, who are merely attempting to correct or broadcast injustices, are now facing jail time.
Rosemary Jenkins: It is important to understand that children, who seem completely “normal” while growing up, often do not manifest symptoms until that person is in his or her teens or early twenties (high school and college age). Thus, we must be continuously vigilant.
Irene Monroe: Sikivu Hutchinson’s novel White NIghts, Black Paradise disturbingly shows the complexity of a repackaged and unexamined black religious idealism espoused from the mouth of a white megalomaniacal messiah alongside the harsh reality of a supposed utopia.