Arica L. Coleman: We who are on the front lines of black activism must not ignore the psychological consequences of activism and seek ways to buffer ourselves from the trauma resulting from society’s continuous denigration and dehumanization as we engage in the never ending struggle of social activism.
Jamala Rogers: The Flint water crises was born out of government/corporate decisions that believe black and poor people are collateral damage in the financial strategy to make the state of Michigan solvent.
Enrique C. Ochoa: Like gladiator battles of the past, Levi’s Stadium will be filled with members of the U.S. ruling classes, while largely African American young men from working class communities will be on the field.
Tom Hastings: Finicum may have been quite stupid in his belief that American public lands should belong to private ranchers, but he did not deserve to die. Sadly, he arranged for his own death.
Janaya Khan: I tell white folks that we don’t actually need them trying to organize in Black movements as we urgently need them to organize in their own communities.
David Love: The predominantly black children of Flint are inflicted with Third World problems in the wealthiest nation on earth, in a region surrounded by water from the Great Lakes.
As of Friday, January 8th the county did NOT fulfill its promise of 440 beds as the first El Niño storms swept through the OC, leaving people who live outdoors exposed to the elements and at risk of hypothermia and other weather-related hazards.
Steve Menedian: The water crisis brings into focus the ways in which state and local policies shape individual and community life chances. Although the tragic mismanagement of the water supply by the state may shock our conscience, the problems run deeper than water.
Eileen Lindeen: The “new” idea of training in conflict de-escalation or conflict resolution for police just now being suggested by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel comes too late for too many.
Janaya Khan: Climate justice movements, migrant justice movements, pro-Palestinian movements, disability justice, anti-Islamophobia and every other movement must recognize the need to build a Black liberation politic in its framework.
Marcy Winograd: Somehow I had never heard of these white anti-racist groups until Sunday night when this teacher got an education long after the bell rang. White People for Racial Justice
Randy Shaw: Far superior would be a formula that incentivizes local spending by requiring some form of a county matching funds.
We need a revolutionary change in our values. A mass movement is the root of all the progress we need to make; with it, anything’s possible; without it, our power is diminished.