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    Rest in Power Maya Angelou: Writer, Survivor, former Sex Worker & Icon of Black Female Determination

Rest in Power Maya Angelou: Writer, Survivor, former Sex Worker & Icon of Black Female Determination

By |May 28, 2014|

We lost a phenomenal writer in Maya Angelou.  While many will remember her as an inspirational poet, I will always recall her as a groundbreaking memoirist. She was the first writer whose multi-volume autobiography gave [...]

Me, My Sister, & the US Census

By |May 23, 2014|


That was my first thought when I read the New York Times headline: “More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White.”

Apparently the preliminary data from a new study show that 2.5 million Americans who identified as [...]

The Five Stages of Diversity

By |May 16, 2014|

In recent weeks, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating in conversations on twitter about diversity in media. This recent round began in March with the publication of a New York Times article by Walter Dean [...]

Discrimination Today: One Education Organizer’s Outrage

By |May 15, 2014|

Today our collective failure to provide real educational opportunity for youth of color leaves me shaken and emboldened to speak. It’s been 60 years since Brown v. Board struck down segregation laws in [...]

Help Youth Organizing Lead My Brother’s Keeper

By |May 2, 2014|

Do you believe in youth organizing? Do you want to see youth organizing take leadership in shaping My Brother’s Keeper – the national initiative President Obama launched to “measurably improve the expected educational [...]

My Queer Chicana Eye on My Brother’s Keeper

By |Apr 1, 2014|

I am a queer Chicana building an alliance with boys and men of color. The connections between who I am and who I work with may not seem obvious to you or to many people, including those launching My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s new initiative aimed at empowering boys and young men of color. In fact, the connections weren’t even completely clear to me just three years ago.

Movement Lie #4: Parenting Makes You Less Effective

By |Feb 4, 2014|

Becoming a parent is a doozy for anyone. And it plays out in specific ways for folks who have made their life about progressive social change. Consciously or not, most of us have [...]

2014: Give Our Inner Bullies a Break

By |Jan 15, 2014|

I am ready to admit: I am burnt out.

I’ve been working towards social justice, in one way or another, for at least twenty years. I’ve been a popular educator, a policy analyst, an [...]

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    From French Fries to Fracking — Inspiring Movement Moments of 2013

From French Fries to Fracking — Inspiring Movement Moments of 2013

By |Dec 15, 2013|

Remember this spring, when the Associated Press finally dropped the I-word, and youth of color defeated prison-to-pipeline policies in Los Angeles public schools?

Or remember back in February when 50,000 people rallied in DC against the XL [...]

Nelson Mandela: Reflections

By |Dec 10, 2013|

Over the past few days as I’ve watched people gather in Soweto, Birmingham, Bahia and Deli to sing, dance and celebrate the life of a simple man who changed us all, a flood [...]

Three Ways Capoeira Upped My Organizing Game

By |Nov 18, 2013|

Every organizer knows that awful moment, that slow stomach-churning realization that your campaign is about to hit a dead end. I had that moment recently in the work I was doing with a coalition of local youth organizations fighting for Restorative Justice in public schools. Unlike harsh and ineffective “zero tolerance” policies, Restorative Justice programs create a way for those who have committed harm to dialogue with those who have been harmed, to understand what happened, agree on a remedy, and build relationships that reduce the possibility of future harm. Deep in our bones we wanted Restorative Justice and an end to the disciplinary policies that push out large numbers of African American, Latino, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander students every year.

How is Racial Justice Crucial to Transformation?

By |Nov 3, 2013|

Transformation -- of people, movements, our world -- can't happen without the elimination of racism in all its forms: bias, inequity, violence, oppression.