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Fight for $15 Expands to Fight for Good Jobs


This piece originally appeared on On Wednesday morning, holding a sign that read “Show me $15 and a union,” Letrice Donaldson marched with around 200 people under gray skies through East Memphis, Tennessee. Letrice, 34, is an adjunct professor who is just a few weeks away from receiving her Ph.D. in history from the Read More >>

Afraid to Love


This piece was originally posted in The Memphis Flyer. I am afraid to love my 18-month-old nephew because he is a black boy, and in my country, police hunt and kill black males as if they were the enemy. On April 4th, yet another unarmed black man was killed by a white police officer, this Read More >>

Slavery by Any Other Name


When attempting to make structural change in America it is always important to begin by understanding the structures in question, how they got that way, and only then advocating solutions. To begin any other way is to court disaster, making bad systems worse, or replacing one injustice with another. Take the issue of mass incarceration. Read More >>

The Fight for Quality, Accessible Child Care is a Fight for Women’s Equality


This piece was originally posted in the Montgomery Advertiser. Women’s History Month is about more than celebrating phenomenal women in history; it’s also about honoring the women who have dedicated their lives to breaking down barriers so that future generations of women can thrive. Sophia Bracy Harris believes that our nation cannot thrive without a Read More >>

Reflections from Selma


Savannah Williams remembers where she was on March 7, 1965. “When Bloody Sunday happened, “ she explained, “I was at my first job working for the United States Department of Agriculture in Michigan. It was my first year out of college. “ Savannah, a Virginia native, was not shocked by the reality of racism, but was nonetheless Read More >>

Three Years after Trayvon: Power Built from Tragedy


Three years ago today, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. The circumstances surrounding the case led to a nationwide outcry for justice. Many were heartbroken as the controversial “stand your ground” law was used in Zimmerman’s defense, and Zimmerman was eventually acquitted of all charges. Young people of color Read More >>

Good Jobs Lost


This story was originally published in the Memphis Flyer.  For 17 years, Zorina Bowen was a research biochemist. She was good at what she did and loved her job. But in 2006, University of Tennessee Health Science Center laid her off, and she’s struggled to get by ever since. Her pay shrunk from nearly $30 Read More >>