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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 >>

“I believe that we will win!”


At 7:30 am, about 100 airport people marched into the atrium of the world’s busiest airport chanting, “We can’t survive on $7.25.” The crowd got bigger as they rallied, with people working in the airport who had been standing around the domestic terminal coming over to see what was happening.  Protestors handed them signs so Read More >>

Social Security expansion: Something we can all agree on


Yesterday, Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson, authors of the new book “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All,” joined AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler at the ALF-CIO headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. to speak about their book and answer questions from the audience. Altman Read More >>

MLK and the “Beloved Community”


On Friday, January 16th, Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change, delivered the keynote address at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.  The event took place at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C. The crowd of about 300 people Read More >>

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Earlier this week leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration gathered in Atlanta to share lessons learned and organize. Partners from across the country were graciously hosted by the city of Atlanta. Community leader and Atlanta resident, Marilynn Winn, welcomed us with this personal testimony. These were her remarks. “Welcome to the ATL and Read More >>

President Obama, Think Big in 2015


It’s a new year, which means new resolutions, new inaugurations and the beginning of holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises. Last week I attended the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Inaugural Action with Mayor Muriel Bowser. In a packed church with standing room only, more than 900 WIN members and supporters came together to present Read More >>

The Politics of Holidays


“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go; take a look at the five and ten, glistening once again with candy canes and silver lanes aglow…” -Robert Meredith Wilson The holiday season is upon us. There are gleeful songs waiting to be sung and holiday television shows to be watched. There are Read More >>