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Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Saves Lives

30.November.16

Tuesday’s “Day of Disruption” walkout by thousands of low-income workers underscores that the Fight for $15 movement is undeterred by the change of administration. Earlier this month, voters approved minimum-wage raises for Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. What began as a long shot to even liberal labor leaders, the resurgent low-income fight is now bolstered Read More >>

Black Lives Matter Less Even in Drug Addiction

25.October.16

Originally published on the Huffington Post.  A heroin needle. Photo credits to Wheeler Cowperthwaite via Flickr Creative Commons. Even when it comes to drug addiction, black lives matter less. Consider the current opiate epidemic, where the overprescribing of Vicodin and Oxycontin has corrupted minds, crippled bodies and shook politicians to reconsider long-held beliefs about substance Read More >>

My Multiracial Son Embraces His Black Identity

24.September.16

Originally published by the Indianapolis Star.  The wispy-haired 4-month-old Mark is held timeless in a frame in front of me. The 12-year-old, shaggy-haired Mark is fast asleep in the room right above my makeshift office. I used to read Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Little Brown Baby” to him, as my mother read to my brothers and Read More >>

Lack of Black Children’s Books Are Still a Problem

26.August.16

Photo credits to Pettifoggist.  Originally published on The Undefeated. My mother and my father remember chatting with friends at a nondescript table at the 1989 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. Sitting with them were Walter Dean Myers, Jim Haskins, Virginia Hamilton and her husband Arnold Adoff — all award-winning writers of fiction and nonfiction Read More >>

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

27.April.16

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their Read More >>

Jobs With Justice March: Recap

18.February.16

Of all the excellent moments at last weekend’s Jobs with Justice conference, the one the continues to stick out for me was when Melonie Griffiths yelled, “I am the movement!” the hundreds gathered at Saturday afternoon’s general session: “Race Matters: Building Our Movement to End Racial Injustice.” The JWJ Massachusetts’s organizing director said the movement–she Read More >>

Worker Justice on Display in D.C. This Weekend

11.February.16

The state of worker justice will be on display this coming weekend in Washington, D.C. at the Jobs with Justice national conference. The two-day conference that begins Friday in the nation’s capital brings together 600 activists, organizers, worker-leaders, and students from around the country and the world. The conference’s three plenary sessions are centered on Read More >>