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Reparations Monday

M4BL The Movement for Black Lives M4BL The Movement for Black Lives
fists spelling reparations For #ReparationsMonday we call on you to get educated, spread the word, and join the fight with incredible local organizers and leaders to build Black political power every day.

Overhauling U.S Foreign Policy: Bitter Fights Ahead

William Minter and Imani Countess The Star (Kenya)/Organizing Upgrade
demonstrators in Kenya protesting US police killings of Blacks As progressives, we can educate ourselves now to advance a global perspective and help pave the way for lobbying campaigns by progressive organizations seeking to influence a new administration.

Higher Education In America Being Built On Mountains Of Debt

Mary Green Swig, Steven L. Swig, David A. Bergeron and Richard "RJ" Eskow BigNewsNetwork
student in empty classroom It is time to recognize that the cruel experiment in financing higher education through student loans has failed. Inescapable debt is a major driver of social collapse. It has made the racial wealth gap worse and weakened the entire economy...

Racialized Austerity: The Case of CUNY

Michael Fabricant & Steve Brier Gotham Gazette
Austerity policy-making over the past 50 years has been racialized, withering services in public agencies ranging from K-12 schooling to hospitals to higher education. Matters of race must be made more visible, placed at the center of policy-making.

Trump 2020: “Get Your Guns, The Blacks Are Coming”

Max Elbaum Organizing Upgrade
white couple with guns “Fanning the flames of racial animosity lies at the core of Trump’s election strategy, as it did in 2016.” This is why when activists say, “white supremacy is on the ballot” and “anti-Black racism is on the ballot” in 2020, they are dead right.

The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home

William J. Barber, Phyllis Bennis Foreign Policy in Focus
Thanks to years of hyper militarization, American police departments are recreating our global war zones here at home. With these weapons on our streets, our history of structural racism becomes that much deadlier.
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