Justice in Policing Toolkit | Building Momentum from the Ground Up

Courtesy of The Center for Popular Democracy  15 Steps to Dismantling and changing #PoliceDepartments in your area that have been discriminatory and unjust. Each point can be molded to shape your municipality’s particular needs, and most are doable through a focused and sustained bit of pressure on local elected officials.  Here are 15 things your…

March-April 2017: African American Mentions, News, and Articles of Interest

  African Americans earned 340,946 degrees and certificates from four-year institutions in the 2014-15 academic year. They made up 10.5 percent of all individuals who were given degrees or certificates from four-year institutions. The Full report is here: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016112rev.pdf #BlackBoyJoy: A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Dean and Professor of and Director, Frances Lewis Law Center:  An expert…

July/August 2016: African American Mentions, News, and Articles of Interest

Malcolm X was invited back to London by the African Society to address a large audience in the Old Theatre at the London School of Economics. In both addresses, Malcolm X moved the political discourse from civil rights to human rights and stated clearly and unequivocally that the Black liberation struggle had to be internationalized rather than ghettoized….

June 2016: African American Mentions, News, and Highlights

In Native Son, Wright writes: “Goddammit, look! We live here and they live there. We black and they white. They got things and we ain’t. They do things and we can’t. It’s just like living in jail.” Vince Staples reminds us that the inner city still imprisons many. We should never forget that for some…

My Experience as an Inside Out Prison Exchange Student @ Temple University

“If you don’t already know about the Inside-Out program, check it out and get involved! It’s so important that we end the separation between ‘us’ and ‘them’ – those labeled ‘prisoners,’ ‘criminals,’ ‘felons.’ It is this separation and demonization of the ‘others’ – and our failure to truly see, hear, and engage with those who…

May 2016: African American News, Highlights, and Mentions

Chesler found that 70 percent of fathers who fight for custody win, regardless of the father’s character or even if he’s an active part of the child’s life. The perception of mothers who retain custody of their children is flawed. They don’t all have their children because the courts decided that they were the better…

The Best People I Know…

Not my work, but it spoke to me and as I read it, I realized he was talking about me…in my rarest form.  I couldn’t have said it better or written it this well.  Enjoy. – AcademicHustler1975   The Best People I Know… The best people I know have been hurt the worst. They have…

March 2016: African American News, Highlights, and Mentions

Follow the links to the appropriate articles, books, or businesses I mention this month.  Hope you enjoy!! – AcademicHustler1975 ‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo’ meaning (you strike the women, you strike the rock) These words from the famous resistance song have come to symbolise the courage and strength expressed at the Women’s March of 1956 as South…

When I am old

When I am old and grey and full of sleep Invite the light in from the ledge and drop a beat Make the floors shake, enrage the neighbors Wake the street When I am old and grey and full of sleep. Source: When I am old

February African American News, Highlights, and Mentions

Pictured above is Curran J, Owner of Kings Rule Together clothing line.  Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina Suspends All Classes for the 2016 Spring Semester – The college announced that it would not hold any classes for the spring semester and was cancelling the remainder of the season for the college’s basketball teams for men…