Control, Disruption and Democracy: Philanthropy’s Role in Inclusive Civic Engagement

To overcome the fictions we tell ourselves requires us to acknowledge that the way the criminal justice system operates for Black and brown people, like the way our national security system has operated since 9/11, and the way our immigration system has functioned for virtually all of American history, is to restrict and confine participation in American democracy – to squelch civic engagement in the most literal sense.

What We’ve Gained And Lost Since Stonewall

People can’t get to Laverne Cox or Janet Mock, so instead, they go after a girl walking in a street in her neighborhood at night, just trying to make money to survive. And when the police come, the murderer goes home free of charge, while this trans woman nobody cares about lies dead in the street.

A Decade After Katrina, Can Philanthropy Make Black Lives Matter?

By Nat Chioke Williams. ...[T]he Hill-Snowdon Foundation recently launched the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative, a three-year project that seeks to build the kind of long-term institutional and political power that the black community needs to achieve real racial justice.

CampaignZERO Launched

CampaignZERO presents a comprehensive package of policy reforms to end police violence in America. It encourages people to petition their elected representatives to implement 10 policy solution areas at the local, state, and federal level of government to achieve an America where police do not kill people.

A Ferguson Syllabus: Reading a Movement

by Darnell Moore. Here are some essential readings from several astute activists, journalists and writers that have inspired, angered and challenged readers everywhere this past year. While this is in no way an exhaustive list, the following offers insider and outsider views of Ferguson, pushing all of us to consider the radical spirit and collective beauty illuminated in mass mobilized protests.