A Discussion with Mariame Kaba On The #ByeAnita Campaign and Grassroots Organizing

There are very few activists today who can boast the experience and accomplishments of Mariame Kaba. The New York native, whose work brought her to Chicago for over 20 years, is an educator, organizer, and curator whose work “focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.” She has worked tirelessly to create a more just world for marginalized communities. And now, Kaba has created a video about the Chicago effort to successfully oust Anita Alvarez, the ex-State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who lost her Democratic primary to Kim Foxx in March 2016.

We had the chance to ask Kaba about her work on this campaign, her reasons for creating the video, and what the implications are for social organizing today.

Maya Rupert on #Theseorgsaintloyal

The following post was written by Maya Rupert. It originally appeared on the Huffington Post’s website under the title of, “Listening to #Theseorgsaintloyal.”

By: Maya Rupert

When the July 2nd 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act went by largely unacknowledged by most national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations, the silence, for some, felt thunderously loud.

BYP100 Announces National Call for Video Testimonials from Young Black People Criminalized by Police

 

 

Photo: Javier Soriano

 

BYP100 Announces National Call for Video Testimonials from Young Black People Criminalized by Police

Youth organization says this is first step in campaign to end criminalization of Black youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 9, 2014

Chicago, IL – BYP100 has announced a national call for Black Americans between the ages of 13-35 to submit 1 to 3 minute videos sharing a message they want to send to law enforcement about how they’ve been criminalized by the police.

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Campaign is a Success

By: Mark Harris

This is just in: the Kickstarter campaign for the revitalization of Reading Rainbow was a success. The show, which was hosted on PBS by Levar Burton, was a staple for kids during the 80’s. The show lasted until 2006 and aired for the last time in 2009. Levar Burton and Mark Wolfe kept pushing by selling Reading Rainbow as a successful iPad app in 2012. Still, this success did not deter them from reaching one of their ultimate goals.

Groups push for NFL players to join in fight against Redskins name

A series of groups who are pushing for the NFL to change the name of its Washington Redskins team has called on the players to join the campaign.

A letter, signed by dozens of Native American, civil rights and religious organizations, will be sent to every NFL player on Wednesday. The letter will ask each player to add his “powerful voice to hundreds who are already speaking out.”