Reflections from the 3rd Detroit People’s Platform Annual Meeting

Written by Murphy Austin “We have worked out a system to deal with the system.” These words, spoken by Detroit People’s Platform member Jocelyn Harris at our annual meeting, stand as a testament to the growing enthusiasm behind our method for social change in Detroit. Since its very first meeting on June 1st, 2013, the People’s Platform has […]

Funding Needed for Black Organizing

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Around the country funders are coming together to support community organizing in black communities. Earlier this month, I moderated a panel discussion at the North Star Fund’s “Let Us Breathe” forum, which served “as a call to community members, donors, grantmakers, activists, organizers, and all New Yorkers to support the movement against […]

Public Protest Molds Public Opinion

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Earlier this month, a new poll revealed that there was a “deep divide” between blacks and whites on race and the criminal justice system. I’m not sure that this news was all that surprising since, as Alvin noted in his blog about the unique brand of millennial racism , there are lots of polls revealing that race […]

Millennials and Racism

Written by Alvin Young Three weeks ago my friends and I, all men of color in our twenties, took a trip to Davenport Park in New Rochelle, NY. We pulled into the empty parking lot and noticed a white van parked across from us. I remember getting out of the car, looking over to the […]

#BlackWorkersMatter

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld This blog was originally posted on DEMOS‘ PolicyShop Blog. Two weeks ago, New York City joined ten other states and municipalities in banning the use of credit checks in hiring. Like most forms of 21st century discrimination, weighing the credit histories of job applicants seems innocuous and race-neutral at first glance. But, as […]

Who’s in Charge of Transforming Detroit?

Written by Frances Kunreuther This blog post is due to the courtesy of openDemocracy. Bill and Billie Hickey live in Brightmoor, a neighborhood about twenty minutes away from the gentrified Midtown area of Detroit. Most people in Brightmoor live in poverty (50 per cent of residents have an annual income of under $25,000) , and the community has the largest […]

Detroiters Stand up to Tax Foreclosures

Written by Alvin Young Faced with the possibility of displacement, Detroiters filled the Detroit City Council on Tuesday, March 24th, to demand that they pass a resolution urging the Wayne County treasurer halt tax foreclosures. As part of an effort to prevent the displacement of 100,000 residents, the Detroit People’s Platform and local partners turned in a petition with […]

#BlackLivesMatter: It’s More Than a Hashtag

Written by Alvin Young This week, I had the opportunity to join the Progressive Technology Project’s webinar on #BlackLivesMatter. BLM Co-Founder, Alicia Garza, explained how #BlackLivesMatter is a tool to address the dehumanization of black people throughout the United States. Armed with a robust social media strategy, #BlackLivesMatter provides a platform for the voiceless, and the millions oppressed […]

Considering Structure and Bias on Oscar Sunday

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld I’m a fan of movies and the award shows that honor them. So I was upset – like much of the rest of the twitterverse  – that Selma was snubbed when the Oscar nominations were announced last month. Entertainment experts claimed that for Selma’s director, Ava DuVernay, being shut out of the Oscar nominations was […]

Intersectionality: Beyond the Hype

Written by Frances Kunreuther Sean and I have been grappling with how to talk about the (frequently overused) concept of intersectionality. For years, we have admired the pioneering work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, who is credited with coining the term, and of Cathy Cohen, who helped apply the idea of intersectionality to the LGBT community. But it has […]

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