Scholarship Launched in Memoriam of Philando Castile

Supporters of Philando Castile gathered at his high school to celebrate his life, and to also create a scholarship in his name. “We all had a lot of rage and anger and grief, and we decided to channel that.” – Karla Basta The scholarship has raised over $25,000, and will go to an underprivileged student who plans to study education …

The Racist History Behind The National Anthem

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national news when he refused to stand for the National Anthem. However, what most folks do not know is that the anthem is grounded in anti-blackness. Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner, was a slaveholding lawyer from Maryland. “He [Francis Scott Key] supported sending free blacks (not slaves) back …

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Imagine being forced from a place your family has called home for almost a century.

This ten-minute video gives an excellent overview of what’s happening in the Dominican Republic and Haiti right now. Edwidge Danticat explains the human significance of this situation and how we, as Americans, are complicit in creating it. Have it on in the background during your work day, your commute, or while running an errand.

The fight for humanity: From Marsha P. Johnson to Freddie Gray.

In many ways, society seems to forget the anti-racist and anti-state violence origins of Pride celebrations. While many strides have been made towards LGBTQ rights, black LGBTQ youth are some of the most at-risk of experiencing police brutality and being targeted for violence. This short article connects the Stonewall riots to the recent protests in Baltimore and explains that sometimes …