Activism and Justice

Companies are Finally Changing Racist Brand Names. But is it Enough?

From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, it’s estimated that we are exposed to between 2,000 and 5,000 advertising messages daily. This includes ads we see on TV, hear on the radio, see on billboards, on the Internet, in magazines we pick up while waiting for a doctor’s appointment, on display …

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Vegetables on a table with Gardening Gloves

Growing Your Own Food is a Revolutionary Act

Despite the pandemic, the ongoing #JusticeforGeorge protests, casual murders of Black men by police, white supremacists inciting race wars and lynchings in southern California, I continue to preach that one of the most empowering and revolutionary actions we can take is to return to our roots and what we’ve done for thousands of years: take …

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Minneapolis Votes to Disband its Police Force: What Happens Now?

Acknowledging the failure of previous efforts at reform, on June 7,2020, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council declared its intention to defund and disband its city’s police department.  “Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to recreate systems …

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Militarized police SWAT 4x4 vehicle called a Bearcat

The Militarization of Policing and its Relationship to Excessive Police Violence

The militarization of law enforcement in the United States is a trend that dates back more than two decades. But until the results of that militarization were put on full display in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, the public and the media remained largely unaware of how far it had progressed. During protests spurred by the …

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