RET supports people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.
Leadership Learning Community's insight:
Tracking the progress of equity advocacy is important, and it does not need to be complex or daunting, despite the inevitable twists and turns of policy campaigns.
With the right benchmarks, frameworks, and measurement strategies, advocates can:
strengthen the effectiveness of equity advocacyidentify opportunities to drive changeobtain feedback for improvementdemonstrate results
Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR) draws from the wisdom and experience of seasoned advocates and action researchers to provide useful benchmarks, frameworks, and tools for measuring progress in equity efforts for policy change across a range of issues.
Since the unjust acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin last month, a groundswell of cultural resistance and responses across the country has helped to bring the racial justice discourse to center stage. For generations, the role of culture, art, media, song, poetry, and performance in social movements has been paramount in winning the hearts & minds of people.
But of course today, our digital media environment has changed profoundly.
How are cultural organizers and artists adapting and using new and old strategies in a corporate controlled media environment that are hostile to communities of color and poor people? This digital dialogue featured a dialogue with cultural workers, artists and performers who grapple with these questions. They shared cultural organizing best practices and resources for racial justice work.
Sharmila Venkatasubban, Culture StrikeSage Crump, Alternate Roots & Art is ChangeSteven Pargett, Dream DefendersEstefania Galvis, The New Jim Crow MovementModerated by Sage Crump, MAG-Net Arts & Culture Cohort & Betty Yu, Center for Media Justice
When Osagie Obasogie, Professor of Law and of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, set out to examine the differences between how the blind and the sighted "see" race, he came to a surprising conclusion: both are...
African American boys in Oakland are arrested far more often and for relatively minor offenses compared with their cohorts in other racial groups, according to a study released Wednesday by an Oakland nonprofit.
The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.
As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explode th question "What is love?" her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society's failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for the individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the "100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life." All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can
It’s not enough to know you aren’t Trayvon. What will you do to change our country?
We hope that you will share your story of moving from outrage and pain into action and commitment.
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We strongly encourage you to include a photo - as pictures help breathe life into the stories you share.
If you have questions use the “Ask A question” link on the tumblr or send an email to wearenottrayvonmartin @ gmail.com.
A new study by Stanford psychologists examines how race affects the prison sentences of children. It finds that if people imagine a juvenile offender to be black, they are more willing to hand down severe penalties to all juveniles.
Race and Class Resources Class and Education Poor and Working Class Resources Middle Class Resources Wealthy Owning Class Resources Cross Class Resources Gender and Class Resources Resources for Children Class and Religion Resources Films Bibliography First Generation College Students
“All-In Nation: An America That Works for All” describes how strong communities of color are critical to America’s economic future and lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone, including fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.
“Social Justice Equity Audits” is a presentation intended to help educators move beyond simple accountability models to those that include an equity framework for school reform. This will allow educators to better meet the needs of all learners. At the center of the presentation is instruction to employ a school survey to assess the conditions for students at their school and explore what next steps teacher leaders can take to improve these conditions.
Incorporated in the State of California in January, 1980, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family Life and Culture, Inc., is a community-based non-profit Black "think-tank" and scientific, educational, training and research corporation specializing in the scientific, educational and cultural aspects of family life and human development. It is both a scientific research corporation and a human developmental/social services organization.
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