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Why I Went to Ferguson

Why I Went to Ferguson

All this month, people around the country are taking part in actions and events as part of Ferguson October. A few weeks ago, Coleman members participated in a series of dialogue sessions about Ferguson. Our members – all low-income Black, Latino and Pacific Islander youth and parents – shared their feelings of anger and sadness [...]
Why the People’s Climate Movement Must GrowIt’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need. The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers
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St. Louis Life Before ‘Ferguson?’ Families Show Strength.We traveled to a small city in St. Louis to do a video to stop a young man from being executed. When asked about his life he said, “You grow into the shape of the container you were raised in.” To tell his story, we needed to tell the story of the city and era [...]
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Include the Poor and Indigenous in Eradication of PovertyOn Friday, Oct. 17, the United Nations will commemorate its 2014 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  In 1993, the U.N. General Assembly designated this day each year to raise awareness about the critical need to end poverty throughout the world. The theme for 2014 is “Leave no one behind: Think, decide and act [...]
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Rattling Cages in Ferguson to be ‘Agents of Liberation’I do feel blessed and privileged to share what I believe is possibly a kairos moment, a moment of extreme urgency of that has in many respects been brought to the surface because of evil and very public injustice inflicted not only on the family of Mike Brown but the whole community. I want to [...]
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A Condemned Man in Texas Gains His FreedomAt 12:32 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, Manuel Velez, my client and an innocent man, stepped out of prison and into the Huntsville, Texas air a free man. For nine years, Manuel has languished behind bars. What’s ironic about watching him walk out of this particular prison, the Walls Unit, which is often used to process [...]
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Pursuing Clarity in South L.A. to Transform NeighborhoodsAt a recent leadership academy for South Los Angeles residents, Gilda Haas – who was sharing information – opened with a story: “Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city in southern California that was an industrial powerhouse.” She went on to share the (abbreviated) story of South L.A., a story that participants knew [...]
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Voting Protects Latinos and Everyone From Being PawnsWASHINGTON, D.C. – Frustration and anger can translate into inaction and paralysis, or they can fuel change. I prefer the second option because if participation of Hispanics in elections were equivalent to our population numbers, we’d be in a very different place, especially if we voted in larger numbers on every level, not just in [...]
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And Then There was Joy on the Border – for OnceA few months ago, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I was reading a book and wondering if it would ever, ever rain again in Brownsville. In this arid land, some older people believe that rainfall is a measure of the quality of dialogue between God and God’s creatures. I was convinced that someone in this [...]
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Enough Already: Let’s End Violence, Inequality and PovertyWhen I began working with youth and families involved in the court system 10 years ago as director of The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University President Freeman Hrabowski gave me a careful look and said, “Frankly, you will face credibility challenges as a White guy working with all these [...]
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