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#VotingWhileBlack: Color Of Change PAC Launches Unprecedented, Digital-Based Black Voter Engagement Program

Color Of Change PAC—the PAC arm of the nation’s largest online racial justice group—is launching #VotingWhileBlack, a first-of-its-kind program that uses cutting edge digital communications tools to engage Black voters in a massive modern-day volunteer effort aimed at getting out the vote in races up and down the ballot in swing states and holding politicians accountable to Black communities after...

Not Guilty: The Power of Nullification to Counteract Government Tyranny

The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They’re not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government. —John Lennon How do you balance the scales of justice at a time...

New Strategic Plan Charts a Path for Stronger Arts EcoSystem

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) unveiled a new five-year statewide strategic plan, a central guide to creating a more vibrant, far-reaching and impactful arts and culture sector in the state. Over the course of nine months, the COA worked with artists, arts organizations, government agencies, community leaders, and philanthropists from across the state to better understand the current state...

School of Hard Cops

By Charlie Costict Given what folks should know to be considered an ongoing genocide on Black people in America committed by its very own long arm of the law, a disturbing lesser known fact comes at the intersection as well as expense of being Black and disabled. Reports published by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability rights non-profit organization, show...

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Community Foundation Partners Launch Voter Engagement Social Media Campaign

Do you remember the feeling you had the first time you cast a vote in an election? Maybe you felt like you were finally an adult; perhaps you felt empowered. Maybe this was the first time you ever voted in this country or in any country. These are some of the experiences that will be shared as part of...

A Few Uncomfortable Truths You Won’t Hear from the 2016 Presidential Candidates

  If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. —George Orwell The final countdown has begun to the 2016 presidential election, and you can expect to be treated to an earful of carefully crafted sound bites and political spin. Despite the dire state of our nation, however, you can rest assured...

Ripp Dem Up: Donald Trump Still Thinks the Central Park Five is Guilty

  Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five wants an apology from Donald Trump. Of course, this will never happen. Trump has never apologized for anything; and, he isn't going to start now. I mean, why would he do something like that and blemish his record of good judgment. Besides, Trump is a man...

Ripp Dem Up: Van Jones Asks, “What if Donald Trump was Black?”

In the wake of the release of video wherein Donald Trump brags about sexually assaulting women, noted political commentator, Van Jones, took to Facebook to discuss the issue. Jones did so in the context of race. Jones' commentary is a perfect illustration of White Privilege and the pervasive nature of racism in its systemic application. In the video, Jones...

Ripp Dem Up: Angela Davis & Her Vote for Hillary Clinton

Angela Davis is a renowned scholar, black activist, and former political prisoner beloved by many. For years, Davis has been critical of government's role in the oppression of people of color. More broadly, she has been a champion of human right, freedom, justice, and equality for all people. Speaking at the "Black Matters: The Futures of Black Scholarship and Activism"...

FirstPerson: Black Lives Matter, Even in Australia

I had imagined my first published writings about Australia would be about the wonders and attractions that are unique to the country.  My initial plans were of sharing more lighthearted adventures with you.  Instead my first writings about my adventures are about the injustice and destruction of Black lives based on skin color in America and abroad.  I am...
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