A conversation led by grassroots organizers who will share their community strategies and besplanet-afro-punk-bucket-prodelop a roadmap for overhauling our criminal legal system. Featuring thought leaders, activists, and educators from Advancement Project, Close the Workhouse Coalition, and Power U.
Shawn Holmes, A Milwaukee EMT, firefighter and nursing student describes the challenges of his work in response to COVID-19, and explains why voting is important to first responders. The Edge of the Frame: A Black Voter Engagement Video Project is Directed By Jordan Thomas Produced by Emerald Media
King Bethel, A 14 year-old performer and student speaks of his love of Detroit, singing at a Pistons game, and why he wishes he could vote.
Marcella Riley, A retired Milwaukee NAACP secretary expresses her frustration at not being able to do what she always does during election season – take seniors to the polls during the pandemic – and what she’ll do instead to get out the vote.
Kristal Reyes, A Detroit clinical social worker in long-term recovery enumerates the reasons why she votes.
Anita Johnson, The Wisconsin ID Coalition Coordinator for VoteRiders describes her work and the tough choice Milwaukeeans had to make during the April 7 primary.
Kwasi Stampley, A musician, student, and grocery store employee discusses life in Milwaukee during the pandemic and why he votes. Music: That’s What I Believe (instrumental) by K-STAMP.
Craig Samuel, A Brooklyn entrepreneur speaks about the challenges of running restaurants during the pandemic, surviving the virus, and the importance of voting.
Laura Canty-Samuel, A Brooklyn comedy writer, comedian and digital producer discusses the importance of artists in this time, her empathy for younger people, and why it’s important to vote.
David Rose, A Philadelphia urban designer explains why voting and policymaking are critical to the planning of our cities. Music: Empty by Anahata
Jasmine Thompson, A Philadelphia urban farmer discusses her work to improve our food system and how her vote affects her work.
Iye Yin Dae, A Philadelphia artist, musician, and teacher speaks of his skepticism of the political process, why he votes, and his hopes for his students. Music: The Saints by Iye Yin Dae
Silver Moore, A Detroit educator and entrepreneur discusses the impact of her work and her vote.
Professor, activist and author Angela Davis talked to us at our AFROPUNK Joburg festival. Journalist and culture editor Danielle Bowler delve deep into topics democracy and freedom. As she does, Ms. Davis dropped a wealth of knowledge and commentary on the state of Blackness and freedom in 2020.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Impact Justice is a national innovation and research center advancing new ideas and solutions for justice reform. We work to dramatically reduce the massive number of youth and adults in our justice system, improve conditions and outcomes for those who are incarcerated, and provide meaningful opportunities for formerly incarcerated people to rejoin their communities.
Featuring: Power U School discipline policies are pushing Black and Brown kids out of the classroom and into the criminal legal system. Join this community conversation to share your solutions to how we can disrupt these practices and redirect resources to students and families so they can thrive.
40,000+ Black people have died from Covid-19. Black unemployment is the highest it's been in a decade. And white supremacist violence is on the rise. We know that voting won’t solve all our problems overnight, but in the fight for our liberation, we’ve got to use every tool we have. And our vote, is our next and best tool to unrig the rules that have harmed our communities for so long. There's just too much at stake to sit this election out. Take action with us and Pledge to Vote.
TGIJP works in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world rooted in self- determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.
African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists, and policymakers to promote efforts in dismantling structural inequality. AAPF founded the #SayHerName Campaign in 2014 to amplify the excluded stories of Black women, femmes, and girls killed at the hands of state-sanctioned violence and to advance discourse surrounding the overlooked details of racist police acts.
Co-founded by Kendrick Sampson, Mike de la Rocha, and Tia Oso, BLD PWR engages pop culture, education, and activism to build and train an inclusive community of entertainers and athletes to advance radical social change. BLD PWR partners with grassroots causes and organizations at the intersection of gender, immigration, economic, educational, environmental and racial justice movements
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us, design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back and champion solutions that move us all forward. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America
Know Your Rights Camp advances the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. KYRC also houses a Legal Defense Initiative for those who have been arrested or are victims of police brutality while fighting injustice across the nation, in addition to providing COVID-19 relief to those disproportionately affected by the current pandemic.
The mission of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research is to convene researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. We foster exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. We are working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all.
The Movement for Black Lives is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. In doing so, the movement makes it possible for us, and therefore everyone, to live healthy and fruitful lives. The movement is driven by leadership anchored to six tables: Policy Demands, Organizing & Base Building, Electoral Justice Project, The Rising Majority, and Culture & Resource.
The Close the Workhouse campaign aims to attack mass incarceration, without legitimizing or justifying the continued caging of people as punishment. We call for the closure of the Medium Security Institute, better known in St. Louis as the Workhouse, an end to wealth based pretrial detention, and the reinvestment of the money used to cage poor people and Black people into rebuilding the most impacted neighborhoods in this region.
We are organizing and developing the leadership of Black and Brown youth and Black women in South Florida so that they may help lead the struggle to liberate all oppressed people.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.