Activist Check-in: Black August

Activist Check-in: Black August

This month is Black August, a time for all people to commemorate the fight for freedom and justice in America. During the month, we honor our thought-leaders and action-takers, and all those who sacrificed their life and freedom to liberate the Black mind. I say...

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Activist Check-in: You Come First

Activist Check-in: You Come First

Dear Activist, For this week’s check-in, I felt it was important to bring this space back in alignment with what it’s intended to be: a space for community and self-care for activists. This week’s featured leader reminded me of how necessary it is to encourage...

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Activist Check-in: Results Take Time

Activist Check-in: Results Take Time

Dear Activist, The past few months have been heavy, to say the least. The threat of Covid-19 is still very real, although cases have slowed here in New York. Legislatively, there’s still major ground we need to cover. The boost to unemployment insurance benefits is...

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Activist Check-in: Juneteenth

Activist Check-in: Juneteenth

Dear Activist,  Yesterday was Juneteenth, the official holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America. On June 19, 1865, Black communities in Texas learned of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. We celebrate Juneteenth on June 19, not on...

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Activist Check-in: Who We Are

Activist Check-in: Who We Are

Dear Activist, This week and the weeks leading up to it have been extraordinarily heavy, to say the least. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and a revolution. In communities across the country, people are demanding an end to state-sanctioned violence against our Black...

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We Must Demand Justice for George Floyd and His Family

We Must Demand Justice for George Floyd and His Family

In New York 6 years ago, Eric Garner's last words were identical to George Floyd's this week as a Minneapolis police officer choked George to death: “I can’t breathe.” Police across the country continue to kill Black people with no repercussions. What happened to Eric...

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Activist Check-in: Runs Deep

Activist Check-in: Runs Deep

Dear Activist, Yesterday, May 8, would have been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday. In his memory, people all over the world participated in 2.23-mile runs and walks. On February 23, Ahmaud was shot and killed while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, not far from his home. A...

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Activist Check-In: Our Rights are Essential

Activist Check-In: Our Rights are Essential

Dear Activist,  Yesterday, we celebrated International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day. Protests were happening around the world for expanded rights and protections for workers, including a better response to the pandemic and more support from governments. Workers...

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