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Movement for Justice in El Barrio: Ten Years of Struggle for Another Possible World

“Ten years of grassroots community resistance to gentrification and displacement in El Barrio, New York. Ten years of building a social justice organization based on self-determination, participatory democracy and autonomy. Ten years of majority-women organizing for dignity and justice. Ten years of breaking down borders and supporting movements from New York City to South Africa and beyond. Ten years of fighting sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia,...

Words Beyond Walls: A Mother's Love in Immigration Detention

While immigration detention is increasingly becoming a topic covered by mainstream media, the voices of those directly affected by detention often remain absent. In an effort to fill this void, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is launching a series of blog posts called "Words Beyond Walls." In this series of posts, we will explore the reality of living in U.S. immigration detention...

Dems Support Bill for Undocumented Students

The Yale College Democrats are advocating for a new bill that would allow undocumented students to access public financial aid. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Roland Lemar, would require the state Office of Higher Education to amend existing policies that currently prevent undocumented students from participating in Connecticut student aid programs for public higher education. While undocumented immigrants who completed their high school education...

Estimated $24 Billion in College Debt Has Massachusetts Students Seeking Relief

SPRINGFIELD — Juhi Dasrath, a student at Springfield Technical Community College, is in the vanguard of a new band of activists urging government to take steps to help erase skyrocketing student debt, which has left almost one million Massachusetts in hock to the tune of $24 billion. An intern with STCC's PHENOM chapter (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts), Dasrath helped organize a campus event...

Beatings and Abuse of the Most Vulnerable Prisoners

For over a year I have been communicating with Comrade Mailk Washington, a man imprisoned in Texas. We have been exchanging stories of life, and finding common ground in our very different experiences, we have been discussing civil rights and social justice; over the course of this year I can say that we have become friends. Like many, I read about the horrible conditions in...

Bang a Drum Out loud: Two Spirit Powwow Comes to Cow Palace

One of my favorite community events of the year — the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit Powwow , hosted by the BAAITS organization — is getting a serious upgrade in size this year, as it comes to the Cow Palace for the first time. The long-runnning, all-day event, put on by the local community of two spirits (“third gender” people whose gender mixes female...

Activist Groups Target Drug Company over Alabama Death Penalty Links

A German investment firm divested itself of $60 million of stock in a drug company last year after British activists named the company as a possible source of a drug Alabama intends to use to execute death row inmates. DJE Kapital, headquartered in a Munich suburb, sold its stock in Pennsylvania-based drugmaker Mylan in September. Mylan is a maker of rocuronium, one of the drugs...

A Journey of Resist(ance): from three time grantee to Resist staff member

I'm honored to serve as Resist's new Director of Finance and Operations. My journey with Resist goes back 16 years when the group I was a part of first received Resist funding. Both then and two times since, I have experienced the difference Resist makes by seeding grassroots work for freedom and justice. As I share a little of my journey with Resist, please consider...

An End of the Year Note

Dear Supporters of Resist, For many years now, I've written a note to the Resist community asking to consider donating an end of the year gift to Resist. I do this because history tells us that ordinary folks coming together, organizing themselves at the grassroots level, and standing up and fighting for systemic change is the only way to create a better world. In the...

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