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Posts from September 2016

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: September 30, 2016

As racist police violence in the United States continues unabated, including the high-profile killings of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, and Keith Scott in Charlotte, we take a look at some of the recent writings on policing.

How police hide use of force incidents from the public, by Carimah Townes via Think Progress

Protest in Charlotte with the National Guard in the background
Published: September 28, 2016

Keith Lamont Scott. 1973-2016. I know it’s nothing new. And somehow it still hits closer to home, maybe because it is actually closer to my home.

I was born in Charlotte and grew up there. I graduated from West Charlotte High School in 1995, a school recognized as a national success in busing and racially integrated public schools. My 8-year-old daughter lived in Charlotte for her first year. Charlotte is no longer my every day home, but it will always be my hometown.

I have watched from afar as my school system completely re-segregated again in the early 2000s following a...

Image of the Oval Office
By: Carly Goodman
Published: September 27, 2016

Millions of people tuned in to watch the highly-anticipated first Presidential debate last night between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Viewers who wished to hear more about candidates’ immigration policy proposals in the first debate were left unsatisfied, however. Moderator Lester Holt did not ask a single question on the subject in the 90-minute debate, and no candidate discussed policies that would address problems that exist in our immigration system. The only mention of immigrants at all, in response to an unrelated question, characterized...

Researchers on a reforestation delegation study tour to China
By: Beth Hallowell
Published: September 22, 2016

Why should we be talking about North Korea? 

In last week's New York Times, analyst Joel Wit spelled out why the next U.S. president should engage with North Korea. The reason is simple: Militarism hasn't worked. Sanctions won't work. And increasingly, leaders on all sides are saying that only engagement will work.

This doesn't surprise us here:...

Colin Kaepernick
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: September 22, 2016

“I have long believed that speaking truth is both the simplest way of leading your life and one of the most difficult to achieve.” – Judith Atchison, Quaker author

Last Saturday I awoke to the news that Terrence Crutcher had been killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His car had broken down and the footage from a police helicopter video shows him standing next to his car with his hands in the air, his back turned to the police officers. In the footage I saw, you can hear the officers watching the scene say that Terrence Crutcher is “a bad dude, must be on something.” Then officer...