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May 30th


Equity missing from new SWLRT plans

Equity missing from new SWLRT plansCommentary by Michael McDowell, transit organizer, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Breaking the code of silence

Breaking the code of silence"I found my voice long before I became a writer in community organizing. That's where I found my voice, where I was able to take all that pain and transform it into something useful in the world, and I never looked back." Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools'® National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.

The 'democratic' origin and evolution of racism

The 'democratic' origin and evolution of racismAlbert Einstein reasoned, one "cannot alter a condition with the same mindset that created it in the first place."

The incalculable cost of slavery

The incalculable cost of slaveryNobody asked me but I think Ta Nehisi Coates' piece in the June issue of The Atlantic should be required reading for every American.

We, the People

We, the PeopleWe, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. – Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Inspiring lessons from Seattle Pacific University

Inspiring lessons from Seattle Pacific UniversityOn June 14th I had the honor of giving the undergraduate commencement address at Seattle Pacific University. Commencement speakers usually do their best to share a lesson or two with the graduates, but this year Seattle Pacific University students, administration, and faculty inspired me and people across the nation by how they responded after a campus tragedy that should have been unthinkable but instead has become all too routine: a shooting at their beloved school.

Freedom Summer – 50 years later

Freedom Summer – 50 years laterThe 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer is being commemorated this week in Mississippi and it provides the perfect backdrop to reflect on the transformation of not only Mississippi, then the deadliest state in the nation, but the entire region.
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