Curtis Muhammad's lifetime of organizing began in his hometown of McComb, Mississippi in 1961. He was 18-years-old and working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a group of young civil rights activists that brought the movement directly into the lives of the poorest black farmers and laborers in the Deep South.
55 years later Muhammad’s passion for justice hasn’t dimmed.
This might come as a surprise: Many White and Black sports fans in 1964 despised Muhammad Ali after he announced his conversion to the Nation of Islam. White codes about Black athlete behavior were well-entrenched; Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis had both learned the lessons of the badass Jack Johnson of the early twentieth century: Speak quietly and do nothing to upset the racial status quo. Or leave the country.
New York City's Community Boards possess nothing in the way of real governing authority. When 52 out of the borough's 59 boards voted to reject Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy by March 2016, nothing happened. The unpopular policy was subsequently approved by City Council. A similar powerlessness is felt by Community Boards across the city, like in Chinatown, where a detailed Plan for Chinatown and the Surrounding Areas has fallen on deaf City ears.
You’re dying. Everything about you is dying; your whiteness, your mythology, your future and your power. Now, you’re panicking. I see you at Trump rallies, pumping fists, yelling, “U.S.A.!” and “We’re going to take our country back!” But we both know the truth. You lost this country and you’re never getting it back.
Elections in the New York City's United Federation of Teachers (UFT) have revealed a growing challenge to the union leadership from rank-and-file teachers demanding a more militant stance against corporate education reform.
As Bernie Sanders launched a campaign blitz in California on Monday ahead of the state's June 7 primary, his presidential rival Hillary Clinton found herself cancelling appearancesin New Jersey to catch up with him.
The following obituary forHedyEpstein was sent to us by Dianne Lee. Epstein was a friend and mentor to us atMondoweiss, and she will be sorely missed.
Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, 91, died at her home in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, on May 26, 2016. An internationally renowned, respected and admired advocate for human and civil rights, Hedy was encircled by friends who lovingly cared for her at home.