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'People Don't Really Have Time to Dream'

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Darnell Moore: “The goal was to really…think about creative ways to utilize the imagination, to move us from problem to solution, to move us from sort of looking at a past that also gets very stagnant to possibilities of what a present and future might look like.”

Janine Jackson, CounterSpin / Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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February 19, 2016 | Social movements have always been fueled and uplifted by culture — art, music, stories. And not just movements, but the human beings who comprise them. In this vein, February marks the second annual Black Futures Month, a project of Black Lives Matter that brings together different cultural forms to shed light and spark discussion about issues that affect black communities, including questions not only of police violence, but also of labor, reproductive and gender justice.

Black History Month can be a valuable reminder of African-American struggles and unheralded contributions to US society. Black Futures Month extends the conversation from where African-Americans have been to where we might still go.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality.

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  • Mass incarceration's ill effects are concentrated in places already in distress. Researchers once estimated that, in some inner-city neighborhoods, up to one-fifth of the young black men are behind bars at any given moment.
  • Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial.

Jeff Guo, Washington (DC) Post

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February 26,2016 | For as long as the government has kept track, the economic statistics have shown a troubling racial gap. Black people are twice as likely as white people to be out of work and looking for a job. This fact was as true in 1954 as it is today.

The most recent report puts the white unemployment rate at around 4.5 percent. The black unemployment rate? About 8.8 percent.

Jeff Guo is a reporter covering economics, domestic policy, and everything empirical. He's from Maryland, but outside the Beltway.

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Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial, Claire Bernish, Free Thought Project

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  • Justice, as an untold — though no doubt, appalling — number can attest, has been utterly abandoned for the interests of the careless expedience, apathetic convenience, and unabashed profiteering of the U.S. prison-industrial machine.
  • Scalia Funeral | Crooks rule; Officialdom Honors a Partisan Shameless Grafter

How bad is Hollywood diversity? We cropped celebrity photos to demonstrate.

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  • If we're not being shown a world as diverse as the one we live in in the media, we're not seeing the whole picture.
  • #OscarsSoWhite? It's really about #HollywoodSoWhite.
  • "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise": First Film on Writer and Activist Chronicles an Extraordinary Life

Parker Molloy, UpWorthy

February 23, 2016 | The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism just released the Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment.

The report comes with a bunch of really helpful charts and other graphics that show how Hollywood's makeup is out of step with the general population.

Why does that matter?

Parker Molloy: I wear many hats. I'm a writer, blogger, intersectional feminist, and Chicagoan, who doesn't think people should legislate what others do with their bodies. My hobbies include chipping away at the patriarchy, fighting transphobia, and taking naps.

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To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule, Carrie Rickey, TruthDig 

  • Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.
  • Yet another #OscarsSoWhite

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"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise": First Film on Writer and Activist Chronicles an Extraordinary Life, Amy Goodman, Rita Coburn Whack, Bob Hercules, Colin Johnson, Democracy Now!

In a Black History Month special, we remember the life and legacy of the legendary poet, playwright, civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. Now, for the first time, a documentary chronicles her remarkable life.

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

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  • We have to imagine the kind of society we want to inhabit. We can’t simply assume that somehow, magically, we’re going to create a new society in which there will be new human beings. No, we have to begin that process of creating the society we want to inhabit right now.
  • Anti-war activist Ciaron O’Reilly: conventional protests are 'a dead end' 

Sarah van Gelder, Angela Davis, Fania Davis, Yes! Magazine

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February 18, 2016 | Angela Davis and her sister Fania Davis were working for social justice before many of today’s activists were born. From their childhood in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, where their friends were victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, to their association with the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party, to their work countering the prison-industrial complex, their lives have centered on lifting up the rights of African Americans.

In 1969, Angela Davis was fired from her teaching position at UCLA because of her membership in the Communist Party. She was later accused of playing a supporting role in a courtroom kidnapping that resulted in four deaths. The international campaign to secure her release from prison was led by, among others, her sister Fania. Angela was eventually acquitted and continues to advocate for criminal justice reform.

Sarah van Gelder wrote this article for Life After Oil, the Spring 2016 issue of YES! Magazine. Sarah is co-founder of YES! 

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Anti-war activist Ciaron O’Reilly: conventional protests are 'a dead end' Joshua Robertson, Guardian

  • Joshua Robertson meets a man who stormed a New York air base in 1991 and smashed up a B-52 bomber, exploits recorded in a new exhibition in Brisbane
  • Beyond armistice

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