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Race & Ethnicity

Black Wall Street (Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma)

From revelation to reckoning to revolution: In pursuit of racial justice

MLK said we need “a radical redistribution of economic and political power” to address the impact of racism in America. One place to start is to assess the transgenerational impact of slavery and systemic racism on Black people and what it would take to repair that damage. read more
Phil Thompson speaking to a group of people

J. Phillip Thompson on community wealth building, racial equity, and democracy

In this special episode, CLES shares J. Phillip Thompson’s keynote address from its Community Wealth Building Summit in November 2020. read more

Stories

Defund militarized police

Defund the militarization of local police and fund community needs instead

One way to defund and demilitarize police departments is to end the federal law known as Section 1033, which enables the transfer of military equipment—weapons of war—to local police departments that have used them against Black Lives Matter protesters. read more
Moms 4 Housing sign

Direct action, moms and a housing crisis

How a takeover by four women of vacant housing in Oakland, California is helping drive systemic solutions to the housing crisis. read more
The Next System Podcast Episode 45

Talking racial trauma, healing and reparations with La June Montgomery Tabron

The CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is leading a “truth, racial healing and transformation” effort that is ultimately designed to dismantle the discriminatory systems that have prevented families and communities from thriving. read more
The Next World podcast discusses school to prison pipeline

Reparations, the Green New Deal, and the school-to-prison pipeline

From our peers at “The Next World: A Podcast About Building Movements,” a talk with Zakiya Sankara-Jabar of the Dignity in Schools Campaign about the criminalization of black children, plus journalist Sarah Lazare on critical questions about the Green New Deal. read more

Reparations and the Democratic Economy

Four hundred years after the first African slaves were brought to America—the initial act of America’s “original sin”—the discussion of reparations has gained a new level of seriousness. read more
Tools are hung on a wall of a workshop with different colors overlapping over them.

Election-year debate: “Wish-list economics” or necessary transformation?

The Democracy Collaborative weighs in on “wish-list economics,” making the case that in the face of extreme crises radical solutions are practical solutions. read more
red and blue fists are sprawled over a yellow-orange background

Episode 20: Towards the Inclusive Workers’ Movement of the Future (W/ Dorian Warren)

Dorian Warren joins the Next System Podcast to discuss the future of the labor movement, organizing for racial equity and an inclusive economy, and more. read more