Photo credit: Annie Shepard, In front of Fred Wilson’s “Guarded View,” 2015. Reproduced with permission from author.

Policy Matters: On the Necessity for the NYC Cultural Plan to Address Equity Among City-Funded Arts Groups

By Nicole E. Reiner | January 2017   In Fred Wilson’s Guarded View, four black headless mannequins dressed in iconic museum guard uniforms from the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Jewish Museum provoke visitors to consider the unequal power relations and stereotypes that structure our…

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From the back of the bus to the back of the house

By Christina Fletes | March 2016 In the restaurant industry, the darker your skin, the more likely you are to be found in the “back of the house.” It’s a world in which your accent prevents you from getting server and bartender jobs, regardless of your qualifications. Unless, of course, you have a European accent….

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Black votes matter

By Sean Darling Hammond | February 24, 2016 Black, White, Republican, and Democratic voters know and care about issues affecting the Black community more than ever before. In this unique election, candidates from both parties can’t afford to ignore these issues. This election cycle is unlike any other in American history. Black people have experienced…

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I Grew Up in Flint. Here’s Why Governor Synder Must Resign.

BY ART REYES III    January 27, 2016 This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty.org. Growing up in a slew of apartment complexes and trailer parks in and around Flint, Michigan, I developed a peculiar habit. I would stand on the linoleum floor of our kitchen with the telephone pressed against my face, counting. I was counting how long it…

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Learning from Ferguson: Using Body Cameras and Participatory Governance to Improve Policing

By Lucas Turner-Owens and Casey McQuillan Lucas Turner-Owens is a public policy analyst at Operation HOPE’s Government Relations and Public Policy Department. He is a 2012 graduate of Wesleyan University, where he majored in sociology and African American studies. Casey McQuillan is an undergraduate economics and mathematics major at Amherst College.   Abstract The shooting…

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Race, Place and Police: The 2009 Shooting of Oscar Grant

By Katherine Blaisdell, Eliot Glenn, Christine Kidd, William Powers, and Rebecca Yang Katherine Blaisdell is a dual degree student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Divinity School. Prior to graduate school, she worked in civil rights law for the US Department of Justice. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri,…

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Six Months Later: ArchCity Defenders’ Municipal Courts White Paper

This paper was written by Thomas B. Harvey, executive director and cofounder of ArchCity Defenders. Michael-John Voss, John McAnnar, Megan Conn, Sean Janda, and Sophia Keskey contributed to the finished product. Voss and McAnnar are the cofounders of ArchCity Defenders. Conn, Janda, and Keskey are interns from Washington University.  Thomas B. Harvey is an attorney…

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Accepting the Unacceptable: Judicial Backing of Racial Profiling in America

By Zoe Cadore Zoe Cadore is native Houstonian, a 2011 graduate of Spelman College, and a third-year student at the University of Houston Law School where she serves as the president of the Black Law Students Association. She currently serves as an intern for the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, where she is…

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The Whole System is Guilty as Hell

By: Justin Hansford Justin Hansford is a law professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, where his research incorporates legal history, legal ethics, critical race theory, human rights, and the Global Justice Movement in a broader attempt to interrogate injustice in society. He is a member of the Ferguson Legal Defense Committee and has…

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