Guest Author Rosa Aqeel is the Legislative Director for PICO California, the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network, representing half a million families. The post below is excerpted from her testimony at a May 26, 2015 hearing on community safety and police | Read more >
When national media swarmed Baltimore this April to cover the protests and unrest that followed the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, 4th District City Councilman Bill Henry found himself addressing a packed room of media personnel. Yet just 19 hours | Read more >
Baltimore, Ferguson, and Black Lives Matter have thrust the nation into a long overdue discussion about race and inequity. We must all work hard to ensure that this moment leads to action and change. Finally correcting America’s long history of racial inequality will require | Read more >
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For most Americans, the Civil Rights movement has been the touchstone for dynamic, passionate, organized protests that inspire the nation to take a hard look at its moral decay | Read more >
In the midst of outrage following the tragic killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and numerous other Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, I’ve been remembering my late grandfather. He served as a Black police officer in Philadelphia for 27 years. | Read more >
Despite the circumstances leading to confinement, all young people are entitled to a good education, the necessary foundation for improving their lives and contributing to their families, communities, and the nation.
I applaud the Administration’s dedication to implementing the | Read more >
A persistent fear of police is nothing new to me or any other black man in America. But there are no words to describe the pain, the fear, and the anger that has gripped me over the past several months.
Much of my work is focused on ensuring young people of color have access to the | Read more >