Young Voices

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Overlook his Critiques of Capitalism and Militarism

America’s celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. typically focus on his civil rights activism: the nonviolent actions that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The last few years of King’s life, by contrast, are generally overlooked. [...]

Millennials Reveal #WhatWeNeed2016 From Our Presidential Contenders

Another presidential election year will soon be upon us, and media punditry surrounding contenders like Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz is already beginning to dominate the Interweb. As the list of presidential hopefuls swells, it's time to take a look at the issues that matter [...]

Chicago’s Reparations for Police Torture Victims Offer a Glimpse of the Power of #BlackLivesMatter

The youth uprisings around the country have ignited a fire that is blazing a path for change and justice. By Kirsten West Savali | Originally Published at The Root May 8 2015 2:23 PM | Demonstrators gather in Daley Plaza in Chicago April 14, 2015, to draw [...]

Baltimore Residents: “We Just Can’t Go Back”

By Juan M. Thompson | Originally Published at The Intercept. May 3, 2015 | Photographic Credit; David Goldman/AP After prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six Baltimore police officers with the killing of Freddie Gray, this city, which had been roiled by protests since his death in police custody [...]

We’re Young, Passionate, and Bent on Justice: Why #BlackLivesMatter Is Irresistible

By Adrienne Maree Brown | Originally Published at Yes! Magazine. February 24, 2015 | Photographic credit; Millions March NYC, December 2014. By B.C. Lorio. The people dying are moms and dads, kids and teenagers, nerdy, quiet boys and girls. This movement is showing what wholeness looks like [...]

Black Intellectuals Have Sold Their Souls

By Eddie S. Glaude Jr | Originally Published at The New York Times. Updated; June 23, 2014 2:16 PM | Photographic Credit; Residents of the historically African-American neighborhood of Harlem. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)‬ Black academics don’t have a “special obligation” to speak to [...]

What The Swift Response To Texas’ ‘Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ Game Tells Us About The Reform Movement

By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee |Originally Published at ThinkProgress. November 21, 2013 On Wednesday, actress America Ferrera led a solidarity march with hundreds of pro-immigration activist groups at the University of Texas at Austin to protest against a scheduled game called “Catch an illegal immigrant” which prompted heavy [...]

CPS Students Protest ‘The Death Of Public Education’

CPS Students Protest 'The Death Of Public Education' Photo credit: Justin Carlson By Aaron Cynic | Originally Published at Chicagoist. November 4, 2013 A small group of Chicago Public Schools students marched from the Board of Education to City Hall on Friday to protest what they say [...]