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Oct 2017

Ingredients for Progressive Change

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  The novelist Aldous Huxley once said: ‘Liberties are not given; they are taken.’ We are not given our liberties by the Bill of Rights, certainly not by the government which either violates or ignores those rights. We take our rights, as thinking, acting citizens. – Howard Zinn   From Columbus to the Constitution, the

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18
Sep 2017

Danny Glover Beyond Labor Day

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  It started as a private conversation with my friend Danny Glover. He had just completed a protracted war in Mississippi working with the United Auto Workers to organize a Nissan plant. As a fitting homage to Labor Day, I soon realized our discourse should enjoy a public stage. A living testament to arts and

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23
Jun 2017

The McKinney Manifesto

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From PR with a Conscience to Strategic Communications with Vision Nearly 27 years ago, owning a public relations firm was a lofty, if not ambitious endeavor. For me, public relations with a conscience was clever but true, niched to positioning social justice causes and leaders in the public square. Back then, the Internet was in

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30
Mar 2017

Crossing the Intersection of Race and Gender

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Consider the common threads connecting Latasha Harlins and Sandra Bland. Separated by geography and time, their stories – a parting homage to Women’s History Month – underscore the sometimes lethal journey facing Black women and girls. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles uprisings, and the case of Latasha Harlins is one

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15
Dec 2016

Second Chances, First Steps, Making Heroes

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This commentary, authored by founder and president Gwen McKinney, originally appeared on the Huffington Post. You can say Susan Burton has 20/20 vision. The lens is tinted in shades of trauma and triumph. It’s been 20 years outside and 20 inside California’s criminal justice system. While the decades between then and now break even, Burton,

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21
Nov 2016

Black Women Voting Bloc, Political Rock

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This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock. Lessons abound in that battle cry of a multiracial band of women who locked arms against apartheid in 1956. Some 20,000-strong, they defied spouses, convention and the dangerous era, resisting and rising up until the walls

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11
Nov 2016

Racism Trumps Everything

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This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. Latinos didn’t vote their interests. Blacks stayed home. Millennials failed to register. Too many progressives wasted their vote on third-party candidates. And the Obama coalition evaporated. Don’t take the bait for any of these flawed explanations about why Donald Trump scored his stunning upset over Hillary Clinton.

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