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Jul 2017

Vestiges of the Unheard in the Motor City

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“A riot is the language of the unheard.”             Martin Luther King, Jr. In July 1967, the nation was rocked by civil disturbances in northern cities. In Detroit it took the authorities five days to quell the outbreak. There were 43 fatalities, 33 of them Black, and some 7,000 people were arrested. Detroit bears the indelible

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Jul 2017

Our Summer Reading List

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Summer is at its zenith and there’s no better companion than a good book! We tapped five McKinney collaborators (and writers) to share their top summer reads. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a Caribbean beach or chilling on your patio, we’re certain something here will captivate, capture and draw you in. We asked,

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Jun 2017

Then and Now ~Amplifying the voices of marginalized communities

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The process of moving forward is often enhanced by looking back, taking stock and drawing upon historical lessons to inform the future path. Change is a continuum that is reflected in lingering patterns and practices. Here we share snippets of McKinney & Associates engagement that speak to the unending march toward justice. Stand for Freedom

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Dec 2016

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Weingart Foundation Support Multi-Media Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 14, 2016 Llenda Jackson-Leslie llenda@mckpr.com (202) 833-9771   Few think of women as prisoners and even fewer imagine mothers or grandmothers behind bars.  But the ranks of incarcerated women are expanding. Only Thailand jails more women than the United States. Sixty percent of imprisoned women have children under 18.  Between 1980

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Nov 2016

A Movement in the Face of Whitelash

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“The work will be harder, but the work is the same.“–Black Lives Matter Now that’s a serious reality check. When we view Donald Trump’s election through the long lens of history, we realize that we’ve been here before. Trump isn’t even the first successful presidential candidate to be endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan; Ronald

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Oct 2016

Is Racism Making Us Sick?

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Racism kills. As surely as heart disease or cancer, systemic racism lies at the core of what ails Black America–the underlying cause for health disparities and higher rates of mortality. Racism’s lethal power is inextricably connected to place. When Black families fled the South during the Great Migration, they escaped Jim Crow, but were confronted

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Sep 2016

Free Speech in the Age of Trump

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“Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?” That’s the question Khizr Khan—whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, died from a suicide bombing in Baghdad 12 years ago—asked of Donald Trump. I’d like to pose that same question to the critics of Colin Kaepernick, who want the NFL to sanction

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Mar 2016

Heavy Hitters Celebrate DC Labor

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Joslyn Williams, who is stepping down after 34 years as president of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, told nearly a thousand labor leaders, activists and elected officials at the annual Evening With Labor celebration that he will continue fighting for organized labor as he hands over his gavel. McKinney produced a testimonial video, Joslyn N.

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Nov 2015

Say it loud. That’s what California voters did last year when a commanding majority passed Proposition 47. Prop 47 changes California’s criminal justice landscape, bringing hope and new prospects to thousands of prisoners, formerly incarcerated people and their families by reducing simple drug possession and petty theft offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. This allows people

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Sep 2015

From Selma to Burma

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On November 8, Burma (Myanmar) will hold national elections. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is widely expected to win. But observers fear the military government will interfere with the election process. My grandmother’s voice still rings in my ear. Fifteen years after her death, she is

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