Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson Tammy, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Applied Research Center (ARC) has many years experience as a community organizer, trainer and writer versed in race and public policy. Inspired by her family’s dedication to the struggle for civil rights, Johnson cut her activist teeth as president of the Black Student Union at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as president of the Wisconsin Statewide Student Association. A Tennessee native, Johnson lived for many years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was Coalition Organizer for Wisconsin Citizen Action, Director of Progressive Milwaukee, and Board Member of the Wisconsin Community Fund. She is a former board member of the National Organizer Alliance. Johnson has authored and edited several reports on race and equity issues, including four editions of the California Report Card on Racial Equity,

Advocates Push for Reforms to DNA Database Collection

The FBI has a database of over 10 million DNA profiles, and it's growing larger by the day. But many people of color arrested for non-violent crimes are caught up in the web of DNA profiling.

Sharpton, Cornel West and What Real Accountability Would Look Like

A sharp debate on MSNBC brought out issues of class and leadership, but largely missed the point.

Giving Thanks for Racial Justice Victories. Yes, We've Got Some!

Tammy Johnson remembers there are reasons to celebrate, too.

The Essential Link Between Racial Justice and LGBT Movements

ColorLines' publisher, the Applied Research Center, explains why the racial justice and sexual freedom movements are inseparable.

Making Hospitals Speak the Language of Equity

A victory in Washington State's hospitals proves the point: We actually can create racial equity in our health care system, if we want to.

Head Games with Headlines? Talk Back

It's not just Fox News. All sorts of news media frame our issues--and thus limit solutions--every day. Whether it's deliberate doesn't matter. We gotta speak up.

Welcome! Now Let's Talk About Fixing Stuff

Together, I hope we can shift our focus from what we can't do to what we can do about racism in our nation and around the world.

The Right Says the All-American Girl Isn't American Enough

The ascent of the deceptively beautiful Rima Fakih to the throne of Miss USA is a matter of national security! At least, that’s what the megaphoned culture police would have us all believe.

Battling Over Brown v. Board, More than 50 Yrs. Later

Welcome to the battle royale. Today is the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, an annual heavyweight match where race and public education claim the center ring. In one corner are Brown's defenders, bemoaning the country’s failure to carry out the order to educate every child regardless of race. In the opposing corner are the persecutors of public schools, claiming that the system's failures stem from its very acknowledgement of race, rather than from the racial disparities themselves.

Charles Murray to the Rescue of Failing Charter Schools

There are some people that the mainstream media just can’t get enough of. Case in point is Mr. Bell Curve himself, Charles Murray, whom the New York Times saw fit to give prime time op-ed space yesterday. Murray’s piece references a recent study of the Milwaukee, Wisc.,-based public school choice program. The study found that the test scores of program students showed “achievement growth rates are comparable” to those of similar public school students.

Countering Myth of Colorblindness, from the White House to the Statehouse

natl_rc_cover_small021810.jpgThis weekend the National Governors Association gathers in Washington to discuss budget cuts, stimulus funds and a litany of state policy proposals. Things have changed dramatically since President Obama's election. Many observers embraced the moment as the start of a post-racial era.

Is Black History Month Necessary? Tammy Johnson on KALW's Your Call [AUDIO]

I really enjoy the push and pull of a good political conversation, especially ones that apply big questions of policy of philosophy to real life situations. That’s a good thing, since I seem to find myself in the middle of them these days -- from the hot debate about state budget cuts in social services at my beauty parlor last week, to the inquiry about the relevance of Black History Month on the radio yesterday.

The State of OUR Union

Last night, Obama spoke. Now it's our turn.

Calling All Artists for Akonadi's Racial Justice Poster Contest

akonadipostercontest.jpg It’s been one heck of a week people. The US Supreme Court says that corporations are people too. In fact they are superhuman and now have the right to outshout everyone on the soapbox. The Democrats go to Boston and shoot themselves foot, again! Can you say “Hello Republican Senator Brown”? And Haiti, sweet Haiti, becomes occupied, stigmatized and Hollywoodized all in less than seven days.

Single Black Women Speak For Themselves

A book review of Nika Beamon\'s new book, I Didn\'t Work This Hard Just to Get Married.

Sarah Palin Wishes She Looked So Good

15543_203485112827_31772462827_3188302_7340248_n.jpg Some may ask, "What does RuPaul as a classier Sarah Palin have to do with race?” Everything. That’s why I give a supersonic high five to any brother that is bold enough do his thing in perfectly applied lipstick and killer lashes, while taking on the very forces that seek to drive him and others like him back into the closet.

As Hate Crimes Rise So Must Our Voices: 5 Things You Can Do to Fight Back

hate-crimes.jpgYou may want to watch your back, because according to the new hate crimes data released by the FBI this week, the haters are in full freak-out mode. The report cites that in 2008 there was an eleven percent increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation and nine percent increase in religion based hate crimes. Half of all hate crimes are still racially motivated.

Mosques Seizures Jeopardize Communities

Our Muslim brothers and sisters can’t catch a break this month. First, the Fort Hood tragedy leads to more scapegoating of their faith. Now, the Feds target the owners of four mosques for their affiliation with the Iranian government. Faced once again with the ugly T-word (terrorist), the Council on American-Islamic Relations steps out and up to defend mosque worshipers against the growing hate of the “other” in this country.

What's Fallen Since the Berlin Wall?

berlinwall-110909.jpgI can't believe that it’s been twenty years. I was a student at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, when Doug came bouncing across the student union concourse screaming, “The wall is down! The Berlin Wall is down!” Back then, I knew precious little about its significance. But this had to be big news because Doug, a stereotypically somber philosophy major on the ten-year plan, was gleefully shoving the newspaper in my face.

I Know What You Did Last Night: Race and the Elections

us-election-voting_110509.jpgElection results are still rolling in as I write this blog entry. As I read the returns, I can’t help but think about the old Will Rogers’ quote. No, not the one about belonging to an unorganized party. But this one: "Elections are a good deal like marriages. There's no accounting for anyone's taste.