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

by Tammy Johnson on Nov 28, 2011 9:45AM

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.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Sharpton, Cornel West and What Real Accountability Would Look Like

by Tammy Johnson on May 13, 2011 12:13PM

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

Topics: Politics

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

by Tammy Johnson on Nov 24, 2010 10:13AM

Tammy Johnson remembers there are reasons to celebrate, too.

Topics: Politics

The Essential Link Between Racial Justice and LGBT Movements

by Tammy Johnson on Aug 4, 2010 10:12AM

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

Topics: Prop 8, Gender & Sexuality

Making Hospitals Speak the Language of Equity

by Tammy Johnson on Jul 6, 2010 6:06PM

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

by Tammy Johnson on Jun 24, 2010 12:03PM

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

by Tammy Johnson on Jun 24, 2010 9:34AM

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

by Tammy Johnson on May 18, 2010 10:02AM

The ascent of the deceptively beautiful Rima Fakih to the throne of


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

by Tammy Johnson on May 17, 2010 9:32AM

Welcome to the battle royale. Today is the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown vs.


Charles Murray to the Rescue of Failing Charter Schools

by Tammy Johnson on May 6, 2010 9:00AM

There are some people that the mainstream media just can’t get enough of. Case in point is Mr.