Voices

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Toolkit: How to Successfully Raise Funds for Progressive Candidates

As the political machine ramps up for 2020, The Collective co-founders Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James discuss five key fundraising strategies progressive candidates should replicate if they want to win big.

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The Best Way to Protect Free Speech Online? De-Platform Hate. [OP-ED]

Internet companies must stop ignoring the racism and other forms of hate that are prevalent on their platforms and acknowledge that the hateful discourse of the few silences the speech of the marginalized many.

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Practical POC Tips for Fighting the Trump Administration's Latest Assault on Trans People

As we fight the Trump administration’s anti-trans memo, we can’t be silent about who this dramatic rollback could affect the most—trans and gender nonconforming people of color. This is not a moral nicety, it’s a strategic mandate.

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It's Time for a Narrative Shift in Post-Disaster Journalism [OP-ED]

Examining news coverage following Hurricane Florence illustrates how post-disaster narratives can compound and perpetuate deep histories of racial and economic oppression.

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This Is a Defining Moment for Women of Color Who Survived Sexual Violence [OP-ED]

“We saw an educated White woman with financial, legal and familial support testify about being sexually assaulted, and then face the emotionally exhausting experience of being cross-examined for hours and disbelieved by many Senators. We got the message: If they won’t listen to her, it will be even worse for us.”

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I'm a Survivor Who Isn't Brave Like Anita and Christine. And That's OK

As she watches the fate of Christine Blasey Ford and new Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, labor organizer Camille rivera reflects on why coming forward should always be the survivor’s choice.

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Performing Blackness Won't Fill Our Asian-American Culture Deficit [OP-ED]

The fight for media representation has become one of the most prominent rallying cries among Asian Americans. But if we wish to subvert White hegemony, we must step away from the imitation of Whiteness’ exploitation of Blackness.

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How This Crazy Rich Asian Fights Wealth Inequality and the Model Minority Myth [OP-ED]

Resource Generation’s Iimay Ho: “I’ve been looking forward to the release of ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ but I’m not surprised that Warner Bros. took a bet on a movie where rich Asians show they can act like rich White people and reinforce the model minority myth.”

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Racial Equity Here: A Call to Collective Action

Race Forward president Glenn Harris: “In order to truly dismantle structural racism we must abandon the business-as-usual mindset that envelops whole sectors.”

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How I Survived 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy [OPINION]

At age 17, Darren Calhoun was manipulated into conversion therapy by a pastor. Here, he reflects on his path from confused teen to advocate for the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people in the United States who are subjected to the same treatment.

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On Starbucks: Looking Beyond Implicit Bias Training to Systemic Solutions [OPINION]

Race Forward president Glenn Harris on why Starbucks’ mandatory anti-bias training is a good start, but far from a cure for what ails America.

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Broadcasting Hate: How Trump Used the FCC to Punish the Poor [OPINION]

Erin Shields of Center for Media Justice and Lucia Martinez of Free Press break down what they call the Trump administration’s “war on the poor.”

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It's Our Job to Finish Dr. Martin Luther King's Economic Justice Work [Opinion]

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner reflects on the critical income inequality work he supported and our urgent need to finish it. 

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I Wrote A Book With Michael Bennett. Here's Why I Stand With Him Now. [Opinion]

Dave Zirin, the co-author of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” on why there’s nothing at all uncomfortable about standing by the activist athlete.

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Unions Helped Build the Black Middle Class. The Wealthy's Political Lackeys Are Out to Gut It. [OPINION]

As the Supreme Court considers the future of unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson examines how racism conspires to keep workers of color from uniting to reach their full potential.

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As the Kerner Report Turns 50, I Actually Have Some Good News About the Media [OPINION]

Rinku Sen: “I’ve read thousands of justifiable words about how little has changed and has even gotten worse for people of color in the media. But there’s no question that the last 50 years would have been immeasurably worse without the actions of reporters and news consumers of color.”

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The Kerner Report Called for More Black Journalists. Major Newsrooms Remain a 'White Man's World' [OPINION]

When the Kerner Commission indicted U.S. journalism for its misrepresentation of Black communities in 1968, the report called on media companies to hire, train and promote Black journalists. FAIR program director Janine Jackson argues that corporate media is still failing to confront its own racism.

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Representation Matters: Long Before the Movie, Black Panther Validated My Black Self

“Representation matters” has become a catchphrase. Because it’s true. Here, one lifelong Black Panther fan explains why he’s so passionate about a superhero movie.

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How the GOP is Using the Budget Process to Destroy Immigration as We Know It [OPINION]

Rinku Sen argues that the Congressional budget process is just a tool for the GOP to reach its ultimate goal—a radical reordering of 50 years of immigration policy that is transparent in its hostility toward immigrants of color.

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Hari Kondabolu’s New Doc Shows How the Racist Apu Character on 'The Simpsons' Still Haunts Desi America

Through his own experiences and those of actors such as Aziz Ansari and Kal Penn, the comedian explores the trouble with the animated Indian convenience store clerk in an hourlong documentary set to air on truTV.