Terry Keleher

Terry Keleher

Terry is the Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center and Program Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. He provides racial justice training, consulting and presentations to organizations around the country. He has over twenty-five years of experience in community organizing, leadership development, curriculum design, popular education, research and strategic coaching. He coordinated the national ERASE Initiative (Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence) and has authored several reports on race and equity issues, including Facing the Consequences: An Examination of Racial Discrimination in U.S. Public Schools, and Justice by the People: Community Safety and Police Accountability. He is a member of the Illinois Editorial Forum and has served on the Readers Bureau of the Chicago Reporter. He is also a contributing writer to R

A Free Toolkit for White Moms Trying to Raise Conscious Kids

Veteran activist and educator Terry Keleher dreams of a world where white moms fight the police violence of their own kids. A new toolkit from the group Showing Up for Racial Justice might just be a real start.  

Rethinking Racial Justice Law a Year After the Gutting of the Voting Rights Act

One year after the Supreme Court found Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, a group of lawyers are learning new ways to protect people of color.

How to Be a Racial Justice Hero, on MLK Day and All Year Long

Martin Luther King, Jr., isn’t the only racial justice hero–you can be one too. Simply drill down on your daily routine, ask some basic questions about equity in the institutions you engage and deploy your own hero powers to fight for it.

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

Dear President Obama, I’m no longer expecting miracles. And I know it’s gonna take a whole movement to raise some real hope and change. But in the spirit of the season, I’m just making my wishes clear.

5 Ways to Face Race at the Thanksgiving Table—and Not Choke [Colorlines Classic]

That awkward moment when your uncle pipes up with a racist rant at holiday dinner doesn’t have to be so hard. Here’s how to take control of the conversation and make it productive, without ruining everybody’s appetite.

A Letter to My Son on Coping With Mass Violence

As you grow older, you’ll have many opportunities to make positive change. What values will you put into practice? Answering this question may be the best way to honor those whose lives were so tragically cut short.

'Reverse Racism': A Sad Misnomer for a Tragic Mississippi Murder

The family of a white teen charged in a horrific anti-black murder says he is the victim of “reverse racism.” Sadly, we must again point out that power, more than prejudice, is the foundation of racism. Terry Keleher breaks it down.

Give Peace a Chance: How To Fight Terrorism in the Post-Bin Laden Era

It’s time to stop using violence as a tool for peace.

Readers Sound Off On Race-Conscious Parenting and Adoption

Terry Keleher’s essay on raising a black son as a white dad in a “post-race” world stirred intense emotions. He highlights the discussion and adds more thoughts.

White Dad, Black Son and Raising Kids in a "Colorblind" World

Teaching how to create a more just world is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.

Four Tips and Resources for "Post-Race" Parenting

Terry Keleher shares his experiences as both parent and racial justice educator.

Start a Conversation That Says No to Racial Profiling

RaceWire’s parent company, the Applied Research Center, partnered with the Rights Working Group in the production of the video above.

White Folks Step Up to Fight Racism With “US for All of Us”

Over the past several months, a number of white anti-racist activists have been connecting and organizing in new ways to step up their response to heightened racism in the current political context.

A Statement of Commitment and Call to Action, titled “Let’s Build a U.S. for All of Us: No Room for Racism,” has already been signed by some 700 people and 75 organizations around the country.

According to the network’s Statement of Commitment:

Time to Fight Racially Unfair Restrictions on Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights has a new video featuring video blogger Jay Smooth breaking down the Hyde Amendment which has been used to ban federal government spending on abortion for nearly 35 years.

During the recent national health care debate, the Stupak and Nelson amendments propose to take the unprecedented step of expanding the Hyde restrictions on public spending into the private insurance marketplace.

New Video Appeals to Racists to Unite Against Health Care Reform

Gaining popularity on YouTube is a new video called “I guess I’m a Racist,” by opponents of “a total government take-over of our health care system.”

Today Is National Call-in Day to Eliminate the Cocaine Disparity

black male behind bars.jpgThe Sentencing Project has issued a call for action today to end one of the most notorious examples of seemingly race-neutral public policies that have devastating adverse impacts on communities of color.

Sheriff Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth in Shackles

It’s hard to imagine how Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could possibly stoop any lower in his zeal to arrest and humiliate people who are, or look like, immigrants, whether they have legal status or not. But Arpaio, who is clearly challenged in the department of human decency and dignity, is at it again.

Sarah Palin's Delusional "Real America"

sarah_palin_1011458c.jpgFormer Alaska Governor and Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is embarking on a national tour touting her new book “Going Rogue.”

What’s curious, however, is that her book tour will skip a lot of the big cities–and major book sale markets–like Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Curious, but not surprising.

NPA Steps Up Demands on Treasury Secretary Geithner Today for More Action on Foreclosure Crisis

floclosures_in_chicago111609.jpgToday, National People’s Action, a network of grassroots community groups from around the country, is organizing a gathering outside the Department of Treasury to demands that Secretary Geithner take more action to provide relief to households and communities hardest hit by the fore

You Have Questions? The New LGBT Racial Equity Toolkit Has Answers.

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online source for all kinds of practical and politically insightful information highlighting the critical issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of color?

Now we have one with the recent launch of LGBTRacialEquity.org by the Funders for LGBT Issues.

The new site serves as a virtual toolkit chock-full of thoughtful and timely resources, including: