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Building a bridge for prison justice: Conversation with Salvador Miranda and Alisha Volante [AUDIO]

In this podcast, Filiberto Nolasco Gomez sat down with two key organizers with Voices for Racial Justice to talk about an innovative partnership with BRIDGE, a movement led by incarcerated individuals organizing within Minnesota’s prison system to share the stories of incarceration, to develop solutions addressing mass incarceration and re-entry, and to build a stronger bridge from prison to the community. Continue Reading

When white families avoid talking about race, families of color shoulder the burden of respectability

The first thing I was taught about race was that it didn’t matter. Like so many others I was taught to ignore the color of a person’s skin and to judge people on the “content of their character.” This was the extent of my racial formation. This color-ignorance became the dominant approach after the Civil Rights movement, and has only gained steam in the supposedly post-racial world the election of Barack Obama ushered in. The problem with color-ignorance is that it erases the reality of racism and leaves white folks incapable of understanding the experiences of people of color, and therefore incapable of contributing to justice in meaningful ways. Nothing illustrates this inability better than the phenomenon of respectability and what it signifies depending on your race. Continue Reading