In each of his community spaces, Reverend Kenneth B. Thomas Sr. has seen the casualties of a pandemic that is complicated, multi-faceted, and doesn't have a neat beginning or end.
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Liberation lives here.
"It's a trauma response. It's a response to stigma and shame and being beaten down and taught that you don't have any worth."
Homelessness and eviction have always been public health crises. The pandemic made them even more deadly.
"On top of everything else, now you've got to find a place where no one will bother you for existing."
The end-goal of any effort to end the pandemic should be the abolishment of a system where collective care is not center, where compassion is not heard, and where people cannot trust their fellow community members to act on the collective's well-being.
An exhausting and intense school year has raised fears that principal burnout will drive professionals from the field. David LaViscount, a New Orleans charter school principal, said he was prepared for the hard work of building a new school community, but dealing with the pandemic ultimately made it too hard for him to support his own family.
Arts & Soul
"Being vaccine-skeptical or vaccine-hesitant is not the same thing as COVID-denial."
The author of 'Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness' in conversation about "the Black fat" and the nonbinary, trans-masculine experience.
Lessons on what release from prison really means. Meet a dozen men from Louisiana and Mississippi who served a combined 311 years for crimes they didn't commit.
Black funeral homes were once economic pillars in Black communities. The documentary from Reel South follows legendary embalmer James Bryant and his young queer protégé Clarence Pierce as they care for both the living and the dead.
Race & Place
Climate change is coming for all of us. What the people of the Gulf South need is solidarity, not thoughts or prayers—and certainly not your emails.
Recent public health studies confirm exposure to creosote and other chemicals from a nearby rail yard is responsible for poor health outcomes. When will Texas take action?
Floyd McKissick Jr.'s dream is an example of how white supremacy and its twin, anti-Blackness, intervene in the most basic life processes.
Photojournalist Ron Tarver spent years photographing people largely ignored in mythic depictions of white cowboys and the American West.
Through their new Humanities in Place program, the Foundation will invest $350,000 in Scalawag over the next two years, allowing us to further concretize and grow our transformative work.
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People in solitary confinement and volunteers team up to imagine a world without prisons—and grow plants to feed and heal the world in the process.
Read the words of Anne C. Willett in honor of the 46th anniversary of the direct action at NCCCW, and the account of A.L. Harris in honor of survivors of state violence and in memory of the lives of those harmed and killed by police.
Realizing Abolition is an opportunity to gather together with others committed to challenging the existence of prisons in our society
POC-led. Women-run. Southern.
Killer Mike is the media's go-to for thoughts on police reform. At best, his music can be a springboard into liberationist hip-hop. But an issue arises when the press ignores calls for abolition while praising his lyrics like a radical manifesto.