As the results of this election continue to come in, we are in awe of the historic turnout. Nearly 160M people voted in the last several weeks by mail and in-person. Congratulations to the many organizers who poured their souls into mobilizing their communities in a year that required radical shifts in strategy and work during a dangerous global pandemic.
Elections are not the beginning or end of our work — they are simply a measurement of where we are as a country.
Last night showed us that white supremacy has an unyielding grip on all of our systems, including…
Our hearts once again go out to the family and friends of Breonna Taylor. We #SayHerName today and every day.
We are not surprised that a Kentucky grand jury decided not to hold accountable any of the officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor. After all, when has the criminal justice system, which is rooted in slavery and white supremacy, ever worked for Black people?
We are, however, disgusted and angered, that the only charges levied were against an officer who ‘disturbed the peace’. The lives of Breonna’s neighbors — who are alive and well today — mattered more…
re:power is proud of the incredible work we’ve achieved this year, partnering with Black, Indigenous and other Communities of Color committed to racial justice to build power, organize together and create radical change. This work is only made better through the guidance and support of our Board of Directors.
We’re thrilled to announce the four movement leaders who have been unanimously voted to join re:power’s board in August 2020.
Jess Morales Rocketto, Civic Engagement Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Executive Director of Care in Action; Justin Myers, CEO of For Our Future and For Our Future…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
This sentence from the Declaration of Independence has inspired heartfelt patriotic feelings in certain quarters for centuries. It shouldn’t. This country’s founding ideals of justice and equality were a lie when they were written in 1776 and are still false today.
For Black America, freedom wasn’t ringing in 1776. We have fought, marched, revolted, begged, and died for the recognition of our humanity, for our…
One month ago George Floyd was murdered in front of America. As a country, we launched into action fueled by the anger and despair of another Black life lost and by the urgency and desire to fix the system that could allow such tragedies to occur. The response to Floyd’s death, as well as Breonna Taylor’s and Ahmaud Arbery’s and so many others, has pushed our country to confront its racism directly, but it is painfully clear that we still lack a shared understanding of how to do this work.
As momentum around justice and equity for Black lives grow…
Every June 19th, African American communities across the country celebrate Juneteenth. Sadly, this date — like many other moments in Black history which, incidentally, is American history and should be taught and studied — aren’t known to the broader public. So, here’s a bit of a primer: The Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery, went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863. Texas, unfortunately, didn’t get the message. Black people there weren’t free until two and a half years later when, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers told African Americans in Galveston that they were no longer slaves.
155 years later this…
A man was murdered this week.
Just four days ago George Floyd was murdered. By four Minneapolis police officers. George was unarmed, handcuffed, and lying face down on the ground. Three officers pinned George to the ground, and one pressed his knee into George’s neck and kept it there for more than 8 minutes. The fourth officer stood over them and did nothing to intervene. George begged for his life, as did concerned citizens on the street. The cries for mercy went unheard, and cellphone video captured the last minutes of George Floyd’s life.
A man was murdered this week.
Najaah, YT and Carin, the latest additions to the re:power team. Each of them is dedicated to transforming how we think about power, who holds it, and how we wield it in our communities, whether it’s in the streets, on the campaign trail, in the courts, or in elected office.
Read all about Najaah, YT and Carin and make sure to check out our website for the latest updates on their work: www.repower.org.
Yterenickia “YT” Bell (she/her)
Project Director, Progressive Governance Academy
by Deepa Kunapuli
VP, Marketing and Communications, re:power
re:power showed up strong this year at #NN19 with presence on three panels/trainings, a booth in the exhibition hall, and a social event to meet and greet our community members.
By Arianna Genis
Deputy Communications Director, re:power
“ Reproductive Justice as a social justice movement is rooted in the belief that individuals and communities should have the resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, and lives. It is also pro-sex, sexuality, gender, queer bodies; pro-access to abortion and contraception; birth rights and chosen families.”
— Spark Reproductive Justice Now
With each passing day, attacks on abortion rights are becoming more frequent and extreme. Within the last few years, six states — Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota — have passed “heartbeat”…