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Miami Dade College: Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (ICED)
ICED's mission is to transform learning, strengthen democracy, and contribute meaningfully to the common good by awakening and empowering students for lifelong civic engagement.
Engage Miami takes down barriers and builds bridges to equitable civic leadership through voter registration, civic education, and organizing campaigns on the issues that matter to young people in Miami. We’re building political power for young people in South Florida so we can make sure the future is better for everyone, and it’s working.
MDC Change-making Office of Social Initiatives
MDC is committed to providing all students with an educational experience that will nurture their development as changemakers. We aim to ensure that every experience you have either inside or outside the classroom contributes to your discovery of what change you want to see in the world, and builds your ability to make that change happen. You can take courses that will help you develop the right skills and mindsets essential to being a changemaker. You can also get involved with clubs and groups that focus on issues that are meaningful to you. You might also want to work with faculty whose classes offer unique opportunities for hands-on, community-engaged learning. There are many ways MDC will support your changemaking journey.
Books on Activism (Selected E-books)
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The Antiracist Research & Policy Center
The mission of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research is to convene researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. We foster exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. We are working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all.
Black Lives Matter
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
Color of Change
Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.
The Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Today, the Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in our communities to advance a new vision we have for the state. Our agenda is called the Freedom Papers. Through it, we are advancing our vision of safety and security – away from prisons, deportation, and war – and towards healthcare, housing, jobs and movement for all.
Racial Equity Infographic
A data overview of the 2018 national Business Case for Racial Equity that offers solutions to maximize opportunity, starting with racial equity.
The Future of Social Activism
How young adults are supporting causes and why you should care.
Advocacy and Lobbying to Invoke Change (George Washington University)
Nonprofits advocate for their own missions, but they can also speak up about other local, state or national concerns. Advocacy is an ongoing effort with educational and promotional goals, rather than a sole objective to influence or make legislative change.When the efforts directly support or oppose legislation, they enter into lobbying territory. Nonprofit organizations often lobby for or against laws, policies, resolutions, proposals and referendums in an attempt to influence legislation.
Podcasts on Spotify
Dismantling White Fragility
What part do I play?” asks Robin DiAngelo, academic and author of White Fragility. DiAngelo’s critical, urgent work asks us to question what we thinkwe know about racism, the conversations we avoid having about racism, and the roles we might (unintentionally) be playing in upholding inequality.
Why The Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Communities Hardest
Many have referred to COVID-19 as a "great equalizer." But the virus has actually exacerbated all sorts of disparities. When it comes to race, black Americans account for a disproportionate number of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. In this bonus episode from Slate's "What Next" podcast, reporter Akilah Johnson talks about the many reasons why.
George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis this week, in an abusive and excessive show of force. We discuss his murder and the incident in Central Park this Monday where a white woman threatened Christian Cooper, a black man, distorting the facts in an apparent attempt to evoke an aggressive law enforcement response. Click here for anti-racism resources and organizations to follow. This election will be unlike any other and will require a specialized approach from organizers and activists. We talk to Crooked’s political director Shaniqua McClendon about the Adopt-A-State program, and how we can help get out the vote in key battleground states from the comfort of our homes.
A Weekend of Pain and Protest The Daily
This episode contains strong language.Demonstrations have erupted in at least 140 cities across the United States in the days since George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis. We were on the ground in some of them, chronicling 72 hours of pain and protest. Guests: Nikole Hannah-Jones, who writes for The New York Times Magazine; John Eligon, a national correspondent who covers race for The Times; and Mike Baker, a Pacific Northwest correspondent.