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The Social Justice Phrase Guide

Advancing a social justice agenda starts with being smart and deliberate in how we frame our discourse. The Social Justice Phrase Guide is your go-to tool to craft inclusive messages. Whether developing language for your organization, communicating through media platforms or engaging in personal discussions, follow these guidelines to successfully communicate across communities. A collaboration of Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil rights organization, and The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab, download the printable pamphlet here.

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9 Greatest Frederick Douglass Quotes

Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest abolitionists, was born in February 1818. The man who would grow to escape slavery in Maryland would later choose to celebrate his birthday on the 14th of the month. Douglass was prominently known for his anti-slavery writings and also advocated for several social justice causes, including womens’ suffrage. As an organization dedicated to racial justice, Advancement Project National Office carries Douglass’ spirit in the work that we do on the ground for grassroots movements. In fact, our office celebrates his birthday in place of Presidents Day! Hundreds of quotes exist out there which…

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A Day of Hope with the Rising Majority

By Flavia Jimenez | Managing Director of Organizational Development and Leadership On a February day that started with a downpour and ended with blustery winds in the nation’s capital, something extraordinary happened in the auditorium of Howard University School of Law. It was not a call to action as much as it was a challenge to change the entire paradigm under which we are focusing movements and power building. Rising Majority—a network of grassroots social justice organizations—gathered a group of activists, leaders and organizers to make clear that people of color and traditionally marginalized communities have a new vision…

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Celebrating Rev. Henry Highland Garnet

By Edward A. Hailes, Jr. | Managing Director and General Counsel Rev. Henry Highland Garnet was a 19th Century abolitionist, educator, theologian, and Pan-Africanist, who preached a radical theology of liberation and resistance. He delivered a sermon to Congress on Sunday, February 12, 1865, only days after the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish slavery nationwide except as a punishment for crime ...  Rev. Garnet was the first African American to lift his voice in the U.S. Capitol – a building built by enslaved people and crowned with a statue named “Freedom.” The…

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What We Learned from Last Night’s #SOTU

You saw it. We saw it. But we are not subscribing to Trump’s revisionist history during this sacred month, Black History Month, or ever, for that matter. His State of the Union address last night included claims of pro-whiteness, pro-terrorism and pro-cages. Sure, what he said was expected, but still, it was angering. Contrary to Trump’s claim that “the best is yet to come,” Advancement Project National Office offered our #StateOfRace2020 Twitter chat and will continue the conversation to set the record straight. Trump talked a lot about “fairness” but he never defined it. Fairness to us is #PoliceFreeSchools. Fairness…

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Black History Month 2020: Advancement Project Honors Black Futures

Today marks the first day of Black History Month! Never has it been so important to recognize and honor the contributions made by people of color to America. We are in a particularly meaningful year—a year that will determine so much of our future as a nation and as a people. The future is determined by what we do each day. For this Black History Month, Advancement Project National Office is uplifting those who seize the moment to create a better future for us and our organizational partners, who work diligently every day to create a better future for all…

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Leading Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Support and Applaud the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Day of Racial Healing, January 21, 2020

New York, NY—With daily race motivated hate crimes happening globally, pausing to participate in a National Day of Racial Healing (#NDORH) is vitally important. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, many organizations, individuals, and communities will be taking collective action during the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing to celebrate our racial diversity and reinforce and honor our common humanity. Among these organizations are the Racial Equity Anchor Institutions (“The Anchors”) supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Anchors will be creating space to explore our common humanity and build the relationships necessary to create a more…

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Giving Tuesday 2019

20 Years of Movement Building and Freedom Fighting We envision a future where people of color are free – where they can thrive, be safe and exercise power. Driven by the genius of ordinary people and their movements, racism will no longer exist and justice will be radically transformed. On #GivingTuesday, December 3rd this year, please make a gift to Advancement Project National Office. For more than 20 years, the generosity of our supporters has empowered us to provide direct, hands-on support for organized communities in their struggles for racial and social justice, providing legal, communications and campaign organizing resources…

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Reps. Elijah Cummings and John Conyers, Jr. got us this far. Now it’s on us to advance the fight.

By Judith Browne Dianis In the span of 10 days, we lost Congressman Elijah Cummings and retired Congressman John Conyers Jr. Both men dedicated their lives to fighting to make our union a little more perfect than it was when they found it. Losing our elders is never easy. Each passing prompts reflections on the good fights they fought and the lives they led. There’s a comfort in standing on the shoulders of living giants that get ripped away when those giants make their transition from the earth. If we take nothing else from the lives…

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Civil Rights Organizations to Hold Convening for Movement Lawyering Conference Oct. 16

Contact: Joshua Garner 240-326-3874 [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC—Advancement Project National Office is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at the Howard University School of Law and Law for Black Lives to host a day-long Movement Lawyering Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Howard Law School. Social justice movement leaders from across the country will bring their expertise to a variety of topics relevant to today’s movement for social and racial justice during panel discussions and breakout sessions held throughout the day. Panel topics include educational justice, the right to vote, reparations, immigration, abolitionist campaigns, and more. This conference is…

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Ben & Jerry’s Takes on Racism and Criminal Justice Reform with New Flavor: “Justice Remix’d”

WASHINGTON – Ben & Jerry’s believes everyone deserves the sweet taste of justice, regardless of race or wealth. The iconic ice cream company has partnered with Advancement Project National Office to launch Justice ReMix’d, a flavor created to spotlight structural racism in a broken criminal legal system. Those are big issues for a business to take on, but Ben & Jerry’s has been an advocate for social justice and equity for much of its 40 years. “Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are…

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