Dealing with Lies in the Era of Trump

In an era of fake news, alternative facts, and downright lies, it’s a daily struggle to promote a positive, inclusive vision for our country that’s rooted in truth and justice. And when the loudest and most virulent falsehoods come from the highest levels of government, the challenge can feel overwhelming. But research and experience point to clear ways that advocates, journalists, and everyday people can overcome the fiction and get the real story out. Here are ten of them.


A Civil Rights Hero’s Legacy is Essential Today

This month marks the 100th birthday of civil rights legend and revered federal judge Robert L. Carter.  Carter is best known as a principal architect of Brown v. Board of Education, brilliantly weaving together history, social science, constitutional jurisprudence, and our nation’s articulated values to topple legal segregation.  But before and after Brown, he pursued equal justice and freedom of expression, fearlessly confronting white supremacy in law and practice and upholding the right to protest our government.


What Happens When Youth Train the Police? An Interview with Mark Strandquist, Performing Statistics

In the current political climate, examples of people breaking down barriers amidst highly charged divisions can help provide a renewed sense of hope. We want to share one such story, about cultural organizer and 2016 Creative Change alum Mark Strandquist’s project Performing Statistics, which aims to transform the juvenile justice system in Virginia.


Reclaiming Muslim Identity, Letting Kids be Kids, and Millennial Activism

With the deluge of Donald Trump’s recent Executive Orders, ICE raids, “law and order” narratives and so on, we are trying to focus our energy on the many artists and activists who are responding and resisting in powerful ways. Not only are our partners developing actionable strategies and solutions to the problems and crises we are facing, but they are finding new ways to amass inspiration in difficult times. We’re proud to share a few examples in this month’s Partner News.


How to Talk About the Executive Orders on Policing

A central goal of any community is the safety and security of its members. Police can play an important role in achieving this goal when they work within the community with mutual trust and respect, and strive for positive community relationships.


Talking about the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court

On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Gorsuch could serve on the High Court for a half-century, ruling on questions of equal opportunity, free speech and religion, voting rights, environmental protection, privacy, reproductive rights and beyond. It is crucial that he gets a rigorous vetting by the United States Senate, including clear and candid responses about his approach to the law.

For those of us committed to a fair Supreme Court that protects Americans’ fundamental freedoms, experience points to several lessons for talking about the judicial confirmation process:


Partner News: Starting 2017 Loudly and with Purpose

This past weekend marked the beginning of a new, challenging era for social justice advocates. It also saw what may have been the largest demonstration in U.S. history - millions of women, men, and children marching together across the nation (and the world) to be heard. Yet the real work lies in the dedication and continued efforts of the activists, advocates, community leaders, artists, and cultural strategists who devote themselves to social justice day in and day out. We are honored to be connected with many of them, and hope to uplift their incredible work each month in Partner News. This month, we are celebrating…


Transformative change is still possible. Even today.

The morning after election day, we sent out a letter titled “The Road Ahead for Social Justice” reminding you all that “transformative positive change is possible, even amidst the ashes of this divisive and ugly election.” Today, on the morning of Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration, we stand by these words. And we would like to go further by saying that we are standing with you in this new fight, in this new era, in this new reality. We are here for you as a resource and a partner. We are here to listen, to hold space for transformative dialogue, to amplify your work, and to build an already growing network.


Partner News: Moving Forward with Determination and Resolve

Our last month of Partner News for 2016, we find strength in the fact that our partners are facing the new reality that is Donald Trump’s presidential election with courage, unflappable determination, and resolve. Whether defending sanctuary cities across the country, continuing the fight to keep immigrant families together or launching audacious cultural campaigns such as Blights Out for President, we draw energy and hope from our partners’ continued and new fight for opportunity, equality, inclusion, and common decency to each other, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or ability.


5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Conversations

Candied yams aren’t the only thing getting sticky this holiday season.

Coming together to be with friends and family can be a wonderful time of reflection and enjoyment—but after such a contentious election and with so many people feeling so much is at stake, it can also be a conversation minefield. Engaging constructively with folks whose views and experiences lead them to champion narratives that feel anathema to our own can be a challenge. However, by taking a step back and starting conversations with shared values, we can find points of connection that move us forward together and make sure that the fireworks don’t come out until the Fourth of July.


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