Making Space For Survival: Notes from Tejas Atzlan

Ofelia Faz-Garza, founder of The Meet Shop, and her daughter. Photo: Melisa Cardona.

By Edyka Chilomé (Dallas, TX) | May 30, 2017

“This land was Mexican once, was Indian always and is. And will be again.”
– Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands, 1987

I begin this article by acknowledging the Read more

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Not just for Queers: Expanding Possibilities of Gender and Sexual Expression Makes us ALL More Free!

Nicole Garneau | April 26, 2017

Awww, shoot. Alternate ROOTS is getting our genders and sexualities liberated! Did y’all catch this salacious item in the latest strategic plan?

Alternate ROOTS is up against a learning edge around gender and sexuality—an edge sharp enough that we decided … Read more

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Revealing Richmond’s Justice System, Through Stories and Portraits

Hannah Ayers (Richmond, VA) | March 29, 2017

Editor’s Note: In the month leading up to ROOTS Weekend-Richmond, Richmond Justice provides valuable local context for the conversations we’ll be having around the weekend’s theme: Creating a World Without Prisons. Join us forRead more

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A Charge to White Women – Post Women’s March

Photo: Katina Parker

By Katina Parker (Durham, NC) | March 20, 2017

8:40am, Saturday, January 21.

The day after the Inauguration.

I was hustling through the streets of DC trying to make the beginning of the Women’s March Rally. Pink pussy hats and lighthearted optimism percolated on every corner.Read more

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If You Are A Rock, Then Stand Up Like A Mountain*

L-R: Chloe Smith and friend Lata Seth looking out over Oceti Sakowin camp. Photo: Leah Smith.

By Chloe Smith, Rising Appalachia (Atlanta, Georgia & North Carolina) | January 26, 2017

*The title is borrowed from this song by Trevor Hall, which was written to raise money for the Water Protectors atRead more

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Campaign for Youth Justice Seeks Partnerships in NC, SC, GA, FL, LA, and TX









For over a decade, the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) has supported the movement to end the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.  With approximately 200,000 youth touchingRead more

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The Day We Chased the KKK Out of Their Hometown

Photo: Katina Parker

By Katina Parker (Durham, NC) | January 26, 2017

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. Just after sunrise, an eclectic group of 40 mostly White anarchist-types gathered at a city park in Durham, preparing to face off with the Loyal White Knights. One day after Trump’s election, the KKK made Read more

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Returning to the Love: Building Self and Community At and After ROOTS Weekend-Dallas

Photo: Melisa Cardona

Leticia Contreras | December 14, 2016

The seeds that we have planted have come to harvest. As the brisk air of North Texas reminded us that a new season has come, we celebrated and harvested our creative acts of resistance together in Dallas. The land of the Caddo, Witchita, Tuacana,… Read more

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Reflections from the ExComm Face-to-Face

The 2016-17 Executive Committee meets for the October Face-to-Face

Esmeralda Baltazar | December 5, 2016

For full meeting minutes from the October 2016 ExComm Face-to-Face, click here.

Dear ROOTers,

Imagine you are surrounded by the color-wheel, asked to pick a color, stand by it and then use thatRead more

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A CALL TO ACTION: Now that Trump is President, What Will You Do?

#CharlitUprising. Photo: Katina Parker

Katina Parker (Durham, NC) | November 16, 2016

Election night. I’m stationed in Charlotte, producing coverage for Al Jazeera. I’ve been dispatched with a gas mask, helmet, bullet proof vest, and personal body guard.

Without an intervention from God, Read more

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