Category: Blog

Bail Reform: ROOTS Members Shifting Culture and Policy

Bail Reform: ROOTS Members Shifting Culture and Policy  Returning from ROOTS Week, where we built our understanding of class and power, we wanted to share the work of members who are doing work around bail reform. For those who can

800-1000 Words Toward Decolonization

YOU ARE ON NATIVE LAND. Poster series by Jessica Clark and Ashley Minner, 2018-19. By Ashley Minner Picture it: East Baltimore, 2005. It was a beautiful, late spring afternoon in Patterson Park. The sun was shining. It seemed like everyone

2019 UpROOTing Trainings

2018 ROOTS Week UpROOTing Oppressions. Photo by Melisa Cardona Welcome to the 2019 model of Alternate ROOTS’ very own organically grown, custom-made anti-racism/anti-oppression workshop series. A team of ROOTS members has spent the last year designing this experience, building on

ROOTS Week 2019 Artist Statement: Angela Davis Johnson

ROOTS Week 2019 artwork created by Angela Davis Johnson. As I began this work, the questions that came up for me during the creation process were: In what ways do external projections of class change how we interact with one

Dignity for Incarcerated Parents: ROOTS Members Shifting Culture and Policy

As many of us celebrate our mothers and parents this weekend, we’re highlighting the efforts of ROOTS members who are working for better care for incarcerated mothers/parents and their children. Our members are leading a movement for dignity for incarcerated

Curating ROOTS Week

Bob Martin, Ezelle: Ballad of a Land Man. Photo: Melisa Cardona As a member-led arts and social justice organization, Alternate ROOTS is in a constant state of evolution – we are always working to deepen, expand, and improve our practices to better

Remembering John O’Neal

Like so many who knew and loved John O’Neal, our Alternate ROOTS family is grieving his passing. A ROOTS founder and elder, John’s legacy as a national treasure will be forever felt through his plays, stories, and the arts/activist organizations

A Year of Growth, Grit, and Gratitude

Executive Committee and staff after the “We Got Your Back” ceremony in March 2018, at Michelle Ramos’ first ExComm meeting.  Michelle Ramos, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou ROOTers we

A Select Reading List from the UpROOTing Team: ROOTS Week 2018

The UpROOTing Facilitator Team has compiled a list of selected resources to help ground you in some of the principles and learnings that have informed the content shared over the week as well as places for you to dig deeper

UpROOTING Trainings: Eliminating All Forms of Oppression

Keryl McCord and MK Wegmann | July 31, 2018 Racism doubles or triples every other oppression. Racial classifications were invented by early naturalists and anthropologists in the 1700s and refined in the 1800s in the years leading up to the

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.