“We Cannot Allow Bigotry to Be the Answer to Bigotry”: In Solidarity with Orlando

Andrea Assaf | June 20, 2016 Alternate ROOTS joins the many, many communities and individuals who are grieving and grappling with the horrifying violence that unfolded at Pulse night club in Orlando, FL just over a week ago. As a

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“We Don’t Do Drive-Bys”: A Conversation with Don Harrell, ROOTS Meets Zora

Artists and Cultural Organizers gather at ROOTS Weekend-Eatonville. L-R: Don Harrell, King Shakur, Jan Cohen-Cruz, Sonia Baez-Hernandez, Monique Davis. Photo: Ariston Jacks. By Jan Cohen-Cruz I sat down with Don Harrell, liaison for the second ROOTS Weekend, in Eatonville, FL,

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The Places We Call Home: ROOTS Weekend at Zora Fest

(L-R) Ausettua AmorAmenkum and Jarrell Hamilton perform in Junebug Productions’ Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue. Photo credit: Melisa Cardona, 2014. Article by Tamiko Ambrose Murray (Asheville, NC) | January 4, 2016 Interested in attending ROOTS Weekend-Eatonville? Click here

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Upon News of Plea Deal, Activists Vow to Organize Until Marissa Alexander is Free

NEWS RELEASE Monday, November 24, 2014 From: Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign FreeMarissaNow@gmail.com; www.FreeMarissaNow.org Upon News of Plea Deal, Activists Vow to Organize Until Marissa Alexander is Free Today, Marissa Alexander chose to accept a plea deal with the State of Florida.  The plea

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The Power of One

Article by Don Harrell (Winter Park, FL) Aleta Alston Touré, the no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners organizer of the Free Marissa Now Movement is a clear demonstration of the power of one. She stands firmly at the center of the movement, reminding all

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“True American Struggle Has Many Faces”: Carpetbag Theatre & Art2Action’s USF Residency Wrap Up

Article by Carmin Williams; Photo by James Geiger The open dress rehearsal of Linda Parris-Bailey’s Speed Killed My Cousin was performed last Saturday night in the theater department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. I must say I was

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Opening New Doors: Reflections on Art and Recovery

Article By Cheldyn Donovan; Photos by James Geiger I have two diagnoses. The first is dysthymic depression, and the second is severe social phobia. Those two things have controlled my life in a huge way. I’ve been on a four-year journey, a learning

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Standing Our Ground for Marissa Means Standing Our Ground For Us All

Article by Aleta Alston-Toure’ The 20-year conviction of Marissa Alexander in the Old Duval County Courthouse was unreal for all of us that witnessed this most god-awful atrocity. Hearing Marissa’s daughter’s plea for her mother to the jury was more

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Moral Injury Killed My Cousin

By Lynne Santiago A few weeks back, I had the privilege of being invited to view a live performance of Speed Killed My Cousin, a new play by Linda Parris-Bailey and The Carpetbag Theatre, during a rehearsal showing at University of

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Whisper, Howl, Sing: C/APP Projects Listen, Then Tell

This year’s Community/Artist Partnership Program (C/APP) projects share many connections. Each of the four projects merge art and activism, spring up out of local communities, and address the need for healing in the face of trauma and oppression. Last month we heard

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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.