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

Midterm Elections and Beyond: ROOTS Members Shifting Culture, Impacting Policy, and Building Power at the Grassroots

Alternate ROOTS’ members have been tirelessly working to shift culture, affect local policy, advocate for legislative change, and build people power leading up to tomorrow’s highly anticipated midterm election, and beyond. As we gear up to vote, we want to

Midterm Elections: Resources for Alternate ROOTS Network

From ROOTS’ (Regional Organization of Theater South) founding at Highlander Research and Education Center in 1976, artists who were committed to justice, equity, and southern tradition remained to create what has evolved into Alternate ROOTS. As a coalition of cultural

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.