Democracy Now on the Fight over Black History

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Khalil Gibran Muhammad & E. Patrick Johnson

on the Fight over Black History


FEBRUARY 03, 2023

We host a roundtable with three leading Black scholars about the College Board’s decision to revise its curriculum for an Advanced Placement course in African American studies
after criticism from Republicans like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The revised curriculum removes Black Lives Matter, slavery reparations and queer theory as required topics, while it adds a section on Black conservatism. The College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers Advanced Placement courses across the country, denies that it buckled to political pressure. “Florida is a laboratory of fascism at this point,” says Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. We also speak with two scholars whose writings are among those purged from the revised curriculum: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor of African American studies at Northwestern University, and E. Patrick Johnson, dean of Northwestern’s School of Communication and a pioneer in the formation of Black sexuality studies as a field of scholarship.

In solidarity with Tyre Nichols

Dear MECR friends,

On Saturday, February 4, New Paltz Women in Black will devote its vigil to Tyre Nichols, with the slogans: “End Police Terror,” and “Say His Name, Tyre Nichols.”

Please join us! Bring your signs, your flyers, your energy. Post the demonstration on your social media. We’ll have our announcement posted on the Women in Black FB page and the New Paltz Community Page.

We will gather in front of Elting Library, on the corner of Front and Main Streets, in New Paltz, at 12:30.

See you Saturday.

In solidarity,

Donna Goodman for Women in Black

NYCLU's 2023 priorities

 ENJAN Members

We wanted to reshare some information on NYCLU's 2023 priorities and initiatives that Shannon Wong shared with us during the December 14th ENJAN meeting.

Here are NYCLU's Legislative Priorities for 2023:

During the meeting Shannon spoke to us about the following:

Ending Police use of No Knock Warrants:

Trans prisoner rights / The GIRDS Act:

13th Forward - Freedom for Forced Prison Labor:

ENJAN will continue to support these initiatives and the other work of NYCLU.  If you have any questions on these specific initiatives, feel free to email Brandon Holmes at

The ENJAN Curators

Thursday 2/16 at 6pm

For Black History Month Kingston 2023, The Library at the A.J. Williams- Myers African Roots Center, ENJAN (End the New Jim Crow Action Network) Kingston, and the YWCA Ulster County are going to host a screening of the documentary "The Interview" co-sponsored by RAPP (Releasing Aging People from Prisons)and the People's Campaign for Parole Justice. You can enjoy this impactful documentary and have some good conversations and Refreshments!!

A little bit about the film: "The Interview" asks viewers to confront their feelings about justice and mercy while revealing the heavy toll our current legal system takes on incarcerated people and their families. You can take a look at the flyer for more information or email

This event will take place Thursday 2/16 at 6pm at the Restorative Justice Center (733 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401). There will be a panel discussion to take place after the showing! 
This Event is FREE and Open to the Public. Please reserve your spot: or email me at to reserve your spot. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Yours in Power,
- Isis Benitez

Building a grassroots movement

 Poughkeepsie Calls & Cocoa organized by For The Many



29 N Hamilton St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

About this event

We’re building a grassroots movement of everyday people to fight for laws and win elections to transform New York so it works for all of us.

The heart of our organization is the thousands of people who turn love into action by dedicating their time, energy, and passion.

Let’s build the movement! Help us recruit volunteers for our next community meeting.

You can join me at our office in the Family Partnership Center (29 N Hamilton St) or via zoom so I can train you to help us recruit. :)

Stop U.S. Wars

More than 45 actions have been listed for our week of actions and around Martin Luther King Day, Jan 13 - 22

Click here to list your actions.

Click here to view actions that have been listed.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. so correctly reminded us, the U.S. is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.  Since WWII, the US has initiated more than 60 military interventions in foreign countries.  The US/NATO proxy war in Ukraine, brings the US in direct confrontation with a major nuclear power as does the U.S. provocation against China over Taiwan. 


It is extremely important that we build a strong, unified antiwar movement that can break through the media propaganda and censorship and end the US military aggression around the world.

Each of our actions are based on building local connections among various solidarity organizations. A variety of actions are encouraged from demonstrations, teach-Ins, banner drops and chalk-ins, to street meetings.

Actions linking ALL the continuing US wars and sanctions will be a unifying focus and help break through the propaganda that saturates each and every war.


ENJAN Zoom meeting this coming Wednesday, December 14th


We will have a special guest speaker at our next ENJAN Zoom meeting this coming Wednesday, December 14th from 6:30 to 8:00.  Casey Dalporto, Senior Policy Attorney for New York County Defender Services will be speaking with us on behalf of the Treatment Not Jail Coalition, which is gathering support for The Treatment Not Jail Act in New York State (S.2881B / A.8524A).  This proposed legislation aims to "provide off-ramps from the revolving door of jail and prison for those who are brought into the criminal legal system due to underlying mental health and substance use issues."  This legislation achieves this by significantly expanding access to and fine-tuning New York’s proven-effective treatment courts.  Casey will be speaking during the last part of the meeting from 7:30 to 8:00 pm. We have attached some additional information about Treatment Not Jail, including a flyer about a Treatment Not Jail Advocacy Day scheduled for January 31st in Albany.  More details can be found in the email below.  We hope you can join us on Wednesday to learn more about this important work.  Thank you.

The ENJAN Curators