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Modern Day Civil Rights Architects Take to Social Media

Priscilla Ward on October 06, 2014

We cannot forget about Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the mainstream media’s coverage shift, the dialogue is still happening. Young people are continuing to respond in the killing of Michael Brown. Our lenses are being recalibrated as those under 25 claim their...

Bleeding Kansas

Muna Mire on May 24, 2014

This past week, the state of Kansas captured the attention of the nation and the news cycle as the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a case which made the Topeka Board of Education famous, touched off a...

Letters From a YSI Jail

Sandra Khalifa and Arely Lozano-Baugh on January 17, 2014

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." — Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letters from a Birmingham...

Dream Defenders Just Picked a Fight with the Youth Private Prison Industry. Here’s Why.

Josh McConnell on December 19, 2013

Experts say the continued growth of for-profit prison operators like Youth Services International amounts to a cautionary tale about the perils of privatization: In a drive to cut costs, Florida has effectively abdicated its responsibility for some of its most...

Tweeting for Racial Justice: Millennials Take to Organizing Online

Muna Mire on September 09, 2013

Stereotypes of millennials are being turned on their head as racial justice conversations are now taking place in a new arena: Twitter. The Internet has recently provided young activists of colour a platform from which to amplify conversations around appropriation,...

In White Times

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Katrina Casiño and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on July 15, 2013

We here at {Young}ist recognize the need to situate ourselves in the historical moments that mark our experiences as a generation. The death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman serve as clear indicators of severe racial...

Keep Your Hoodies Up: Zimmerman Trial Verdict Drops “Not Guilty”

Muna Mire on July 14, 2013

Until the killing of Black mother’s sons are as important to the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, those who believe in freedom cannot rest. —Ella Baker The U.S. justice system has failed Trayvon Martin. The verdict...