The Unseen Heritage of Black Women Working for the Vote

Although the subject of Black female activists fighting for voting rights has been rehashed in the media in the 2020 Presidential Election and the US Senate runoffs in Georgia. It was clear that Black female voting rights activists were pivotal in affecting the change to a new administration. In January, coinciding with the runoffs, Time reprinted a November article illuminating the chronicle of Black women activists that started out fighting for the women’s vote, a story that begins long before the recent historic efforts in Georgia. It is this overlooked history of dedication to progressing forward that today’s Black female organizers fighting for the vote recognize, build upon, and respect. It was evident in November and January, that the under-recognized work by Black women activists, past and present, opens doors and impacts people of all races and genders and will be the key in the continued fight for voting equality.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous Peoples at Thanksgiving 2020

This Thanksgiving, PEG is featuring a guest contribution from Patricia Anderson, a member of Temple Beth Emeth that acknowledges and honors indigenous peoples in Michigan. We say the words, “We acknowledge with respect,” but are we who live here now truly being respectful of the gifts and losses of the people who shared their lands with us? It was suggested that perhaps, as a small gesture of respect, of thanks beyond the words of acknowledgment, some of us may wish to make a contribution to local organizations that support Native American communities in Michigan with food and other resources.

National prison strike highlights mass incarceration and voting rights

Most prison inmates are incarcerated for non-violent crimes. Yet, chronic understaffing, inhumane treatments and for-profit prisons have led to deadly situations , and now they are affecting immigrant detentions as well. After violence in a South Carolina prison this past spring, prison reform leaders and allies like the ACLU launched a national non-violent prison strike to raise…

Nobody’s above the law — rapid response plan if Mueller is fired

We know that last July, Donald Trump considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible illegal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, and the efforts to conceal those activities. Trump is now reportedly considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Such a constitutional…