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Get Involved: Earth Day 2022

  We all have a role to play in addressing the climate crisis.  Keep reading for some ways to celebrate our planet, get involved, and take action within your community:   Organize. Find a group in your community that is dedicated to taking action against the climate crisis. Here’s a resource to get started.   Read More

A Poem Trying to Person: Kwyn Townsend Riley

To Kwyn Townsend Riley (Public Allies Chicago ‘19) and her closest friends and family, it is no surprise that poetry is her calling. For as long as she can remember, Kwyn has felt drawn to the magic of language in art and how she can use it to share her story.    “No one was Read More

The NBA Foundation to Support Public Allies’s Racial Equity Campaign

Focused on the empowerment of Black youth, the grant will support Public Allies’s work to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable future for all.   MILWAUKEE, WIS – April 5, 2022 – Public Allies, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it, Read More

Inclusivity in Health Education: Adelle White

Above all else, Adelle White (Public Allies Milwaukee ‘11) wants to provide a pathway for universities to assist in increasing visibility for educators with shared identities in public grade schools, starting with sex education.  Through her experience as a Health Education Manager at CommunityHealth Chicago, the largest volunteer-based health center in the nation, Adelle has Read More

Public Allies Selects Aria Florant, Alumna Class of 2012 and Co-Founder of Liberation Ventures, to its National Board of Directors

  March 3, 2022, Public Allies, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it, is honored to announce the appointment of Aria Florant to its national Board of Directors. Ms. Florant is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Liberation Ventures, a new philanthropic Read More

Celebrating Womxn’s History Month

#WomxnsHistoryMonth is here, and we encourage all of you to take a deep dive into the stories of Trans women, women with disabilities, and women of color, and how their activism continues to motivate others now and into the future! To kick off this month-long celebration, check out these inspiring womxn and femmes that have greatly Read More

“Dream”: A Poem

By Alexandra Smith                        – after Gwendolyn Brooks                    We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it.   sunday morning sun shines through the open window to warm the tile, we bump hips and your Read More

Sankofa: Lessons in Returning to Our Roots

By John Broadway     A couple of months ago, a colleague of mine was about to present her life story. But first, she stopped to thank and acknowledge her ancestors.  When she did this, something in me snapped. Emotions flared, and I instantly teared up. That moment was a reminder that I’ve felt a Read More

Why You Should Capitalize the B in Black

An identity. A culture. A history. A community.  The Black diaspora is thriving and diverse in many ways, and the language that we use should reflect that. Language matters.  For decades, activists have pushed for the recognition of humanity in Black people and their experiences. A seemingly “easy” first step would simply be to capitalize Read More

“Not Far From the Tree”: A Poem

By Destiny Harris   Above cultivated humid soil, I ascend soaking in optimism. Underneath this soil, beads of courage are knotted into all of my fibrous roots. Through these roots, I am able to form a thick heart in this hollow trunk. From this trunk, hunger for self-control dangles in my mind like these scaly Read More