A scene after the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010

Tearing The House Down pt. 2: Hands Up For Haiti

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

For many of us in the United States, independence means a ton. Even for the most marginalized of groups, we scream and kick for it because of the hypocritical nature of this hollow pursuit of happiness. For most of us in this country, we enjoy freedoms that we often take …






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Does Social Media Mean Social Justice?

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

In the 1950’s, as civil rights groups of interest (i.e. dissident and radical groups) began to truly penetrate the mainstream thought of America, the FBI developed a program with a series of protocols for disruption and misinformation called COINTELPRO (an acronym for COunter INtelligence PROgram). By most reports, not only …






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We Fight, We Love (or Pedagogy of the Oppressed, in a Context)

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

Denise Oliver-Velez, who commented in my last blog about the Young Lords anniversary and reunion gathering, said something poignant that educators like myself should take heed to in their quest to educate underprivileged and underserved children in this country (of any color). The average age of a Young Lord in …






Backstage at the Democratic National Convention

I Shall Fear No Man (Y’all Don’t Hear Me Though)

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

My favorite speech from the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King has been called “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” and it ends something like this: And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to …






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The World Is Not Enough (World AIDS Day 2008)

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

AIDS is not a disease in isolation. My first consciousness of AIDS didn’t come from Magic Johnson’s infamous press conference, per se. Around my way, the acquired immunodeficiency virus was a deadly version of the kooties. Kids would run around tagging each other with “the big, bad AIDS,” and some …






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Pre-Blog Action Day: What Can I Do?

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

In a revelatory moment in the film The Express, an older Will Davis Jr. and Ernie Davis attend a local NAACP meeting, discussing plans to rally in the South. Just then, Ernie Davis discusses his fears about his political involvement, citing how Will has no understanding of the complex relationship …






I Am A Community Organizer: The Genesis

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

This morning, on my doorknob, I got a flyer from some group detailing the negative aspects of Daniel Squadron, a young man who’s running for New York State Senate, representing Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The whole Lower East Side has been abuzz with community activism and political stationing, not so …






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The More You Know, The Less You Feel

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

I once heard of a young man who thought so critically, and was so intelligent, he had to wear headphones just to tranquilize him. As if the thoughts he had in his head wouldn’t even let him socialize normally with others. I can only imagine how loud he had to …






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Day Of Solidarity for Darfur: What You Can Do

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

I’ll discuss more of that tomorrow, but today, I have a special purpose. Days like these remind me why I often think about issues globally, but also try to balance it out with what we can do on an individual, local, and national level. Joining the Afrospear has often given …