Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith
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Brittany Packnett on NFL: If you can’t handle peaceful protest, then what can you handle?

Activist and educator Brittany Packnett has a simple question for the NFL: If peaceful protest doesn’t work, then what does?

Brittany Packnett: Black women show up for you. It’s about time you started showing up for them.

Brittany Packnett wants you to know that she doesn’t mind if you call her an angry black woman. In America today, there's a lot for black women to be angry about.

We asked you to share your stories of living #WhileBlack. Here are your responses.

In April, Packnett asked you to use the hashtag #WhileBlack and tell stories of when you experienced harm because of the color of your skin.

Naomi Wadler: In a just world, kids could go to school without the fear of a bullet

Don’t let her age fool you: Even though Naomi Wadler is only 11 years old, she’s starting national movements at a high school level.
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Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner: Stop overspending on prisons and put the money in schools instead.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner makes his case against mass incarceration in a video op-ed for 'Mic.' Watch it above.
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Sen. Cory Booker: We need to protect Robert Mueller from getting fired. My bill does the job.

There’s a growing bipartisan movement in Congress to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job — and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is helping to lead the charge.

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Ady Barkan: If you were dying like I am, how would you live differently?

In a powerful op-ed for Mic, Ady Barkan challenges you to live a more meaningful life by joining him on his journey to rebuild our democracy.
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Adam Grant has 3 lessons for any young person who wants to be successful

In his exclusive video op-ed for Mic, Grant, host of the TED podcast WorkLife, reveals three lessons for any young person who wants to be successful.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders wants harsh penalties for drug executives who mislead public on opioids

For Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the question is simple: What did pharmaceutical executives know, and when did they know it?
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Ben Rhodes and Jake Sullivan: If Trump fires Mueller, it will be an emergency. Take action.

Ben Rhodes and Jake Sullivan want you to know that President Donald Trump could get away with firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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asha bandele: Prince could still be alive today if America didn’t shame people for using drugs

On the second anniversary of Prince’s tragic death, asha bandele wants us to celebrate his life — and that means ending the war on drugs once and for all.

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Cory Booker: This 4/20, let’s talk about the racial double standard associated with smoking weed

There’s an undeniable racial double standard for white people who smoke weed and black people who smoke weed — and on this 4/20, Sen. Cory Booker wants us to start talking about it.
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Jeremy Heimans: To truly defeat the NRA, we have to learn from them

In his op-ed for Mic, Jeremy Heimans explains why the best way to truly defeat the NRA is to learn from them.
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NY attorney general: Trump’s change to the census will hurt millions of Americans

The decision to ask census respondents about their citizenship could have tremendous consequences for you, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explained.
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EPA official resigned in protest of Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt

“They’re putting people’s lives in danger,” Mustafa Ali argued. “They’re going to make more folks sick, and unfortunately more folks are going to die.”
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Twitter will now allow you to report hate speech against people with disabilities

The change to Twitter’s reporting flow marks a major victory for those disability rights activists.

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Igor Volsky: This is how the NRA uses fear to manipulate America

Igor Volsky is here to warn you that there’s a method to the National Rifle Association’s madness. “The NRA’s core message to its base is fear,” Volsky, the director of Guns Down, told 'Mic'.
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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has a powerful message about race in America that everyone should hear

“We have to find a way to do it,” Landrieu said. “You can’t go over this, you can’t go under it, you can’t go around it. You have to go through it, and we should start that conversation."
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Dakota Jablon wants to start a national conversation about gun suicides. For her, it’s personal.

“I was someone that you could say had it all,” Dakota Jablon said. “Looking at my life from an outside perspective, you would never think that I would be struggling as much as I did.”
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Rick Santorum says kids should learn CPR instead of protesting for gun control

According to Santorum, students protesting for gun control are “looking for someone else to solve their problem.” Instead of marching, the former senator argued that they should do something useful.