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Terry Keleher

Terry Keleher
Terry Keleher Terry is the Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center and Program Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. He provides racial justice training, consulting and presentations to organizations around the country. He has over twenty-five years of experience in community organizing, leadership development, curriculum design, popular education, research and strategic coaching. He coordinated the national ERASE Initiative (Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence) and has authored several reports on race and equity issues, including Facing the Consequences: An Examination of Racial Discrimination in U.S. Public Schools, and Justice by the People: Community Safety and Police Accountability. He is a member of the Illinois Editorial Forum and has served on the Readers Bureau of the Chicago Reporter. He is also a contributing writer to RaceWire, the ColorLines magazine blog focused on race and politics. He was a founding steering committee member of the National Organizers Alliance. He has testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the California Senate, and was a national recipient of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s Push for Excellence in Education Award.

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

All I Want For Christmas Is Change I Can Believe In

by Terry Keleher on December 23 2011, 9:29AM

Dear President Obama, I’m no longer expecting miracles. And I know it’s gonna take a whole movement to raise some real hope and change. But in the spirit of the season, I’m just making my wishes clear.

Topics: Politics

5 Ways to Face Race at the Thanksgiving Table--and Not Choke

5 Ways to Face Race at the Thanksgiving Table—and Not Choke

by Terry Keleher on November 23 2011, 9:25AM

That awkward moment when your uncle pipes up with a racist rant at holiday dinner doesn’t have to be so hard. Here’s how to take control of the conversation and make it productive, without ruining everybody’s appetite.

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A Letter to My Son on Coping With Mass Violence

A Letter to My Son on Coping With Mass Violence

by Terry Keleher on September 9 2011, 10:20AM

As you grow older, you’ll have many opportunities to make positive change. What values will you put into practice? Answering this question may be the best way to honor those whose lives were so tragically cut short.

Topics: 9/11 Anniv., Coping With Terror

'Reverse Racism': A Sad Misnomer for a Tragic Mississippi Murder

‘Reverse Racism’: A Sad Misnomer for a Tragic Mississippi Murder

by Terry Keleher on August 16 2011, 9:24AM

The family of a white teen charged in a horrific anti-black murder says he is the victim of “reverse racism.” Sadly, we must again point out that power, more than prejudice, is the foundation of racism. Terry Keleher breaks it down.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Give Peace a Chance: How To Fight Terrorism in the Post-Bin Laden Era

Give Peace a Chance: How To Fight Terrorism in the Post-Bin Laden Era

by Terry Keleher on May 4 2011, 2:10PM

It’s time to stop using violence as a tool for peace.

Topics: National Security, Osama Bin Laden

Readers Sound Off On Race-Conscious Parenting and Adoption

Readers Sound Off On Race-Conscious Parenting and Adoption

by Terry Keleher on January 10 2011, 8:51AM

Terry Keleher’s essay on raising a black son as a white dad in a “post-race” world stirred intense emotions. He highlights the discussion and adds more thoughts.

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White Dad, Black Son and Raising Kids in a

White Dad, Black Son and Raising Kids in a “Colorblind” World

by Terry Keleher on December 22 2010, 9:31AM

Teaching how to create a more just world is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children.

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Four Tips and Resources for

Four Tips and Resources for “Post-Race” Parenting

by Terry Keleher on December 22 2010, 9:30AM

Terry Keleher shares his experiences as both parent and racial justice educator.

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Start a Conversation That Says No to Racial Profiling

by Terry Keleher on March 1 2010, 11:11AM

RaceWire’s parent company, the Applied Research Center, partnered with the Rights Working Group in the production of the video above. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Rights Working Group (RWG) works to restore the “American commitment to protect civil…

Topics: Criminal Justice

White Folks Step Up to Fight Racism With “US for All of Us”

by Terry Keleher on January 21 2010, 12:07PM

Over the past several months, a number of white anti-racist activists have been connecting and organizing in new ways to step up their response to heightened racism in the current political context. A Statement of Commitment and Call to Action,…

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Time to Fight Racially Unfair Restrictions on Reproductive Rights

by Terry Keleher on January 15 2010, 1:12PM

The Center for Reproductive Rights has a new video featuring video blogger Jay Smooth breaking down the Hyde Amendment which has been used to ban federal government spending on abortion for nearly 35 years. During the recent national health…

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New Video Appeals to Racists to Unite Against Health Care Reform

by Terry Keleher on December 8 2009, 1:02PM

Gaining popularity on YouTube is a new video called “I guess I’m a Racist,” by opponents of “a total government take-over of our health care system.” The video depicts a series of mostly white and a few prerequisite people…

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Today Is National Call-in Day to Eliminate the Cocaine Disparity

by Terry Keleher on December 2 2009, 12:53PM

The Sentencing Project has issued a call for action today to end one of the most notorious examples of seemingly race-neutral public policies that have devastating adverse impacts on communities of color. 23 years ago, Congress established mandatory minimum sentences…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Sheriff Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth in Shackles

by Terry Keleher on December 1 2009, 12:22PM

It’s hard to imagine how Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could possibly stoop any lower in his zeal to arrest and humiliate people who are, or look like, immigrants, whether they have legal status or not. But Arpaio, who is…

Topics: Immigration

Sarah Palin’s Delusional “Real America”

by Terry Keleher on November 18 2009, 2:33PM

Former Alaska Governor and Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is embarking on a national tour touting her new book “Going Rogue.” What’s curious, however, is that her book tour will skip a lot of the big cities—and major book sale markets—like…

Topics: Politics

NPA Steps Up Demands on Treasury Secretary Geithner Today for More Action on Foreclosure Crisis

by Terry Keleher on November 16 2009, 1:47PM

Today, National People’s Action, a network of grassroots community groups from around the country, is organizing a gathering outside the Department of Treasury to demands that Secretary Geithner take more action to provide relief to households and communities hardest hit…

Topics: Economy

You Have Questions? The New LGBT Racial Equity Toolkit Has Answers.

by Terry Keleher on November 13 2009, 3:57PM

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online source for all kinds of practical and politically insightful information highlighting the critical issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of color? Now we have one with the recent launch of…

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Black Youth Project Launches New Website

by Terry Keleher on November 10 2009, 2:19PM

The Black Youth Project launched its new website today to provide a unique platform and hub for Black youth to express themselves, share ideas and access resources. “A lot of black youth have something to say now. We understand…

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No Room for Racism in the NFL

by Terry Keleher on October 15 2009, 10:15AM

Score one for the Black NFL players and their supporters. Their objections to Rush Limbaugh’s bid to own the St. Louis Rams were heard and felt. Reuters is reporting that Limbaugh has been dropped from a group trying to…

Topics: Sports

Righting Wrongful Convictions of Youth: What You Can Do

by Terry Keleher on October 14 2009, 12:50PM

Each year in the US, millions of young people interact with juvenile and criminal courts where they often face unfair treatment and racial discrimination. Last week, Northwestern University Law School launched the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth. The…

Topics: Criminal Justice

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