Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson
Tammy Johnson Tammy, the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Applied Research Center (ARC) has many years experience as a community organizer, trainer and writer versed in race and public policy. Inspired by her family’s dedication to the struggle for civil rights, Johnson cut her activist teeth as president of the Black Student Union at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and as president of the Wisconsin Statewide Student Association. A Tennessee native, Johnson lived for many years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was Coalition Organizer for Wisconsin Citizen Action, Director of Progressive Milwaukee, and Board Member of the Wisconsin Community Fund. She is a former board member of the National Organizer Alliance. Johnson has authored and edited several reports on race and equity issues, including four editions of the California Report Card on Racial Equity, and Race, Education and No Child Left Behind: A Guide for Journalists. She has become a widely recognized for her knowledge of racially equitable public policy practices, and has appeared in various broadcast, online and print media outlets on the subject. Johnson has written for and been featured in a number of publications, radio programs and online journals, including AlterNet, The Huffington Post, Leadership and ColorLines magazines.

Tammy is @TJVoice on Twitter

Young Invincibles Weigh in on Healthcare

by Tammy Johnson on October 14 2009, 11:49AM

The Center for Community Change has launched an effort that inserts yet another voice into the current healthcare debate: young people. The prevailing perception of 20-somethings is that they are at the peak of their health. But the numbers…

Topics: Health

Dan Choi: Silence is not a Strategy

by Tammy Johnson on October 13 2009, 8:58AM

“In the face of discrimination, silence is not a strategy.” Iraq war veteran Lieutenant Dan Choi echo’s a long held ARC belief. When it comes to racism, sexism, homophobia or any other government sanctioned wrong, silence is not the…


Let’s Talk About Race And Health

by Tammy Johnson on October 9 2009, 10:13AM

We don’t have a well-crafted message to deal with the immigrant issue right now.” Said the messaging expert at a national convening of health care advocates that I attended a year ago. So the response to the “problem” was no…

Topics: Health

Holder’s Civil Rights Move Echoes ARC’s Compact for Racial Justice

by Tammy Johnson on September 2 2009, 11:06AM

Well, he’s done it now. First, Attorney General Eric Holder told the American public that they need to get real when it comes to race. And now he walks his talk by making the Department of Justice Civil Rights…

Topics: The Compact

Michael Jackson’s Mark on a Black-or-White World [VIDEO]

by Tammy Johnson on June 25 2009, 7:29PM

He tipped his hat and moonwalked across the stage like no one had ever before. Even Fred Astaire had to give Michael his props. But today, Thursday, June 25, the King of Pop is dead. Michael Jackson’s made his…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Four Reasons to Shake off the Post-Obama Election Haze

by Tammy Johnson on May 20 2009, 2:10PM

At 8:23 a.m. Tuesday, I was the eleventh person to vote at Santa Fe Elementary School in Oakland for California’s spring election. I wasn’t surprised. Special elections are notorious for low voter turn out. Twenty-three states, including Michigan, New Jersey,…


10 Things to Do in the Next 100 Days

by Tammy Johnson on April 29 2009, 9:38AM

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to move on from all of this 100-Day Obama talk. Don’t get me wrong. We definitely need to hold President Obama’s feet to the fire for some his questionable moves, like appointing…


At the Summit of the Americas, Obama Must Break The Stalemate with Cuba

by Tammy Johnson on April 16 2009, 4:11PM

In September 2005, not long after Hurricane Katrina, I attended Jubilee South’s second global assembly, held in Havana, Cuba. I was able to wander Havana streets and take in a small piece of people’s daily lives. I grooved in…

Topics: Global Affairs

Absent from Racial Justice: Obama and Durban II [VIDEO]

by Tammy Johnson on April 9 2009, 12:36PM

I had the privilege of being a member of the ARC delegation that attended the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, in Durban, South Africa. It was a life-changing experience. I saw people from all corners of the globe…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Dealing with Race and Dollars at Johnny Donuts

by Tammy Johnson on March 30 2009, 3:10PM

photo credit: Nemo Johnny Donuts is my neighborhood sweets spot. It’s a corner café, where a tight-knit Chinese family kicks off the day for Black, Latino and white nurses, bus drivers and middle-schoolers with a breakfast roll, juice or…

Topics: Economy

Loans and housing policy race divide fed the bubble trouble [VIDEO]

by Tammy Johnson on March 19 2009, 5:48AM

Tammy Johnson, with the aid of a whiteboard, puts the foreclosure crisis in a historical context. Tammy shows the connection between the government’s past restrictive covenants and the banks’ present-day lending policies toward communities of color, and shows how…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Tavis Smiley and Obama’s Accountability [VIDEO]

by Tammy Johnson on March 5 2009, 10:45AM

Today I’m giving kudos to journalist and author Tavis Smiley, who is not another spin doctor delivering talking points from a press release. Smiley, through his books and his annual State of the Black Union Summit, is clearly on…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

[VIDEO] Addressing Obama’s Racial Coding

by Tammy Johnson on February 25 2009, 2:15PM

Like millions of Americans, I watched President Obama deliver his speech before Congress and the US Supreme Court. As I sat in my accountant’s office, doing my taxes, I wondered what his vision of America really meant for me,…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

No Comic Relief

by Tammy Johnson on February 13 2009, 3:17PM

I consider the comics the best part of the newspaper. And yes, I’m one of the few that still reads an actual newspaper. Unlike an article, a comic strip makes the point quick, dirty and graphically. In one to…


Now the Work Begins: Support the Compact for Racial Justice

by Tammy Johnson on January 22 2009, 1:51PM

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” – Barack Obama, inaugural address Yes, we need a national makeover. And it’s gonna take real work. By all of us. If…


The Dome Is Mine

by Tammy Johnson on January 20 2009, 1:45PM

It happens to all of us eventually. One day you squint at yourself in the mirror and say, “You look different somehow.” There’s a sprig of grey at your temple, an outlined smile and glimmer of knowing in your…


Obama advisor John Jackson endorses the Compact for Racial Justice

by Tammy Johnson on December 18 2008, 2:21PM

In times of uncertainty it is good to have like-minded friends in high places. ARC ally, Dr. John H. Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education, is definitely one to count on. Jackson was recently…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Got Justice?

by Tammy Johnson on November 21 2008, 9:54AM

There is a mandate for justice moving through the nation. Last week, over 900 people came together at the Facing Race Conference to bear witness to it. And today it sped through over 80 media outlets. From Forbes, the Houston…


Facing Race 2008: The Compact for Racial Justice

by Tammy Johnson on November 20 2008, 12:51PM

tjohnson outlines Applied Research Center’s Compact for Racial Justice at the 2008 Facing Race Conference….


Notes on an election morning cont’d-Making it Happen in California

by Tammy Johnson on November 4 2008, 3:50PM

It’s embarrassing, but I’ve been fighting back tears all day. But eventually, I got my act together and joined ARC media masters, Channing and Alfredo, at an east Oakland middle school to film a few voters as they exited the…