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

The Night the Movement Moved

by Tammy Johnson on March 24 2007, 5:38AM

There are few things that are sacred to me in life. Coffee in the morning, a spirited bellydance performance and music all belong in that precious box of joy. Last night, at Kaleidoscope, an evening of jazz, song, poetry and…


A Neighborhood’s Conundrum

by Tammy Johnson on March 16 2007, 2:41PM

I have to admit that I felt uneasy sitting there. Eight of my neighbors (all white) and I got together at an emergency block meeting to talk about what to do about Carl. Between his booming midnight mix-master sessions and…


300 Million: Living for the City

by Tammy Johnson on October 19 2006, 9:34AM

A boy is born in hard time Mississippi Surrounded by four walls that aint so pretty His parents give him love and affection To keep him strong moving in the right direction Living just enough, just enough for the…


Shake It ’Til You Make It

by Tammy Johnson on September 15 2006, 12:00PM

Bellydancing celebrates its roots.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Spike Lee Crafts Beautiful Disaster with Levees

by Tammy Johnson on August 30 2006, 1:36PM

Allow me first to give a big disclaimer here: I’m not a Spike Lee fan. Yes, he’s a talented filmmaker, but at times the brother can be a bit off kilter. The portrayal of women in his films leaves…


Activist Web

by Tammy Johnson on September 15 2003, 12:00PM

Rethinking Schools Online This quarterly real-time education journal recently retooled their online presence into a readable site with bite. Full access to the publication’s content is a major plus to any progressive education activist. Columns such as ESEA Watch…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

It’s Personal: Race and Oprah

by Tammy Johnson on December 15 2001, 12:00PM

Tammy Johnson takes on the Queen of All Media.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

The Voucher Trap

by Tammy Johnson on December 15 2000, 12:00PM

Tammy Johnson says California could learn some lessons from Milwaukee about the racist impact of school vouchers.

Topics: Schools & Youth