History

Historical events and milestones towards racial justice.

The Lasting Impact of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
The flags of Mexico and California State on adjacent poles hang high against a clear blue sky.

The Lasting Impact of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the U.S. invasion of Mexico, but the effects continue to impact Latine communities today.

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How Anti-Filipino Hate Led to the Watsonville Riots
Two sepia-tone photographs of Filipino farm workers tending a field. On the left, workers put crop inside crates. One the right, a farm worker stands in a field of cauliflower.

How Anti-Filipino Hate Led to the Watsonville Riots

The Watsonville Riots was a violent attack on Filipino farmworkers by a mob of white residents in the city of Watsonville, California, between January 19 and January 30, 1930.

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The Living Legacy of Fred Hampton, 53 Years After His Murder 
Fred Hampton talking in a crowd of people with reporters holding microphones in front of him.

The Living Legacy of Fred Hampton, 53 Years After His Murder 

Fred Hampton’s message remains relevant today, with poor communities in Chicago and around the U.S. facing the same deprivations.

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The Complicated History of Social Work
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The Complicated History of Social Work

Proposals to replace policing with social work ignore the past and present role of a system that implements and oversees racist policies in the United States.

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Moving Past Acknowledgment to Rematriation
View of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in Jackson, Wyoming, during sunset.

Moving Past Acknowledgment to Rematriation

Initiatives like land rematriation aren’t just reparations but a clear way to dismantle white supremacy and center Indigenous communities.

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Remembering the Anti-Colonial Struggle of Alcatraz 
A vandalized trespassing sign that has been crossed out in red spray paint. It reads "Welcome Indian Land" and "United Indian Property."

Remembering the Anti-Colonial Struggle of Alcatraz 

The 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island was aimed at decolonizing the island from the colonial government of the United States.

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The BTS Army and the Neverending “Forgotten War”
The Korean Demilitarized Zone between North and South. Soldiers stand guard around three blue long buildings.

The BTS Army and the Neverending “Forgotten War”

News of the BTS army draft is a reminder of the U.S. proxy war whose burden has fallen on Korean citizens on both sides of the border.

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The Shameful History of Sundown Towns
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The Shameful History of Sundown Towns

Beyond the legal segregation of the Jim Crow South, the U.S. is full of municipalities that were dangerous for Black travelers.

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The Attack on Native Children, Identity, and Sovereignty
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The Attack on Native Children, Identity, and Sovereignty

The Supreme Court reviews a case that, if upheld, will reverse strides in rectifying the cultural genocide and displacement of Native families.

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The MOVE Bombing and the Repatriation of Human Remains
A skeleton encased in a clear display with lights inside a dark room.

The MOVE Bombing and the Repatriation of Human Remains

Like the MOVE bombing victims, museums hold the remains of marginalized communities, often without community support or consent.

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