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Angela Lang

Angela Lang

Angela Lang is the Founder and Executive Director of BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing for Communities) an organization dedicated to organizing and building political power in the African American Community. Prior to that she served in senior organizing roles for SEIU and For our Future.

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Protesters gather in Kenosha on Jan 4, leading up to the Blake decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

There’s victory in defiance

By: - August 27, 2021

This week marked the one year anniversary of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Jacob was shot seven times in the back while his children watched from the backseat of his car. This week also marks the one year anniversary of a 17-year-old white supremacist (who’s name I refuse to say) who was driven […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House. The Juneteenth holiday marks the end of slavery in the United States and the Juneteenth National Independence Day will become the 12th legal federal holiday — the first new one since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 Mixed feelings on Juneteenth

By: - June 18, 2021

This weekend we will celebrate Juneteenth. It’s the day we commemorate the end of slavery. As long as I can remember, my friends and family referred to it as “our 4th of July”. It’s always a day of fun, community, and celebration. Juneteenth feels different lately. Last year started our traumatic journey through not only […]

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Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

After a year of protest — how quickly we forget

By: - May 26, 2021

Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. There was a wave of international protests. People said enough was enough. So with the unprecedented attention and uprisings, what did we get accomplished? What are we working towards?  This week Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ task force on racial disparities is moving its recommendations […]

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People in George Floyd Square celebrate the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer.

Chauvin verdict is the glimmer of hope we needed

By: and - April 23, 2021

The guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial is a sigh of relief but we know this is not over. As I am typing this, we are learning of a new murder in Columbus, Ohio, where a 16 year old girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, was shot and killed by the police. That is why today […]

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the White House Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in honor of the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Is 2020 really over?

By: - February 8, 2021

I’ve seen online jokes about how we are all just living in an extension of 2020. January started off so eventful that it just felt like it was December 37th instead of January of a new year when the Trump mob stormed the Capitol. Jokes aside, will 2021 be better than 2020? Now it’s February […]

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Protesters take to the streets on Jan. 4 in Kenosha. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

In Kenosha and the U.S. Capitol a glaring double standard

By: - January 8, 2021

After rage tweeting the press conference earlier this week during which  the Kenosha DA announced he wasn’t going to bring charges against the officers who attempted to murder Jacob Blake, I knew I had to write more about what so many of us were feeling.  I’ve watched so many press conferences after police shootings and […]

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Stop blaming people of color for the 2020 election mess

By: - November 24, 2020

I think we can all agree that this has been the longest election cycle ever, and an even longer year. 2020 has brought a tremendous amount of trauma and tragedy. Some of the most marginalized people are some of the most vulnerable in this pandemic. Those same people tend to be targets for voter suppression. […]

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Wisconsin state flag

How to win Wisconsin

By: and - August 30, 2019

Log on to any major national news site or watch any of the cable news networks and you will inevitably hear that Wisconsin is considered the most critical state for winning the presidency next year. We happen to agree. As the national media and operative class pontificate about how to win Wisconsin, we’d like to […]