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Rebecca Gordon: The Sudden Descent of The United States

Can making Black Lives Matter rescue a failing state?

July 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Police forces across the United States have committed widespread and egregious human rights violations in response to largely peaceful assemblies protesting systemic racism and police violence, including the killing of Black people.

June 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: The War Zone Is America

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Racism and Armed Violence in the United States

June 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: Cities Reimagine Public Safety Amid Calls to #DefundPolice

Lawmakers across the country are proposing policy measures to cut or loosen ties to traditional policing.

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter

The movement’s three founders share their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.”

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Vera Eidelman: Will the US Supreme Court Protect the Right to Protest?

An officer sued DeRay Mckesson. The lawsuit, which should have been swiftly dismissed, now threatens the First Amendment rights of millions.

March 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kazu Haga: Why we need to move closer to King’s understanding of nonviolence

When we use nonviolence to confront violence and injustice, we are not disturbing the peace, we are disturbing complacency. We are disturbing the normalization of violence.

February 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies: Why Aren’t People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?

Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people.

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: How do you raise a black child? A poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston

A poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston — presented as a film directed by Seyi Peter Thomas of Station Film. HOW DO YOU RAISE A BLACK CHILD? From the dead. With pallbearers … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Reginald Andrade: I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work

Last month, I walked across the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to get to work. It was an ordinary stroll. But to a bystander, the sight of an … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

K.H. Anderson: A Lefty’s Guide to Liberty

Real-life individual liberty — for everyone — is at the heart of everything progressives stand for. It’s time we own it. . The liberty ideal should be perfectly at home in every nook and cranny … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Lynching Museum — A Pilgrimage

Truth and reconciliation are sequential. You can’t have reconciliation until you have truth. — Bryan Stevenson . On the 28 April 1836, the steamboat “Flora” docked in St. Louis. The … Continue reading

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frank Edwards & Michael H. Esposito: Police kill about 3 men per day in the US

Police in the U.S. kill on average more than 1,000 men per year, or about three men per day. According to our estimates, police are responsible for about 8 percent … Continue reading

August 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is America

  . This week saw both more achingly quotidian crimes against African-Americans – cops called for Shopping/Napping/Airbnbing While Black – and, aptly mirroring them, the release of the searing video … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

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