Black Lives Matter: A Movement Keeping the Dream Articulated by Martin Luther King Jr. Alive

By: Monday January 19, 2015 1:53 pm

A new grassroots movement against institutional racism sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, has rekindled discussion about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Co-founders of Black Lives Matter describe the effort to “Reclaim MLK.” Individuals around the world over the last few days have been “engaging in radical acts of civil disobedience, by [...]

Former Chicago Cop, Shot 28 Times by Police & Found Guilty of Attempted Murder, Has 40-Year Sentence Commuted

By: Tuesday January 13, 2015 4:01 pm

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, in his final day as governor, commuted the forty-year sentence of Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by four white police officers. Morgan was accused of shooting the police officers. A jury acquitted him of two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia & the Myth of the Liberal Anti-Racist

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 1:39 pm

[Editor's Note: With the recent terrorist attack in Paris against Charlie Hebdo, once again there is debate about whether Islam is a violent religion. There is little to no evidence that Islam alone radicalizes people and transforms them into terrorists or religious fanatics. On November 7, I spoke with Arun Kundnani, a journalist and a [...]

Some Perspective as Officials Exploit Execution of NYPD Officers to Discredit Movement for Police Reform

By: Monday December 22, 2014 11:54 am

Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on December 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these [...]

Officer Who Killed Eric Garner with Chokehold Told Grand Jury Being Filmed Didn’t Bother Him

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 2:02 pm

New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]

Video of NYPD Cop Killing Eric Garner Was Not Enough to Convince Grand Jury Black Lives Matter

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 6:19 pm

The Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict white New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner, an unarmed black father of six children, is a savage reminder that there are certain lives in the United States that do not matter. Garner’s death was captured on video and showed Pantaleo employing [...]

Organizers Who Met With Obama See Meeting as Affirmation That Movement Against Police Violence is Working

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 5:14 pm

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]

Police Fired Tear Gas at Coffee Shop in St. Louis That Was Supposed ‘Safe Space’—Twice

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 4:28 pm

Safe space raided; @Amnesty Int'l observer team tear gassed. Three delegates hit with rubber bullets #Fergsuon pic.twitter.com/TWuq9iuiov — Rachel O'Leary (@racheloleary) November 25, 2014 Police deployed in riot gear fired tear gas directly at a coffee shop in St. Louis early in the morning on Tuesday. The scene unfolded just hours after an announcement by [...]

Questions from Ferguson

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 11:18 am

I woke up this morning with the worst kind of hangover: anger, confusion, wondering what happened last night. Without a drop of alcohol to explain how I felt. So here are some of the questions I have about Michael Brown, Darren Wilson and Ferguson. Why Was the Announcement Made As It Was? The grand jury [...]

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for Killing Unarmed Mike Brown

By: Monday November 24, 2014 9:30 pm

After much anticipation, a grand jury in Clayton, Missouri, did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury determined “no probable cause” existed to file a charge against Wilson. “Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael [...]

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