Tag: black lives matter

’37 Bullets For What?’: No One Has Answers After Cops Kill Unarmed Ryan Twyman

California authorities have acknowledged that the 23-year-old father shot and killed by Los Angeles County deputies was unarmed, causing an outcry among friends and family about the lack of answers and attention. According to KTLA, Ryan Twyman was sitting in a car with another man in a South Los Angeles neighborhood on June 6 when […]

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Sex Work Decriminalization Could Have Saved Layleen Polanco

Supporters and mourners of Layleen Polanco on stage at the Monday rally at Foley Square. All photos by Alyza Enriquez, for VICE. At Manhattan’s Foley Square on Monday evening, transgender community leaders, Black Lives Matter activists, and friends of Layleen Polanco could be heard sounding off from blocks away. More than a hundred people had […]

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The FBI Admits Black Lives Matter Was Never a Threat. It’s White People You Should Be Worried About

Screenshot: Fox Business (YouTube) Last week, as Donald Trump curtsied before the Queen; as Congressional Democrats continued to cower from their constitutional obligations; while we took our horses down to Old Town Road, mounted Megan Thee Stallion’s bandwagon and watched what happens When They See Us, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted that prejudiced assumptions […]

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ACLU Files Lawsuit After California Church Is Removed as Polling Place for Supporting Black Lives Matter

Photo: iStock With the 2018 midterms three months away, the Fresno, Calif., country clerk and register of voters received a rather peculiar grievance. Specifically, according to the Washington Post, a voter—who I assume suffers from an acute case of white fragility—wanted to know “Why it was okay to have a Black Lives Matter (a known […]

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Taraji P. Henson Wants Us To Change How We Talk About Mental Health

Can we talk for a minute? And no, I’m not trying to know your name. I want to talk about mental health in the black community. Brothas, how y’all feeling? Sisters, y’all alright? In the black community discussing mental health is a privilege. We have a tendency to not call a thing a thing. We […]

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Dallas High School Cuts Off Valedictorian’s Mic After She Mentions Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice in Graduation Speech

Screenshot: Twitter Principal Temesghen Asmerom described it as a “technical difficulty” to the students, staff, and family members who had gathered together for the Emmett J. Conrad High School graduation in Dallas last Saturday. But a video, which has now gone viral, appears to tell another story. Just after valedictorian Rooha Haghar mentions “Trayvon Martin, […]

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The Supreme Court’s Latest Ruling Makes It Easier for Cops to Arrest Black Lives Matter Protesters

Photo: Joshua Lott (Getty Images) It was a ruling that failed to register widely in terms of national news, but could have potentially devastating effects for protesters around the country—and anyone tasked with keeping police officers accountable. On May 28, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for people who say they were arrested for […]

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California Assembly Passes Bill Policing When Cops Can Use Deadly Force

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) urges lawmakers to approve her police use-of-force measure May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her legislation, Assembly Bill 392, which would bar police from using lethal force unless it is necessary to prevent imminent harm to themselves or others.Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (Associated Press) The California Assembly overwhelmingly […]

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Family Receives $6.75 Million Settlement for Terrill Thomas, Who Died in Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s Jail

Photo: Jacquelyn Martin (AP Photo) In what’s been declared the largest jail death settlement in the history of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County has paid nearly $7 million to the family of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration in his cell in 2016. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the settlement was initially proposed in January and […]

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New Survey Says: Politicians Don’t Care About Black People

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Tired of politicians talking at, about, but never to, black people, a bevy of organizations joined to conduct the largest survey of black people in the United States since Reconstruction, entitled More Black than Blue: Politics + Power in the 2019 Black Census. The Black Census will be the first […]

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#StephonClark: Bill Policing When Cops Can Use Lethal Force Advances in California

Photo: Getty A little more than a year after Sacramento, Calif., police gunned down an unarmed Stephon Clark as the 22-year-old father of two stood in his grandparents’ backyard, California may be on the cusp of passing the nation’s strictest law governing when police can use deadly force. #StephonClark: One Year Later, There Is Still […]

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Reclaiming the Future

One day last February, I found myself seated on stage, rather incongruously, between the neoconservative Never Trumper–turned–Resistance hero Bill Kristol and my friend Natasha Lennard, a radical anti-fascist writer and activist I first met at Occupy Wall Street back in 2011. We had all made our way to the New School for the closing panel […]

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