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The global impact of George Floyd: How Black Lives Matter protests shaped movements around the world

By News & Current Affairs

George Floyd’s young daughter said, “Daddy changed the world.” These global protests show how right she was. By Jason Silverstein, CBS News — George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in May 2020 sparked the largest racial justice protests in the United States since the Civil Rights Movement. But the movement went far beyond this nation’s borders — it inspired a global reckoning with racism. This time last year, countries across the globe had some of the largest…

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The effects of Black Lives Matter protests

By Editors' Choice

By Jerusalem Demsas — Research shows places with BLM protests from 2014 to 2019 saw a reduction in police homicides but an uptick in murders. There’s long been a fierce debate about the effect of Black Lives Matter protests on the lethal use of force by police. A new study, one of the first to make a rigorous academic attempt to answer that question, found that the protests have had…

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Trying to Rewrite the January 6th Coup Attempt

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Bill Fletcher Jr. — It is important to note that both Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement are networks, at best. There is no one organization called “Antifa,” for instance, and there are many organizations that operate under the banner of Black Lives Matter. Therefore, the right-wing assertions of an Antifa and BLM conspiracy would not make sense in the best of all possible worlds. But more importantly,…

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Vantage Point: Election, Insurrection, Inauguration Revisited • Mission of Black Lives Matter LA

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point February 1, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Bill Fletcher and Dr. Melina Abdullah. Topics Election, Insurrection and Inauguration Revisited The Mission of Black Lives Matter LA Guests Bill Fletcher, Labor/Social Justice Advocate. Author, Political Commentator, Washington, DC Dr. Melina Abdullah, Scholar/Activist, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter, LA, Los Angeles   Ways to listen Live (Radio) —…

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The Fight Over ‘Black Pete’ Brings a Reckoning on Racial Equality in the Netherlands

By News & Current Affairs

By: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson / Amsterdam — When it comes to places in the world to raise happy and fulfilled children, one country constantly tops the rankings. Almost every year, a new book, article, or report touts The Netherlands as a child-rearing utopia, with the U.N. in September rating the country the best in the industrialized world for kids’ well-being. But it is also a place where one of the pure joys of childhood—Christmas—is tainted…

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Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Masks – Who Profits?

Black Lives Matter T-shirts and Masks – Who Profits?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I always smile when I see Black Lives Matter T-Shirts until I saw one gracing the grubby back of a white man who had on both a BLM T-Shirt and a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat.  I started to either take a photo or start a conversation because I knew somebody would accuse me of making the combination up.  Instead, I wondered where the man…

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I Can’t Breathe! — The Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective

By Editors' Choice

A multi-dimension film that explores the Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective. Featuring: Eddy Grant Anthony “Gabby” Carter David Comissiong Robert “Bobby” Clarke Trevor Marshall Luci Hammans Alex Downes Peter “Adonijah” Alleyne Aida Gerbremariam Riddim Tribe Dance Collective Produced/Choreographed by: Aisha Comissiong

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Images broadcast during the Black National Convention held last Friday, organized by the Movement for Black Lives.

Groups Fighting for Black Lives Highlight Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare Systems

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael Fitzgerald, Imprint — Dozens of Black-led advocacy groups nationwide are calling for an end to the criminalization of youth younger than age 23, and a disruption of systems that wrench newborn infants from their mothers’ arms shortly after they’ve given birth. In the live-streamed Black National Convention on Friday, activists highlighted a far-reaching grassroots policy agenda that included reparations, basic income, trans rights, environmental justice and an overhaul…

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N’COBRA in the #BlackLivesMatter Moment: An Intergenerational Mission

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Greg Kimathi Carr — The global assault on the lives and societies of people of African descent and the repurposing of our knowledge, abilities and labor for purposes other than our continued collective human development is one of the central themes of modern world history. African demands for reparations for this ongoing crime against humanity have been made since the first instances of inequitable trade, inland penetration and subsequent…

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A protester carrying a U.S. flag leads a chant during a Black Lives Matter march in Valley Stream, New York, July 13, 2020

As BLM Goes Global, It’s Building on Centuries of Black Internationalist Struggle

By Editors' Choice

By Brandon R. Byrd, World Politics Review — At approximately 8:19 p.m. on the evening of May 25, Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, brought his weight down upon George Floyd’s neck. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, arrested for the alleged crime of using a counterfeit $20 bill, struggled for breath—for life—for more than five minutes. Lying prostrate on the hot concrete, his arms handcuffed behind…

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A California bill proposes a reparations committee to redress the nation's past on slavery. Protesters march on East Santa Clara Street in San Jose on May 29, 2020, after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

What happens after George Floyd? California looks to reparations

By Reparations

By Adria Watson, CalMatters — The anger and frustration that flooded more than 20 cities in recent days will likely put pressure on the state to conduct a thorough examination of historic and continued discrimination of African Americans — even as civil unrest continues. Although racism — both institutional and cultural — is a national stain that bleeds hundreds of years deep, some suggest California should account for its share of mistreatment….

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20 Actions White people & non-Black POCs in Corporate (and otherwise) can take to show up for Black People right now

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael J.A. Davis — “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. ” – James Baldwin I had trouble getting out of bed this morning. I abashedly moved my 9 o’clock meeting with my boss to give myself time to rise. I almost did what many Black folks joke about in private, yet often need…

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