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A demonstrator is arrested on September 26, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Over 100 anti-protest bills have been introduced since George Floyd rebellion

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Often backed by organizations affiliated with police unions, the laws encompass a wide range of punitive tactics. By Ella Fassler, Truthout — This June, a dangerously low-flying helicopter operated by the Department of Homeland Security descended on the largest civil disobedience action yet against the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. In an attempt to disperse the crowd, hundreds of demonstrators were pummeled with debris — and misdemeanor trespassing charges. If Minnesota Republican…

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How the George Floyd Uprising Was Framed for White Eyes

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Front-page photography once again made Black rebellion suitable for white liberal consumption. By Ramenda Cyrus, Mother Jones — In 1963, Walter Gadsden, 15 years old, was attacked by a police dog during a protest on the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. The moment was captured by Bill Hudson of the Associated Press. His photograph was later said to have brought the world to the side of the civil rights movement—a grand claim…

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

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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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America’s Policing and Political Practices Inextricably Linked to KKK and White Supremacy

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By Stacy M. Brown — Dr. Richard M. Cooper, the co- coordinator of African American Studies and faculty in the Social Work department at Widener University said there is a hidden assumption in the statement, “comprehensive thoughts on the most recent rise of White supremacy.” The statement assumes a “rise” as an undefined indicator or measure of an increase in White supremacy over an unnoted period, Dr. Cooper submitted. “For…

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Pain of police killings ripples outward to traumatize Black people and communities across US

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By Denise A. Herd — It’s been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer set off the largest protests in U.S. history and a national reckoning with racism. Beyond the protests, every police killing – indeed, every violent act by police toward civilians – can have painful and widespread consequences. Each year, U.S. police kill about 1,000 people, which equals approximately 8% of all homicides for adult men. This risk…

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The Racist Past of the Filibuster and Why it Should End Now

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By Stacey M. Brown— The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and a voting and ethics bill passed the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, but neither stands a chance in the evenly divided Senate. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan faced fierce opposition in the Senate, but ultimately a slimmed-down version passed using the reconciliation procedure. Reconciliation is used only in rare cases. Lawmakers cannot use it for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the…

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One year on, how George Floyd’s murder has changed the world

By Editors' Choice

By Deborah Douglas, Angelique Chrisafis and Aamna Mohdin — The killing of Floyd by a white officer reflected a common history of violence against Black people that united protesters in a renewed global movement George Floyd’s murder felt like everything was the same and nothing was the same, said Miski Noor, an activist in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed by a white police officer a year ago on 25 May….

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What George Floyd Changed

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By POLITICO MAGAZINE — The protests over one man’s death touched far more aspects of American life than just criminal justice. Seven thinkers reflect on how America is (and isn’t) different now. In the year since George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the explosive waves of national protest that followed have taken on almost a settled meaning: They were calls for police reform, and for…

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America’s History of Inequality — And What Still Needs to Change Today

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By Ginger Abbott — It’s no secret that there is a history of inequality in America. But that history has created modern inequality in America, too. Unfortunately, foundations of racism, sexism and a dividing class structure all play a role in our current society, and as citizens, it is our job to dismantle those systems in order to work towards a more equal society. Especially for those in positions of…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Does the Arc Bend Toward Justice: From Tulsa to George Floyd

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Just one year ago, George Floyd was brutally murdered on the streets of Minneapolis at the hands of a rabid “law enforcement” officer who kept his knee to the defenseless man’s neck for nearly ten minutes. Now, President Biden will meet with the Floyd family, rallies and gatherings headlined by Rev. Al Sharpton and others have been held in Minneapolis, and all over the country, people…

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Greenwood, 1921: One of the worst race massacres in American history

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By Scott Pelley— The death of George Floyd, in the hands of Minneapolis police, came on Memorial Day. Ninety-nine years before, that same week, black Americans suffered a massacre. In the days after World War I, a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Greenwood was among the wealthiest black communities. Oil made Greenwood rich, but jealousy made it suffer. In 1921, a white mob, with incendiary rage, burned Greenwood to ash. Even memories…

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