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To end racial capitalism, we will need to take on the institution of policing

By Commentaries/Opinions

Activists who are working to defund the police are also part of a collective struggle to end neoliberal capitalism. By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout — The words “I can’t breathe” were not only uttered by Eric Garner and George Floyd as they were murdered by police. They were also uttered by over 70 others who died in law enforcement custody over the past decade after saying those same three words, according to…

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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

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Repression and abuse in the favelas of Brazil: Death by violence, hunger or pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions

For Immediate Release May 7th, 2021 – On Thursday, May 6, in Brazil at least 25 people died after more than 200 armed police officers stormed Jacarezinho, one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, in a justification of searching for drug traffickers in what has been called one of the most violent raids in the history of that city. Local people have called extermination to a premeditated massacre…

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Vantage Point: The Legacy of George Floyd – After the Verdict, Can Black Americans Breathe?

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

April 26, 2021 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guests, Fatiyn Muhammad, Ronald Hampton, Nkechi Taifa, Esq., Kassandra Frederique and Andrea James. Topic: The Legacy of George Floyd After the Verdict, Can Black Americans Breathe? A Timely Discussion on the Future of Police and Criminal Justice Reform.

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Movement for Black Lives opposes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

By News & Current Affairs

By The Associated Press — DETROIT (AP) — The Movement for Black Lives is opposing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, arguing the bill doubles down on reform strategies that have historically failed to center marginalized communities and address police violence nationwide, according to a blistering letter to congressional leaders, first shared with The Associated Press. The movement, which was formed in 2014, is a coalition of 150 organizations…

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Jail Won’t Solve White Supremacist Violence. Here’s How to Truly Confront It.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kay Whitlock — White supremacist violence in the U.S. elicits the most outspoken public condemnation when it erupts overtly, amid a flurry of Confederate flags and the swaggering display of racist/white nationalist/neo-Nazi symbols and assault rifles. Demands for intensified policing, prosecution, harsher punishments, and more anti-terrorism measures proliferate. Who doesn’t want to retaliate, hit back hard at power-hungry, violent racists? The desire to “not let them get away with…

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Trump Mobs Target Black Churches During DC Riots

By News & Current Affairs

By Michael Balsamo and Ashraf Khalil— Vandals tore down a Black Lives Matter banner and sign from two historic Black churches in downtown Washington and set the banner ablaze as nighttime clashes Saturday between pro-Donald Trump supporters and counterdemonstrators erupted into violence and arrests. Police on Sunday said they were investigating the incidents at the Asbury United Methodist Church and Metropolitan A.M.E. Church as potential hate crimes, which one religious leader likened to a cross burning. “This…

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Shocked by how close the presidential race is? Black Americans have known this bigotry all along

By Editors' Choice

Black people have known forever that White people’s commitment to true democracy can be fickle By Anneliese M. Bruner, The Lily — As a Black woman in America, I’ve been watching the neck-and-neck presidential election race like everyone else. I’ve also been reading online posts, conversations and articles happening in the spaces I inhabit — spaces where Black folks speak their minds openly about the racism that stains and permeates…

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Our goal is record Black voter turnout to fire Trump and save Black lives: NAACP President

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s not just Donald Trump and Joe Biden on the ballot, it’s a decision about the country we want. Honor John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg by voting. By Derrick Johnson, USA Today — Instead of focusing on the many crises devastating the Black community right now, and although voters are already casting ballots, Republicans are rushing to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Once again, President Donald Trump and his enablers…

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Vantage Point: Kenniss Henry Phenomenal Reparations Advocate • Professor on the Soap Box

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

Vantage Point September 28, 2020 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guest Kenniss Henry. Topics Kenniss Henry, Phenomenal Reparations Advocate The Legacy of the “Notorious RGB” Breonna Taylor: Miscarriage of Justice Elections Have Consequences Guests Kenniss Henry, Chairperson, N’COBRA Legislative Committee, Chicago, IL Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream…

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Police Power and the Election of Newark’s First Black Mayor

By Editors' Choice

By Andrew Grim, AAIHS — Fifty years ago, Newark, New Jersey, elected its first Black mayor—Kenneth Gibson—at a moment when there was an urgency to address police violence. Three years earlier, the 1967 Newark Rebellion, which began in response to the police beating of a Black cab driver, resulted in dozens of deaths—including two children—at the hands of police and the National Guard. Police violence was nothing new for Black Newarkers….

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Black Households Earned 61 Cents for Every Dollar of White Median Incomes

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Police violence linked to segregated housing. By Charlene Crowell — The August 23 police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, WI, triggered yet another round of community protests and national news coverage of a Black man. A series of multiple gunshots fired by a local police officer, were not fatal for 29-year old Jacob Blake; but may have permanently paralyzed him from the waist down. Days later on…

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