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A Major component of the problem we face in reform of policing

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By Kim Bellware— Police officers and at least one police chief from departments across the United States are facing termination, suspension or other discipline for their proximity to or alleged involvement in a chaotic gathering in Washington on Wednesday that ended in a riot at the U.S. Capitol and left five people dead. Departments in California, Washington state, and Texas are among those that have announced investigations into their officers based…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Hypocrisy Taints Republican Reaction to Bigotry

By Vantage Point Articles

Condemning the Message but Not the Messenger. Hypocrisy Taints Republican Reaction to Bigotry. A Recurring Theme in America’s History. (Editor’s Note: This article was originally published August 22, 2017 and is being republished today because of its relevance to current events. Find this and other Vantage Point articles in Dr. Ron Daniels book “Still on the Journey”.) The vicious assault on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia by…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

We were guinea pigs for the US: It isn’t just Tuskegee

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux— People who don’t know Black history have probably heard more about the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in the last month than they have in their whole lives.  The chattering class has used the debacle of allowing hundreds of Black men live with untreated syphilis to monitor its effects to explain the resistance that many Black Americans have to accepting the COVID vaccination, thus imperiling the possibility of…

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How Black Lives Matter Inspired a New Generation of Youth Activists

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Bort & Kimberly Aleah— Young people across America found their voice in 2020, harnessing social media to lead the fight for change in their communities Khalea Edwards didn’t believe it at first. Someone on a text chain of organizers from Occupy City Hall STL, a movement she helped lead this past summer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, informed the group in November that Krewson…

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Killing of two girls stokes outrage over Brazil’s horrific toll of black lives

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By Tom Phillips in Duque de Caxias— The shooting of two young black girls – who had between them enjoyed fewer than 11 years of life – has sparked outrage in Brazil and intensified the debate over police violence and structural racism in a country still grappling with the legacy of slavery. Witnesses claimed they had seen a police officer shoot into the community at about 8.30pm that night, although Rio’s…

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out 100 people in cars and on foot made their way through the north end of Halifax on Saturday to protest the continued lack of reparations for the expropriation and demolition of Africville in the 1960s

Protesters march in Halifax, Canada to demand Africville reparations

By Reparations

By Ian Fairclough — About 100 people marched and drove through a section of Halifax surrounding the periphery of the former Africville Saturday, demanding that the municipality and province move faster on compensating members of the community and their descendants. The city expropriated the land and bulldozed the community in the 1960s in the name of urban renewal. While former Halifax mayor Peter Kelly apologized publicly a decade ago and a replica…

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March for reparations passes through historic Albina neighborhood

By Reparations

By Sean Bascom, PSU Vanguard — In the late morning of Saturday, October 17, a group of about 25 mostly white protesters gathered in a grassy lot next to Dawson Park in North Portland—land which once housed a vibrant Black community. A bright red banner tied between a tree and street sign read “March for Reparations to African People.” The Uhuru Solidarity Movement organized the march, which stretched across five…

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Marchers walk in downtown San Diego during the “March for Reparations to African People” which is a national day of political action coordinated by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

San Diego protest calls for reparations for Black Americans

By Reparations

The protest organized by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement hosted similar demonstrations throughout the nation By Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union Tribune — A group of roughly 100 protestors marched through downtown San Diego on Saturday demanding reparations for Black people to confront the lasting impact of America’s history of slavery. Carrying signs that said “White Solidarity with Black Power” and chanting “U.S. Government you can’t hide/We charge you with genocide,”…

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The Great NBA Awakening

The Great NBA Awakening

By Commentaries/Opinions

NBA players realized the power of protest with last week’s strike. We’ve reached a new point in player activism. Where does it go from here? By Tyler Tynes, The Ringer — In March 2018, the horror had a different face. A different name. A Sacramento man, barely grown from a boy, stolen from his family just as the flowers were blooming in springtime. He was Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old Black…

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Bridging the Divide: Some see reparations as the answer for centuries of slavery

Bridging the Divide: Some see reparations as the answer for centuries of slavery

By Reparations

From the White House in Washington, D.C., to the foundation of the Mid-South’s economy, free labor from slaves helped build it. By Stephanie Scurlock, WREF, Memphis, Tenn. — The civil unrest and protests after the death of George Floyd called for an end to police brutality, but protestors also called attention to economic disparities experienced by many African Americans. Protestors want change not only in policing but economic change. Some…

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