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Activist Cat Brooks to challenge Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
“The decision to run was not a decision I took lightly,” Brooks tweeted on Tuesday morning. “For the past 12 months I’ve taken guidance from community leaders who urged me to run. This is a campaign to galvanize the disenfranchised, the tired, the holders-on.

“The past four years have brought us ongoing incidents (of) police violence and scandals, massive displacement of black and brown long-time community members, and nearly 3,000 people sleep on the streets every night. It doesn’t have to be this way,” she wrote.

Brooks, whose given name is Sheilagh Polk, is a member of the ONYX Organizing Committee and the co-founder of the Anti Police Terror Project. In those roles, the West Oakland resident has led several protests against the Oakland Police Department and has called for defunding it. Her endorsements include civil rights attorney Dan Siegel and the uncle of Oscar Grant, Cephus “Bobby” Johnson.
Oakland  mayor  Cat_Brooks  BlackLivesMatter 
may 2018 by Quercki
Why feminism and racism have a lot to do with the gun debate - CNNPolitics
Cullors: I think so. I've been pretty impressed with the Parkland students who've listened to young black students and brown students, mostly poor students who've been saying, you know, "our issues matter, too." And many of the Parkland students who've gone to Chicago and then met up with the black youth, to talk about gun violence. Um, one of the young men, was quoted saying, our issues, as in white people's issues, are being amplified over black people's issues, it's just a matter of race, and I thought that was so powerful, because they're listening to the young black and brown students who are saying, you know, we deserve to be a part of this larger media conversation, part of this larger public dialog and outcry to save the lives of young black and brown people too. So that has been so impressive. And I point that out because it's important for us to name our victories and I think that narrative shift has happened because black people have said, "hey, wait a second, like, let's be a little bit more complicated about how we're talking about this gun violence issue," and the Parkland students have heard it and have been amplifying.
gun  violence  school  shooting  BlackLivesMatter  intersectionality 
april 2018 by Quercki
The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake
or at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.
The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page. It was tied to online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the U.S. At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts, CNN has learned.
Fundraising campaigns associated with the Facebook page were suspended by PayPal and Patreon after CNN contacted each of the companies for comment. Donorbox and Classy had already removed the campaigns.
The discovery raises new questions about the integrity of Facebook's platform and the content hosted there. In the run-up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress this week, Facebook has announced plans to make the people running large pages verify their identity and location.
BlackLivesMatter  false  facebook 
april 2018 by Quercki
Law Professor Absolutely Destroys Student Letter Protesting Her Wearing a 'Black Lives Matter' T-Shirt
there is an even more important reason for putting this in writing for the entire law school community. The larger issues that underlie your anger are timely, and they touch the entire law school community and transcend it.
This response to your memo is in two parts. Part I addresses the substantive and analytical lessons that can be learned from the memo. Part II addresses the lessons about writing that can be learned from the memo.
BlackLivesMatter  school  transcript  *** 
march 2018 by Quercki
#BLACKLIVESMATTER song by: adrienne maree brown - YouTube
#BLACKLIVESMATTER song by: adrienne maree brown




patrisse marie cullors
Published on Feb 20, 2015
#BlackFutureMonth video collaboration:

Since July 2013 folks have been using #BlackLivesMatter as a rallying call! This song and video is a beautiful collaboration between folks actively fighting for the right to life for ALL Black people. Please enjoy!

For more information you can find us at:
Twitter: @blklivesmatter

so much love for all of you!

special thank to: Phaedra Ellis Lamkins, and Invincible
BlackLivesMatter  song 
february 2018 by Quercki
‘Insulting’: Judge blisters defense for race allegations, upholds $15M verdict against Lakewood in killing of unarmed black man | The Seattle Times
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rorthstein said there was ample evidence for the jury to conclude officers acted outrageously, unreasonably and with malice and callous indifference to the life of Leonard Thomas.

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By Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporter
A federal judge has upheld a $15.1 million jury verdict against the city of Lakewood in Pierce County, Police Chief Mike Zaro and two other Lakewood officers for killing Leonard Thomas during a 2013 SWAT operation, taking the opportunity to scold the defense for suggesting the jury was motivated by fear of racial backlash if it exonerated the officers for killing an unarmed black man.
police  murder  BlackLivesMatter  justice 
february 2018 by Quercki
Piedmont: New acting mayor asks Wieler to leave City Council
McCarthy claimed Wieler posted Facebook statements including: “The left is dangerous and un-American”; “Black Lives Matter encourages cop killing”; “Democrats are the plantation slave masters of today”; and “Transgenders are mentally ill.” The Bay Area News Group could not verify the Facebook posts. Wieler has since made his Facebook account private.

On the question-and-answer website Quora, Wieler identified himself as “Jeffrey Wieler, Elected official in California, and poly-sci major at Princeton.” In a post on Quora headlined, “If she’s so smart, why did Hillary Clinton underestimate Donald Trump and his supporters?” Wieler wrote:

“If its (sic) a choice between “Make America Great again” and “I’m with her” the choice is clear, Having a vagina is not a vision that inspires.”
Piedmont  mayor  Weiler  BlackLivesMatter  transgender  liberal 
december 2017 by Quercki
Beyond Just a Cells Unit by Gretchen Kraig-Turner
Every year when I distribute The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot to my biotechnology class, I am greeted with “Turner, this isn’t English class!” And every year I tell my students, “I promise you: This book is going to change the way you think about science. Give it a chance.”

I make this promise to my students because I know the beginning of the story will pique their interest. Skloot brilliantly describes the beginnings of both Henrietta Lacks, the woman, and HeLa, the first immortal cell line, in a way that gains the interest of a wide swath of students. Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah, is quoted on the first page: “When I go to the doctor for checkups I always say my mother was HeLa. They get all excited, tell me stuff like how her cells helped make my blood pressure medicines and anti-depression pills . . . but they don’t never explain more than just sayin, Yeah, your mother was on the moon, she been in nuclear bombs, and made that polio vaccine. . . . But I always thought it was strange, if our mother’s cells done so much for medicine, how come her family can’t afford to see no doctors? I used to get so mad. . . . But I don’t got it in me no more to fight. I just want to know who my mother was.”
cancer  HeLa  science  education  BlackLivesMatter 
december 2017 by Quercki
NYPD led campaign of lies against Black Lives Matter: lawyers - NY Daily News
A contentious case over NYPD surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters at Grand Central Station has escalated to charges that the department is lying.

Lawyers for protester James Logue filed court papers Wednesday accusing the NYPD of telling "purposeful" lies, making "unprecedented and illegal" requests to the court and submitting "intentionally misleading" sworn statements.

"The vast majority of what the (NYPD) placed before this court has been untrustworthy," Logue's attorney David Thompson wrote.

In February, Mendez ordered the NYPD to give Logue surveillance records of protests in 2014 and 2015.

NYPD must disclose surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters
The NYPD handed over some materials revealing that undercover officers infiltrated the ranks of protesters so they could get text messages from the group's leaders. But Thompson says the NYPD flouted the judge's order by withholding footage from stationary cameras, among other information.
BlackLivesMatter  demonstration  NYPD  police  surveillance  lies 
november 2017 by Quercki
Philando Castile’s girlfriend receives $800,000 settlement - NY Daily News
Philando Castile’s girlfriend, who famously filmed the cafeteria worker moments after he was fatally shot by a police officer, will receive $800,000 in settlements.

Reynolds, who was in the car with Castile and her four-year-old daughter at the time of the shooting, will receive $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minn., with an additional $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust.
News of the settlement agreement comes five months after St. Anthony agreed to pay $2.995 million to Castile’s mother.
BlackLivesMatter  settlement 
november 2017 by Quercki
We Told Y’all: New Study Reveals How Every Phase of Criminal-Justice System Favors Whites
The study determined biases in arrests, sentencing and the types of plea deals that were offered, and it found several, including these:

White people facing misdemeanor charges were more than 74 percent more likely than black people to have all charges carrying potential prison time dropped, dismissed or reduced.
White people with no criminal history were more than 25 percent more likely to have charges reduced than black people who also had no criminal history.
Black defendants were 19.38 percentage points more likely than white defendants to be incarcerated.
Black offenders, on average, received sentences 1.23 months longer than those given to whites.
BlackLivesMatter  jail  plea  bargain  racism 
october 2017 by Quercki
Court rulings toss lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and Mckesson, allow class-action payments to protesters - Baltimore Sun
In the first lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's ruling Friday said lawyers for a Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy wounded in the attack "utterly failed to state a plausible claim" and instead launched a "confused attack" against Black Lives Matter and others, including movement leader Mckesson, 32, a prominent Baltimore-based activist.

Jackson previously ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement and therefore can't be sued. Last month, he threw out a separate lawsuit in which a Baton Rouge police officer blamed Black Lives Matter and Mckesson for injuries he sustained during a protest over a black man's shooting death during a struggle with police.

The officer's lawyers also attempted to add "#BlackLivesMatter" as a defendant, but Jackson ruled a hashtag can't be sued either.

Donna Grodner, a Baton Rouge-based attorney who filed both suits, filed a notice Thursday she is appealing last month's ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
BlackLivesMatter  DeRay_Mckesson  protest  lawsuit  police  death 
october 2017 by Quercki
Platform - The Movement for Black Lives

We demand an end to the named and unnamed wars on Black people - including the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of our people.

We demand reparations for harms inflicted on Black people: from colonialism to slavery through food & housing redlining, mass incarceration, & surveillance.

We demand investments in the education, health, and safety of Black people, instead of investments in the criminalizing, caging, and harming of Black people.

We demand economic justice for all and a reconstruction of the economy to ensure Black communities have collective ownership, not merely access.

We demand a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are meant to serve us.
BlackLivesMatter  platform  demands  politics  justice 
september 2017 by Quercki
Even Racists Got the Blues – The Geeky Gaeilgeoir
OK…I have to say that, most of the time, I feel a little bit sorry for people who make horrendous translation mistakes. This is not one of those times.

This pic came across my desk about nine months ago, and it may just be the worst example of a self-translation disaster I’ve ever seen. 

In fact, it’s so bad, and so out of context, that most of my Irish-speaking friends had no idea what this person was trying to say with those three Irish words: “Gorm Chónaí Ábhar.” It’s beyond gibberish. It even took me a few minutes.
Irish  translation  BlackLivesMatter  cops 
september 2017 by Quercki
Racial and Gender Justice | Reimagine!
I coordinated and edited a cluster of articles for Oakland-based Race, Poverty & The Environment on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Included in the cluster was a photo-essay by novelist and photographer Opal Palmer Adisa, articles by human rights activist and author Steve Martinot and Oakland-based journalist Eric Arnold, interviews of Black Lives Matter activists Cat Brooks and Robbie Clark, and a reprint of my CounterPoints column on opening up a new front in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The issue also included a number of other articles of interest.

These articles are now online and available at Hope they add to the discussion of an important movement.

Jesse Allen-Taylor
BlackLivesMatter  Jesse_Douglas_Allen-Taylor 
july 2017 by Quercki
Celebrating 4 years Black Live Matter report
BLM has the utmost appreciation for photographers who made their work available under CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/2.0). Photos are credited to:
Fibonacci Blue, Minnesota, USA, via Wikimedia Commons & Flickr
The All-Nite Images, NY, NY, USA, via Wikimedia Commons
Alisdare Hickson, London, England, via Flickr
Dorrett, Montreal, Canada, via Flickr
table of contents
1 Celebrating Four years of Black Lives Matter
2 Herstory
4 Who we are
6 Guiding principles
8 Why we organize: a letter from our organizing director 10 Where we’ve been and where we are: a snapshot
18 Organizing beyond borders
21 Healing justice
24 Art + culture
27 Black Lives Matter Global Network chapters
50 Where we are headed
52 Why we need Black Lives Matter more than ever 55 CallS to action
july 2017 by Quercki
Why We Need BLM More than Ever — Celebrate #BlackLivesMatter

Four years ago, #BlackLivesMatter resonated with millions as a hashtag created by myself, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Black youth Trayvon Martin. Innumerable marches, protests, sit-ins, interviews, presentations, speeches, and teach-ins later, BLM has developed into a national and international network of Black people and our allies committed to Black liberation and the struggle against white supremacist and patriarchal violence. 
july 2017 by Quercki
Black Lives Matter Network Marks Four Years With New Report - Rewire
The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement—”a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism,” explains a new report marking its four-year anniversary.

“Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state,” said BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors on the companion Celebrate BLM website. Khan-Cullors co-founded #BlackLivesMatter with organizers Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.
july 2017 by Quercki
Oakland police tend to treat black drivers with less respect than white ones, linguistic analysis shows - LA Times
the researchers used computational linguists to determine the kinds of language that conveyed Respect (or lack thereof). Apologizing, expressing gratitude, offering reassurances, showing concern for a motorist’s personal safety and addressing drivers as “sir” or “ma’am” all contributed to a perception of Respect, among others. On the other hand, officers racked up negative scores for Respect by using informal titles (“my man”) or asking drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel, to name a few examples.
OPD  respect  racism  body  camera  police  BlackLivesMatter 
june 2017 by Quercki
Alicia Garza | Organizer, Writer & Freedom Dreamer
Alicia Garza is an Oakland-based organizer, writer, public speaker and freedom dreamer who is currently the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Garza, along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, also co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combating anti-Black state-sanctioned violence and the oppression of all Black people
BlackLivesMatter  website 
june 2017 by Quercki
Why Some Black Activists Believe They're Being Watched by the Government
The home of activist Patrisse Cullors was raided twice last year by law enforcement in Los Angeles. During one raid, officers told Cullors they were looking for a suspect who had allegedly fled in the direction of her house. But neither time did Cullors believe the officers had a strong rationale for invading her home. 

Instead, Cullors told Mic, she believed the raids were devised by police in response to the public campaigning of Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization Cullors founded that advocates on behalf of incarcerated people in Los Angeles. She also believes similar surveillance methods are used to monitor many black activists today.

"Surveillance is a huge part of the state's role. Surveillance has been used for a very long time, but some of the means, like social media account monitoring, are new," Cullors, who is also a cofounder of Black Lives Matter, told Mic. "Local enforcement surveils by tracking the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, which allows law enforcement to show up at actions before they begin." Mic has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.
BlackLivesMatter  surveillance 
june 2017 by Quercki
In Trump’s America, Black Lives Matter activists grow wary of their smartphones - The Washington Post
Although laws and court precedents govern how and when surveillance tools are used, there remain broad legal gray areas as technology rapidly evolves. The Justice Department, for example, in 2015 began requiring that federal authorities get search warrants before using cellphone-tracking technology, a standard that requires demonstrating probable cause that a target has committed a crime. But the federal restrictions do not apply to state and local police forces, most of which have not adopted the standard.

As concerns have grown since the election, Equality Labs, a human rights group that works in the United States and South Asia, has led dozens of digital-security training sessions, including the one in Oakland.
surveillance  BlackLivesMatter  Oakland 
june 2017 by Quercki
Black Lives Matter awarded 2017 Sydney peace prize | US news | The Guardian
The human rights movement Black Lives Matter has won this year’s Sydney peace prize.

The movement – which will be honoured in Sydney in November – was founded in the US by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi after the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, who had been accused of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Each year the Sydney Peace Foundation honours a nominee who has promoted “peace with justice”, human rights and non-violence. Past recipients include Julian Burnside, Prof Noam Chomsky and the former Irish president Mary Robinson.

Western Australian Labor senator Pat Dodson, who was awarded the Sydney peace prize in 2008 for his advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, applauded the selection of Black Lives Matter as a movement that stood against “ignorance, hostility, discrimination, or racism”.
BlackLivesMatter  award 
may 2017 by Quercki
2017 Black Lives Matter | Sydney Peace Foundation
For building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism. And for harnessing the potential of new platforms and power of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice.
BlackLivesMatter  award 
may 2017 by Quercki
OneUnited Bank, Black Lives Matter Team Up to Organize Black America’s Spending Power
Black Lives Matter at this point is a household name, having existed for more than three years, fighting against the systemic oppression and state-sanctioned violence against black people. OneUnited Bank has been a fierce advocate of the black community, launching just last year the #BankBlackChallenge, which encourages the black community to invest in itself by putting money into black-owned banks, while also promoting several programs to help the community with its financial literacy.

From this partnership, focused on the main goal of black empowerment, the “Amir” debit card will also be launched. Amir is the name given to one of OneUnited’s #BankBlack campaign images, featuring a young black boy. The images of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving their famous black power salute from the 1968 Olympics grace the background of the main image on the card.
BlackLivesMatter  credit  card 
april 2017 by Quercki
#BlackLivesMatter Introduces a New Visa Debit Card, and Revives the Toxic Old Myths of Black Capitalism | Black Agenda Report
The old myths that African Americans are poor because we don't spend wisely invest or save enough have been demolished many times. Black unemployment and poverty are core features of US capitalism and can’t be cured by black banking or shopping with black businesses. So why has #BlackLivesMatter teamed up with shady black bankers to introduce a #BlackLivesMatter debit card in a campaign that boosts the fake economics of black capitalism?
BlackLivesMatter  credit  card 
april 2017 by Quercki
Dylann Roof To Plead Guilty To Murder Charges, Avoid Death Penalty
Dylann Roof will receive a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering nine Black victims in South Carolina’s historic Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Doing so will prevent him and, most importantly, the victims’ families from having to endure a second trial to sentence him to the death penalty.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson was originally pursuing the death penalty, but agreed to accept his guilty plea and sentence him to life in prison instead, according to The Post and Courier.

“I write with great news that the State’s case is ready to wrap up. As I told you towards the end of trial and in other updates, at this point our goal is to provide an insurance policy to the federal conviction and sentence. The most effective way to do that is to secure a guilty plea for a life sentence and get the defendant into federal custody,” Wilson wrote in a letter to the families.

RELATED: Dylann Roof During Closing Argument to Jury: ‘I felt like I had to do it’

Dylann Roof will make his plea on April 10 and will be moved into federal custody.
Charleston  SC  murder  BlackLivesMatter  White  male  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Minnesota man who shot 5 Black Lives Matter protesters found guilty - CBS News
MINNEAPOLIS - A jury on Wednesday convicted a Minnesota man of assault for opening fire and wounding five men demonstrating against the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police officers.

Allen Scarsella, 24, of Bloomington, was found guilty on all charges of assault and riot. Scarsella showed no emotion as the Hennepin County jury’s verdict was read.CBS Minnesota reports that the jury deliberated for seven hours.

Scarsella was accused of shooting and injuring the five African-American men at a Black Lives Matter protest after the police shooting death of Jamar Clark in 2015.

Scarsella and three other men, all wearing face masks, went into an encampment outside a police station in north Minneapolis to livestream Black Lives Matter protests that had closed down a city block. Scarsella, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, brought a .45-caliber handgun and fired at demonstrators in what his attorneys say was self-defense.

CBS Minnesota reports that jurors saw numerous text messages Scarsella sent friends, including one saying, “Cool – the gun I’m getting is proven to kill black guys in a single shot.”

Prosecutors argued that the shootings were racially-motivated. The station reports that Scarsella was identified in a video taken the night of the shootings waving a handgun and making racially-charged statements about the Black Lives Matter protesters. In one video that was shot in a car while Scarsella and a friend were driving to an earlier protest, Scarsella is heard saying he is “on a mission” and “locked and loaded” while holding a gun.
White  male  racist  terrorist  shooting  BlackLivesMatter  verdict  guilty 
february 2017 by Quercki
No white work friend, I won’t be chatting with you about Grey’s Anatomy for a while. – Medium
We steel ourselves to deal with with a very a rational fear. We work to educate ourselves about it. We build coalition to fight it. We create change & actually make progress at ending it. Only to be met with a new horror whose entire creation was meant to negate the work on the previous fear.
This is what we mean when we talk about #GenerationalTrauma.
“Oh — your grandparents told you the horrors of slavery? You all got that handled? Well, Let’s see how you get along with Mr Jim Crow.”
“Oh — your elders told you about how bad it was during Jim Crow — got that sorted do you? How about you see what about working your way through The War on Drugs.”
Oh — your parents educated you all about Mass Incarceration did they? You working on that with some success huh? Let’s see how you deal with a KKK endorsed POTUS.”
I am writing this in long form in addition to the thread I posted via Twitter because I want more white people to see these words and really think about their interactions with Black people for the foreseeable future. YOU may be ready to skip to debrief & analyze — but we are coming to grips collectively with a new horror & new #GenerationalTrauma
BlackLivesMatter  Trump  trauma 
november 2016 by Quercki
MLK: Looted nothing, burned nothing, attacked no one. Changed the world
1. Martin Luther King Jr. broke the law. He was arrested 30 times between 1955 and 1965. MLK led marches and demonstrations that were unlawful and led to the violent beating and arrest of many black people and their white sympathizers. Eventually it led to his (and others in the movement's) assassination. So when I see white people sharing this I read, "I prefer you quietly taking abuse."

2. MLK seemed to understand rioting better than you do.
"But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?...It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."
— “The Other America,” 1968

We can't ignore the conditions that lead to unrest, and then sit back and click our tongues because injustice turns into turmoil.

3. There has recently been a protest that has not only been peaceful, but it's been completely lawful. Unfortunately, you don't want people sitting down for the National Anthem either. Whatever it is you think you want, I'm willing to wager that it isn't Martin Luther King.

4. MLK's hate mail was full of the same nonsense I see people posting about BLM on Facebook:

4. In the end, this meme is just an appropriation of the image of a civil-rights leader in an effort to tell black people to quietly take their seat.
BlackLivesMatter  MLK  King  Martin_Luther_King  protest  african-american 
september 2016 by Quercki
Black Activists Rally For Unarmed White Man Shot by Cops - Counter Current News
The phrase “white lives matter” has recently come to be considered by many as a typically racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement. But since white and black lives BOTH matter, should the groups work together and support each other instead of butting heads?

According to Dennis Romero of LA Weekly, one group of mostly African-American civil rights leaders is stepping up to question a deputy’s shooting of an unarmed, white, homeless man in Castaic — because it just might be the right thing to do.

“We can’t only be advocates when black people are killed by police unjustly,” says Najee Ali, founder of Project Islamic Hope.

Ali is organizing a coalition of civil rights groups, including Project Islamic Hope, the National Action Network and the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable, which will call on state Attorney General Kamala Harris to launch an investigation of the shooting.
BlackLivesMatter  White  homeless  police  murder  killing 
september 2016 by Quercki
Wear Out The Silence
“Wear Out The Silence” is a campaign asking white people to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts every Friday as a way for us to bring the racial-justice conversation deeper into our daily lives. We want to use these conversations to move more white people into action, and to make visible the many people supporting the Movement For Black Lives.

We have heard the leaders of this movement call upon white people to “break white silence.” While this campaign specifically asks white people to answer this call, we encourage and welcome people of any race who want to participate.

Wear Out The Silence is a partnership with Bay Area Showing Up For Racial Justice.
BlackLivesMatter  White  solutions 
september 2016 by Quercki
Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives" | KALW
Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

AZARIAH COLE-SHEPHARD: Poetry—even though it's just words—can save lives and can actively create change. Or maybe it's the voice that people that don't have the courage to speak out can have.
Click the audio player above to hear Azariah read her poem, “For the Black Man my Love cannot protect.”
Oakland  youth  poetry  BlackLivesMatter 
august 2016 by Quercki
Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black | East Bay Express
The most alarming discovery: 74 percent of Oakland residents killed by law enforcement between 2000 and 2016 were Black men and women.

More Black residents were killed by police in Oakland than in any other California city besides Los Angeles, which is nearly ten times larger.

Although Oakland has one of the largest Black populations in the state, the percentage of Black fatalities by law enforcement is greater than in U.S. cities nearly as diverse, including New York City, Long Beach, and Boston.

This analysis is based on reporting and statistics from the award-winning website Fatal Encounters (see "About the Data" for more about the statistics and information analyzed in this story).

Nearly all Oakland residents were slain by cops in high-poverty communities in the city's flatlands, the East and West Oakland neighborhoods below Interstate 580. Residents in these areas also demonstrate the East Bay's lowest life expectancies, employment levels, and educational attainment, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department.
BlackLivesMatter  police  violence  Oakland  data 
august 2016 by Quercki
Alexander Reed Kelly: Truthdiggers of the Week: Activists Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Alyssa Eisenberg and Tova Fry - Truthdigger of the Week - Truthdig
On Monday, Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Alyssa Eisenberg and Tova Fry won a $130,000 settlement from California’s Alameda County and the adoption of new, human rights-centered policies at the jail where they were held.

The four were arrested in 2014 during a protest in Oakland, Calif., in which demonstrators demanded that state Attorney General Kamala Harris prosecute police officers who kill civilians. They were charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

An article in the East Bay Times detailed what happened once they were jailed:


After their arrests, the women were taken into a hallway in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and told to strip down to their bras, [their attorney Yolanda Huang] said.

Fry told Telesur that when the women refused to strip down, prison staff said, “You have no rights. You’re in jail.”

Weills, who is in her early 70s, refused to undress in front of the men and was taken into an isolation cell, Huang said. Weills’ husband, Dan Siegel, was running for Oakland mayor at the time the claim was filed in October 2014.

The women also were held in an overcrowded cell with other women where toilets were overflowing, and women were bleeding on themselves because there were no menstrual pads available, Huang said. Those that did have pads were leaving used ones on top of leftover food because there were no garbage cans inside the cells, she said.

“What’s done in there is subhuman, it’s filthy, full of sexual harassment and intimidation,” Costello said in 2014.

Sixteen or 17 other prisoners were in the cell where the four women were held, according to a statement the four made.

The changes won in the settlement include: installation of privacy curtains where female arrestees can be searched, provision of garbage bags in holding cells and menstrual pads to arrested women needing them, daily cleaning of the cells, and a 16-hour training program for jail deputies. Also, those conducting searches “cannot grasp or knead the arrestee’s body.” The changes are expected to be fully instituted within two months.

Fox-2 News reported that a portion of the settlement sum will be used to continue improving conditions at Santa Rita Jail, including making the policy changes known to those under hold there.
Alameda  county  jail  settlement  Occupy_Oakland  BlackLivesMatter 
august 2016 by Quercki
Va. Officer Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Shooting Death of 18-Year-Old William Chapman
Virginia jury found a white former police officer guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black teen who was accused of shoplifting, ABC News reports.

Former Portsmouth, Va., Police Officer Stephen Rankin, who was fired from the police force as he awaited trial, fatally shot 18-year-old William Chapman II in the face and chest outside a Wal-Mart after a security guard accused the teen of shoplifting. Rankin claimed that Chapman had resisted arrest. There was no video recording of the shooting, and testimony conflicted on the details, ABC reports.

Prosecutors had argued that Rankin could have used nondeadly force, underlining that every witness, with the exception of Rankin himself, had testified that the teen had his hands up.

However, Rankin’s defense claimed that the then-police officer had to shoot after a stun gun failed to stop Chapman.

ABC reports that the jurors—eight black and four white—began their deliberations Tuesday. Rankin, The Guardian reports, had been charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony, but the judge had given jurors the option to convict on lesser charges.
BlackLivesMatter  police  murder  teen 
august 2016 by Quercki
(28) #TWIBnation™ | The Official FB Group
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The number of officers intentionally killed in the line of duty was down nearly 20 percent in 2015.
BlackLivesMatter  police  death  FBI  statistics 
may 2016 by Quercki
Ex-Texas cop charged in Sandra Bland’s death in court - NY Daily News
HEMPSTEAD, Texas — A fired Texas trooper pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of misdemeanor perjury stemming from his arrest last summer of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was later found dead in a county jail.

Brian Encinia entered his plea during a brief appearance before a Waller County judge as protesters gathered outside the courthouse in Hempstead, about 50 miles northwest of Houston. One held a sign that read: “What happened to Sandra Bland?”

About 20 to 25 protesters yelled “Tell the truth” and “Sandra still speaks,” and at one point directed their chanting at Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith who stood nearby speaking with reporters.


Bland’s arrest captured on a police dash-camera video provoked national outrage and drew the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Encinia’s attorney, Larkin Eakin, said after Tuesday’s arraignment that the perjury charge “represents a fundamental misunderstanding of law enforcement procedures.”
Sandra_Bland  BlackLivesMatter  Texas 
may 2016 by Quercki
New Orleans Police Officers Plead Guilty in Shooting of Civilians - The New York Times
NEW ORLEANS — A legal journey that was set off more than a decade ago with the shooting of unarmed citizens by police officers in the desperate days after Hurricane Katrina wound toward a close on Wednesday when five former officers pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy, obstruction of justice and civil rights charges.

The plea agreements drew prison terms from three to 12 years. Those sentences were significantly shorter than those handed down when the men were convicted five years ago in verdicts that were later thrown out.

But the agreements were supported by the families of the victims and brought some degree of conclusion to a nearly 11-year endeavor that in ways presaged the current struggles over police and accountability in places like Baltimore, Cleveland and Ferguson, Mo.
Katrina  police  murder  BlackLivesMatter 
april 2016 by Quercki
Cleveland prosecutor who cleared cops in Tamir Rice’s death defeated in Dem primary
Cuyahoga County District Attorney Tim McGinty lost his bid for re-election on Tuesday night, less than three months after Cleveland activists began calling for him to be voted out for his handling of the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s shooting death at the hands of police.
BlackLivesMatter  Tamir_Rice  election 
march 2016 by Quercki
Black Lives Matter Scores Political Victory As Chicago Ousts Its Top Prosecutor | ThinkProgress
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has covered up police killings, condemned the innocent, and doomed children to the school-to-prison pipeline. But on Tuesday, Chicago area voters said that they’ve had enough.
Alvarez lost her bid for a third term to Kim Foxx, a former assistant state’s attorney and a candidate backed by activists from the Black Lives Matter movement. Activists turned the local race into a crucial battle to unseat the controversial top prosecutor who has mishandled cases involving police brutality and allowed miscarriages of justice against men and women of color in Chicago.
The controversy surrounding the shooting of Laquan McDonald was perhaps the most high-profile of Alvarez’s recent failures as state’s attorney. Despite evidence and dashcam footage that showed that the police officer shot McDonald 16 times, Alvarez covered up the incident for more than a year and did not bring charges until less than a day before the video was released to the public. And she still refuses to acknowledge her mistakes.
Alvarez has also refused to reopen the cases of people who are likely innocent, criminalized people for recording officers, and bullied college students who were critical of her office. And she has funneled thousands of black and Latino Chicago Public School students into the juvenile justice system. She also led a crusade against a Chicago-area Innocence Project, subpoenaing students and refusing to acknowledge evidence of an inmate’s innocence. That man, Anthony McKinney, died in prison in 2013.
BlackLivesMatter  election  police 
march 2016 by Quercki
The Spirituality of Resilience | On Being
While Cullors’s political prowess, devotion to community activism and critical understanding of community leadership and hashtag-avism has been featured in Essence, Ebony, the LA Times, and other publications, her dedication to radical healing, spiritual practice and self-care has not been covered. But it should be.

The influence and involvement of black religious leaders in civil rights movements in the U.S. has been well noted. The Black church, along with the Nation of Islam and notable Black Muslims, have been fundamental to political advancements in the African American community. Yet, the discussion of faith-based involvement in the black civil rights movements remains (mostly) hetero-normative and almost exclusively male.

As the black community grapples with the terrorism against it, the work of Patrisse Cullors and the Black Lives Matter movement expands the definition of “faith-based,” and offers alternate notions of faith, self-care and wellness as resistance to disrupt a martyr mentality and heal those within traumatized communities.
BlackLivesMatter  spirituality  Patrisse_Cullors  African-american 
march 2016 by Quercki
These moms are turning grief into action—and reclaiming the narrative around their children’s deaths | The Feed | Hillary for America
The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Dontre Hamilton, and Jordan Davis share what it’s like fight for justice alongside one another.
BlackLivesMatter  mothers 
march 2016 by Quercki
We didn’t start a movement. We started a network. — Medium
And as we inch closer to liberation, we will do so in different ways, and it is important to note the differences in how we approach this important work. As a friend of mine recently said: “there’s no one right way to get free.” There are divergent strategies, however, and it feels especially important to point out two in particular: neoliberalism and Black radicalism. The former, in my opinion, can’t and won’t end violence against all Black people because neoliberalism relies on rigorous self-interest based platforms, the dismantling of social services, privatization and, due to its roots based in capitalist white supremacy, commits to specific strategies around policy agendas and reformist rhetoric that still requires the construction of an ‘other’.
The Black radical agenda, which pushes us closer to freedom and the agenda to which I subscribe, calls for an eradication of white supremacy and an adoption of values and traditions endowed from the Black experience. That I don’t agree with neoliberalism doesn’t encourage me to launch an online assault against those who do. We can, in fact, agree to disagree. We can have healthy debate. We can show up for one another as Black folks inside of this movement in ways that don’t isolate, terrorize, and shame people — something I’ve experienced first hand.
BlackLivesMatter  Patrisse_Cullors 
february 2016 by Quercki
Vermont’s Black Leaders: We Were ‘Invisible’ to Bernie Sanders - The Daily Beast
The audience of African-American activists and other Vermonters of color should have been a friendly one for the socialist congressman.
Instead, remembers Curtiss Reed Jr., the executive director of the group, it became something of a showdown. Sanders “was just really dismissive of anything that had to do with race and racism, saying that they didn’t have anything to do with the issues of income inequality,” Reed told The Daily Beast.

“He just always kept coming back to income inequality as a response, as if talking about income inequality would somehow make issues of racism go away.”
And since winning that race, Sanders’s approach toward Reed and his organization has been one of “benign neglect,” the activist added. “We are a major statewide organization. It would stand to reason that you would check in with your major constituents, but voters of color are simply not on his radar.”
Bernie_Sanders  BlackLivesMatter  racism  history 
february 2016 by Quercki
A guide to debunking 'black-on-black crime' | Fusion
So we here at Fusion have put together a comprehensive list on what to do when someone you love, hate, or feel so-so about goes on about “but what about that black crime in the black community” as an alternative to talking about the deaths of black people by police. We got you. Start with: “Nah, chill. Here’s what’s actually going on.”

1. First thing to debunk? The term “black-on-black crime”:
Black  crime  facts  racism  BlackLivesMatter 
november 2015 by Quercki
How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives - ProPublica
In 2012, Oakland recommitted itself to Ceasefire. It hired a full-time manager for the program, using both city dollars and part of a 2013 Justice Department grant. The city also dedicated funds to work with a team of experts who had helped other cities implement Ceasefire. The experts helped Oakland do a detailed data analysis homing in on the men who needed to be called in. There were only 20 guys at the first relaunched call-in — “but they were 20 of the right guys,” said Armstrong.
Murders dropped from 126 in 2012 to 90 in 2013, according to police department data. Last year, Oakland had 80 murders.
BlackLivesMatter  Oakland  Ceasefire  murder  reduction  solution  ****  Black 
november 2015 by Quercki
NLG Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Over Berkeley Police Brutality Against Black Lives Matter Protesters and Journalists : Indybay
The December 6 protest was a March Against State Violence calling for justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other unarmed Black people who have died at the hands of white police officers. "The march was largely peaceful," explained civil rights attorney Jim Chanin. "But the Berkeley Police assumed the worst and almost immediately began hitting people in an indiscriminate manner. This was illegal, and unnecessarily exacerbated tension between police and protesters. It showed a complete lack of appreciation for the fact that the demonstrators were exercising their constitutional right to speak out on very serious issues: police racist killings and the failure of our criminal justice system to hold officers accountable."

The lawsuit follows the recent revelation that Berkeley Police stop data shows a striking pattern of racial profiling against Black and Latino residents, with Blacks and Latinos far more likely than White Berkeleyites to be stopped and searched, and that those stops and searches were far more likely to be for no reason than stops of Whites. (See Berkeley Police Department Data Reveals Stark Racial Disparities)

The plaintiffs include a San Francisco Chronicle photographer, Sam Wolson, who was clubbed on the head as he knelt to take a photo. Wolson remarked that "I was really surprised and disappointed, by the whole situation. If you can't have media safely holding all parties accountable then the whole system breaks down."

Cindy Pincus, a minister, was also hit on the head as she bent down to help another woman who had fallen. "The response by police was so disproportionately violent to the peaceful gathering of protesters. We were indiscriminately beaten even as we tried to lawfully retreat. I suffered once; this is what our brown and black citizens suffer every day."

Cal student Nisa Dang was clubbed from behind while she was urging other demonstrators to be peaceful. Later that night, the police forced her and others to march from Berkeley to the Oakland border. "The officers hit and jabbed us with their batons and shot tear gas canisters at our backs to forcibly make us keep moving south. They didn't stop their violent tactics until we got to Oakland. Those of us who had been forced into Oakland then had to walk all the way back to Berkeley to return to the safety of our homes."

Curtis Johnson was visiting from Los Angeles and happened on the demonstration. "I had only been with the march for about ten minutes when I was shot in the knee with an impact munition," he said. "There was no warning." Mr. Johnson was shot by Hayward officers who were providing mutual aid to Berkeley.
BlackLivesMatter  Berkeley  police  violence  lawsuit 
november 2015 by Quercki
Berkeley, police sued over Black Lives Matter protest - SFGate
A group of protesters and journalists filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Berkeley on Sunday, claiming police used “malicious and oppressive” force when trying to quell a chaotic Black Lives Matter protest in December.
Eleven people, including a Berkeley city employee, several UC Berkeley students, a seminary student and a freelance photojournalist on assignment for The Chronicle, are seeking damages, saying police violated their First Amendment rights and injured them during the Dec. 6 protest.
Plaintiff’s accusation
Berkeley city employee Moni Law, 55, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said an officer clubbed her in the back from behind while she urged demonstrators to step back from the police line.
“Just because you have a badge doesn’t mean you have a license to hurt people,” Law said at a news conference Monday in Berkeley announcing the lawsuit.
The suit, filed in San Francisco federal court by attorneys from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, seeks unspecified damages from the city and police officials.
“Berkeley police responded brutally, clubbing peaceful protesters and journalists, often from behind, some in the head, indiscriminately and unnecessarily, and used profligate amounts of tear gas without justification,” attorneys for the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint.
Police arrested six people — including two mentioned in Sunday’s lawsuit — and said some demonstrators threw bricks, pipes, rocks and bottles at officers. One officer suffered a dislocated shoulder, police said shortly after the incident.
Scores of protests
Berkeley police officials declined to comment on the suit Monday.
The turbulent night through the streets of Berkeley came three days after a grand jury in New York declined to indict officers in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner and weeks after no charges were filed in the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The Berkeley demonstration came amid scores of protests throughout Oakland and San Francisco in late fall and winter.
Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky
BlackLivesMatter  police  violence  lawsuit 
november 2015 by Quercki
Fascism | tressiemc
The Mizzou student-activists are organizing in a moment of public, private and State surveillance unlike any ever before seen in modern history in a wealthy imperialist nation where a huge part of our conspicuous consumption is surveilling ourselves as a status symbol.

They are organizing within the most corporate driven era of higher education in the history of the United States with all that entails for curtailing citizen-building at the expense of making markets and more consumers.

These students were organizing against the major capital interests that can now purchase unprecedented access to politicians in a massive police apparatus that has virtually unchecked privilege to target, surveill, detain and murder in a media culture controlled by many of the same capital interests.

This moment requires a level of sophistication that I doubt even my elder cohort can quite grasp. This is not the 1960s. It isn’t even the 1980s.
solutions  BlackLivesMatter  Missouri  University_of_Missouri  racism 
november 2015 by Quercki
Crimes Blamed On Black Lives Matter | News One
Since the beginning of the year, riots, vandalism, and even deaths have been placed at the movement’s front door. Here are just some of the incidents Black Lives Matter has been blamed for, how they were proven wrong, and what followed after.
Death Of Illinois Cop By Alleged BLM Supporters Turns Out To Be Suicide By Own Gun
BlackLivesMatter  police  liars 
november 2015 by Quercki
These 4 Cops Lied About Getting Shot to Manufacture Outrage Against 'Black Lives Matter'
Four cops from four different departments lied about shootings they were responsible for, and their lies were used by media outlets and pro-police groups to implicate Black Lives Matter protesters each time. It turns out that in all four cases, the officers involved either shot themselves, shot their own car, or were shot by a fellow officer.


Officer Terry Smith

In June, it was reported that veteran police officer Terry Smith was shot in the back by an unknown assailant, and Black Lives Matter protesters were implicated. Then, in September, US Uncut published an article showing that the entire story was fabricated.
police  shooting  self  liars  BlackLivesMatter 
november 2015 by Quercki
Hillary Clinton's Racial Justice Platform is Finally Taking Shape | The New Republic
The Reagan and Clinton administration laws—drawn up during a panic over crime rates and drug abuse—are still being used to send first-time offenders away to rot. But where once discussion about the disproportionality of sentences handed out to black defendants convicted of nonviolent drug crimes was primarily in the province of academics, lawyers, and activists fighting to reverse these biased policies, it’s nice to see that the topic has become a presidential campaign issue.

“The entire conversation around criminal justice reform is substantially different from what we've seen before,” said Nicole Porter of The Sentencing Project. “The talk has always been tough on crime instead of smart on crime, so it's encouraging that you have leading candidates acknowledging the need to revisit the nation's harsh policies and address mass incarceration.”

Jessica McGowan/Getty
To that end, Clinton’s second proposal was perhaps more to the point, seeking to interrupt the casual introduction of people to the justice system just because of how they look. Once a co-sponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act during her days as a U.S. senator, Clinton on Friday pushed for legislation to end racial profiling, stating, truthfully, that it actually makes law enforcement less effective. She underscored the psychological impact of the practice on marginalized communities in her remarks. “It is wrong, it is demeaning, and it does not help keep us safe or solve crimes," Clinton said in her speech. "It’s time to put that behind us."
Hillary  justice  race  BlackLivesMatter 
november 2015 by Quercki
Michelle Alexander: White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison | Alternet
Alexander said over the last four years, as she’s been traveling from state to state speaking to audiences from prisons to universities about her book, she’s witnessed an “awakening.” More and more people are talking about mass incarceration, racism and the war on drugs.

Often when people talk about the reasons certain communities are impoverished or lack education they blame the personal choices or moral shortcomings of the people in those communities, but that way of looking at things has got it backwards, she said.

“That these communities are poor and have failing schools and have broken rules is not because of their personal failings but because we’ve declared war on them,” she said. “We’ve spent billions of dollars building prisons and allowing schools to fail. We’ve decimated these communities by shuttling young people from their underfunded schools to these brand new, high tech prisons. We’ve begun targeting children in these communities at young ages.”

Alexander cautioned that drug policy activists need to keep this disparity in mind and cultivate a conversation about repairing the damages done by the systemic racism of the war on drugs, before cashing in on legalization.
drugs  war  marijuana  BlackLivesMatter 
november 2015 by Quercki
Why I protest by Kwame Rose - Baltimore City Paper
4. I protest because the police response to protesters has become worse under Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Protesting is not, as he described, a "privilege." Rather, it is a right guaranteed by law that should be respected by those sworn to uphold the law. Protesters have explored all other peaceful measures to tackle the issue of police violence but those with the power to reform the system have ignored them. So far, under Davis, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars have been wasted on police coverage during days of protest. There hasn't been a single threat made against the police by any of the individuals they are tracking and targeting. More important though, the police are being deployed to carry out planned attacks on protesters.
protest  BlackLivesMatter  Baltimore  Kwame_Rose 
october 2015 by Quercki
Meet the Women Who Created #BlackLivesMatter
#BlackLivesMatter might have been many people's introduction to each of you and the work that you do, but can you all discuss your other work and what inspired you to come together?

Patrisse: I'm actually the Truth and Reinvestment Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which is located in Oakland, California. My passion is really about looking at the impacts of policing on black communities in particular as well as the impacts incarceration has on black communities. I got into this work because I was deeply impacted by the police system and the world of incarceration. I witnessed my family members in and out of jail, I witnessed a lot of state violence, and this movement saved my life.

Alicia: I am the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and for the last 13 years, I've been organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and gender justice.

Opal: I am the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, which is the country's only national immigrant rights organization for black immigrants and African Americans. Being the daughter of Nigerian immigrants really drove me to do this type of work.
BlackLivesMatter  African-american 
october 2015 by Quercki
Over 700 people killed by police this year. But who's counting? - Columbia Journalism Review
a definitive count of law enforcement killings remains elusive. Quantifying them can be a messy, subjective process that requires editorial judgment, not just number crunching.

The two largest newsroom efforts are from The Washington Post and The Guardian US, both of which are compiling national databases of people killed by police. While comparable, the projects differ in several key ways. The Guardian’s The Counted, which launched in June, tracks every fatal encounter with law enforcement since January 1, 2015, while the Post’s database includes only police shootings. In addition to basic demographic details, the Post tracks whether the person killed showed signs of mental illness, while The Guardian tracks the outcomes of investigations into the killings. The two news outlets define “armed” and “unarmed” differently, a non-trivial matter, since the presence of an “unarmed” victim is often interpreted to mean the killing was unjustified.
...The Post and Guardian both rely on crowdsourced tips and news reports as their primary sources, then verify them using public documents, interviews with police and family members, and other standard reporting techniques. The process is similar to that used to compile Fatal Encounters, an independent website that collects police killing data going back to 2000.

The creator of Fatal Encounters, D. Brian Burghart, is the editor of the alt-weekly Reno News & Review; he launched the site in 2014 after he discovered a lack of reliable data. “I’m not a data expert by any stretch of the imagination,” says Burghart, whose data has been used by The New York Times, among others. “The idea was that if we created it and kept it as neutral as possible, then large media outlets can use it for whatever they wanted.” Burghart is currently crowdfunding for a related project, called Encuentros Mortales, that will track deaths of immigrants, which are often reported in Mexican media but not in the US. Both projects are updated and maintained by Burghart and a team of “mostly underpaid volunteers.”
police  killing  shooting  BlackLivesMatter  data 
october 2015 by Quercki
NYPD steal black woman banker's BMW, commit her when she asks for it back / Boing Boing
Brock woke up inside the Harlem Hospital psychiatric ward. For eight days, doctors and medical staff repeatedly injected Brock with sedatives and forced her to take lorazepam and lithium after misdiagnosing her as bipolar and delusional. According to medical records, doctors also repeatedly attempted to coerce her into denying she owned a BMW, was a banker, and has President Barack Obama as a follower on Twitter.

But according to her lawsuit, Brock does own a BMW. She has worked at Citibank, Chase, and Astoria Bank. And the 32-year-old black woman with no history of mental illness actually does have President Obama as a follower on Twitter.

After eight days, doctors released Brock without giving her any explanation. She received a hospital bill for $13,637.10 even though Brock was misdiagnosed and held there against her will. Earlier this year, she filed a lawsuit against the city of New York, the unidentified police officers, and Harlem Hospital for violating her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments.

Given the fact that cops have the legal authority to shoot unarmed people, conduct body cavity searches without reasonable suspicion, detain journalists, and choke suspects to death, apparently throwing sane people into psych wards can now be added to the list.
BlackLivesMatter  police  violence  DWB 
october 2015 by Quercki
From Hashtag to Strategy: The Growing Pains of Black Lives Matter - In These Times
In These Times organized a panel to examine the challenges faced by BLM. Alicia Garza is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and helped conceive the slogan in 2013; Jamala Rogers is a founding member of the St. Louis-based Organization for Black Struggle and a long-time community organizer, as well as the author of Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion; R.L. Stephens is the founder of Orchestrated Pulse and an organizer in Minneapolis who was present at the Baltimore protests. 

Let’s set some context: What exactly is Black Lives Matter?

ALICIA: I like this question because it’s often confused. The Black Lives Matter Network was founded in 2013 after Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted. Then there is the broader movement that is emerging to fight for Black lives and has taken on the moniker of BLM. So there’s both an organization that is being built intentionally—that has a set of principles, that has a vision, that has accountability to one another, and that also has guidelines for how we want to work together. The movement has many ideologies and approaches, but is unified by the desire to make Black lives matter.

Folks use BLM because it gives them a platform. At the Black Lives Matter Network, we aren’t concerned with policing who is and who isn’t part of the movement. If someone says they are part of the BLM movement, that’s true—if they’re working to make sure that Black lives do matter. But we don’t control the movement.
september 2015 by Quercki
Texas gentleman who said Black Lives Matter vandalized his truck admits he was the vandal / Boing Boing
Scott Lattin of Whitney, TX received over six thousand dollars on a GoFundMe account to repair his vandalized truck. But his donors might want their money back after the news came out that Lattin had admitted to police that he vandalized his own truck. Lattin claimed that his truck, which was emblazoned with a pro-police message, was spray-painted by anti-police vandals with the words, "Black Lives Matter." When police investigated, they came to the conclusion that Lattin had lied to them. He was arrested and charged with making a false police report.
BlackLivesMatter  liars 
september 2015 by Quercki
10 ways Black Lives Matter is already winning
Many of their proposals have or had already been adopted in cities and states across the country, with some even specifically crediting protests as their motivation for the changes.

Here is a sampling of some of the changes to policing we have seen in recent time that have Campaign Zero’s proposals in action.
CampaignZero  policy  solutions  BlackLivesMatter  success 
september 2015 by Quercki
The Success And Controversy Of #CampaignZero And Its Successful, Controversial Leader, DeRay Mckesson - BuzzFeed News
Campaign Zero has also become a source of contention within the broader Black Lives Matter movement, especially with the increased prominence of Mckesson, the Bowdoin graduate who left behind a six-figure salary as the senior director of human capital with the Minneapolis Public Schools system to protest in Ferguson. Critics say the plan is marked by a lack of transparency — who helped formulate the plan, they ask. More importantly, some critics argue Campaign Zero might be interfering with other activism and, therefore, lacks accountability. Campaign Zero’s willingness to participate in the question of “Where do we go from here?” has created — and even exacerbated — the tensions that exist between the sprawling factions of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Black Lives Matter organization, with 26 chapters around the country, is not in regular contact with Mckesson and the Campaign Zero team, nor does Campaign Zero consider itself part of the organization’s network. But because they are both under the umbrella of the broader Black Lives Matter movement, their campaigns, rallies, disruptions, and direct actions often affect each other. It’s why one criticism of Campaign Zero is that, in some cases, it duplicates work already being done.
Others are frustrated that the Black Lives Matter network and Campaign Zero are crossing wires. They fight for loyalty among prominent activists. More importantly, though, people outside the movement — from national leaders to major donors and presidential candidates — are unsure of how to navigate the different entities.
Therein lies a caveat: Campaign Zero is not an organization — it’s simply a policy platform.
BlackLivesMatter  CampaignZero  DeRay_McKesson 
september 2015 by Quercki
1 Black Man Is Killed Every 28 Hours by Police or Vigilantes: America Is Perpetually at War with Its Own People | Alternet
Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African Americans in 2012 according to a recent study. This means a black person was killed by a security officer every 28 hours. The report notes that it's possible that the real number could be much higher.  

The report, entitled "Operation Ghetto Storm", was performed by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an antiracist grassroots activist organization. The organization has chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Worth-Dallas, Jackson, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. It has a history of organizing campaigns against police brutality and state repression in black and brown communities. Their study's sources included police and media reports along with other publicly available information. Last year, the organization published a similar study showing that a black person is killed by security forces every 36 hours. However, this study did not tell the whole story, as it only looked at shootings from January to June 2012. Their latest study is an update of this. 
BlackLivesMatter  killing  black  men  police  violence  murder  African-american 
september 2015 by Quercki
Houston cops shoot unarmed black patient in hospital — and then charge him with assault
But the family and medical professionals are disturbed by the handling of Alan’s case and what looks like a failure on many levels. Alan had driven himself to the hospital the night of August 26th, during an acute mental health crisis. When he got there, he crashed his car and was treated for those injuries. But the mental health issues, which were what made Alan check himself in in the first place, were ignored, according to the Pean family. Alan’s father, himself a physician, begged the hospital to get his son a psychiatric evaluation given that Alan had suffered a similar episode in 2009. But the hospital decided he was ready to be discharged. In fact, they had cleared Alan to be discharged a mere minutes before the shooting the next morning. How did he go from being cleared to leave to so combative that only a bullet could protect two officers?

So, medical neglect was followed by the use of excessive force, leading to what could have very easily been a fatal shooting. Health care professionals have started a petition condemning the presence of guns in hospitals and the criminalization of patients and mental health patients in particular. It reads

Personally, we stand in outrage for every time he is referred to as “combative” without sub-clause or context, we stand in outrage for every time he is called a “suspect” instead of a patient, we stand in outrage for every time he, one empty-handed, help-seeking man, is painted as a threat to two officers, able bodied and armed, in a hospital.
hospital  patient  shooting  BlackLivesMatter  Houston 
september 2015 by Quercki
Why Black Lives Matter is Crucial, All Lives Matter is Unnecessary, and White Lives Matter is just Racist | Justin DaMetz
There is a legitimate problem centered around black men and women being gunned down by police officers prior to any opportunity for due process and the judicial system to do its work, and then those police officers walking away with no consequences. Read that last sentence again; it is the crux of what people are upset about. Far too many times have we seen stories about a black human being who may or may not have broken a law being killed by the officer they come in contact with, and then no consequences being handed down. Far too often, the death penalty has been meted out at the whim of a single, white police officer, for alleged “crimes” that in a court of law would merit a fine.
BlackLivesMatter  ***  White  privilege 
september 2015 by Quercki
I’m a black activist. Here’s what people get wrong about Black Lives Matter. - Vox
What Reynolds seems to miss is that while the DNA of the Black Lives Matter movement may not come directly from the SCLC or from Dr. King's philosophies, it still comes from her era and movement. It comes from groups like SNCC that eschewed quiet boycotts, tweed suits, and charismatic speeches; that found success in decentralized leadership, direct action, and, sometimes, naked anger.

The Black Lives Matter movement inhabits many of these spaces first carved out by the groups Reynolds wants to forget. BLM is decentralized, like SNCC. It has courted media, and like many, including the Panthers, it has created its own media, a feat made possible in the present day by the internet. It is animated by grief and rage as much as by concrete policy. Many activists wear the clothes they have always worn as black middle- and lower-class youth. They sag. They wear hoodies. They do it because they understand innately that suits do not indicate who is "evil" and who is "good," who ought to be respected.

In fact, the politicians inflicting most of the grief that mobilizes these activists are the people most likely to be wearing suits at any given moment.

And listen: I love wearing suits. But the idea that they make me more respectable than anything else doesn't square with my own experience. I am not a different worker or writer if I'm wearing a suit and tie or my favorite Jordan 11 Breds and a durag.
BlackLivesMatter  history  Civil_Rights 
september 2015 by Quercki
The BLACK LIVES MATTER Film Syllabus | Tribeca
There are moments in black cinema that captures the complexities of black life. Scenes that provide glimpses of a fuller more complicated portrayals of characters, people and the social conditions that have incited the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement.
One such scene occurs in the new Liz Garbus’s award-winning documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? A reporter asks Nina Simone at the end of the Civil Rights Movement in 1968, “What does Freedom mean to you?” It’s a moment in the film where the revolutionary blues and jazz singer is temporarily at a loss for words. Simone’s pause allows for the consideration of the fact that in that year Martin Luther King Jr., lost his life prematurely that is equal in the black imagination to way in which Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 or Trayvon Martin in 2012. In the time on screen that the singer considers freedom, we are forced to make sense of, Eugene Williams crossing the imaginary color line in Chicago’s Lake Michigan in 1919 and is drowned. Or the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, where the Confederate flag flew above the State Capitol Building, 150 year after the end of Civil War, until that symbol was contested by the massacre of nine black men, women, and children—in their sanctuary—at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
In the aftermath of the growing number of black lives being lost the #BlackLivesMatter movement has been met with calls that #AllLivesMatter. Ultimately, Simone turns the question on the white reporter perhaps because she didn’t know freedom. He refuses to answer, as any good reporter would do, and she says in an almost hushed tone, “It’s just a feeling.”
BlackLivesMatter  films  african-american 
august 2015 by Quercki
#BlackLivesMatter More Than the Hurt Feelings of White Progressives™ #ABLC
None of this would have happened if not for the #BlackLivesMatter protesters.

The #BlackLivesMatter activists are changing the political conversation. Black women are flexing our political muscles. And it is obvious that Bernie Sanders and the progressive infrastructure is listening.

The only people who continue to stalwartly refuse to listen are his fanatical supporters. They stubbornly continue to claim that the protests are stupid and counterproductive despite clear evidence to the contrary, and they express their displeasure in rhetoric steeped in racism and misogynoir.

And it’s profoundly depressing.

Ultimately, Bernie Sanders has a coalition problem. His coalition is comprised of primarily white progressives and liberals, unsurprising for a man who hails from a state that is 94 percent white. And when a vocal section of that coalition thinks belittling and harassing Black people is a smart way to encourage Black people to vote for Bernie Sanders, Bernie Sanders likely has a larger problem on his hands than he probably realizes.
BlackLivesMatter  Bernie_Sanders  Imani_Gandy  White  racism 
august 2015 by Quercki
Not first disruptive tactic for activist who shut down the Bernie Sanders speech | The Seattle Times
The public-comment period had closed, but Johnson, again taking to the front of the room, declared: “We will reopen public comment because this is our city and our council.”

The council suspended the meeting temporarily and O’Toole eventually gave her report, although the shouting continued periodically.

Related video: Protesters disrupt Seattle City Council meeting
Jan. 12, 2015: Seattle City Council temporarily suspended its weekly briefing Monday morning after Black Lives Matter demonstraters began shouting and singing. City Council member Kshama Sawant raised her hands with the protesters. Read more. (Steve Miletich / The Seattle Times)    
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Bernie_Sanders  BlackLivesMatter  Seattle 
august 2015 by Quercki
How do we call people in even as we call them out? | seattlish
If you’re upset at activists calling out a candidate you see as pretty good – maybe the best we can expect in the two-party system – ask why you’re ok with “pretty good.” Consider that calling out (and calling in!) people who are close but not quite there is how we make for better, truer allies. Does Bernie Sanders have a history of civil justice? Sure – but since his appearance at Netroots, he’s been actively called on to outwardly address the BLM movement and has failed to do so. Mathematically, Sanders will need POC to vote for him if he wants to win the election – so ask yourself why you’re so upset at the insinuation that he has room to grow into that role. 

If you’re worried that the BLM action sought to “divide liberals,” then be the person who ensures that that doesn’t happen. Ask how you can call people in as you call them out, and how you can ensure that your intentions are to be part of the solution. 

If you’re upset because you heard that the two women who acted weren’t really with BLM, or if you heard about the apology (from the Facebook of a 16-year-old girl who has since recanted and backed away because of the flaming she received from Bernie fans), ask yourself why you give a shit if it was a sanctioned event or not. Ask yourself why you’re looking for ways to delegitimize the actions of two women – or why you’d rather believe stories that they were paid plants. Ask yourself if, by choosing to believe those stories, you’re not doing exactly what people who would have orchestrated that kind of thing would want. 

Instead of telling others how to do activism, or picking it apart, or shouting it down, or explaining why it’s not perfect, or name-calling (seriously, just look at these fucking comments and tell me these are tolerant, well-rounded people), ask how you’re doing activism, and if your activism is inclusive and intersectional and thoughtful and considerate of history and legacy and progress. 
BlackLivesMatter  Bernie_Sanders  activism  diversity  tactics 
august 2015 by Quercki
▶ Marissa Janae Johnson Speaks: #BLM, Sanders & White Progressives™ | #TWIBnation - YouTube
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0:00 - Playing audio from the disruption.
7:47 - Marissa Janae Johnson introduced.
8:42 - "Why are you targeting Sanders?"
11:06 - "Why aren't you picketing Hillary?"
15:16 - "What would you say to the folks that say you're hurting your cause?"
18:03 - "Are you aware that you're a Hillary plant?"
18:44 - "Haven't you been labeled as Christian fundamentalist/Palin supporter?"
23:01 - "I'd like to make a note about the actual action and what happened on stage." - Marissa
24:40 - "Are you saying you were speaking to everyone in the audience?(Re: Audience being full of White supremacists)? "
26:09 - "I think the bigger is not "Do you hate White people" or whatever. My question for White folks is..." - Marissa
27:33 - "There were talks that supposedly that Black Lives Matter was disavowing you..."

In this segment of TWiB! Prime, Elon James White, Imani Gandy and Aaron Rand Freeman talk with one of the organizers of the Seattle #BlackLivesMatter disruption of a Bernie Sanders event. Hear in her own words what the action was about, "Why Bernie Sanders?" and about claims of her being a "Radical Christian/Sarah Palin supporter. You won't want to miss this.
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BlackLivesMatter  Elon_James_White  Bernie_Sanders 
august 2015 by Quercki
Interrupting Bernie: Exposing the White Supremacy of the American Left | Change From Within
a few weeks ago when some phenomenal Black activists at the Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall forced his hand.

For all of the “this is not the way” sentiment we’re hearing from White progressives, it was the interruption at Netroots (alongside other direct pressure) that led to Bernie’s explicit platform on racial justice.

Notably, Black Lives Matter activists haven’t been successful (though I am sure not for lack of trying) in interrupting Hillary Clinton in the same way (that secret service protection and massive campaign budget for private security sure is handy), but even she has had little choice but to pay attention to Black Lives Matter as a movement.
What was true in King’s time is true in ours: the greatest stumbling block to racial justice is not the KKK; it’s well-meaning White people who would rather maintain injustice than risk the decentering of our Whiteness and White comfort.

And when I watch and hear the reaction of a mostly White Seattle crowd to a Black woman naming that the event is taking place in the context of Indigenous genocide, the new Jim Crow, and the everyday violence that Black, Brown, and Indigenous people face in Seattle, I’m ashamed.

Two Black women called for a moment of silence for Mike Brown a year after he was gunned down, left bleeding in the street for 4.5 hours, and White “progressives” shouted, booed, and chanted the name of a White man throughout that moment.

How much more committed to a “negative peace” can we get than literally shouting down the memory of a Black youth whose murder helped to spark this movement?

And how much more “devoted to ‘order'” can we be than to lecture Black people about what direct actions are and are not “hurting your cause”? (Notably, this language I’ve seen from countless White folks shows that we do not see the cause of racial justice as OUR cause – it’s that cause over there that we will tolerate so long as it doesn’t disrupt our Bernie rally.)
BlackLivesMatter  Bernie_Sanders  netroots  Seattle 
august 2015 by Quercki
(9) #TWIBnation™ | The Official FB Group
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Shit is getting deep out here y'all. I just saw this on Twitter. Apparently Sanders' new press secretary, Symone Sanders, described as a ‪#‎BLM‬ activist, kicked off the Portland rally by warning there might be a “disruption,” and leading the crowd with a shout-down chant to drown out any protestors. It was reported that she told reporters that Bernie Sanders "is the candidate of Black Lives Matter." WTF??? When did that happen? AND there's buzz on Twitter that Portland #BLM activist Teressa Raiford was pre-emptively arrested this afternoon, because of rumors that #BLM would show up to disrupt the event. Sweet Jesus. This is some scary Gestapo shit. And THIS is the progressive party? God help us all.
BlackLivesMatter  Bernie_Sanders  First_Amendment  arrest 
august 2015 by Quercki
Sanders Campaign Has An Official Shout-Down Chant For #BlackLivesMatters Protesters - BuzzFeed News
Symone Sanders, the campaign’s new public face, kicked off the event in Portland by warning the huge crowd that there might be a “disruption.” Symone Sanders is a young black political activist, and told reporters Saturday night the Bernie Sanders is the candidate of Black Lives Matter.
The opening speakers at the Sanders event in Portland were closely-focused on being proactive about Black Lives Matter, even mentioning the arrest of a Portland Black Lives Matter activist earlier in the day at a protest event commemorating a year since Ferguson. Symone Sanders gave an emotional retelling of the death of Michael Brown.
But Bernie Sanders has expressed disappointment at the disruptions he’s had to deal with on the trail, and the campaign is now ready to respond to protesters not by letting them take over but by shouting them down. In Seattle, he stood quietly on stage as protesters took over, and eventually left when organizers of the event cut it short due to the protests.
Symone Sanders told the crowd to cheer “We Stand Together” over and over if a disruption came in Portland, signaling that the campaign is preparing strategies to prevent Black Lives Matter from shutting it down again.
Bernie_Sanders  Symone_Sanders  BlackLivesMatter 
august 2015 by Quercki
Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Adds Young Black Woman As New Public Face - BuzzFeed News
Symone Sanders, a volunteer organizer with the D.C.-based Coalition for Juvenile Justice, was announced as the new national press secretary of Sanders’ campaign and was tasked with introducing the 73-year-old senator.
Symone Sanders is a young, black, criminal justice advocate and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s also a progressive political activist right out of the Sanders mold: Her last job was at Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen. In an interview, Symone Sanders said she first connected with the senator about three weeks ago, offering him advice on how to better understand the message of Black Lives Matter activists in an hour-long chat.
“One of my suggestions, he took it and ran with it on Meet the Press, is that racial inequality and economic inequality are parallel issues,” she said. “I [told him,] you know, economic equality is an issue. It’s something we need to address. But for some people it doesn’t matter how much money you make, it doesn’t matter where you went to school, it doesn’t matter what your parents do. It doesn’t matter that Sandra Bland had a job and was on her way to teach for her alma mater. It doesn’t matter. None of that matters.”
Bernie Sanders took to the advice, Symone Sanders said. She also confronted him with one of the criticisms he faced earlier in the summer, when Black Lives Matter activists rejected his statements about his past Civil Rights Movement work.
“Educating America, the community, letting people know who Bernie Sanders is and what he’s about,” she said. “And not just, ‘Oh, I fought for civil rights and I protested and I sat at the lunch counters.’ That’s important and that’s great but that was 50 years ago and he has a lot more to stand on than just what he did 50 years ago.”
At the end of the meeting, Bernie Sanders offered her a job.
Bernie_Sanders  BlackLivesMatter  solutions  *** 
august 2015 by Quercki
About — Protester Progress
This project tracks movement victories that have happened to date as a testament to the power of protest to change the systems and institutions that perpetuate police violence in our communities.
Occupy_Wall_Street  BlackLivesMatter 
august 2015 by Quercki
Exclusive: Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson
The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.

The tracking of domestic protest groups and peaceful gatherings raises questions over whether DHS is chilling the exercise of First Amendment rights, and over whether the department, created in large part to combat terrorism, has allowed its mission to creep beyond the bounds of useful security activities as its annual budget has grown beyond $60 billion.
surveillance  BlackLivesMatter  Homeland_Security  First_Amendment 
august 2015 by Quercki
Shakesville: Crickets
"It is clearly, clearly from the back," Bland told Greenville Online on Wednesday. "It is physically impossible for him to be trying to flee or run over the officer that shot him."
My condolences to Hammond's family and friends. I hope that they have access to the support they need, and that they will find something resembling justice.

Hammond's death has not garnered nearly the same media coverage as the black women and men who have been killed by police and/or died in police custody. However: #BlackLivesMatter activists—you know, the ones who are constantly accused by assholes of being divisive race-baiters—have been sending up flares about the killing of Zachary Hammond.

And Nick Wing has some terrific observations about who is talking about Zachary Hammond, and who isn't, here: "A Cop Killed a White Teen and the #AllLivesMatter Crowd Said Nothing."
Hammond's whiteness has certainly factored into the response to his death. No public outcry has questioned the media's use of family photos that appear to show a younger boy, still wearing braces. No wave of Internet denizens has scoured the victim's social media profiles in search of ways to somehow blame him for his own death. Nobody appears to have called for a discussion of white-on-white crime. No stories have been written about whether Hammond's parents had criminal records or asked if he was ever in trouble at school. At least not yet.

These points are no consolation to a dead 19-year-old. But they differ from the reality of what black people routinely face in similar situations.

Hammond's death also highlights a truth many white Americans seem reluctant to face: that police violence can affect anyone—their white friends, cousins, brothers, sisters, even themselves. Though bad policing may take a disproportionate toll on communities of color, the calls for reform now being voiced loudest by people of color would benefit all of us.
BlackLivesMatter  police  murder  White  boy 
august 2015 by Quercki
The Disruptors -
A shift has occurred in the year since Michael Brown’s death sparked unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014.
National conversations have arisen around issues affecting the black community in America: police brutality, economic injustice, racial inequality.
Names that might have made little more than local headlines have become national stories: Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland.
It didn’t happen on its own. A grass-roots network of activists and allies is mobilizing through social media to shine a national spotlight on the struggles that come with being black in America.
Their rallying cry: Black lives matter. Their slogan: A movement, not a moment.
“They put things on the agenda that people were not talking about before,” says author and UConn history professor Jelani Cobb.
Some critics are skeptical of their means and motives, saying it’s not clear who’s in charge and what they want. But the movement seeks to be intentionally broad to allow everyone to meet specific needs in their communities.
These activists reside outside traditional institutions and power structures. Many are social media influencers, better known by their Twitter handles than their real names, who can start a trending hashtag or a rally in the streets with a single tweet.
They have gotten the attention of many 2016 presidential candidates, though whether any of those candidates can secure the black activist vote remains to be seen. Observers say their next move is to create meaningful change in communities where they live.
Here are the stories of 13 of these “disruptors” who are rallying together and agitating for change.
BlackLivesMatter  organizers  disruptors  activism 
august 2015 by Quercki
(19) Davey D Cook - Wow Hillary Clinton 's people are claiming they...
Davey D Cook shared Alicia Garza's post.
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Wow Hillary Clinton 's people are claiming they came to Cleveland met with BLM folks?? This is about as true as those white folks in Berkeley who posted up a Black Lives Matter page and refused to take it down when asked because they were attempting to be deceptive..
Let's put this in perspective.. there were a couple of thousand people at the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland.. . There was also simultaneously the 25th annual Family Unity in the Park Picnic which had over 25 thousand people..If Hillary was really about it, she should've shown up personally in the city of Cleveland..especially with the GOP debates happening in a couple of weeks..
She should've attended the opening ceremony where she could've heard all those families who were victims to police violence speak.. She could've been on the ground addressing why the judge won't issue an arrest warrant for the cop who killed Tamir Rice.. She could've helped with uncovering why Ralkina Jones, was found dead in her jail cell..All these people in Cleveland this weekend and she ain't touch down herself??
Has Hillary even addressed the police pepper spraying those who attended the conference?? And for those who wanna try and say she wasn't invited blah, blah, blah.. Hillary is very familiar with Cleveland since was good friends with the late congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs.. If she wanted to be in the mix she could've down so.. All this is some BS designed to confuse the masses..

Alicia Garza
Now listen here.

This is what I'm talking about.

Let me be clear. Hillary Clinton and her camp did not and has not met with ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. Her outreach director came to the ‪#‎M4BL‬ conference and hand picked Black folks to meet with. We have no idea who those folks are and no shade to them. But if you are meeting with BLM we gonna know about it, because we are a network.

Here's what I'm saying. It's actually sloppy to insinuate that they met with us, and if Patrisse hadn't talked with that reporter, the story would have been that Clinton DID meet with us. And then who knows what?

Ima need these candidates to do better. Much better than this. Just because you met with Black people doesn't mean you met with BLM. And if you don't know that from jump, that's part of the problem right there.

Tuh. They TRYIN it.
Hillary  BlackLivesMatter  20150727 
july 2015 by Quercki
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