March will mark 50 years since the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. For many, thoughts will turn to the likenesses and dissimilarities between the current Social Justice movement, and the historic civil-rights movement.
The obvious is true. What Dr King held up as the three evils remain prevalent today. Racism, poverty, and militarism. We call these evils to account in our cry that 'Black Lives Matter'.Read more
By Radley Balko
On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart's former girlfriend, who said that he was growing marijuana in his basement. Mr. Stewart awoke, naked, to the sound of a battering ram taking down his door. Thinking that he was being invaded by criminals, as he later claimed, he grabbed his 9-millimeter Beretta pistol.
The police say that they knocked and identified themselves, though Mr. Stewart and his neighbors said they heard no such announcement. Mr. Stewart fired 31 rounds, the police more than 250. Six of the officers were wounded, and Officer Jared Francom was killed. Mr. Stewart himself was shot twice before he was arrested. He was charged with several crimes, including the murder of Officer Francom.
10 madres afroamericanas que perdieron a sus hijos a manos de la policía acudieron a Washington a exigir justicia.
Great music inspired by Community Rights Campaign work to demilitarize LA Schools.
October 9th marked the two-month anniversary of the murder of Michael Brown Jr., his body left to decay in the hot, summer sun for 4 hours and 42 minutes before finally being peeled off of the pavement and thrown into the back of an unmarked SUV. The evening before this anniversary, supporters from across the U.S. began to fill St. Louis area churches, homes, hotels, and streets, to show their solidarity with local organizers on their 61st day of protest. They would later be greeted with the news that VonDeritt Myers Jr., another black teen, had been killed at the hands of the St. Louis police department.Read more