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ACLU Demands Immediate Resignation of Kenosha Police Chief, Sheriff, and Mayor

National ACLU alongside its state chapter in Wisconsin on Thursday called for the local sheriff, chief of police, and mayor of Kenosha to immediately tender their resignations, arguing the top law enforcement officials and city leader have failed in their duties in terms of the killing by police of Jacob Blake on Sunday and their …

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Jacob Blake’s Father Says His Son Is Paralyzed Below Waist After Being Shot From Behind by Kenosha Police

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man whom police shot in the back multiple times in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday, is now paralyzed from the waist down and doctors do not yet know if the injury is permanent, his father told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday. “Those police officers that shot my son like a dog …

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Majority of Americans Back Black Lives Matter Protests and Think Demonstrations Will Help Racial Justice: Poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the nationwide protests for Black lives and racial justice that erupted after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in late May, and over half of Americans believe the demonstrations will help boost public backing for racial justice. That’s according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday and conducted June 23-July 6, 2020. …

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over ‘Unconscionable’ Attacks on Portland Medics

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon on Wednesday sued the Trump administration for assaulting, tear-gassing, and arresting volunteer medics in Portland during its crackdown on the city’s ongoing protests against police brutality. The lawsuit (pdf), which also names the city of Portland, was filed on behalf of Savannah Guest, Christopher Wise, Christopher Durkee, …

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‘Fascism Coming to a City Near You’: Trump Pledges to Deploy Secret Police Units to Major US Cities

In comments from the Oval Office on Monday, President Donald Trump intensified rising fears that his administration will deploy federal agents to Democrat-led cities across the country to replicate a widely condemned crackdown in Portland, Oregon that critics charge is not only authoritarian but part of the president’s effort to win a second term by …

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‘Feds Stay Clear, Moms Are Here’: Portland Mothers Form Human Shield to Protect Protesters from Federal Agents

Angered over the arrival of federal agents in Portland, Oregon, where racial justice protests have been ongoing for nearly two months, dozens of mothers from across the city joined demonstrators over the weekend to form a “Wall of Moms.” The human shield was formed by the mothers to protect hundreds of demonstrators assembling in the …

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Stone Mountain, Georgia: The Flashpoint Now at Center of Confederate Monument Removals

The planet’s largest Confederate monument—Stone Mountain outside of Atlanta, Georgia—is the new national flashpoint in the growing campaign to rid public spaces of memorials to racist historical figures. On Saturday, a predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through the park, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site considered …

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300+ Law Professors Agree: Congress Should ‘Pass a Bill Tomorrow’ to End Qualified Immunity for Police

More than 300 legal scholars from law schools across the U.S. on Thursday signed a letter imploring congressional leaders to pass legislation to fully abolish qualified immunity for police officers and hold local governments accountable when a person’s constitutional rights are violated. A provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, known as Section 1983, …

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Markey Bill, Backed by Sanders and Warren, Moves to Abolish Qualified Immunity for Cops ‘Once-and-for-All’

In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky—which sparked a national uprising against racial injustice and police violence—Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday introduced a new bill in the U.S. Senate that would end “qualified immunity” for law enforcement …

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‘Not Good Enough’: Protesters Demand More Action After Officers Who Killed Elijah McClain Taken Off Streets

Demonstrators in Aurora, Colorado Saturday are calling for justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after being attacked by city police officers in August 2019, and rejecting the reassignment of the officers involved and a promised investigation into the death as insufficient.  “This shouldn’t be a moment,” protester Franklin Williams told the Denver …

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Lawmakers Welcome IG Probe Into Violent Police Clearing of Lafayette Square

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday welcomed news that an Interior Department watchdog has begun an official probe into law enforcement’s violent attack on peaceful demonstrators in Lafayette Square outside the White House earlier this month. “The Trump administration has had three weeks to offer a clear explanation of why it used excessive force against accredited journalists …

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As Trump Sows Division, Poor People’s Campaign Ignites ‘Transformative Action’ to Address Interwoven Injustices

Hours before President Donald Trump held a Saturday evening rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he gave self-congratulatory, division-sowing speech, the Poor People’s Campaign offered a progressive counterpoint with a virtual social justice assembly that uplifted the stories of those suffering from poverty and racial injustice and unveiled a policy platform to spur “transformative action.”  “Poverty …

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Racial Justice and Transformative Social Change Demanded in Juneteenth Commemorations Across US

Tens of thousands of Americans filled city streets around the country Friday for Juneteenth, the celebratory holiday marking emancipation, as the nationwide protest movement in support of Black lives continued into its fourth week. “Today we honor Black excellence. Black innovation. Black history. Black futures. Black joy. Black brilliance,” tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who called …

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‘The Loudest Voice We Have’: Longshoremen to Shut Down West Coast Ports for Juneteenth

Longshoremen and women across the West Coast are set to use “the loudest voice” they have on Friday to mark Juneteenth and support the national uprising against systemic racism with an eight-hour work stoppage along the western seabord’s 29 ports.  This Friday! West Coast Longshoremen (In the Bay Area- mostly Black) will shut down TWENTY-NINE …

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‘No Justice, No Sleep!’: Dawn Protest Over Police Killing of Breonna Taylor Outside McConnell’s Kentucky Home

Dozens of youth protesters descended on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home Louisville Friday morning armed with bullhorns and banners to disrupt the Kentucky Republican’s sleep in order to call for justice for Breonna Taylor and for new leadership. “I don’t think, especially with our generation, that we’ve ever had this chance to take over …

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Skull Fractured by Police and Lied About by Trump, 75-Year-Old Peace Activist Martin Gugino Still Unable to Walk

Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old peace activist whose skull was fractured when Buffalo police officers shoved him to the ground earlier this month during a Black Lives Matter protest, is still hospitalized Tuesday and remains unable to walk, according to his lawyer.  Attorney Kelly Zarcone updated media outlets of Gugino’s condition following the brain injury and fractured skull he suffered after the …

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100+ Racial Justice Groups Urge Congress to Defund ‘Unconstitutional and Dangerous’ Police Surveillance

More than 100 racial justice and civil liberties groups are calling on Congress to end all federal funding for surveillance technology being used by law enforcement to spy on activists and demonstrators taking part in the ongoing protest movement sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. “Use of these tools to monitor protesters is …

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Calls Mount for ‘Radical Changes in Policy and Policing’ and the Arrest of Fired Atlanta Officer Who Killed Rayshard Brooks

Local activists and an attorney for the family of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer Friday night, are calling for the officer to be arrested and charged along with demanding “radical” reforms to policing in Georgia’s capital city. The Atlanta Police Department (APD) fired the officer who …

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Louisville Lawmakers Ban No-Knock Warrants as Advocates Escalate Demand for Arrests of Three Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor

One day after the Louisville, Kentucky city council unanimously voted to ban no-knock warrants in the city, racial justice advocates intensified calls for the arrests of the three police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March during such a raid. Breonna’s Law, approved by all 26 members of the council Thursday, will ban no-knock warrants …

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New Report Details How Tear Gas Used to ‘Crush Peaceful Protests’ Around the World

Amnesty International on Thursday presented the findings of a year-long study of the global tear gas trade, which the group says is fueling human rights violations all over the world with little oversight and regulation. Along with an interactive website, the report comes as the use of tear gas to disperse protesters is under particular …

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‘Google the Geneva Conventions,’ Kshama Sawant Tells Seattle Mayor After Police Use Tear Gas on Protesters Despite Ban

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Friday promise that law enforcement would stop deploying tear gas against protesters for 30 days didn’t even last the weekend as police flooded city streets with the chemical weapon Sunday in an attack on peaceful protesters demonstrating against police brutality.  “This is a wild abuse of power,” tweeted progressive group MoveOn.  …

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“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest,” Says Naomi Klein, “That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

Amid a wave of sustained protest in cities across the U.S. and the globe against police brutality and racial injustice, author and activist Naomi Klein on Thursday reminded those experiencing President Donald Trump’s America that it is precisely during times when the government is pushing hardest to discourage dissent that massive displays of public opposition …

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“When They Say We Don’t Have the Right to Protest, That’s the Moment to Flood the Streets”

Amid a wave of sustained protest in cities across the U.S. and the globe against police brutality and racial injustice, author and activist Naomi Klein on Thursday reminded those experiencing President Donald Trump’s America that it is precisely during times when the government is pushing hardest to discourage dissent that massive displays of public opposition …

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Staffer Outrage, Sickout Spurred by NYT Publication of Sen. Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ Op-Ed

The New York Times‘s Wednesday publication of Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed calling for the U.S. military to respond to ongoing protests across the nation with an “overwhelming show of force” sparked outcry from the newspaper’s own staffers and a “sickout” protest Thursday.  Among the staff critics was 2020 Pulitzer Prizer winner Nikole Hannah-Jones. “I’ll probably …

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Staffer Outrage, Walkout Spurred by NYT Publication of Sen. Cotton ‘Send in the Troops’ Op-Ed

The New York Times‘s Wednesday publication of Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed calling for the U.S. military to respond to ongoing protests across the nation with an “overwhelming show of force” sparked outcry from the newspaper’s own staffers and a “sick-out” protest Thursday.  Among the staff critics was 2020 Pulitzer Prizer winner Nikole Hannah-Jones. “I’ll probably …

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