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‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’: On 57th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Rally, Tens of Thousands March on Washington

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington, D.C. on Friday as racial justice advocates gather to mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington and commit to fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform. The name …

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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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‘We Want Justice’: Mass Demonstrations and Marches Erupt Nationwide to Protest Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

From Washington, D.C. to Denver to New York City to Minneapolis—where George Floyd was killed at the hands of police just three months ago—massive demonstrations and marches erupted Monday demanding justice for Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of six who was shot multiple times in the back at point-blank range by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police …

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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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‘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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To End ‘Unconstitutional Nightmare,’ ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Use of Secret Police in Portland

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon sued the Trump administration late Friday over its deployment of federal agents to Portland, where unidentified officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service have been detaining Black Lives Matter protesters without explanation and using indiscriminate force to crush demonstrations. “This is police …

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‘The Suspect Can’t Be the Investigator’: ACLU Demands Special Counsel Probe Into Barr Over Police Assault on Protesters

The ACLU is demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate a violent police assault last month on peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators near the White House—a crackdown reportedly ordered by Attorney General William Barr. “A full, independent investigation now is necessary to hold him and any other officials who may be responsible for …

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‘This Is Horrendous’: US Military Confirms Bayonets Were Issued to Troops Responding to George Floyd Protests

“Are they supposed to stab protesters?” That was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (D-Calif.) response Thursday to a letter by the highest-ranking military officer in the United States confirming that troops deployed to the nation’s capital last month to confront demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. “It is difficult for us to …

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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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Congress Urged to Repeal Program That Transfers ‘Weapons of War’ to Local Police

More than 90 progressive advocacy groups are calling on Congress to repeal a decades-old Pentagon program that facilitates the transfer of surplus military equipment to local police departments, a demand that gained steam in the wake of law enforcement’s militaristic crackdown on nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd. In a letter (pdf) to …

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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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‘Not On Our Watch’: AOC, In Powerful Floor Speech, Declares House Democrats Will Protect Civil Rights Law From Trump

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday evening delivered an impassioned speech defending a longstanding civil rights law which combats the racist practice of redlining that is under attack by the White House.  “Over the last several weeks, our nation has been gripped by the uprising against anti-black racism and systemic racial injustice across the United States,” …

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New Amnesty Map Documents ‘Shocking Extent’ of US Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

An extensive new report released Tuesday morning by human rights group Amnesty International finds that between May 26 and June 5, local, state, and federal law enforcement officials in 40 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. committed more than 125 separate acts of violence against demonstrators who gathered in the streets en masse to protest the …

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Secret Service Forces Press to Leave the White House as Police Use Pepper Spray and Batons to Beat Back Protesters

Without initially offering an explanation, the Secret Service late Monday ordered members of the press to leave the White House grounds as law enforcement officials in riot gear used pepper spray and batons to beat back a nearby protest at which some attempted to topple a statue of former President Andrew Jackson. A spokesperson for …

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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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‘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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‘You Saw My Brother Tortured and Murdered on Camera’: Philonise Floyd Demands UN Probe Into Police Violence in America

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last month was a horrific but all too common example of “the way black people are treated by police in America,” his younger brother Philonise Floyd said Wednesday in testimony urging the United Nations to launch an independent investigation into U.S. law enforcement violence and abuse. …

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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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Atlanta Police Shoot and Kill Rayshard Brooks as Protests Demanding Racial Justice Continue Worldwide

Demands for accountability and sweeping reforms mounted Saturday after Atlanta police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night amid a wave of global protests against police violence and systemic racism sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis late last month. “Sleeping in a drive-thru must not end in death.”—Stacey …

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‘We Must Act Now’: Sanders Demands Congressional Ban on Police Use of Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Against Protesters

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday demanded that as part of a broader legislative package aimed at curbing violence by law enforcement, Congress must enact a ban on police use of rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray against protesters to ensure that those exercising their basic constitutional rights in the streets across the United States …

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Listen to the ‘Calls Ringing Out in the Streets Across the World,’ Says George Floyd’s Brother in Emotional Testimony Before Congress

Philonise Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, implored Congress in emotional testimony Wednesday to heed “the calls ringing out in the streets across the world” and take meaningful action against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. “If his death ends up changing the world for the better, and I think it …

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‘Police Have Been Letting Us Live in Peace,’ Says Trump as Activists Catalogue Nearly 600 Videos of Officer Violence Against Protesters

President Donald Trump on Monday applauded U.S. police officers as “great, great people” who “have been letting us live in peace,” praise that is starkly odds with the direct experience of protesters and journalists on the ground who in recent days have witnessed—and, in many cases, captured on video—cops beating and tear-gassing peaceful demonstrators in …

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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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