Racism

‘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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‘Wild and Timely’ Report Details Infiltration of Far-Right Militias and White Supremacist Groups in US Police Departments

As law enforcement agencies and lawmakers respond to nationwide outrage over countless police shootings of Black Americans with pledges to address racial profiling and “implicit bias,” the Brennan Center for Justice released a report Thursday on what it called “an especially harmful form of bias, which remains entrenched within law enforcement: explicit racism.” The presence of …

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‘Cynical’ as Well as ‘Insultingly Illegal’: Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC

As massive backlogs across the U.S. prevent tens of thousands of immigrants from becoming citizens and voters, President Donald Trump—who has spent much of his term demonizing and terrorizing immigrants through rhetoric and policy—hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five new citizens Tuesday on the second night of the Republican National Convention. …

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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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80+ Lawmakers Demand Trump Rescind ‘Cruel, Senseless’ Plan to Force International Students Out of US

More than 80 members of Congress late Thursday demanded that the Trump administration immediately withdraw a “cruel, senseless, and xenophobic” directive that would strip international college students of their visas to study in the U.S. if their fall coursework is moved entirely online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Issued earlier this week by Immigration and …

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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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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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‘Absurd’: After US Bullying, Every Mention of United States Stripped From UN Resolution Spurred by George Floyd Killing

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning police abuses and ordering an inquiry into law enforcement actions that “resulted in the death of George Floyd and other Africans and people of African descent.” But rights groups immediately slammed the resolution as overly broad and “absurd” because it was weakened …

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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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Trump Administration Sued for ‘Destructive’ Denial of Covid-19 Relief Loans to Small Business Owners With Criminal Records

A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for denying coronavirus relief loans to small business owners with criminal records, arguing the restrictive policy violates the law and perpetuates systemic racial injustices by discriminating against people of color. “The excluded small business owners are more likely to be …

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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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In Authoritarian Tirade, Trump Claims Americans ‘Want Law and Order’ Policing Whether They Know It or Not

Prior to signing an executive order approving law enforcement reforms that civil rights groups criticized as severely tone-deaf and inadequate, President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered a rambling and authoritarian speech in which he defended U.S. police, attacked racial justice demonstrators, and proclaimed that Americans “want law and order” whether they know it or not. …

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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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Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile Join 600+ Groups Urging UN Probe of US Police Violence

Relatives of four black Americans killed by police—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile—joined with over 600 rights groups Monday to demand a United Nations probe into racist policing and law enforcement’s violent suppression of ongoing mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. “I want people across the …

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‘No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed’: Thousands in Spain and UK Rally at US Embassies in Solidarity With America’s Anti-Racist Uprising

Prepping for Saturday’s protests in D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser went for the grand gesture – and a symbolic middle finger to the racist cowering in the White House – and had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yuge yellow letters on the city’s main drag. Bowser’s action, aimed at recognizing the thousands in the streets “craving …

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‘Toxic Culture’ of Police Departments Decried After 57 Buffalo Officers Resign in Support of Two in Unit Who Attacked Elderly Man

Fifty-seven officers in the Buffalo Police Department’s Emergency Response Team resigned Friday from their positions on the unit in support of two of their colleagues who were suspended for shoving an elderly man onto the ground during a protest Thursday, putting him in the hospital. “The cops who are resigning over this are proving they …

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‘This is Huge’: Move to Defund Police Gains Support Nationwide

As law enforcement officers across the country continue to brutalize peaceful demonstrators in the nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, support for defunding the police is rising as Americans become increasingly fed up with the institution’s racism and violence.  “In moments of crisis, people want services and resources …

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‘This Isn’t Going Away’: Defying Curfews and Police Brutality in Relentless Push for Justice, Uprising Over Killing of George Floyd Keeps Growing

Refusing to be cowed by militaristic intimidation tactics, mass arrests, draconian curfews, and violence endorsed and directly ordered by the Trump administration, tens of thousands of people demanding justice for the police killing of George Floyd—and so many others—took to the streets across the U.S. once more Wednesday in a powerful signal that the nationwide …

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‘One Racist Down. Hundreds in Office to Go’: Applause as Bigot Steve King Ousted in Iowa Primary

While acknowledging that the important work of ridding Congress of racist lawmakers is far from finished, progressives celebrated the ouster of white supremacist Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s Republican primary Tuesday as a significant victory and a step in the right direction. King’s defeat at the hands of conservative Iowa state Sen. Randy Feenstra—which came …

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‘The Tragic Cause of This Death Is Incredibly Clear’: Independent Autopsy Finds George Floyd Death Result of ‘Sustained Forceful Pressure’

The family of George Floyd, whose killing on May 25 by four Minneapolis police officers has set off an unprecedented nationwide protest movement, released on Monday the results of an independent autopsy indicating he died from “sustained forceful pressure.” The findings are the strongest physical evidence suggesting that officer Derek Chauvin’s kneeling on Floyd’s neck …

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