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A Practical Guide to Defunding the Police

The year Philando Castile was shot and killed during his 49th routine traffic stop, this one for a broken taillight, the Minneapolis Police Department was halfway through a highly respected, three-year program designed to restore trust between the community and police. Two years later, MPD had, by its own account, implemented a host of the trendiest police reforms: body cameras, de-escalation and crisis intervention training, mindfulness training. It even rewrote its use-of-force... read more .

Get Police Out of Schools — Including University Campuses

The brutal police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade, among many others, and the wave of national Black-led protests against racist police brutality that followed, have permanently altered the realm of the possible. Once deemed fringe or too radical, calls to defund and abolish the police are not only within view of the... read more .

Slaves were "family" members who enjoyed "one of the happiest" lifestyles

A Connecticut fourth grade social studies textbook falsely claimed that slaves were treated just like “family.” A Texas geography textbook referred to enslaved Africans as “workers.” In Alabama, up until the 1970s, fourth graders learned in a textbook called "Know Alabama" that slave life on a plantation was "one of the happiest ways of life."  Read more.

Union Leads West Coast Port Shutdown On Juneteenth

The National Book Critics Circle Has Imploded

A week ago, as protesters rallied around the world against systemic racism and police brutality, 12 board members of the National Book Critics Circle, an organization of some 800 critics that gives out a number of annual awards, began to draft a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more.

In New York, Jamaal Bowman Takes the Lead Over Eliot Engel

One of the clearest signs of how much has changed over the past several months is how critiques of government that may have recently been about corruption or excess are now often about what looks like an inability to provide even basic help in a time of desperate, everyday need. A bungled health crisis has been followed by a mishandled lockdown that fell far short of its promises... read more.

Atlanta police officer kicked Rayshard Brooks after shooting him

French teachers scramble to adapt after Macron announces surprise restart of classes

French preschools, primary schools and middle schools will reopen next Monday with “mandatory presence” for all of the country’s pupils, President Emmanuel Macron announced in a shock move on Sunday, meaning the nation’s teachers have just one week to prepare for their "back to school” classes. Read more.

LA County Closing Three Juvenile Prisons, Perhaps Setting a Precedent

Trump Slammed for Rally at Site of Tulsa Massacre on Juneteenth

Since announcing Wednesday he will hold his first campaign rally in months next week, President Donald Trump has come in for harsh criticism from advocates and lawmakers for scheduling the event to take place in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma—the site of a brutal racist massacre in 1921—on the specific date of June 19th, the holiday known as Juneteenth which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  Read more .

NYPD Officer Charged With Assault For Shoving Protester To Street

The NYPD officer seen on video shoving a female protester to the street seemingly without provocation was criminally charged on Tuesday for the alleged assault. Officer Vincent D'Andraia, who is assigned to the 73rd Precinct covering Brownsville and Ocean Hill, faces charges of third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and third-degree menacing, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Tuesday.  Read more .

From Gay Liberation to Marriage Equality

Like many social movements, gay liberation first took root in radical soil. For example, some founding members of the Mattachine Society were communists; they would be purged during the McCarthy era, as the group moved toward respectability in its advocacy. In San Francisco during the... read more .

Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters, killing four. The 50th anniversary of the Kent State massacre passed with little notice in a nation preoccupied with Covid-19 — but now, suddenly, echoes of the Nixon era are everywhere. And Donald Trump seems to be deliberately invoking Nixon’s legacy, tweeting out “LAW & ORDER!” in the apparent hope that it will magically rescue his political fortunes.  Read more .

Tom Cotton’s Fascist Op-Ed

Before Donald Trump became president, most newspaper op-ed pages sought to present a spectrum of politically significant opinion and argument, which they could largely do while walling off extremist propaganda and incitement. The Trump presidency has undermined that model, because there’s generally... read more .

America is at a 'turning point', philosopher Cornel West says

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Harvard University professor Cornel West said the protest movement unleashed by the killing of George Floyd had brought America to a "turning point". He said he was elated by the quantity, the intensity and the diversity of the protests, noting that it had brought people together from every ethnic and religious background. West said the choice was... read more.

Confederate Memorials in the Center of Richmond, Virginia Are Coming Down

An infamous bronze monument in Richmond, Virginia memorializing Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army in the Civil War, will be removed, the state’s governor announced today. It’s the latest in a string of controversial monuments to fall amid the protests that have erupted nationwide in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer.  Read more.

ACLU Lawsuit Accuses Police in Minnesota of 'Targeting and Attacking Journalists' Covering George Floyd Protests

The ACLU of Minnesota filed a class-action lawsuit overnight Tuesday against the city of Minneapolis and local and state law enforcement for "targeting and attacking journalists" covering ongoing protests over police violence toward people of color sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd.  Read more.

Esper Breaks With Trump’s Threat To Invoke Insurrection Act To Quell Protests

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday broke from President Trump by opposing invoking the Insurrection Act as nationwide protests and unrest mount following the death of George Floyd. During a Wednesday briefing at the Pentagon, Esper contradicted Trump’s demand for governors to “dominate” protesters by... read more .

Black liberal, your time is up

Black radicals are here to stay. Come up off that mic and get out before you get "looted". And take those Barack and Michelle posters with you. They never belonged to us. The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards Malcolm.  Read more .