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In Philadelphia Police Murder Black Man Amid Mental Health Crisis

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—West Philly saw a quickly escalating situation develop on 4 p.m. Monday afternoon and dragging into the evening and overnight. In a graphic and disturbing video circulating on social media, two white Philadelphia Police (PPD) officers are seen repeatedly shooting a Black man in front of his mother from several... read more .

Kamala Harris makes her final case to 'the ATL'

For a good two years, Democrats have been wooing Black voters across the ideological spectrum, hoping to appeal to the issues they care about most both politically and culturally as they gear up for Election Day. Friday evening, at Morehouse College — Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater — Sen. Kamala Harris made the party’s closing argument to them, emphasizing the... read more .

A Brief History of the Women’s KKK

 In American society, white women are often understood as victims, but we—for I am a white woman—also can be perpetrators. This peculiar dichotomy has exploded into the national consciousness during this summer’s long-overdue reckoning over race. Some white women, while teetering on the ladder of privilege... read more .

Lon Chaney’s Movie Monsters

When Robert Williams stood trial for murder in Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, in 1929, he offered an unusual defense. Williams, a carpenter, argued that he had been driven to the point of insanity, killing an Irish chambermaid in “an epileptic fit” brought on by the mere memory of Lon Chaney’s face.  Read more.

Greensboro Massacre: City Apologizes 41 Years Later

Nearly 41 years after Ku Klux Klansmen and American Nazis shot dead five antiracist activists in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina, the City Council there has passed a resolution apologizing for the attack and the police department’s complicity in the killings. We speak with two survivors of the 1979 attack, Reverend Nelson Johnson and Joyce Hobson Johnson, who say the... read more .

Racial Disparities in Home Appreciation

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Kerner Report 2 and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. Spurred by race-related unrest that broke out in more than 100 U.S. cities between 1965 and 1968, the Kerner Report denounced the structural barriers to economic equality... read more .

US has become "low-grade war zone"

Countless red flags have sprung up in recent months indicating a creeping authoritarianism coming into full form . Vigilante forms of far right “justice” have become commonplace, as in the high-profile case of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin , and the numerous cases of far right violence and intimidation directed at... read more .

Life in the US Has the Hallmarks of a “Low-Grade War Zone”

 C ountless red flags have sprung up in recent months indicating a creeping authoritarianism coming into full form . Vigilante forms of far right “justice” have become commonplace, as in the high-profile case of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin , and the numerous cases of far right violence and intimidation directed at Black Lives Matter activists since nationwide protests erupted in... read more .

The Plastic Pandemic

COVID-19 has hit plastic recycling, just as big oil firms are investing hundreds of billions of dollars to make new plastic. These investments massively exceed the industry’s spending to tackle plastic waste.  Read more .

Cineworld lowers curtain on US, UK theatres: 45,000 left jobless

The world’s second-largest cinema chain will close its United Kingdom and United States movie theatres this week as it fights a coronavirus-related collapse in film releases and cinema-going. Cineworld said the reluctance of studios to go ahead with major releases such as the new James Bond film had left it with no choice but to close all... read more .  

India: What remains of Gandhi's legacy?

October 2, the International Day of Non-Violence, is an important day for Indians who celebrate the birth anniversary of their great political leader and symbol of pacifist resistance, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Better known as Mahatma, or "The Great Soul", Gandhi played a pivotal role in... read more .

After Dakota Access CEO gave $10M, Trump pushed secret pipeline permits

On Sept. 15, the Trump administration proposed regulations that could make the federal pipeline permitting process more secretive and create a fast track for Big Oil. Just two weeks earlier on Aug. 31, one of the potential beneficiaries of that proposal, the CEO of the company that owns Dakota Access pipeline—Energy Transfer Equity’s Kelcy Warren—gave a Trump super PAC $10 million.  Read more.