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No, Protests Against Police Brutality Are Not Increasing Crime

In a recent piece for The Nation, Alex S. Vitale—a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College—disproves claims that the Black Lives Matter movement has caused an uptick in crime.

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Yes, People Hate Cops—but Aren’t Stooping to Their Level

Even though there is growing public anger at police for the savage encounters they provoke, there is no evidence that people are targeting police violently as a result. Law enforcement needs to stop waging war on Americans before there are concerted reprisals.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power is collapsing. If we do not quickly dismantle the structures of neoliberalism and global capitalism, we will be swept away in the coming upheavals.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Cuba and Ferguson—Plus, Does Clinton Have Competition?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Cuba to raise the American flag, violence in Ferguson, Mo., one year after the police killing of Michael Brown, and whether Hillary Clinton should be worried about Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter Movement Offers Badly Needed Lessons on Electoral Politics

We need to stop putting our favorite candidates on a pedestal. Instead, as Black Lives Matter has shown recently, progressives need to set the agenda and force candidates to follow.

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Armed Oath Keepers Spark Unrest During Ferguson Protest

The anti-government, conservative organization composed of former military personnel, police and first responders showed up unannounced at the protest marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

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Michael Brown Anniversary: Black Teen Is Gravely Wounded, Accused of Shooting at Police (Video)

Tyrone Harris was shot by four plainclothes detectives after allegedly firing on their unmarked vehicle as he walked from a gunfight among several people late Sunday night, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.

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One Year On, What We’ve Learned From #BlackLivesMatter

The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago launched the Black Lives Matter movement. But officer-involved shootings seem only to have accelerated.

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VIDEO: Black Lives Matter: One Year After Ferguson

Marking the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death at the hand of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, professor John A. Powell discusses how we can create a society in which black lives really do matter.

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What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?

A year after Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, the deaths of Sandra Bland and others continue to haunt the public consciousness. But outrage is no substitute for justice.

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‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’

Black Lives Matter changed the life of one young activist. Now, despite being hit with numerous criminal charges for her activism, she refuses to back down on her organizing.

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Anna Deavere Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Her solo show examines how favoring incarceration over education puts marginalized minors at risk. 

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Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State

Only when corporate capitalism is demolished will the indiscriminate use of lethal police force and mass incarceration be reformed. And only then will we finally address white supremacy and racism. 

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Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruling in the notorious case does nothing to satisfy the demands for justice being voiced by angry protesters at a commission hearing and in front of the mayor’s home.

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Is Blue the New White?

When death occurs at police hands, the easiest story line is “white cops versus black kids,” but it’s much more complicated. “Manifest Justice,” a Los Angeles event that included Trayvon Martin’s mother, looked at the issue.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Protests Begin Amid News of No Charges for Wisconsin Police Officer Who Killed Tony Robinson

The family of the biracial 19-year-old appeals for calm after it was announced that Matt Kenny, the officer involved in the March fatal shooting, will not face charges.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

Mumia’s Life Matters

Supporters of the ailing journalist charge that Pennsylvania, having failed to formally execute him, is now intent on letting him die through medical neglect in prison.

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The American Dream: Living to 18

“You want to get older. You want to experience life. You don’t want to die in a matter of seconds because of cops.” It’s that sentiment that has fueled the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

A Five-Step Guide to Police Repression, From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond

Equate dissidents with domestic terrorists; arm police with “less-lethal” weapons; replace humans with robots. Here is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.

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Fixing America’s Broken Approach to Young Black Men

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses. Subsequent steps are harder.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE

Molotov Cocktail

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No Fingerprints

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Information Blackout

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Rise of the New Black Radicals

A new generation of young black radicals is opting for revolution—a generation that sees through the facade of the corporate state and has rejected as sellouts Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Dyson and others among the African-American political elite.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE

Who Gets to Be Black in America?

The lack of room for possibility in identity, the lack of room for people to be dynamic beings, is dangerous—even cultish.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

Black Lives Matter ... and Black Jobs Matter, Too

The Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the narrative about police violence against African-Americans. But few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Faces Hard Time Under a Law Meant for Racist Killers

As Americans forget more and more of our nation’s troubling past, a misguided California prosecutor’s case against a young protester is turning the meaning of “lynching” inside out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

John Oliver on How the ‘Poor Get Hurt the Worst’ by Traffic Tickets

In one of his most impassioned monologues to date, the “Last Week Tonight” host demands that municipal violations stop being used as a means to feed off our most vulnerable citizens.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Calls Fox News Out on Its Hypocrisy and Racism Regarding Ferguson

“The lesson Fox News is getting at is very clear,” says the “Daily Show” host: “ ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?’ ”

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Hands Up

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In Selma, Memories of Bloody Sunday Spur Action Today

Fifty years have passed since Bloody Sunday, that seminal event in United States civil-rights history when African-Americans and their allies attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., demanding the right to vote.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: The Media Bend Over Backward to Negate the Role of Race in Prejudiced Acts

The racial tensions that date to the founding of the United States are constantly being swept under the rug rather than confronted. But the “Daily Show” host has had just about enough of “racism deniers.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE

Racist EZ-Cash

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Report: Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson to Call It Quits

Thomas Jackson has held fast to his post as chief of the embattled Ferguson, Mo., Police Department despite a constant chorus of calls for his resignation following the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by Officer Darren Wilson. That’s apparently about to change.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Ferguson Police

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Ferguson Missouri

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran Talks, Hillary’s Emails, Ferguson Findings

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran, Hillary Clinton’s secluded State Department emails, and a Justice Department report showing systemic racial abuse in law enforcement and legal practices in Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 READ MORE

From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

In ‘Ghettoside,’ an Indictment of the Criminal Justice System

In her new book, reporter Jill Leovy tackles a subject usually ignored by progressives, black-on-black murders, and she explains how the U.S. criminal justice system too often treats them as not worth solving.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

Department of Justice Finds Signs of Racial Bias in Ferguson Police Force

The national discussion about race relations and police brutality that intensified last summer with the police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others is continuing with the news that a Department of Justice investigation has found evidence of racial bias within the Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE

Harrowing Bystander Video of Police Killing a Homeless Man in L.A. Sparks Protests

A camera phone video showing Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man Sunday morning had over 4 million views on Facebook as of Monday morning.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE

Tariq Ali: The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution

One of our most trenchant critics of corporate capitalism deplores the rise of an “extreme center” that has seized control of the political process and wages endless war while doing the bidding of global corporations. Our only hope, he says, is revolt.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

DOJ: No Charges for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Case

Although Attorney General Eric Holder sounded a conciliatory note in making the announcement, it was his disheartening task on Tuesday to go public with the news that the Justice Department was closing the book on the highly charged Trayvon Martin case.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE

John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE

I Scream You Scream

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Blue Is the New White: Why Diversity Doesn’t Fix Policing

L.A.‘s multiethnic population is now policed by a multiethnic force, but cops still shoot people of color at a disproportionately high rate.

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