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Jill Stein, Tim Canova and Chase Iron Eyes Trace the Path Forward for Progressives

By Donald Kaufman

At Saturday’s Inaugurate the Resistance event in Washington, D.C., the 2016 presidential candidate, the American Indian activist and the law professor discussed nonviolent action and the importance of grass-roots movements.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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DOJ Report About Chicago Police Department Echoes What Residents Have Long Known

Communities of color in Chicago meticulously documented the agency’s pattern of racist violence.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE



Police Attack on DAPL Demonstrators: A Hell of Ice and Tear Gas

A Truthdig correspondent (pictured) describes a law enforcement barrage involving anti-crowd chemicals, stun grenades and water cannons that soaked marchers in subzero temperatures.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE


Video Captures Saturday’s Police Attack on Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

“Many families, nearly all of them Native American, can be seen running for the hills” in some of the most compelling, eye-level footage of the months-long protest.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Report: Justice Department Is Pushing to Charge Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

After more than two years, there may soon be significant movement on the case.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



As Stakes Rise, 83 Dakota Pipeline Protesters Are Maced and Arrested

Saturday’s events follow reports of escalating police abuse at protest sites, including beatings and unnecessary strip searches of those detained.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE



‘Do Not Resist’ Confronts the Frightening Militarization of American Police

Filmmaker Craig Atkinson rides along with SWAT teams and uncovers a “for-profit” law-enforcement system.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE


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Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


Questions Remain as Police Release Videos of Fatal Shooting in Charlotte, N.C.

By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams

Release of dashcam and body-cam footage follows days of protests and demands for videos to be made public.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Photo of the Week: The Police Killing of Keith Scott

“He better not be fucking dead!” shouts Rakeyia Scott, standing a short distance away from where police officers surround her dying husband.

Posted on Sep 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Standing Firm in the Face of Violence

With police killings of unarmed black men almost a weekly occurrence in the U.S., we must not let our trauma weaken our resolve to insist on—and organize for—racial justice.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Footage in Oklahoma Police Shooting Prompts Nationwide Outrage

Terence Crutcher, an African-American man, was killed by a white police officer in Tulsa on Friday. A video of the incident has caused many to argue that he was killed “in cold blood.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE


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Football Player Colin Kaepernick Refuses to Stand for the National Anthem Until This Country Changes

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is fed up with racism in the U.S., saying recently, “I mean, you have Hillary [Clinton], who’s called black teens or black kids superpredators. You have Donald Trump who’s openly racist ... what is this country really standing for?”

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 READ MORE



Addressing White Privilege Is Only a Small Step in Combating Systemic Racism

Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, have repeatedly addressed covert racism and racial injustice, but the United States needs more than rhetoric to solve the problem.

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Obama to Reinforce the Militarized Police Occupation of Black America

After militarizing police departments by 2,400 percent, President Obama is now preparing to send more battlefield weaponry to law enforcers. And Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would surely build on that legacy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



‘Defund Police Departments Across the Country Immediately’

And redirect the money “to black futures and the marginalized,” writes Guardian columnist Stephen Thrasher following the announcement that New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton intends to resign next month.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror

The police kill citizens with impunity, and that is exactly how the system is designed to work. The numerous little police states that exist in poor urban areas across the U.S. are models for a system that would enslave all of us.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Reflects on the Movement’s First Three Years

The activist talks about what has changed—and what hasn’t—on this third anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most important contemporary struggle for social and political justice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



Minnesota Police Kill Black Man Pulled Over for Broken Taillight (Video)

One day after cops killed Alton Sterling, a black man in Baton Rouge, La., video was posted online appearing to show the aftermath of a fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, 32 and black, at a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fourth of July

The long-imprisoned revolutionary and author, who disdains the current political theater, says the broken, racist American system “has to be torn up, root and branch,” to halt the war waged on the poor by the corporate state.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Watch: Democratic Senators Stage Filibuster to Protest Lack of Action on Gun Control

Concern over gun violence reached critical mass on Capitol Hill this week.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards

The case that the 28-year-old community organizer represents is another reason why the movement it has galvanized is more crucial than ever.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



‘Dark Justice’: A Looney Tunes Take on Racism

Funny or Die’s show about the only black officer in a small-town police department dives into treacherous waters and brings humor to the surface.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE



Fighting Black Lives Matter Instead of Police Violence

Prosecutors in Los Angeles and environs are coming down harder on protesters than on the officers who abuse and even kill African-Americans. The plea deals being offered to activists are much harsher than those in some other areas of the U.S.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



‘Threat-Score Software’: Will It Get You Shot by a Cop?

This law enforcement technology can use facts such as ZIP codes and frequency of address changes to assign a danger level to people an officer might engage. A high threat score could increase the officer’s anxiety ... and you know where that could lead.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



Cleveland Officials Fire Six Police Officers Involved in Deadly Shooting

Cleveland officials announced Tuesday that they are terminating six police officers involved in a shooting attack on two unarmed suspects following a 2012 car chase in East Cleveland.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Sandra Bland’s Family Slams ‘Secrecy of It All’ After Non-Indictment

“She should have never been incarcerated. Period,” said the mother of the 28-year-old black woman who died in a Texas county jail last July.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Welcome to Cop Land

If you’ve been listening to various police agencies and their supporters, then you know what the future holds: Anarchy is coming—and it’s all the fault of activists.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Members Regroup, Respond After Police Break Up Encampment

The reasons Minneapolis police and city officials cited for breaking up the Black Lives Matter encampment that had formed outside the 4th Precinct station may have been predictable, but protesters were not: Their responses showed they were prepared to be flexible. 

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Emanuel has made an example of his city’s top cop one week after the release of video footage showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: The Cameras Are New—Not the Violence

On the occasion of the publication of his new book, “Between the World and Me,” the intellectual figure of the Black Lives Matter movement delivered a stirring talk on the unique violence, fear and difficulty in living that black Americans suffer.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chicago Braces for New Protests Following Video Showing Police Killing of Black Teen

More protests are expected Wednesday after the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Death of Black Teenager (Updated)

A judge in Cook County, Ill., charged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year. Updated

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism

America’s most important contemporary political theorist, who died Oct. 21, warned that militarists and corporate capitalists, obsessed with creating a global empire, would extinguish our democracy. We should have heeded his warning. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Police Are the Greatest Threat Facing Black Kids in School

Schools have welcomed police on campuses as “resource officers.” But rather than protect students, they are brutalizing them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Ben Fields, Cop in Video Seen Flipping a Black Teen at Her Desk, Has a History of Abuse Allegations

The South Carolina police officer who attacked a black student in a school has faced previous allegations of abuse, according to lawsuit records. A video of the classroom incident went viral Monday.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama: African-Americans Aren’t ‘Making Up’ Concerns About Law Enforcement

President Obama said the Black Lives Matter movement has “legitimate” concerns and that portraying activists as opposed to police officers is incorrect.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



FBI Admits Lack of Data on Police Shootings Is ‘Embarrassing,’ ‘Ridiculous’

Director James Comey says The Guardian and The Washington Post are doing a better job of tracking information than the U.S. government.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



State Terror Against People of Color

Mothers of young men murdered by police in Orange County, Calif., testify to the systematic destruction of families and society that such shootings cause. And by extension they indict the capitalist evil that consciously holds the poor like animals in squalid pens.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Just Fire Officer James Frascatore—Arrest Him

New York City Police Officer James Frascatore has given new meaning to the Grand Slam of tennis.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



California Police Killings Database Shows ‘Clear Racial Disparities’

Newly released records show that black men have been killed by police in California at eight times the rate of other residents over the past decade.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE



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



Government Surveillance of the Black Lives Matter Movement Shamelessly Violates the First Amendment

ACLU staff attorney Nusrat Choudhury explains why government tracking of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement is simply “not okay.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Racist Killing Fields in the U.S.: The Death of Sandra Bland

The death of the civil rights activist following a routine traffic stop is beyond monstrous. It is indicative of a country where extreme violence is the norm—a society fed by the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, the incarceration state, the drug wars and the increasing militarization of everything, including the war on black youth.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE


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