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Be Very Afraid: Israeli Forces Are Training American Police

    Be Very Afraid: Israeli Forces Are Training American Police

Razan al-Najjar is the latest victim in Israel’s onslaught of Palestinians to go viral. The 21-year-old nurse was shot dead by a sniper. Her only weapon? A wad of medical gauze. She’d been treating protestors who’ve been rallying for their right to return to homes they were expelled from as refugees. Unfortunately, the death of another…

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Campaign Successfully Stalls Vote on Funding Controversial Chicago Police Compound

    Campaign Successfully Stalls Vote on Funding Controversial Chicago Police Compound

A coalition of activists led by young black people succeeded in postponing the vote on a funding measure for a $95 million police training academy, which the city of Chicago plans to build on the west side. Alderman David Moore and Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa exercised their right to defer and publish the ordinance for the…

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The Black Faces in High Places Supporting America’s Police State

    The Black Faces in High Places Supporting America’s Police State

The worst hate group in the United States is not the Ku Klux Klan or any self-proclaimed alt-right group. The most racist, vicious, and deadly menace to black people in this country is law enforcement. The police, courts and prisons exist primarily to keep as many black people under control as possible. All other claims…

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Nuttier than a Fruitcake: White America’s Racial Psychopathy

    Nuttier than a Fruitcake: White America’s Racial Psychopathy

INDIANAPOLIS — Were it not, perhaps, for Stanley Kubrick’s deft direction, the fight scene in the 1960 Hollywood classic Spartacus might well have been laughable rather than iconic. At nearly six-feet-four-inches tall, the African gladiator Draba, played by the former pro football star, Woody Strode, towered over Kirk Douglas’s eponymous character. The two actors, both…

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California Community Fights for Accountability After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man in Hail of Bullets

  California Community Fights for Accountability After Police Kill Unarmed Black Man in Hail of Bullets

BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA — A California community is drawing increasing attention to the police killing of Diante “Butchie” Yarber, a 26-year-old black father of three who was shot to death as he sat inside his car in the parking lot of a Barstow Walmart on April 5. In dramatic video filmed of the incident, which occurred…

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Police Killed More Americans Last Year Than Mass Shooters

  Police Killed More Americans Last Year Than Mass Shooters

This spring, an estimated 800,000 Americans gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the “March for Our Lives” organized by the teenage survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Thousands more attended 800 sister marches across the nation and around the world for gun reform. Gun control is often portrayed as a “white” issue, but the march was…

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The Sacramento Police Department Are No Angels

  The Sacramento Police Department Are No Angels

While the shooting death of Stephon Clark has made national headlines over the last two weeks, it is not the first questionable shooting the Sacramento, Calif., Police Department has had. It is just one in a long list of many questionable incidents or activities the department has been linked to. Each and every time there…

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The Murder of Black-Activist Marielle Franco Marks Brazil’s Return to a Dictatorial Past

  The Murder of Black-Activist Marielle Franco Marks Brazil’s Return to a Dictatorial Past

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece for DemocraciaAbierta, following this year’s political carnival in Rio where I reflected on resistance against –and repression from—the Brazilian government, and on how challenging the times that lay ahead were. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, I am here writing again in the wake of this tragedy that occurred last night…

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In Baltimore Guilty Cops May Soon Have to Pony Up

  In Baltimore Guilty Cops May Soon Have to Pony Up

BALTIMORE – As the Baltimore Police Department currently sits front and center in a massive corruption trial, talk of having individual police officers be fiscally responsible for the lawsuits against them is making the rounds. Two officers in Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force were found guilty earlier this week of racketeering and robbery in the…

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Jeff Sessions’ Dog Whistle to White Supremacy: Sheriffs Guard Our “Anglo-American Heritage”

  Jeff Sessions’ Dog Whistle to White Supremacy: Sheriffs Guard Our “Anglo-American Heritage”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed a meeting of the National Sheriff’s Association on February 12 in Washington. As the nation’s chief law enforcer, Sessions was “among friends” and such an appearance should have been uneventful. What could possibly go wrong? Well … it appears that the Attorney General may have improvised a…

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