Black Lives Matter

Letter From the Year 2071
A vision of where the Black freedom movement could take us.
Barbara Ransby
Angela Harrelson, George Floyd’s aunt, speaks alongside family members at George Floyd Square on May 25, the anniversary of the day her nephew was murdered by police. Other members of Floyd’s family spent the day in Washington, D.C., meeting with President Joe Biden about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Demonstrators across the country marked the day with rallies, memorials and continued calls to fight racial injustice.
The Future of the Movement for Black Lives
Urban rebellions blossomed into mass mobilization upon George Floyd's death. Now what?
M Adams
Voter Suppression Is White Supremacy. It Must Be Stopped.
In recent years, down-ballot wins across the country have legalized marijuana, overturned Jim Crow-era election law, and hiked minimum wages. The GOP’s campaign to suppress the Black vote threatens wins like these.
Kayla Reed
What Radical Black Women Can Teach Us All About Movement-Building
Three historians lift up Black women journalists, organizers and activists who were critical to Black freedom movements but often erased from history.
Keisha N. Blain, Premilla Nadasen and Robyn C. Spencer
A mural stands in memoriam outside the Cup Foods convenience store in Minneapolis near where George Floyd was murdered by police May 25, 2020. The area is now known as George Floyd Square.
No, Minneapolis Did Not Defund the Police. But We’re Not Done Trying.
We understand that abolition is the long game. We’re in it for as long as it takes.
Kandace Montgomery and Miski Noor
The Utopic, Love-Centered, “Liberation Oasis” on Chicago’s South Side
Damon Williams, a co-founder of the #LetUsBreathe Collective, talks radical space-building.
Bettina Johnson
Cultural Organizing Gives Us a Roadmap to Liberation
Co-directors of SpiritHouse, a Black women-led tribe in Durham, discuss the "life-saving" rituals and practices of freedom that ground their work towards liberation.
Mya Hunter and “Mama Nia” Wilson
BLM protesters marched on streets
Introducing the Movement for Black Lives Issue Takeover
Lessons on building collective power.
Barbara Ransby, Chinyere Tutashinda, Karissa Lewis, M Adams and Shanelle Matthews
The Meeting in 1998 That Kept Black Radicalism Alive
Two decades ago, the Black Radical Congress convened to reclaim revolution and denounce reformism.
In These Times Editors
Deeply Rooted
Naimah Thomas
The GOP Has Declared a War on Protests
Republican state legislators across 34 states have introduced more than 80 bills this year that criminalize protesting or protect those who harm protesters.
Amara Enyia and Jamecia Gray
Toward Radical, Queer, Erotic Movement-Building
A conversation on labor and pleasure with Kemi Alabi and Tina Horn of the Echoing Ida and We Too collections.
Clara Liang, Catherine Henderson, Daniela Ochoa-Bravo, Alex DiBranco and Sadie Morris
Don't Fall for the Israel Apologists' Bad-Faith Accusations of Antisemitism
There's no bigotry in defending Palestinian rights. Any claims to the contrary are part of a cynical ploy to deflect from the crimes of an apartheid state.
Jesse Mechanic
Still Waiting on Justice for George Floyd
One man has been condemned, but the system he came to represent is still intact.
Anand Jahi
Early Draft of AFL-CIO's Report on Police Reform Shows a Commitment to Defending Police Unions
The long-awaited draft report is an explicit rejection of calls for the labor movement to separate itself from police.
Hamilton Nolan
In Rochester, A Police Alternative Delivers ... Police
Activists were excited about the launch of a new Person in Crisis team in a city that's suffered a string of police violence incidents—but so far, it's fallen short on its promises.
Sam Mellins
“Justice Looks Like Abolition”: A Minneapolis Organizer on the Chauvin Verdict
While George Floyd’s killer was found guilty, Miski Noor of the Black Visions Collective says that true justice requires replacing policing with systems of care—and democratic control over public safety.
Alice Herman
The Movement for Black Lives Has Been Waiting for This Moment
Racial justice organizers are preparing to take to the streets and the halls of power to push President Biden to meet their demands.
Eli Day
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