Black Lives Matter
Black Women, Let Your Anger Out
Chronic stress is killing us. We can’t keep repressing our rage.
Black Lives Matter. Do Elections?
Barbara Ransby profiles today’s Black freedom fighters, who are posing sophisticated new answers to old Left questions—like how to engage in electoral politics.
Frances Fox Piven
Native Americans Scored Big Election Wins in Washington State and Beyond
On Tuesday, Puyallup tribe members celebrated a landmark police accountability initiative, as well as Native victories nationwide.
An Open Letter To Andrew Cuomo: Now Will You Keep Your Clemency Promises?
Despite big talk, in eight years, the governor has freed exactly one domestic violence survivor from prison.
Cook County Jail Is on Lockdown Over Van Dyke Verdict—And Activists Are Furious
“These people are being punished because a cop is going to jail? It doesn’t make sense," says activist Hesna Bokoum.
‘This Is Historic’: Why the Van Dyke Guilty Verdict Is a Victory For the Movement For Black Lives
In an interview, Black Lives Matter organizer Aislinn Pulley explains why she sees the verdict as a step toward dismantling the systems of racist policing and economic inequality that have defined Chicago for decades.
The Inside-Outside Approach to Bernie 2020
Endorse, but play the long game.
With Rahm Out, Chicago’s Black Youth Demand Mayoral Candidates Side With Communities—Not Police
A community survey says residents don’t want a police academy on Chicago’s West Side. Six mayoral candidates weigh in.
Seeking Justice for Laquan McDonald—Without Relying on Prisons
Locking up killer cop, Jason Van Dyke, won't address the root cause of his violence.
How Young Black Radicals Put the World on Notice
Charlene Carruthers’ new book, Unapologetic, showcases a queer women-led black liberation movement that’s upending past paradigms.
On the Complexities of Calling 911, Even in Cases of Sexual Violence
A police abolitionist and anti-rape advocate explains why involving the police doesn't always ensure safety.
There’s Nothing New About Not Calling the Cops
Communities of color have long led the way in reducing reliance on police—because they have to.
Shaming White People for Calling the Cops Is Just the First Step
Next, we have to reduce our reliance on police.
Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills in at Least 8 States Since Trump’s Election
And that may be the tip of the iceberg.
Simon Davis-Cohen and Sarah Lazare
Ta-Nehisi Coates Made the Case for Reparations—Here’s Who Is Making the Plan
Black scholars and organizers are thinking beyond just a check.
Cooperative Banking for Black Lives
After facing decades of disinvestment and targeting by powerful financial institutions, African-American-owned credit unions could offer a way to build economic power and grow black wealth.
Valerie Vande Panne
INVESTIGATION: The Troubled History of the Fund Tapped for Rahm’s Controversial Cop Academy
$20 million in West Side TIF money for job creation has sat unspent, and another $36 million was "ported" to other districts. Now more than $10 million is being used for a police academy that will create only 100 temporary jobs.
The Arc of History Doesn’t Bend Toward Justice On Its Own.
It’s been 50 years since the Kerner Commission report was released, and institutional racism still pervades our society.