Black Lives Matter

How Union Contracts Shield Police Departments from DOJ Reforms
Even when the federal government cracks down on police abuses, collective bargaining agreements often stymie reforms.
Adeshina Emmanuel
Thanks to #BlackLivesMatter, Prosecutors Who Bungle Police Shooting Cases Face Tough Election Fights
While recognizing the limits of electoral politics, the movement has ousted two prosecutors--Anita Alvarez and Tim McGinty--and has more in its sights
Jennifer Ball
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New Comic Book ‘Black Panther #1’ Is ‘Black as Hell’
Comic book readers, writers and artists of color have long been excluded from the comic book world. That appears to be changing.
Darryl Holliday
To Save the Soul of the Democratic Party, Rahm Emanuel and Debbie Wasserman Schultz Must Go
If Hillary Clinton wants to convince us she is a progressive, she should call for their resignations.
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Four Years Since a Chicago Police Officer Killed Rekia Boyd, Justice Still Hasn’t Been Served
Rekia is not forgotten. Her spirit lives in current organizing and protests in Chicago and around the country.
Mariame Kaba
How Black Youth Helped Unseat Anita Alvarez and Transform the Face of Criminal Justice in Chicago
Black youth-led groups organizing for justice played a key role in Kim Foxx's win in the Cook County state's attorney race Tuesday night. And they're showing no signs of slowing down.
Miles Kampf-Lassin
In No Uncertain Terms, U.N. Calls Out U.S. for Lack of Reparations to African-Americans
40 acres and a mule won't cut it
Salim Muwakkil
Even Though He’s Not on the Ballot, Rahm Emanuel Could Still Lose
The state's attorney's contest between Anita Alvarez and Kim Foxx has become a referendum on the suppression of the Laquan McDonald video
Flint Taylor
The Power of Black Lives Matter Is About To Be Tested at the Polls in Chicago
Kim Foxx is promising real criminal justice reform—if she's able to unseat State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez on March 15.
Danette Frederique
DeRay Mckesson’s Baltimore Mayoral Run Has a Teach For America Problem
The media's favorite poster child for Black Lives Matter, DeRay Mckesson, came up through the school privatization movement's favorite organization
Drew Franklin, AlterNet
Without Black Lives Matter, Would Flint’s Water Crisis Have Made Headlines?
The mainstream media learns what 'environmental racism' means.
Susan J. Douglas
Where Are the Black Panthers and Corporate Philanthropists When We Need Them?
Real change requires that we expand our understanding of what actions are needed on the part of the mayor, the police and any one who claims the mantle of the city’s leadership. Two films that premiered this past fall provide guidance of the kind of leadership that today is missing.
Marilyn Katz
Not Your Grandfather’s Black Freedom Movement: An Interview with BYP100’s Charlene Carruthers
The 30-year-old radical black queer feminist who's Rahm Emanuel's worst nightmare
Salim Muwakkil
It’s Not Just Oregon: A Closer Look at the Sagebrush Insurgency
Rural America In These Times
Cattle, Guns, Birds and Boredom: Inside the Oregon Occupation
John Collins
Free Speech In an Age of Campus Protest
How the media can work for, and against, the wave of anti-racist actions by students
Jill Hopke
I Saw Disturbing Racism at Yale After 9/11. Sadly, It Seems Little Has Changed.
When will our universities stop treating students of color as throwaway items in the grooming of privileged white students?
Saqib Bhatti
Fewer Police, Safer Communities?
The tension between safety from police and safety from crime
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
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