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How to Stop Incarcerating the Mentally Ill and Start Helping Them

Many people who struggle with a mental illness are unnecessarily arrested because police officers are not properly trained to handle a mental health crisis. OverCriminalized, produced by Brave New Films, details how the mentally ill are treated within the justice system, and one department’s answer to helping both police officers and those who struggle with a mental illness.

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Nigerian ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Activists Not Celebrating Ceasefire Deal Yet

Activists at a “Speak Out Saturday” meeting in Lagos this weekend.

Despite last week’s announcement of a deal between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram extremists that includes the safe release of more than 200 kidnapped girls, local activists maintain that “the parents cannot cherish promises.”

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‘The Gutting’ Tells the Honest and Harrowing Truths About Rape

Beck Cooper’s “The Gutting” is a powerful poem that exemplifies the struggles with identity, sexuality, and self-worth a rape victim faces after the horrific event.

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Charges Filed Against Seven Sayreville Football Players; Coaches’ Futures in Question

Seven members of the Sayreville high school football team now face criminal charges, including three who are charged with aggravated sexual assault. It is unclear whether the coaches knew what was going on and what will happen to them.

Seven members of the Sayreville high school football team now face criminal charges, including three who are charged with aggravated sexual assault. It is unclear whether the coaches knew what was going on and what will happen to them.

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#FergusonLive: The End of Suffering Silently

Protesters in Ferguson refused to be ignored this weekend. They are the reason that while we might not be able to claim that America is the land of the free, it is most definitely still the home of the brave.

Protesters in Ferguson refused to be ignored this weekend. They are the reason that while we might not be able to claim that America is the land of the free, it is most definitely still the home of the brave.

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Ferguson October Protests Reveal Deep Wounds in St. Louis

Since August 9, there has been a sharp divide between life before Michael Brown was killed and life after. The scab on the wound of racial injustice in the St. Louis region was ripped off, and we’ve all been confronted with the full scope of the infection.

Since August 9, there has been a sharp divide between life before Michael Brown was killed and life after. The scab on the wound of racial injustice in the St. Louis region was ripped off, and we’ve all been confronted with the full scope of the infection.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Debates the Use of Police Force

Melissa Harris-Perry is joined by MSNBC reporter Amanda Sakuma, civil rights lawyer Judith Browne Dianis, former police officer Eugene O’Donnell, interfaith leader Valarie Kaur, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Khalil Gibran Muhammad to discuss police brutality in the United States. [via MSNBC]

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#STLDispatch: ‘We Have to Fight Back’

A roundup of tweets on the "weekend of resistance" in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13.

A roundup of tweets on the “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13.

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The Ferguson ‘Weekend of Resistance': A Lesson in the Complexity of Movements

Depending on who you ask about the success or effectiveness of the "weekend of resistance" in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13, you’ll get very different responses.

Depending on who you ask about the success or effectiveness of the “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10-13, you’ll get very different responses.

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In the Wake of Michael Brown’s Death, a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson

Community members and activists over the next month are gathering once again to demand justice for Brown, the victims of police violence nationwide, and the subsequent police crackdown on residents in Ferguson, Missouri.

Community members and activists over the next month are gathering once again to demand justice for Brown, the victims of police violence nationwide, and the subsequent police crackdown on residents in Ferguson, Missouri.

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