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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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If Allegations Are True, Sayreville Football’s ‘Hazing’ Is Actually Rape

Officials cancelled the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School's football season amid allegations of violent hazing rituals. However, new details suggest that what happened in the locker room was not hazing—it was rape.

Officials cancelled the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School’s football season amid allegations of violent hazing rituals. However, new details suggest that what happened in the locker room was not hazing—it was rape.

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When It Comes to Police Brutality, Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

A recent police shooting in South Carolina illustrates the importance of video when it comes to issues of race and policing. It also reminds us of the complications inherent in crime-related imagery—especially regarding how much people only see what they want to believe.

A recent police shooting in South Carolina illustrates the importance of video when it comes to issues of race and policing. It also reminds us, however, that video alone is not enough to overcome or combat the violence resulting from implicit bias.

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For Survivors of Abuse, Access to Abortion Can Be a Lifesaver

In a new study, researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health found that women experiencing intimate partner violence, and who were unable to get the abortion they were seeking, were less likely to escape their abusive relationship.

In a new study, researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health found that women experiencing intimate partner violence, and who were unable to get the abortion they were seeking, were less likely to escape their abusive relationship.

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Federal Judge Pressured to Resign After Domestic Abuse Incident

After a federal judge, Mark Fuller, in Alabama accepted a plea deal on charges of intimate partner violence, a growing chorus of voices are calling for his resignation.

After a federal judge in Alabama accepted a plea deal on charges of intimate partner violence, a growing chorus of voices are calling for his resignation.

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On Race and Policing: Videos Only a Tool

Melissa Harris-Perry discusses a recent police shooting in South Carolina that was captured via dashcam, in which a former state trooper fired his gun at a Black man for diving “head-first back into [his] car” to grab the license the officer requested. “[W]here some see an aggressive move into a car, others see yet another unarmed Black man shot by a police officer over a minor infraction,” says Harris-Perry. “That divide about what we believe we see, even when we see the same thing, is a reminder that video whether by dashcam or bodycam or by bystander phone is only a tool.” [via MSNBC]

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Pennsylvania AG’s Office Says Rape Victim Should Shoulder Blame for Attack

Kathleen Kane

The victim “acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to” her attack, says a statement attributed to Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane says she was unaware of the statement drafted by her office.

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