· · · · · 

Celebrating Baltimore and Black Ebullience

A marching band playing at Artscape 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, held last month.

The plight of the Black community, in Baltimore and elsewhere, should not overshadow the vibrancy and resilience of Black people.

· · · · · 

One Year Later: Reflections on the Ferguson Uprising

This weekend I won’t be enjoying a lazy summer day at home. I’ll be participating in United We Fight with thousands of people to uphold my commitment to this movement for Black lives. It’s been a year since the Ferguson Uprising, and I’m woke.

This weekend I won’t be enjoying a lazy summer day at home. I’ll be participating in United We Fight with thousands of people to uphold my commitment to this movement for Black lives. It’s been a year since the Ferguson Uprising, and I’m woke.

· · · · · 

The Department of Justice Findings Were Not ‘Shocking’ to People in Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the release of the Department of Justice's reports at a news conference on Wednesday.

The law enforcement system has been constructed to treat us like sub-human suspects. For some people this comes as a surprise. For others, it is simply reality.

· · · · · 

Justice Department Finds Widespread Discrimination in Ferguson, But Will Not Bring Charges Against Michael Brown’s Killer

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the findings of its two civil rights investigations related to the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August.

· · · · · 

Missouri Lawmakers: Police Reforms Needed in Wake of Michael Brown’s Killing

The Missouri General Assembly began the 2015 legislative session Wednesday with a focus on state laws and policies related to the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, and the subsequent police crackdown last year in Ferguson.

The Missouri General Assembly began the 2015 legislative session Wednesday with a focus on state laws and policies related to the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown, and the subsequent police crackdown last year in Ferguson.

· · · · · 

Police Violence Is a Systemic Problem That Requires Systemic Solutions

Protest sign

There can be no reproductive justice when Black mothers fear for the lives of their sons; when Black families are deprived of caregivers, breadwinners, and parents; and when Black children cannot grow up in a society that values their lives and upholds their human dignity.

· · · · · 

Congressional Staffers of Color Walk Out to Protest Police Violence

More than a hundred congressional staffers, along with a few members of Congress, walked out of their offices on Thursday to show solidarity with the families of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and peaceful protesters across the country.

More than a hundred congressional staffers, along with a few members of Congress, walked out of their offices on Thursday to show solidarity with the families of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and peaceful protesters across the country.

· · · · · 

When It Comes to Police Brutality, a DOJ Investigation Is Not a Magic Wand

For those of us who want justice for Eric Garner and Mike Brown specifically, the truth of the matter is that the Department of Justice doesn’t have a lot of options.

For those of us who want justice for Eric Garner and Mike Brown specifically, the truth of the matter is that the Department of Justice doesn’t have a lot of options.

· · · · · 

Why the System Won’t Indict Cops for Killing Black Men

The reality is that the grand jury system protects officers from accountability rather than civilians from police brutality.

The reality is that the grand jury system protects officers from accountability rather than civilians from police brutality.

· · · · · 

Legal Wrap: Another Grand Jury Fails to Indict, Supreme Court Ponders Online Harassment

A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner's death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates.

A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner’s death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates.

· · · · ·