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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The reality is that the grand jury system protects officers from accountability rather than civilians from police brutality.
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.
This is an open letter to any police officer who may not understand what I and so many others are fighting for.
Like so many other Black mothers, my Thanksgiving day was marred by shadow over the failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson. My feelings Thursday morning were more than just personal grief as a parent, though; they were also my outrage as a reproductive justice activist.