Attorney Sentenced To Jail Time For Wearing Black Lives Matter Pin In Court

Judges basically have ultimate control in their courtrooms. They have the power to determine a dress code and rule on violations of it. But when those rulings find an attorney in contempt and sentenced to jail time, things start to get a bit complicated.

Andrea Burton walked into a courtroom prepared to represent a client. But she was later the one being charged with contempt after Judge Milich asked her to take off a Black Lives Matter pin she was wearing five times and she refused to do so. Now, according to the Daily Beast, civil rights groups claim that Milich violated Burton’s first amendment rights and the attorney is appealing her five-day jail sentence. 

Rahm Emanuel Calls For Community Meetings Over Police Reform

Tensions between police officers and citizens may be at an all-time high. That fact is even more true in cities where long-standing histories of police violence are becoming public knowledge and being pushed to the forefront with multiple investigations.

In response, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to hold several meetings throughout the city in August that will bring police officers, local politicians and community members together to come up with police reform strategies, according to the Chicago Tribune

34 HBCU Presidents Call For National Gun Violence Symposium

Presidents and representatives from 34 HBCUs met earlier this month to create a plan to held end gun violence. In a press release, the collective called upon their foundational belief that black lives matter and that the senseless killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and multiple police officers across the country contradict that message. 

WNBA Withdraws Player Fines After Realizing Their Mistake

The WNBA was at the center of a national controversy after players were fined for supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement. While the league has withdrawn those fines, it’ll continue to be looked at as a step towards the wrong side of history.

Players from multiple teams, in a league where a vast majority of the players are black, chose to take other athletes up on their challenge to show support for a cause they believe in. As a result, dozens of them were fined. 

Man Arrested After Sharing Alton Sterling Video Fights To Keep Job

Christopher LeDay didn’t film Alton Sterling’s death, but he’s been cited as the person responsible for it spreading to a national level. As a result, he was arrested the next day as he walked into work at a private security firm at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, GA.

While LeDay was later released after paying a fine for traffic violations, he found that his job may be in danger. He’s now fighting in court to keep it after claiming guards wouldn’t let him in when he tried to go back, according to WSB-TV.

Roxane Gay Becomes Marvel’s First Ever Black Female Comic Book Writer

Roxane Gay will be the first ever black female writer for Marvel Comics. Yeah, we know, it’s 2016 and wild that it’s taken this long. But we’re going to focus on celebrating the long overdue achievement.

Gay will be teaming up with Ta-Nehisi Coates for a separate story in Marvel’s current Black Panther run. It will specifically focus on Ayo and Aneka, two lovers and former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s personal all-female security detail, according to The New York Times.

Removing Criminal History From Job Applications Makes Racist Hiring Worse

“Ban-the-box” laws have the best intentions – preventing employers from unfairly holding an applicant’s criminal history against them. However, a new study finds that they may have a far more negative result on hiring practices by significantly increasing racial bias.

A study was conducted by researchers at University of Michigan and Princeton University that finds when employers aren’t able to use criminal history as a determining factor of employment, they appear to lean on assumptions based on race. Primarily, the assumption that black applicants are less trustworthy and more likely to have a criminal background. 

NBA Pulls All-Star Weekend From Charlotte Due To ‘Bathroom Bill’

Recent reports that the NBA was considering moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, NC became a reality yesterday (July 22). The NBA released an official statement expressing why they made this decision and how it’s directly related to North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which could legalize blatant discrimination against the LGBTQ community.