Black teen killed by white man who called him ‘another piece of trash off the street’

Racial tensions have been thick since the election of Donald Trump on November 8th. Those individuals who resent marginalized people seem emboldened by the prospects of Trump’s leadership. The shooting death of an unarmed Black teen on the East End of Charleston, West Virginia on Monday is yet another tragic case where racism and violence resulted in the loss of Black life.

William Ronald Pulliam is a 62-year-old man who was not allowed to own a gun due to a previous domestic violence conviction, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Even with this conviction, Pulliam shot 15-year-old James Harvey Means twice in the abdomen with a .380 caliber revolved, an act he made just before going to dinner at the home of a female friend for the evening.

Police found the gun allegedly used to kill Means at the woman’s home, according to a report filed by Charleston Police Detective C.C. Lioi.

‘Thankstaking,’ The DAPL And Our Centuries-Long Disregard For Native Lives

For those of us who consider ourselves believers in social justice, reckoning with the Thanksgiving holiday can easily become hairy.

On the one hand, it is a rare opportunity for families, particularly those that are working class, to come together, eat delicious food (depending on who makes it) and strengthen their bonds. And yet, as law enforcement officers pepper spray Native activists at Standing Rock, set dogs on them and hose them down in frigid temperatures, the guilt behind grabbing a Turkey leg and proclaiming ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ has, for some of us, become much more difficult to ignore.

Families of Chicago To Host ‘Save Our Scene’ Banquet For Queer Families

This is a time of year when family, fellowship, and togetherness are integral to everyone’s lives. This weekend, a group of Chicago residents are making sure that queer families in the area have just as much access to those needs as everyone else.

This upcoming Sunday, Families of Chicago will be hosting the inaugural “Save Our Scene” banquet at the Ida Noyes Hall. More than 150 attendees are expected to fill the Cloister Club Room on Nov. 27 from 6-10 p.m. for a night meant to highlight the black queer community.

Being Black at School Is The Type Of Activism We Need Right Now

In recent years, the many highly publicized acts of violence against Black people of all ages have drawn attention to the disparate conditions facing this group on all fronts. Yet, a particularly treacherous place for Black people is in school. Luckily, one activist is doing her part to change that reality for Black students across the country.

 

I recently had the chance to connect with Kelly Wickham Hurst to learn about her new organization dedicated to making schools more equitable, safer, and fair for Black students, Being Black at School. Hurst, the Founder and Executive Director of BBAS, spent “23 years in the public education system as a teacher, literacy coach, guidance dean, and assistant principal” before leaving to start BBAS.

Prioritizing Mental Health In The Era of Trump

I am one of those people who attempted to (and probably failed at) ignoring the presidential race for much of 2016. The prospect of potentially having to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was grief inducing enough but to watch the campaign antics in real-time felt like a malignant form of self-harm.

However, now that Trump is the president-elect (a phrase I struggle with even typing at this moment), I – like many others – am forced to reckon with the realities before me. I have seen many people posting memes about drinking to cope with the election results or joking about starting nonprescription drugs to distract them from what is surely to come. And, while I – like so many others – have considered self-medicating as a way to cope, I am convinced that we must also be frank in this moment about the very real anxiety and fear this new political development brings on in an effort to move our collective grief toward collective action and healing.

Facing Race: Building for Racial Justice In Schools Post-Election

By Nuala Cabral

Last Thursday, over two thousand people from across the country came together in Atlanta for Facing Race, a national conference on racial justice. Organized by the NY-based nonprofit Race Forward, the conference embodies the organization’s mission to “build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice.” The timing of this conference couldn’t have been more perfect; only one day earlier Donald Trump was announced president elect of the United States. The conference, thus, became a space where folks could grieve and process the implications of this destructive election and strategize around ways we can respond.

Minnesota Cop Who Shot Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter

Philando Castille’s death was live streamed for millions as his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, sat next to him in a car after he was shot by a police officer in Minnesota. It was easily one of the most visible instances of police violence to date.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot Castille on July 6, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge.

LAPD Will Not Help Donald Trump Deport Immigrants

Donald Trump galvanized millions of voters in America behind his promise to not only build a wall along the US-Mexico border, but to deport millions of undocumented citizens as well. However, those plans have hit the first of a suspected many snags to come.

The Los Angeles Police Department has declared that they won’t play a part in assisting President-elect Trump’s efforts to deport any immigrants within their jurisdiction, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Real Winner Of The Presidential Election? Chief Justice John Roberts

As the results from Tuesday’s presidential election rolled in state by state, half of the country responded with shock and disbelief. Throughout social media, post after post inquired how a Ku Klu Klan-endorsed candidate with no previous political experience, numerous accusations of sexual assault and multiple lawsuits could so quickly ascend to the highest office in the land.