This election cycle has made most television news more entertaining than usual. CNN commentator Angela Rye took that to a whole new level during Tuesday’s CNN Panel on President Obama, Trump, and the 2016 presidential election.
James P. O’Neill – commonly referred to as “JPo”, which is short for “Jimmy Police” – has been a police officer since 1983. After more than three decades, he will now become the next commissioner of the largest police force in the nation and, arguably, the most recognizable in the world – the NYPD.
For the past thirteen days, the #LetUsBreathe Collective has been occupying Homan Square, the known Chicago Police black site where arrested individuals have been disappeared, tortured, and abused. The occupation began on Thursday, July 21st, following the national #FreedomNow Campaign against police unions and has continued in the style of a block party. #LetUsBreathe activists are feeding the nearby North Lawndale community, providing mental and health care, giving out books, and putting on arts activities for young people.
On Monday, a coalition of organizations involved in the Movement for Black Lives released a list of specific policy demands to the public, entitled “A Vision for Black Lives.”
Fifty organizations from all over the world came together over the past year to formulate and write the demands, including the Black Youth Project 100, Million Hoodies, and the Black Lives Matter Network. The demands encompass six key platforms: 1) End the War on Black People; 2) Reparations; 3) Invest-Divest; 4) Economic Justice; 5) Community Control; and 6) Political Power.
This year’s election is critical. While some are choosing to sit out, others have been denied the right to vote due to felony disenfranchisement legislation. In this video from The Atlantic and Vann R. Newkirk, II, there is a glimpse into how vital it is that states revisit and revoke these laws to re-empower voting in Black communities.
Yesterday, a story that drew tons of attention on mainstream and minority-run news media was about Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s church home. It wasn’t because there was anything special about his church, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, VA. Rather, it was simply because his church happens to not be composed of only White people. It’s a “black church.” But, I’m not ready to give him cookies for that choice.
I will never forget the day I was introduced to Marilyn Mosby or the day I stopped believing her.
Nine mothers whose black children were murdered by police took the stage at the Democratic National Convention last night to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. For me, seeing these mothers on the stage elicited joy, as black women are lifted up on behalf of their children killed by the state. But I also felt a sense of foreboding, as I silently prayed that Clinton, who, with her husband, had a hand in mass incarceration and over policing, will stay true to her word and return these mothers’ support with legitimate policy changes should she be elected president.
The Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday, and although Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee, black women were front and center.
From the convention chair, Representative Marcia Fudge to Georgia House Representative Stacey Abrams to the incomparable Michelle Obama, it is clear that black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party and will be an essential component of progressing the party into the future, should they choose to do so.
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.