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Freedom Square Occupation Imagines World Without Police

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.

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Movement for Black Lives Releases Demands, Calls for Reparations

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.

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WATCH: How Felony Disenfranchisement Harms Black Communities

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.

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So what if Senator Tim Kaine attends a ‘black church’?

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.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26:  Mothers of the Movement (L-R) Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton; Annette Nance-Holt, mother of Blair Holt; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley, mother of Hadiya Pendleton; Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Mike Brown and Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; and Lezley McSpadden, Mother of Mike Brown stand on stage prior to delivering remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

‘Mothers of the Movement’ Endorse Hillary Clinton For President

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.

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The Democratic Party Needs More Black Women

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.

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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.