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DOJ Finds Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- A forthcoming Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department has found that city officials engage in practices that disc...

Retired Police Officers Meet Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: Discussion on Building Trust, Reform and Accountability

Cheryl Dorsey | Posted 03.01.2015 | Black Voices
Cheryl Dorsey

A multi-cultural group of retired and former police officers met with Rep. Jackson Lee of Texas to share and discuss their varied personal experiences with regard to institutionalized racism and the unnecessary state-sponsored murders of all Americans.

Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Maytha Alhassen

In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."

Malcolm X's Daughter Opens Up On New Book 'X: A Novel'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices

In the 50 years since Malcolm X's assassination, there has been an enduring want to find out more about the man who inspired so much love, so much ins...

After Ferguson, Missouri Legislator Wants To Keep Police Videos Private

The Huffington Post | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

Following the unrest caused by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced mo...

Mariah Stewart

St. Louis County Prosecutor: 'I'm Pretty Sure All Lives Matter'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- A couple dozen protesters were escorted out of an event at St. Louis University on Friday after disrupting a speech by St. Louis County ...

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

Deviants or Drones

Randy Miller | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Randy Miller

A law requiring that students simply obey law enforcement in any given situation, even if authority goes against the rights of the public, sets a dangerous precedent for future action by police and policymakers that is not for the benefit of the public.

Karl Malone: Black People Need To 'Stop Looking For A Handout'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

NBA legend Charles Barkley raised some eyebrows when he told CNN in December that the onus of the #BlackLivesMatter movement needed not be on how raci...

Mariah Stewart

Protesters Arrested At Demonstrations After 6-Month Vigil For Michael Brown

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Six months after unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the tensions between police and ...

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Voters Have Historic Chance To Overhaul Town Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

FERGUSON, Missouri -- The Ferguson City Council is heading for a historic election this spring. Less than a year since the nation focused on racial te...

Commissioner Bratton Wants 'Disorder Control' - But Are More Long Guns the Answer?

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.29.2015 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

With the rapid militarization of America's police, an experience once reserved for those in ghettos is now available to anyone caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in cities, suburbs, and rural areas across the country.

Mariah Stewart

Activists Seek To Improve Community-Police Relations In St. Louis Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. -- Amid broader discussions about improving police tactics across the country, a local Missouri group is working with a national ...

Jimmy Carter On #BlackLivesMatter: We Need 'Absolute Equality'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Black Voices

Jimmy Carter has lived in Plains, Georgia for all of his 90 years. The small-town peanut farmer who rose to the presidency in 1977 says people in the ...

Common: Racism Portrayed In 'Selma' Is Similar To Present-Day Struggle

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices

When Ava DuVernay set out to make "Selma" — which has a stunning 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and 91 percent on Metacritic — she likely ha...

Ryan J. Reilly

Darren Wilson Grand Juror Sues, Accusing Ferguson Prosecutor Of Mischaracterizing Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A member of the grand jury that ultimately decided not to indict former Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of...

Police Killed Tamir Rice At a Playground: Do Safe Spaces for Black Children Exist?

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Black children are not afforded the privilege of engaging in normal child-like behavior because black bodies are characterized with unwarranted threat.

Rapper Petty Responds To Samuel L. Jackson's Challenge With Powerful Video

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.30.2014 | Black Voices

Two weeks ago, Samuel L. Jackson issued a challenge akin to the Ice Bucket Challenge (which helped fund ALS research) with another objective in mind: ...

Berkeley Mayor: Antonio Martin Is Not Michael Brown

Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime

BERKELEY, Mo. -- Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said during a Christmas Eve press conference that a police officer's killing of teenager Antonio Mart...

Three Ways the Labor Movement Can Support the Call for Racial Justice Nationwide

Doug Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Doug Moore

Here's a list of three things labor can do to support those who are leading the charge to confront racism and promote justice in our nation:

8 Ways to Say, 'Black Lives Matter'

Laurie Townshend | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Laurie Townshend

The only way to say the words and not fall to pieces under the crushing irony doled out by a double-talking justice system is to understand "Black lives matter" not as a slogan or a hashtag but as a meditation. A mantra. A prayer. Or...

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Being Black in America (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This episode of #realtalk tackles the Ferguson protests and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

The 'Punishment Economy' Must End

Zachary Norris | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Zachary Norris

To change our punishment economy to one that provides care, the state must move funding toward support. Funding that goes toward the militarization of police and prisons and jails should instead be reallocated to community-based programs, job training, education, health care and restorative justice initiatives.

As Protests Continue, The First Family Talk 'Race' in People Magazine

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media
Kimberly Cooper

This is the first time our generation has spoken so outwardly on race relations and police brutality in the U.S., garnering both national and international press. If the Obamas are now sharing about racism, we need more than "sound-bites" and we shouldn't have to be baited or pay to read them.

Cop Story (Too)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

Police brutality is real and wrong. But what we as the American public should consider are the profound pressures applied to law enforcement officers in high-crime areas and how said pressures often inform the distance between the officers and the communities they are obliged to protect.