Through a Vice documentary last year, grime artist JME asked for transparency to be brought to something that affects both his livelihood and his way of life: performing music. Without realizing it, he may well have been talking about a need for open data.
Like the movements against lynching, state-sanctioned segregation and the death penalty before it, today's movement against extra-judicial killings by police is part of a centuries-long struggle for racial justice.
Police in schools and treating African-American and Latino students as criminals is not a uniquely South Carolina phenomenon. Since 1998, security guards in New York City schools are a division of the police department.
Baltimore has gotten a lot of attention recently for all the wrong reasons. You've probably read about the city's economic struggles, with recent reports estimating that nearly a quarter of its residents living below the poverty line. Or maybe you saw reports on its failing school system, which currently graduates about 56 percent of its high school students, while the national average hovers up around 80 percent. And if you've somehow missed all that, you definitely know the name Freddie Gray.
America, how are the children? More specifically, how are the African American children? They are troubled. They are confused. They are angry. They have seen too much to live healthy, idyllic or carefree childhoods and they don't have the maturity to make sense of what the world is showing them.
Legal observers can provide legal protection for the revolution against police misconduct and brutality. They can observe, document, and expose the ways in which revolt is pushed down. And, they can provide a means for fighting back against the tactics used to quell revolutionaries.
This Friday, sheriffs from around the country will converge in McAllen, Texas, for a two-day border event led by the largest anti-immigrant hate group in the United States, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
Regardless of the screams and cries for help, Black parents alone cannot save their children. In most cases, if they tried to intervene, they would become victims of the same fate.
Who can we count on to protect our children if the police and their teachers believe it is justifiable to treat them like animals?
It scares the hell out of me that we will not have another generation of good cops coming onto police departments because of the hatred and political environment. I don't want any of our family members or friends to join the police department, but I also don't want to live in a country where the people who should have been the cops don't want to be anymore.
As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, we wanted to recap some of the saddest repercussions the logjam in Springfield has had on people and organiza...
There is an organized effort by conservative elements and police departments to portray the peaceful non-violent movement as having been hijacked by cop killers. For those of us who have been around long enough there is nothing new with this approach. It is called divide and conquer.
An important part of being an ally for your child and the disability community is accepting that you don't know everything about disability, which I find very comforting. I don't need to have all the answers, I just need to be respectful, curious and willing to learn.
Originally published on Unwritten by Judith Willis. I am very fortunate in that I never been in a physically abusive relationship nor have I known an...
When it comes to community policing and de-escalating conflicts, the Liberian National Police have a lot they could share with U.S. police officers.
The death of Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice and so many other unarmed black males at the hands of the police over the past year has sparked national conversation about racism in law enforcement.