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Facing the Challenge of Violence in South LA

Constance L. Rice | Posted 10.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Constance L. Rice

Recent coverage of crime spikes and "cyber banging" as new phenomena have missed some important aspects of what the LA basin is actually experiencing. Now that is not to say that recent articles are entirely wrong, but just missing the right context and some key facts.

A National Call to Stop Excessive Force

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

As incidents of police violence against people of color continue at an alarming pace, more and more people are refusing to tolerate these atrocities and have, instead, ignited conversations about transforming policing and overcoming systemic racial injustice.

Beyond Prayers and Protests: Building Trust Among the Police and Community in Downtown Los Angeles

Delonte Gholston | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Delonte Gholston

On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders brought together a broad cross-section of the downtown community to talk about a rash of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and the rest of the country.

A Respectable Outrage

Thomas Mariadason | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas Mariadason

Though it seems downright impossible, nothing would be cooler than for our country's top leader -- our moral and political compass -- to tweet out with full frankness and honesty, "Hey, we've got a serious problem with racism and policing when it comes to young Black and Brown children in America."

Baltimore Pastor Who Marched For Freddie Gray Is Arrested For Blocking Traffic

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2015 | Religion

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore pastor has been arrested a week after police say he blocked traffic while protesting during pre-trial hearings in ...

Former NYPD Top Cop Peddles Widely Discredited 'Ferguson Effect'

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday attributed the rising murder rates in some U.S. cities to police supposedly acting in a more...

Activists Say Police Abuse of Transgender People Persists Despite Reforms

New York Times | James Nichols | Posted 09.08.2015 | Gay Voices

New Year’s revelers clamored outside the window of Shagasyia Diamond’s apartment in the Bronx the day she was arrested. Newly into 2014, s...

What Black Lives Matter Can Learn From the Tea Party

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Dallin Van Leuven

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality," author and inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller famously said. "To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Police Group Makes A Big Admission About 'Justifiable' Police Shootings

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many recent controversial police shootings could have been avoided, even though they may have been legally justifiable, according to a ...

Driving While Black, Female and Fearless

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Getting behind the wheel, Bland had three strikes against her. She was black, female and fearless, a combination that is antithetical to all the vaunted white-centered narratives of driving and freedom in the U.S.

Ferguson Taps Black Interim Police Chief Who Backs Changes

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices

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The Blackening of Havana

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.

A Year Since Eric Garner's Death: Policing, Black Lives Matter, and Immigrant Rights

Steven Choi | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Steven Choi

The immigrant rights movement must stand with black communities facing violence, and recognize that black and immigrant lives are often one and the same.

Black Women Share Their 'Degrading' Encounters With Police

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

From excessive use of force to unwarranted -- and often sexual -- searches, black women are no exception from the ongoing encounters of police brutali...

White Girl Tries To Sell Drugs To Cops, Proves White Privilege Is A Thing

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy

What does a white girl gotta do to get arrested around here?? Comedian Jessie Kahnweiler wanted to know if she would get preferential treatment fro...

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

In the past months, I've seriously considered how and when my attitude toward the police changed so dramatically. I left for college with the belief that police are there to protect me.

Striking Image Flips The Narrative Around Black Women And Police Brutality On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices

When 29-year-old artist Markus Prime watched footage of a McKinney, Texas police officer aggressively manhandling a 15-year-old black girl, he was ove...

Timid City Government Slow to Address Inequity

Ise Lyfe | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ise Lyfe

Auditioning. That's what comes to mind when I think about the dynamic in the media and tone of local and federal governments as it relates to police brutality and holding law enforcement accountable for the perpetual killing of Black men.

Making Black Lives Matter in Classrooms: The Power of Teachers to Change the World

David E. Kirkland | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
David E. Kirkland

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools held a conference titled, Race, Rights, and Responsibility: What Educators Can Do to Help Our Students Think Critically about Protest, Law Enforcement, and Civil Liberty.

Shifting American Police From Warriors to Guardians

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

The entrenched police warrior model in many American police departments can operate in a manner similar to a domestic military service, where hard policing tactics like confrontation and use of force are primary tools relied upon to achieve desired crime control objectives.

Ryan J. Reilly

This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- A study of policing in the St. Louis area released Monday, which criticized the profit-driven practices of many departments in St. Louis ...

Over-Policed and Underserved

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Timothy P. Silard

Contrary to the myth we've been sold that more police, and more jails and prisons, are the best or only way to keep us safe, the real solutions to community safety lie in the things that make for thriving neighborhoods.

Numbers and Compassion Don't Mix

Lynette Mae | Posted 06.10.2015 | Crime
Lynette Mae

When citizens become numbers, they cease to be people. Compassion is eliminated. Then, it's a short jump to mistreatment or worse. For me, empathy and compassion are the two greatest traits of a good cop.

Walter Scott's Killing Is a Direct Result of the State of Policing in America Today

Ezekiel Edwards | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Ezekiel Edwards

Video or no video, prompt investigation and appropriate action following a police shooting -- just as with any possible crime -- should be the rule nationwide, not the exception. But these incidents are more than just bad-apple cops: The problem of unjustified lethal force is endemic.

GOP Racial Woes and 2016

Ryan Campbell | Posted 05.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ryan Campbell

Within the GOP, there's been some ugly rhetoric on issues of race and authority, but that's quite frankly nothing new; what is new, however, is the magnitude of the problem they have been creating for themselves. What is this laundry list, and how will it be affected by the run to 2016?