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New Documentary Immortalizes Chicago Black Women Killed By Police

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics

A new documentary is helping to ensure that we never forget Rekia Boyd, Bettie Jones and other black women killed in interactions with police. Boyd, ...

Does Korryn Gaines' Death Mark A Tipping Point?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 08.10.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

A few months ago, most probably would have believed that Gaines' best course of action was to comply with the police in order to get herself and her children home safely. But "a few months ago" was before Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

A Black Boy's Fear

Quassan Castro | Posted 07.07.2016 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Get up. Dry your tiresome red eyes. Bow down on both knees. Say your prayer. Light your candle.

Advice For White Folks In The Wake Of The Police Killing Of A Black Person

Justin Cohen | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Justin Cohen

As a White person, I will never know the extent of this sort of pain. I can, however, offer some modest advice to other White folks who are trying to figure out how to be good allies on a day like today.

Chicago Cop Who Killed Rekia Boyd Quits, Preserving His Cushy Retirement

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.17.2016 | Black Voices

A Chicago police detective who in 2012 fatally shot Rekia Boyd, an unarmed black woman, resigned on Tuesday, two days before a police board hearing wh...

An Epidemic Akin Unto Lynching Pt. 2

Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. | Posted 03.09.2017 | Black Voices
Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.

Aside from the similarities in the sheer volume of blacks killed by police and those lynched decades before, there remain other staggering parallels between police killings and lynchings.

Emails Raise Questions About Chicago’s Handling Of Rekia Boyd Shooting

Chicago Sun Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics

The Emanuel administration agreed to pay $4.5 million to the family of a woman killed in 2012 by an off-duty Chicago cop even though city lawyers didn...

Laquan McDonald and What My Dying Father Told Me About the Chicago Police

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 12.10.2016 | Black Voices
Marilyn Rhames

My daddy died in January 2013, and one of the last things we talked about was the Chicago police. He was an optimistic man with a fierce passion for social justice, but after a protracted debate with an ultra-idealistic me, he shouted, "Marilyn, don't you know that the police is the biggest gang in the city?"

The Troll Named #AllLivesMatter

Joshua Adams | Posted 12.02.2016 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

#AllLivesMatter is a cousin to the knee-jerk reaction of "stop making everything about race" when someone points out clear, salient racial elements of an issue like police brutality. It's the cookie we want everyone to give us for not being a racist.

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.13.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case

Poet's Heartbreaking Reminder That When We Don't #SayHerName, History Doesn't Listen

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.01.2017 | Black Voices

In the days following the not guilty conviction of the police officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Rekia Boyd in Chicago, no one said her name. At le...

Considering Motherhood in the Era of Tamir Rice and Rekia Boyd | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents

What is it to be a Black woman in this country and to contemplate being a parent? It is having so many hopes and dreams, but also nightmares fueled by the daily reminder of the fact that hate and a criminal justice system warped by racism would put my child at risk.

Black Women are Not Simply Black #SayHerName

Rukayatu Tijani | Posted 08.11.2016 | Black Voices
Rukayatu Tijani

Black women and girls are more than the weeping women who have stood by while society perpetually terrorizes the bodies of Black and Brown men. Our bodies have been profiled, beaten, assaulted, and killed by law enforcement. We too are victims of this struggle.

Will Sandra Bland's Case Finally Make Black Women's Lives Matter?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 07.23.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

It is terrifying to consider that it takes the body of a black woman hanging dead in a jail cell -- over a traffic violation no less -- to finally get national attention on the issue of racist, police brutality against us.

Charleston Massacre and Anti-Black State Violence Fueled By the Same Racist Beliefs

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day commemorated for having the last enslaved Blacks freed in America, it's time we seriously address the vitriolic legacies of white supremacy.

Julia Craven

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths | Julia Craven | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

On Tuesday afternoon, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne stood before a crowded press conference and announced that Madison, Wisconsin, polic...

This Mourning on Mother's Day

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 05.07.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

This Mother's Day feels different. Ominous somehow and heavy with sorrow. It seems wrong to celebrate when so many mothers are in pain. Whether weeping over the unarmed, and largely ignored, corpses of their daughters slain by police.

Is My Upset in Vain? On the Fatigue of Another #Baltimore

Jarrett Hill | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

Is there even any value in my pain, frustration or trying to use my voice? Is there any point in trying to engage my fellow American in dialogue that can bring about awareness? Should I even waste my breath trying to explain to you why Black people are sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Why We Must Not Forget Black Women Are Victims Of Police Brutality, Too

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

Dani McClain, a contributor for The Nation, took issue with conclusions drawn from a recent New York Times article which estimated that incarceration ...

Kim Bellware

Chicago Police Plan To Listen After Officer Acquitted In Death Of Unarmed Woman | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices

Hoping to mend the tattered relationship between the police department and Chicago's minority communities, the city's top cop announced plans Tuesday ...

Kim Bellware

The 3 Important Police Trials You Haven't Heard About | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.20.2015 | Crime

In the first trial of a Chicago police officer for a shooting death in 17 years, a judge on Monday cleared Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin of al...

Trial Begins For Chicago Police Officer In Fatal Shooting Of Rekia Boyd

Reuters | Tracy Rucinksi | Posted 04.09.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - A Chicago police officer goes on trial on Thursday on felony charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of a 22-year-old black woman in a case tha...

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Many of the condemnations of police brutality have excluded the experiences of black women who have been brutalized in custody. The ongoing media blackout surrounding the case of 13 black women allegedly assaulted by a police officer in Oklahoma City may be the hardest evidence of the devaluation of African-American women's lives.

Kim Bellware

In Wake Of Eric Garner Decision, One Cop Still Faces Trial For Killing An Unarmed Black Person | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

When Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin heads to court next January for the fatal shooting of Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old unarmed black woman, he wil...

Kim Bellware

Family Of Chicago Woman Slain By Police Share What They'd Tell Mike Brown's Family | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices

Rekia Boyd was only 22 when she was shot in the back of the head and killed by an off-duty Chicago police detective . The detective, Dante Servin,...