A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice

by The Movement for Black Lives

Originally posted on policy.m4bl.org

Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing the U.S. towards the ideals it articulates but has never achieved. In recent years we have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted elections, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement. We can no longer wait.

Black Lives Matter Activist Sentenced to 90 Days for ‘Lynching’

By Nicole Knight Shine

Originally published by Rewire

A California Black Lives Matter activist who faced up to four years of jail time for “lynching” was sentenced Tuesday morning to 90 days in county jail, a sentence activists denounced as a “mockery of our justice system.”

What Activist Jasmine Richards's "Lynching" Conviction Means for the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Victoria M. Massie

Originally published byVox

Activist Jasmine Richards, a 28-year-old black woman and founder of Pasadena's Black Lives Matter chapter, was convicted of felony lynching, a technical term in California penal code referring to "the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer."

Baltimore United for Change (BUC) Statement on Officer Edward Nero Not Guilty Verdict

Article originally published by Baltimore United for Change, written by Kinetics.

Baltimore (BUC) – The not guilty verdict handed down in the case of Officer Edward Nero today comes as no surprise to those of us who have long recognized that securing justice – especially in the courts of the United States – is more marathon than sprint.

ICE Plans Largest Immigration Raid of the Year; Here’s What You Need to Know

By Yara Simón 

Originally Published in Remezcla 

In an especially rough year for undocumented immigrants, the next two months will be an even more trying time as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gears up for what is being called this year’s largest deportation sweep under President Barack Obama’s administration.

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War (Book Review) 

Originally Published in Pluto Press here

Leila Al-Shami reflects on five years of struggle in Syria, in which grassroots, democratic and revolutionary movements have endured airstrikes, state repression and Islamist militancy. Her new book on the subject, Burning Country, co-authored with Robin Yassin-Kassab, is out now.

"Just the Beginning" as 400 Arrested on Capitol Steps Protesting Big Money in Politics

Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

Originally published by Common Dreams

'If you choose to defend the status quo of corruption, there's going to be growing nonviolent resistance in the streets, at the Capitol, at your fundraisers, and in the polls, to say that we will not take it anymore.'

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Climate Change-Fueled Food Crisis Could Kill Half a Million by 2050

Originally Published on Common Dreams
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Farms and farmers have long been "in the crosshairs of climate change."
More than half a million people could die in the next few decades as a result of climate change, according to new research published Wednesday in The Lancet.


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