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Raising Voices in Chicago to Stop Crime and Foster Healing

Raising Voices in Chicago to Stop Crime and Foster Healing

On Aug. 4, more than 100 grassroots advocates and community members gathered in Chicago at the HopeWell M.B. Church to launch the “Survivors Alliance for Justice and Healing.” They also shared stories about their lives. For the participants, a key part of the solution to achieve that justice and promote healing in Chicago is a […]

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

In the middle of President Barack Obama’s soaring oratory at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last week, he uttered one sentence about Black people, police and police brutality that gave some listeners pause. “The worry Black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when […]

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a Black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. Three other officers were […]

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

Harry Belafonte to Host Social Justice Music Festival in Oct.

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte will launch a racial and social justice festival in October with the inaugural event featuring appearances and performances from actors Chris Rock and Jesse Williams and musicians John Legend and Common. Belafonte announced Thursday that Sankofa.org, his social justice organization, will put on the “Many Rivers to Cross” music and arts […]

Obama: Trust Still Needed Between People of Color and Police

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is “not even close” to where it needs to be in terms of resolving issues between police and the communities they serve, President Barack Obama said after concluding a more than three-hour meeting Wednesday with community activists, politicians and law enforcement officials. Obama expressed optimism, however, and said the participants — […]

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

Judges: S.F. Police Stop Blacks and Latinos More Than Others

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police officers disproportionately stop and search African-Americans and Latinos and the department lacks robust oversight and transparency, according to report by a panel of retired judges released Monday.  The three-judge panel was put together by District Attorney George Gascon after a series of racists and homophobic text messages exchanged […]

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