These ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Bills Send the Wrong Message on Race and Violence

Blue Lives matter and always have, but in the US black and brown lives have always mattered less. For the third year in a row, police killed nearly 1,000 people while Congress considers legislation making harsh penalties for violence against police harsher. , Flickr / Jamelle Bouie Earlier this month, an overwhelming majority of the […]

An Incomplete List of Things Black People Should Avoid Doing So They Won’t Be Killed by Police

A handy guide to help black people avoid the police violence that disproportionately affects them.  by  Michael Harriot  , iStock   On Sunday, March 18, police in Sacramento, Calif., fired 20 shots at Stephon Clark, killing him. Clark was unarmed and in his own backyard, leading many to ask what black people must do to […]

Academics In Cars #3: Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris Talks Baltimore, Police Training and Ivory Towers

Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris, the only Black woman from Baltimore, working in Baltimore as a Criminologist, was our guest academic in the car and took us for a ride around Baltimore discussing how her own history growing up there informs her current work. That work involves community engaged police training and work within and about the prison-industrial-complex.Academics In Cars […]

Blackness Largely Absent From Kerner Commission Report on Black Uprisings

Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards joined us to discuss her work related to the Kerner Commission report. 50 years ago today (March 1, 1968) the first mainstream press story broke about this historic report and its conclusions regarding the origins of Black uprisings around the country. Dr. Bentley-Edwards helped us fill in some missing pieces of what was and was not […]

Dylan Rodriguez, “It’s Not Police Brutality”

Dylan Rodriguez, Professor, University of California at Riverside and founding member of Critical Resistance Critical Resistance presents “Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex,” a series of videos as part of our Profiles in Abolition initiative. The videos in the series explore the current state of the prison industrial complex (PIC) and how people are fighting […]

Taking a knee against racism in Georgia

By Dianne Mathiowetz  Atlanta, Oct. 22 — Five young Black women, students at Kennesaw State University, have ignited a struggle here against white supremacy and racism that has spread beyond their campus. They took a knee as the national anthem was played on Sept. 30 prior to the KSU Owls football game.They have said they […]

New Book Offers Tips On How To Survive Encounters With Police

Geoffrey Mount Varner MD, MPH, has seen the aftermath of what goes wrong when the police have altercations with civilians. In fact, after seeing the injuries pile up over the past two decades, he couldn’t remain silent any longer. “My 11-year-old son is old enough to be killed by the police. As a father of […]

A History of the Omaha Black Panthers

On July 28, 1966, the Omaha World-Herald published a report about a a “200 member gang known as the Black Panthers” that “planned much of the systematic firebombing, sniping and looting in Cleveland’s slum riots.” From the outset, Omaha’s media portrayed the Black Panther Party as violent hoodlums, and in the next several years they wouldn’t stop. […]

Young And Black In 1971

Presents the experiences of a teenage African American, who relates his views of the System, war, revolution, the Watts community of Los Angeles, the Black Panther Party and the police. The importance of the discussion is the necessity of being one’s own self. Director: Richard Wells. Editor: Andrew Stein. Photographer: Robert Grant. Sound: Wendell Handy. […]