A pregnant prisoner in a bare cell with a simple bed. The inmate's head is turned away from the camera, so only her hair is visible. (National Crittenton Foundation)
28 Sep 2015

Juvenile Justice Reform Will Fail Without Specific Focus On Young Women

Black girls were about three times as likely as white girls to be referred to juvenile court, and 20% more likely to be detained than white girls. American Indian/Alaska Native girls were 50% more likely to be locked-up.

Cook County Jail (via Shadowproof)
11 Sep 2015

Formerly Incarcerated Black Youth Face Extremely High Mortality Rates in Chicago

Young black men detained in Cook County, Chicago, face a higher mortality rate than the general population of the county, according to a bulletin published by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as part of their “Northeastern Juvenile Project.”

A mural from the Weeksville community reads "Welcome to Weeksville" and "Whats Old Is New, History Through Young Eyes." (Flickr / H.L.I.T.)
10 Sep 2015

From Weeksville To Today: Why Black Land Matters (VIDEO)

From The Laura Flanders Show: The history of the US is packed with people of color and poor people who’ve been stripped of their rights — to vote, to wages, to housing or even just the right to stay in the country — through incarceration, segregation, slavery and deportation. For just as long, black communities have created safety, and won a say in democracy, through buying and keeping land cooperatively.

Screenshot of NYPD Officer Adhyl Polanco speaking on Democracy Now (Nov 6, 2013).
05 Sep 2015

Lawsuit: NYPD Retaliated Against Whistleblower Cop For Exposing Illegal Quotas

Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and retaliated against him based on his race and speech. According to Polanco’s lawsuit, the NYPD was threatening officers with “termination and negative employment actions, such as low performance evaluations and punitive postings,” to force them to meet Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas.

The United States delegation presents its fourth periodic report on U.S. implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights before the Human Rights Committee at the United Nations Office at Geneva on March 13, 2014. On September 1, the U.S. rejected recommendations from over a dozen countries on how it could better implement the ICCPR treaty, which was ratified in 1992. (Flickr / U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers)
03 Sep 2015

U.S. Rejects Recommendations Aimed at Ending Systematic Human Rights Abuses

On September 1, the United States government rejected several recommendations from countries which suggested how the U.S. could better uphold human rights. Rejected recommendations included abolishing the death penalty, ending spying on private communications of people of the world, and allowing foreign aid to assist rape victims in war zones who need access to safe abortions.

Proposals to build a Muslim community center 2 blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center sparked large protests on August 22, 2010. Since then, religious freedom activists say that there are a growing number of anti-Muslim incidents, with even the FBI warning of a growing potential for violence and hatred. (Flickr / David Shankbone)
03 Sep 2015

Islamophobia Rising: FBI Warns ‘Militia Extremists’ Are Targeting Muslims

While the mainstream media showers attention on any crime with even the slightest hint of a connection to ISIS or other Muslim extremists, less attention is being paid to a growing number of threats against everyday Muslims in the United States despite the FBI raising the alarm. The FBI issued an intelligence bulletin in May, warning that “militia extremists” are increasing their violent rhetoric against Muslims and even potentially making concrete plans to target them for violence.

May 31 rally in Phoenix outside city's Islamic Center / Screen shot via video by Dennis Gilman
23 Aug 2015

Podcast: Growing Anti-Muslim Racism & Hysteria in the United States

The United States has experienced a spike in anti-Muslim racism and threatened violence against American Muslims in the past months. Much of the escalation has taken place in the aftermath of a shooting in Garland, Texas, at a Prophet Muhammad drawing contest.

A photo of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, California, photographed on February 4, 2007. A new report accuses Twin Towers, along with other Los Angeles county prisons, of dangerous and inhumane treatment of black female inmates. (Wikimedia Commons / Jjz3d83)
13 Aug 2015

Black Women With Mental Illness Suffer Horrific Abuses In LA County Jails

On the heels of the Justice Department’s settlement agreement forcing Los Angeles County jails to adopt a number of reforms aimed at improving conditions for inmates, a new report by Dignity and Power Now explores the horrifying human rights abuses endured by black female inmates in the county. The report, entitled “Breaking the Silence,” features the testimonies of seven formerly incarcerated women and two former psychiatric workers from the county.

A woman stands in front of the White House with a sign that reads, "Hands Up Don't Shoot! Fight with Ferguson!" at a rally for the death of Mike Brown on August 14, 2014. Through police brutality, mass incarceration and systematic inequality, the U.S. commits mass incarceration against its black- and brown-skinned population. (Flickr / Elvert Barnes)
11 Aug 2015

‘We Charge Genocide’: Systematic Murder & Oppression Of Blacks Continues In US

Genocide is a word which may bring to mind images of large-scale ethnic cleansing and mass graves like those created by German Nazis or Bosnian Serbs. Some acts of genocide, however, are slower, more subtle, and a good deal more insidious, like the acts the United States continues to carry out against its black- and brown-skinned population.

Obama signs "Blue Alert" system bill
20 May 2015

Obama Signed Bill to Help Protect Police From Threats, However, Police Are Not Under Attack in America

President Barack Obama signed legislation that creates a “Blue Alert” system for law enforcement in the United States. It establishes a network for alerting police expeditiously when there are “active threats” against police. However, police are not under attack and have not been under attack in the US, despite recent