01 Aug 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Easy Target’ By John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp produced an oil painting inspired by street art that pointedly declares, “Martin Luther King had a dream, and this ain’t it.” King deliberately looks nothing like the civil rights leader. It is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the “Mellencamp” exhibit

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30 Jul 2017

Book Review: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s ‘Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?’

Though he’s spent the last 35 years incarcerated—and at least thirty of those years in isolation on death row, Mumia Abu-Jamal has remained steadfast in his activism, especially in regards to police brutality, criminal punishment, and black liberation. Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel

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13 Jun 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Glory’ By Rhymefest Featuring Billy Branch

Rhymefest co-wrote the Oscar-winning “Glory,” with Common and John Legend. The song appeared in “Selma,” and at the 2017 Chicago Bluesfest, Rhymefest was joined by blues harmonica legend Billy Branch for a performance that transformed the song into a 12-minute jam. The presence of Rhymefest at the Chicago Bluesfest was

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Photo by Thomas Altfather Good on Flickr.
23 May 2017

NYPD Sued For Refusing To Confirm Or Deny Existence Of Counterintelligence Activities Against Activists

The NYCLU and Millions March NYC sued the NYPD after the department refused to confirm or deny the existence of records on Black Lives Matter activists.

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Chicago Police. Photo by John W. Iwanski (usachicago) on Flickr.
09 Feb 2017

Trump Executive Order Sets Agenda For Police To Further Criminalize Protesters

Executive orders signed by President Donald Trump set in motion an agenda for escalating the criminalization of citizens, who engage in protest.

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13 Jan 2017

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Chicago Police Illegally Spied On Activists, Residents With Stingray Surveillance

A federal lawsuit against Chicago police alleges officers employed cell site simulators or Stingray spying devices in violation of the First Amendment rights of innocent citizens during a “Reclaim Martin Luther King Jr. Day” action on January 15, 2015. Chicago-based organizations, activists, and residents came together for a protest and

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26 Sep 2016

FBI: Murder Rate Up Over 10% Due To Increased Killings Of Black Men

According to the data, over 900 more black men were murdered in 2015 than 2014, their deaths mostly the result of gun violence.

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"So here's the thing: How does disrespecting national songs that make people proud liberate anyone?" Photo by Miller Center on Flickr.
02 Sep 2016

An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting And Exercising Your Rights The Right Way

You should always adjust your tactics and message to make it easier for your fellow Americans to avoid confronting injustice.

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Black Lives Matter Protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Antrell Williams on Flickr.
15 Jul 2016

ACLU Sues To End Baton Rouge Police’s Violent Attacks Against Protesters

In the aftermath of the police killing of Alton Sterling, police officers in military gear attacked nonviolent protesters while brandishing automatic weapons.

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12 Jul 2016

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by The Garner Family

Eric Garner was killed by New York police on July 17, 2014. Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a chokehold. He cried out, “I can’t breathe!” The officers involved in apprehending him showed no mercy, and his death was captured on video. A grand jury on Staten Island refused to

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