28 Aug 2015

The Poor Are Never The Enemy: Talking With Shadowproof Readers

In Shadowproof’s Mailbag: Our borders are under invasion (from refugee children?)! Poor people are lazy and just don’t want to work. Why is the corporate-owned media telling us to hate other poor people and ignore the global 1%? Also: Campaign Zero, Ferguson, and people’s movements for revolutionary change.

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26 Aug 2015

Ferguson Protesters Unveil Campaign Zero, Can It Help End Police Brutality?

Three Ferguson protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement recently unveiled Campaign Zero, a set of 10 demands for police reform. Shadowproof readers discussed the possibilities on social media, and while many supported the ideas in the plan, others argued that it doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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22 Aug 2015

Darrien Hunt: Killed By Utah Cops For Anime Cosplay While Black

In September 2014, police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, shot Hunt several times in the back and side after a 911 caller reported a black male with a samurai sword. Hunt was dressed as an anime character and holding a toy or blunt replica sword commonly used by cosplayers, but Utah is an open carry state, so Hunt could legally carry a real sword there.

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19 Aug 2015

I Was Petrified Of Being Injured & Other Shadowproof Reader Feedback

GIving credit to Black Lives Matter. A former prisoner recounts 37 days in a jail, terrified of needing to use the jailhouse medical clinic. When your boss is a Hal-9000. Plus other selections from the Shadowproof mailbag.

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13 Aug 2015

#BlackLivesMatter Activists Target Jeb Bush Rally In Vegas (VIDEO)

On Wednesday, August 12, #BlackLivesMatter activists interrupted Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. This action comes as the movement seeks to distance itself from accusations of partisanship or financial support from the Democratic Party.

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10 Aug 2015

A Year After Mike Brown’s Death, Ferguson Activists Fear Little Has Changed

It’s been one year since Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown outside his apartment complex in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Despite superficial changes in the political landscape, people are still being shot by police and community members and activists are still struggling for justice.

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09 Aug 2015

Why #BlackLivesMatter Is Here To Stay

DeRay McKesson: “The movement began one year ago as Brown’s body lay in the street of Canfield Drive here in Ferguson, Missouri, for four and a half hours. It began as the people of St Louis came out of their homes to mourn and to question, as the people were greeted by armed and aggressive officers. And the movement was sustained by a spirit of resistance that refused to be silent, that refused to cower, that refused to bow to continued hostility from the state.”

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06 Aug 2015

“Kids Who Die”: A Movement Grows #Ferguson (VIDEO)

In 1938 civil rights activist and poet Langston Hughes wrote his chilling poem “Kids Who Die” which illuminates the horrors of lynchings during the Jim Crow era. Now, Hughes’ vivid poetry is being featured in a three minute video created by Frank Chi and Terrance Green. It is a startling reminder that the assault on Black lives did not end with the Jim Crow era.

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04 Aug 2015

Robert Glasper: Why Music Matters to #BlackLivesMatter (VIDEO)

From “Music’s Role in the Movement for Black Lives: An Interview With Robert Glasper” on Truthout: If you say to my 6-year-old son, “What do we want?” he’ll tell you, “Justice.” If you ask him, “When do we want it?” he’ll tell you. “Now.” He has marched and chanted, and

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