03 Jun 2020

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ By Chloë Nixon

The post was originally published at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. On May 25, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck. He uttered the words, “I can’t breathe.” Three other police officers served as accomplices to the murder. In

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12 May 2020

Street Medics See Cuba As A Model For COVID-19 Response In Vulnerable Communities

Street medics like Dr. Armen Henderson see Cuba as model for responding to COVID-19, as U.S. government fails to provide health care to vulnerable people.

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11 Dec 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Goat Head’ By Brittany Howard

The following post originally appeared at Ongoing History Of Protest Songs. Best known as the powerhouse lead vocalist of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard recently released her critically acclaimed debut album “Jamie.” The album is named after her sister who passed away in her teens. Yet, although the loss of her

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13 Nov 2019

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘LA92’ By Moor Mother

The following was republished from Ongoing History of Protest Songs. “We’re here protesting and sharing stories, but when everything else is so loud, how do you penetrate through?” The above statement was made by Camae Ayewa, a Philadelphia based activist, poet, and experimental musician, better known as Moor Mother. On

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05 Sep 2019

Verizon Workers File Federal Complaints Against Alleged Racist Workplace Culture

Michael Sainato reports on equal employment opportunity complaints that workers filed against Verizon alleging the company engages in racial discrimination.

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02 Jul 2019

Let’s Not Rewrite History To Defend Joe Biden’s Record Of Racist Dog-Whistle Politics

Liberal pundits excuse Joe Biden for his leadership on the 1994 crime bill because “it was a different time” when Americans were more tolerant of injustice.

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09 Feb 2019

Film Review: No Easy Ways Out On ‘Beale Street’

Kevin Gosztola reviews “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature the night before the Oscars. He offers some commentary on why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences did not nominate the film for “Best Picture.” The aesthetic of a Barry Jenkins

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23 Jan 2019

Protest Song Of Week: ‘Americana / the garden waits for you to match her wilderness’

Ambrose Akinmusire is a black jazz musician from Oakland who plays trumpet. Over the past decade, he has distinguished himself as an artist capable of infusing the notes he plays with a gracefulness and boldness that gives compositions a dynamic spirit. For his recent album, “Origami Harvest” (2018), Akinmusire wrestled

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18 Oct 2018

Louisiana Court Declares State’s Non-Unanimous Jury Verdict Scheme Unconstitutional, Motivated By Racial Discrimination

District court in Louisiana ruled the state’s non-unanimous jury verdict system is unconstitutional, product of discrimination, and impacts minority jurors.

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19 Sep 2018

Death Of Jon Burge: Commander Set Standard For Police Terror In Chicago

Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge was involved with several officers in the torture of more than 110 black men. He was never held fully accountable for the trauma inflicted on black communities and died on September 19. At the trial for former Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is accused

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