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FEATURE: #SayHerName Rally in NY (Remembering the Black Women Killed By Police)

On Wednesday a vigil was held in Union Square (NYC) to remember the black women and girls killed by police in America - an event which has highlighted the gender-blindness of officers when it comes to police brutality. Family members of some of victims were present, such as those of Tanisha Anderson, Rekia Boyd, Miriam Carey, Michalle Cusseux (pictured). As reported by …

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Added by The Establishment on May 22, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: With Police Brutality, An Officer's Race Doesn't Matter

The continuous killings of blacks by police is the alarming news story of today. And while most cases have involved white officers shooting and killing unarmed young Blacks in America, the Freddie Gray case included six officers, three of them who were Black. The story in Freddie Gray's death is an everyday incident, similar to an episode of The Wire, as officers would be involved in, rough driving, taking sharp turns to add an extra punishment to the person who…

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Added by The Establishment on May 21, 2015 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Afro Brazilians to Afro Iranians. Black is everywhere

Last year I went to Puerto Rico. What did I expect? Warm weather, great food, late nights, but not black people. I thought that if I saw black people they’d be tourists just like myself. That was the moment when I realized that I forgot that slaves weren’t just taken to the U.S but all of the America’s across the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, Brazil took the most slaves from West Africa. Again, when I think of a Brazilian person, I wouldn’t automatically think…

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Added by The Establishment on May 15, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord"

The divisive subject of gentrification is the theme of a new interview from New York Magazine. The interviewee being a white Brooklyn landlord who shares some frank and revealing words on New York gentrification and its treatment of the black community. Check out some excerpts from the interview below and read it in full …

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Added by The Establishment on May 13, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Study Debunks The Myth of The Absent Black Father

Published data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) debunk long existing stereotypes about black fatherhood, proving that black fathers in America play as much of an active role in their children's lives as other races. Although more likely to live separately from their children, the data shows that African-American fathers are just as hands-on when it comes to raising them. Read more on the story …

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Added by The Establishment on May 12, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Witnesses of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray's assault by police have all been arrested after they blew the whistle on police brutality

Following the riots in Baltimore, the man who used his cellphone to record video of Freddie Gray's arrest by Baltimore police officers found himself the subject of an arrest. Kevin Moore (pictured above) was arrested by police, as he left a protest, along with two friends - both of whom work with the activist organization Copwatch. Moore (who has now been released) describes the scene as police  intimation, and his case is far from an isolated…

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Added by The Establishment on May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Black Farmers to buy from instead of Whole Foods"

While rioters took to the streets of Baltimore two weeks ago,  in protest of Freddie Gray's death, Whole Foods - the supermarket chain specializing in organic food - were busy catering the National Guard brought into keep the "peace". As Blavity puts it, "Whole Foods Harbor East in Baltimore took it upon themselves “to make sandwiches…

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Added by The Establishment on May 11, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: New Orleans Trade Routes: Path to Riches, Path to Freedom

The trade route between New Orleans, Tampico and Veracruz, Mexico and the Caribbean (mainly Havana , Cuba and Port au Prince, Haiti) was a conduit for slaves, goods and services, beginning in the 1500s. Free black entrepreneurs like my ancestors used these routes to conduct international business. And sailors along the trade route—free men, fugitives and slaves—conveyed news of revolt and resistance that informed and inspired other blacks. This trade route moved…

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Added by The Establishment on May 8, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: International Reparations Summit - UPDATE

Last month (April 9-12) was the International Reparations Summit in New York, a summit exploring the growing reparations movement in the United States, the Caribbean and parts of Latin America. Check out the Final Communiqué from the summit below. In regards to the…

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Added by The Establishment on May 6, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "An 18-Year-Old Baltimore Rioter Faces a Higher Bail Than the Cop Accused of Murdering Freddie Gray"

It's been reported that Allen Bullock (pictured), an 18-year old who vandalized a Baltimore police car during the Baltimore riots last week, faces a higher bail than the police officer accused of murdering Freddie Gray. Yes, you heard right! Bullock, on the advise of his family, turned himself into police on Thursday and is now charged with eight misdemeanors, with a bail set at $500,000. Shockingly, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr - the driver of the police van in which Gray…

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Added by The Establishment on May 6, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: NYC protest last week - by photographer Janet Woo

Check out these images from last week's protest in New York City (April 29), lensed by Janet Woo (Photos From the Underground). The protest, which began in Union Square, was a response to the death of Freddie Gray - who died while in police custody - and the subsequent riots in Baltimore. From #NYC2Baltimore was a hashtag many started using for that day's protest.

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Added by The Establishment on May 5, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 900 migrants, mostly African, died last week on their way to Europe

900 migrants, mostly from Africa, died last week on their way to Europe after the ship carrying them (a smuggler boat) capsized. This tragedy has shone a much-needed spotlight on Europe's mishandling of immigration and the need for its countries to be more open to African migration. The fact that Europe has both greatly contributed to and profited from the current situation in Africa through colonisation and paternalist post-colonial policies,…

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Added by The Establishment on May 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ignorance Ain't So Bliss, Part 2: The Necessary Conversation on the Black Cops Charged in Freddie Gray's Murder

Before I even start, I would like to point out, yes, I am ecstatic charges have been filed in Freddie Gray's murder but: LA Riots in 1992 were not the first nor last. Ferguson Unrest in 2014 was not the first nor last. Baltimore Uprising in 2015 was not the first nor last. We can celebrate the warrants issued for the 6 officers responsible for Freddie Gray's murder this morning but be aware these are not synonymous with 6 convictions. Be aware. This system. Is.…

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Added by The Establishment on May 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: "Why We Mad Tho?" - A Right To Rage

My neighborhood was on fire. In my little Orchard Mews community, a lower income housing complex near Pennsylvania Ave and Martin Luther King Boulevard in west Baltimore, people flooded the streets in view of my front porch. We all watched as a white cop chased down an alleged “corner boy” and had his face pinned up against the wall as he screamed for him to alleviate some pressure, and then came another white cop who for some reason was compelled to…

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Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

BREAKING: "Six Baltimore police officers face murder, other charges in Freddie Gray's death"

News has just come in that six Baltimore police officers will face criminal charges for the death of Freddie Gray. On Monday Gray's death sparked a number of riots in the Maryland city, followed by large scale protests around the US. The six aforementioned officers will now face charges that include…

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Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

OP-ED: How my encounter with the police quickly turned ugly and potentially dangerous

On Nov. 30, 2014, in Corpus Christi, TX, I was stopped by Officer Chris Meer for driving without my headlights on. This was the first time I had been stopped and it turned ugly quick. Instead of asking if there was anything wrong with my lights, the officer immediately started questioning me about beer. I was not aware of any alcohol in my vehicle and had not been drinking prior. He then asked me to step out to perform a field sobriety test, which he conducted off camera and I… Continue

Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Get Involved: Support the Baltimore Bail Fund

One of the many ways the police use to quell dissent is to set high bails coupled with mass arrests of protesters. More often than not, the charges are for nebulous offenses like "resisting arrest" and "obstructing traffic." The police use vaguely defined language to justify charges, which more often than not are eventually dropped at the bench. Though bails are ultimately refunded once the arrestee shows up for their day in court, the obstacle of having to pay either an…

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Added by The Establishment on April 30, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Ignorance Ain't All That Bliss: The Necessary Conversation On Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Uprising, Social Media and Social Justice

Whenever racial tensions peak in America is when I really know who are my ride or dies when it comes to discussing social justice on social media. Since Ferguson, I've had to engage in constant purges of deleting "friends" who were saying the most ignorant shit to where I almost wanted to just go find their parents, former teachers, hell even God, and ask what happened...where did we go wrong.

By KiNG,…

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Added by The Establishment on April 30, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Protests in several US cities over Freddie Gray death - more than a hundred arrested in NYC rally

Last night protests took place in several US cities over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died this month while in police custody in Baltimore (sustaining a severed spine). In a move to deter protesters - and to avoid the social unrest in Baltimore sparked off by his death - more than a hundred people were arrested last night as protesters marched through Manhattan. The rally which began in Union Square was used to denounce the death of Freddie Gray and to…

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Added by The Establishment on April 30, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Seattle Woman Punched By Cop Sues City For Civil Rights Abuses

Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, is suing the city of Seattle for $1,000,000 after having her eye socket fractured by Officer Adley Shepherd last year. As if shit weren't already out of hand. However, it's hard not to admire her tactics. The only thing conservatives in America love more than the cops is fighting tax increases. So why not make them choose between continuing to refuse to hold the police accountable or raising taxes to be able to continue to fund police…

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Added by The Establishment on April 28, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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