Data shows that Black Brazilians and Indigenous people are getting sick and dying at much higher rates.
Posted in Coronavirus News The Conversation

Brazil’s Bolsonaro has COVID-19 – and so do thousands of Indigenous people who live days from the nearest hospital

Land grabs, insufficient health care, deforestation and stigmatization all threatened Indigenous Brazilians before the pandemic. Genocides can be that way. They are a process, not sudden, isolated events.   Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle…

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A staff member of the Community Relations Service mediating at a march in Memphis in 2009. His jacket and hat displayed the Department of Justice seal. (Community Relations Service)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Pro Publica

How a Key Federal Civil Rights Agency Was Sidelined as Historic Protests Erupted

Launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Community Relations Service has been without a director and short-staffed during recent unrest. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency. by A.C. Thompson and Robert…

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Black Lives Matter protesters gather in front of the Confederate carving in Stone Mountain Park on June 16, 2020 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The march is to protest confederate monuments and recent police shootings. Stone Mountain Park features a Confederate Memorial carving depicting Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis. (Photo by Jessica McGowan)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News

Stone Mountain, Georgia: The flashpoint now at center of Confederate monument removals

The mountain, known for its massive Confederate memorial carving, was the location of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. by Common Dreams staff Sunday, July 5 The planet’s largest Confederate monument—Stone Mountain outside…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

With new infections soaring, the Trump’s host a July 4th Pandemic Party at the White House

The White House is preparing to change its messaging on the coronavirus, to tell Americans it simply has to be lived with. by Common Dreams staff Saturday, July 4   Hundreds of thousands of people converged…

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Protestors rally outside of Lambeau Field prior to the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins on December 8, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Stacy Revere)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

Corporate sponsors join Native American call for Washington Redskins name change

Investor coalition worth $620 billion pushed FedEx, Pepsi, and Nike to change stance, prompting team owner to announce a review of the name. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, July 3   Washington Redskins owner Dan…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Reparations qualifications and confusion

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   As a Nikole Hannah-Jones fan, I followed her arguments carefully and approvingly in a recent piece in the New York Times as she demolished one quick fix after another that…

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Posted in Columns Economy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Dismantling the false paths to equity

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’ll never forget the surprise on a colleague’s face who was working to build a nonprofit community development organization in the Mississippi delta several years ago when we first met….

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Posted in Columns Public Policy Racism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Signs of Caution and Hope from Conservative Critics

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Watchwords for all of us in this work have always included “know your enemy” and “keep them close.” It is impossible to keep up in these days and times with…

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Demonstrators took to the streets in Tuscon Wednesday night over the killing of Carlos Ingram Lopez. (Photo: screenshot/KVOA)
Posted in Common Dreams News Police Killings Racism

Graphic video from April police killing of Carlos Ingram Lopez in Tucson draws outrage

“Carlos Ingram Lopez should still be alive today.” Huge demonstrations into the night in Tuscon on Wednesday by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, June 25 Video of the police killing of Tucson, Arizona resident Carlos Ingram…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Reparations vs. Greenwashing

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   A common occurrence on the road to freedom from the “peculiar institution” of slavery, as some termed it, was yet another promise broken. General Sherman’s promise of “40 acres and…

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Robert and Melissa Williams, and their young daughters, appeared in a video circulated Wednesday by the ACLU. (Photo: ACLU/YouTube)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Facial Recognition News Privacy

ACLU demands lawmakers act after Michigan man wrongfully arrested ‘Because face recognition can’t tell black people apart’

“It’s past time for lawmakers to prevent the continued use of this technology. What happened to the Williams family should never happen again.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 24 The ACLU on Wednesday urged…

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The technology has been criticized for racial bias in identifying subjects. (Photo: Fight for the Future)
Posted in Common Dreams Facial Recognition News Policing Privacy

Boston City Council bans facial recognition surveillance

“Boston should not use racially discriminatory technology that threatens the privacy and basic rights of our residents.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 24 The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to ban the…

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Police officers pepper spray a woman next to the Colorado State Capitol as protests against the killing of George Floyd continue on May 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Policing

New Amnesty International map documents ‘shocking extent’ of US police violence against black lives matter protesters

Denying people’s constitutional rights “with physical violence, tear gas, and pepper spray is a hallmark of repression,” said one Amnesty researcher. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, June 23   An extensive new report released Tuesday…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Racism

A NM hospital was accused of racially profiling Native American women. Staff said administrators impeding an investigation

Federal regulators are investigating a New Mexico hospital accused of racial profiling. This comes as hospital staff said administrators appeared to hide documents and discouraged cooperation with an initial state inquiry. by Bryant Furlow, New Mexico…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

We are all protesting in Hong Kong now

We need to follow the lead of our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong and make masks, hats, and even googles semi-standard wear for protests and demonstrations. by Wade Rathke Pearl River    The big reveal…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Essay The Conversation

From grandfather to grandson, the lessons of the Tulsa race massacre

“More than 1,000 businesses and homes were burned to the ground, scores of black families were herded into cattle pens at the fairgrounds, and one of the largest and most prosperous black communities in the United…

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A police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis.
Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News News Policing

Fractured skulls, lost eyes: police often break own rules using ‘rubber bullets’

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY and Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY June 19, 2020 Warning: Graphic images and video below. Megan…

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In his work with black teenagers, pastor and mental health caseworker Darnell Hill teaches an unofficial guide to what he calls “living while black.” Though many black families have their own sets of rules to navigate others’ racist assumptions, Hill says he hopes that following his “do’s and don’ts” will allow kids to survive as unscathed as possible to realize their life ambitions. “Let’s just make it home,” Hill tells them. (Cara Anthony/KHN)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News News Racism Social Justice

‘Just Make It Home’: The unwritten rules Blacks learn to navigate Racism in America

Cara Anthony June 18, 2020 ST. LOUIS — Speak in short sentences. Be clear. Direct but not rude. Stay calm, even if you’re shaking inside. Never put your hands in your pockets. Make sure people can…

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The Trump campaign used symbols similar to these found on concentration camp uniforms in an ad about the president's political opponents. (Image: Bend the Arc: Jewish Action)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Racism

Facebook removes Trump ads using Nazi Concentration Camp symbol used to signify political prisoners

‘Their Masks Are Off’ “Nazis used the red triangle to mark political prisoners and dissidents, and now Trump and the RNC are using it to smear millions of people protesting racist police violence.” by Eoin Higgins,…

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A fire broke out Saturday night at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Atlanta where a now-fired police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, Friday night. (Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Justice News

Calls mount for ‘Radical Changes in Policy and Policing’ and the arrest of fired Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks

The head of CAIR-Georgia demanded actions to “end the systemic oppression and anti-black racism rooted in the Atlanta Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunday, June 14 Local activists and…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica

New Mexico opens investigation at hospital: Coronavirus policy profiled pregnant Native American mothers and separated them from newborns

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited “significant, awful allegations” in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns…

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Demonstrators protest in Anna, Illinois on June 4 over the death of George Floyd. (Brian Munoz/Reuters)
Posted in Analysis Justice Pro Publica

A Sundown Town sees its first Black Lives Matter protest

Most people I met in Anna, Illinois, wish the racist lore behind the city’s name would go away. Some say Anna’s first Black Lives Matter protest is a step toward real change. But what is next?…

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Photo Illustration: Lisa Larson-Walker/ProPublica; Source Images: Google StreetView, Jamie Coupaud/Unsplash
Posted in Coronavirus First Nations News Pro Publica

A New Mexico hospital’s secret coronavirus policy separated Native American mothers from their newborns

Pregnant Native American women were singled out for COVID-19 testing based on their race and ZIP code, clinicians say. While awaiting results, some mothers were separated from their newborns, depriving them of the immediate contact doctors…

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Posted in Analysis Justice Policing Politics The Conversation

Police unions are one of the biggest obstacles to transforming policing

Protesters in front of Boston Police Headquarters during a United Against Racist Police Terror Rally on June 7, 2020. (Photo Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) by  Jill McCorkel, Villanova University Protesters and community…

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