The Nation Watches As the Minneapolis City Council Votes to Defund the Minneapolis​ Police Department

Defunding police departments now sit squarely on the police reform radar. The concept is new to some and familiar to others. On, Sunday the Minneapolis city council voted to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a model that centers around real community safety. The decision sent ripples through many communities nationwide, as they too wrestle with police violence against its black and brown citizens. Leading this huge undertaking is MPD150, a collective of organizers, researchers, artists, and activists. MPD150 is clear on what their objective is. The…

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Dismantling Systems that Enable Police Terror

Dismantling Systems that Enable Police Terror  In response to the growing number immigrants in the United States, “the first publicly funded, organized police force with officers on duty full-time was created in Boston in 1838.”   Enforcement looks totally different when black bodies are involved. The horror stories of the treatment of slaves is no secret.  Being subjected to and threatened with death from noncompliance is something that black people are all too familiar with.  Black people have marched, cried and died surrounding the death of their peers at the hands…

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Breonna’s Law: No Knock Warrants Banned

Still reeling from her untimely death, the community celebrates a small but important victory. The Louisville police department voted in favor of Breonna’s Law. The legislation will officially ban the practice of no-knock warrants, or warrants that allow police to enter a suspect’s apartment without warning or notice. However, the officers responsible for Breonna’s death are still free. So, the legislation is a good starting point, but ultimately her killers need to face justice. Previous Report Kenneth Walker charges have been dropped. Kenneth Walker was the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor.…

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We Are Not Powerless – Ahmaud Arbery

We Are Not Powerless! It is a phrase that I repeat to myself anytime I am faced with news that is designed to render me powerless.  In this case, it is the death of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of three violent and blood thirsty white men, Gregory and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan. The murder occurred on February 23rd.  The first prosecutor, District Attorney Jackie Johnson of Brunswick recused herself because Gregory used to work in the office with her.    At Ahmuaud’s mother’s request, District Attorney George…

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Black Maternal Health Momnibus Addresses Maternal Health Inequality Among African-American Women

Black Maternal Health Momnibus addresses maternal health inequality among African-American women.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births (the pregnancy-related mortality ratio or PRMR) for black and AI/AN women older than 30 was four to five times as high as it was for white women. The death of a young black mother brings attention to the issue of racial health disparities She went to the hospital to have her baby. Now her husband is raising two kids alone C-section death: Grieving…

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