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Protesters in St. Paul, MN march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

The New ‘Black Codes’, by Chris Hedges

“Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America.”

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Matt Taibbi: Sandra Bland Was Murdered

Taibbi: After Ferguson, it was the same thing. Editorials insisted that the solution to the brutality problem lay in “less criminality within the black community.” The officer who shot Michael Brown, Darren Wilson – the same guy who called Brown a “demon” – insisted that Brown would still be alive “if he’d just followed orders.”

Sonali Kolhatkar: Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore

Kolhatkar:  Such police responses to the burgeoning anti-brutality movement are part of a concerted campaign to maintain support for the status quo. That status quo has been in place since the end of slavery: Poor communities, especially communities of color, are expected to submit to the authority of the police state.

Henry A. Giroux: Terrorism, Violence and the Culture of Madness

Giroux: Already imperiled before the aftershocks of the terrorists’ attacks, democracy became even more fragile in the aftermath of 9/11. Almost fourteen years later, the historical rupture produced by the events of 9/11 has transformed a terrorist attack into a war on terror that mimics the very crimes it pledged to eliminate.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz: These 15 Black Women Were Killed During Police Encounters. Their Lives Matter, Too

From the article: “We wanted to make sure [Anderson’s death] didn’t get swept under the rug,” Rachelle Smith told The Huffington Post. She and others protested at Cleveland’s Justice Center this week over the lack of information in Anderson’s case. “We hear a lot about Tamir Rice and Eric Garner … There’s no hierarchy in these tragedies, but she was unarmed, and the police were called to help her — there’s this intersectionality of oppression there, and innocence.”

Jane Lazarre: Once White in America

Black bodies
swingin’ in
the summer
breeze
strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees

#ReclaimMLK: Bringing the Long View Into Contemporary Racial Politics

Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy isn’t like a stone statue with fixed significance and predictable contours—it takes on different meanings depending on the American cultural climate at a given moment. truthdig.com  January 19, 2015 Twitter/#ReclaimMLK This year’s observations of Martin Luther King Day around the country carried the charge of galvanizing events in the latter […]

Daily Kos: Undercover officers infiltrate #BlackLivesMatter protest movement in Minnesota; charge leaders

The Minnesota ACLU, responding to these charges and to demands that the protestors pay for the police who were called to the scene, released the following statement.

“There is finally growing concern and dialogue regarding the failure of our criminal justice system to hold police officers accountable for acts of excessive force and other misconduct,” the statement says. “These problems are happening in our backyard and should not be ignored.”

Evergreene Digest: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

(We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.) Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society. Torture Is Who We Are David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon Monday, Dec 29, 2014 | It seems police can get away with […]

Freedom Rider: Ferguson Reverberates Around the World

The world needs to know not only that America’s promise of justice for all is a lie but that it is expressed against the rest of the world, too. The anti-globalization group came into being in response to the United States and NATO attacks on the Russian government and interference in the domestic crisis in […]

Nicholas Powers: Take the Chains Off The Struggle for Racial Justice Continues

A great collision is coming, driven by a question that has been asked repeatedly for nearly four centuries. It was asked by 19 Africans, enslaved in the English colony of Jamestown in 1619, and is being asked again by the protesters across the nation. Can Black life be valued in America?

▶ Popular Resistance: 3,000 Rally at Mall of America, Police Shut Down Mall for Hours

Community demands end to police brutality and racial inequities affecting Black and brown Minnesotans Police Meet Peaceful Protesters in Full Riot Gear Protesters fill the rotunda of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota Saturday, December 20. (Photo courtesy of Black Lives Matter – Minneapolis) By Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, http://www.facebook.com  December 21st, 2014 Minneapolis, MN […]

The Nation: Why #BlackLivesMatter Actions Aren’t Stopping

 “There are so many people out protesting police violence who are then met with police violence,” Nelson said. “If they didn’t understand how a Mike Brown or an Eric Garner could happen, they understand after a night of protest how a police interaction can become very violent and even deadly.” Dani McClain  TheNation.com  December 16, […]

Fania Davis: This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

 The decision not to indict Eric Garner’s killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism? By Fania Davis  Yes! Magazine  December 3, 2014  Fania Davis. YES! photo by Lane Hartwell. I am among the millions who have experienced […]

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▶ “I Cant Breathe” by PEACE POETS

Published on Dec 12, 2014 Song written by Luke Nephew, Peace Poets Video edited by Frank Lopez, Peace Poets Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr. Find us on […]

Chris Hedges: A Society of Captives

Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands of the market.    By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  December 7, 2014  Protesters conduct a “die-in” Dec. 6 at Grand Central Station in New York City as police watch. The demonstration opposed a […]

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Steven Rosenfeld: Should Protestors Embrace Violence?

The question of violent versus nonviolent protest has bedeviled movements for decades. By Steven Rosenfeld  AlterNet  December 10, 2014      Editor’s Introduction: From the article: “The pattern that emerges from these pages shows that heavily funded municipal, county, state and federal ‘counter-terrorism’ agencies (often acting in concert through state/regional ‘fusion centers’) view citizens engaged in […]

Sean Nevins: Justice Is Blind To Those Who Can’t Afford It

MintPress explores the two vastly different prosecutory worlds available to those with money, power and influence, and those without it, finding discrepancies between how the U.S. justice system handles corporate and street crimes. By Sean Nevins  MintPressNews.com  December 10, 2014    Wall Street protesters denouncing the taxpayer bailout of “too-big-to-fail” banks. (Photo: A. Golden/ Creative […]

Jessica Mendoza: Ferguson Case Reveals US Media’s Flaws In Covering Issues Of Race

Journalism needs less sporadic, more comprehensive coverage of race relations, experts say. By Jessica Mendoza  MintPressNews.com  December 5, 2014     Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is surrounded by media after meeting with protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer has touched […]

▶Minneapolis: Why Activists Shut Down Interstate 35W

 Video by Bill Sorem, text by Bill Sorem and Michael McIntee   December 5, 2014 To view the Vimeo video below click the blue rectangle with white lettering that says  Watch on Vimeo. Above: video of the reading of the names and the start of the march to the interstate. Below: videos of the protests at […]