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Glen Ford: ‘No Justice, No Peace’: Clarity Of Purpose, Warning To Ruling Class

Ford: The logic of the emerging movement is Black self-determination – the principle that Black people have the inherent human right to determine their own destiny – which, in the immediate sense, means control over how they should be policed, and by whom. The venerable slogan “No Justice – No Peace” has served as a workhorse of the current protest, and would be an ideal organizing principle if the implications of the slogan were fully understood, rather than simply mouthed.

Nekima Levy-Pounds: Letter from a Bloomington Jail (Metaphorically Speaking)

Much like protesters during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s, participants of #BlackLivesMatter, have stood on the front lines braving arrests, police violence, surveillance, chemical weapons, and hostility from those who are comfortable with the status quo. Yet, even in the face of such adversity, the young people have demonstrated remarkable courage to continue standing, marching, and fighting for our freedom. They are standing on the right side of history.

▶ 21 Arrested | Witness Against Torture members confront state violence at the Capitol

21, including Voices' [for Creative Nonviolence] Brian Terrell, Arrested for Protest at US Capitol [youtube=http://youtu.be/H_LbxFvBA6s] 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 Twitter at Rise Up Times More

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, More

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 More

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 More

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 More

U.N. torture watchdog urges U.S. crackdown on police brutality

The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across the country this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. BY STEPHANIE NEBEHAY  Reuters GENEVA  Nov 28, 2014    Activists More

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