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Footage in Documentary Prompts New Questions About Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (Video)

The footage shows Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. on the day he died.

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FAIR: To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh

From the article: Captured on cellphone video, the incident received attention because we are living in a moment when many people have decided that the state-sanctioned killing of black people by law enforcement is worth our attention—and that’s very uncomfortable for those who want to believe that every police killing must be in some way justified, if we could only see how.

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.

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.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Black Lives Matter … and Black Jobs Matter, Too

Kolhatkar: As a recent Time magazine cover story illustrates, the Black Lives Matter movement has successfully shaped the mainstream narrative of the reality of police violence against African-Americans. But most of the discussion of the fixes that are needed have focused primarily on police accountability such as civilian oversight and requiring officers to wear body cameras. Few analysts have made the crucial link between police brutality and economic injustice. Now, grassroots activists are not only pointing out that black lives matter, but by extension, black jobs matter, too.

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.”

#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 […]

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?

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, […]

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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 […]

▶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 […]

Henry A. Giroux: State Terrorism and Racist Violence in the Age of Disposability — From Emmett Till to Eric Garner

If you want a picture of the future imagine a boot stomping on a human face forever.     —George Orwell By Henry A. Giroux  Truthout | Op-Ed  December 5, 2014 Comments by Giroux posted on his Facebook page: My newest Truthout piece on the connection between the new totalitarianism and the killing of black men and […]

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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 […]

▶ Updated 12.4.14: Jon Stewart Tears into Ferguson Response, Rips Fox News for ‘Race Plagiarism’

DIRECT FROM COMEDY CENTRAL Link here. And the Eric Garner verdict: Link here. Jon Stewart returned from break tonight to tackle the response to Ferguson, and dwelled not on the grand jury decision itself, but on the reaction to the decision, especially on Fox News. Stewart thought non-violence protesters were just “speaking out against systemic […]

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Civil Rights and the Militarization of Police: Lessons from the Gestapo, America’s Path to Tyranny

What was deeply concerning for the committee was “Its findings cited deep concern about “numerous reports” of police brutality and excessive use of force against people from minority groups, immigrants, homosexuals and racial profiling.” By Timothy Alexander Guzman  Global Research  November 30, 2014 Michael Brown’s murder is not the only incident that sparked riots. There have been […]

“Down Outright Murder” A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson

 For weeks, protesters and supporters of the Brown family, as well as elected officials, rallied to have McCulloch removed from the case, arguing that he had a longstanding history, rooted in personal trauma, of protecting police officers in use-of-force cases. McCulloch’s father was a police officer killed in the line of duty, 50 years before […]

SPOT THE WINNING DEFENSE STRATEGY: HEAD SHOTS by Mr. Fish

Spot the Winning Defense Strategy HEAD SHOTS BY MR. FISH Published Truthdig.com