“My word that I want to get out to every family who has a mentally ill patient: Do not call the police department for help,” Vidal’s mother told reporters. “Because your son will probably get shot and killed, just like mine did. Think twice about who you call for help.
|By: Masoninblue Wednesday February 4, 2015 3:00 pm|
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Monday March 10, 2014 8:00 pm|
Here is the thing, George, people know that it is not an aberration for a wanna be cop like you to patrol a neighborhood with a loaded gun and, upon seeing an African American kid whom you did not recognize, assume that kid was a threat, and then tail that kid with your itchy finger on the trigger of your loaded gun.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday March 10, 2014 6:30 pm|
Rapper Jasiri X has a new video out that addresses the controversy surrounding the case of Marissa Alexander and the State of Florida’s seemingly backwards enforcement of the contentious Stand Your Ground Laws which came into prominence during the George Zimmerman trial.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday February 28, 2014 3:20 pm|
Since their inception this past Summer, The Dream Defenders quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with.
Formed in Florida, the group came to prominence during the Zimmerman trial with their fierce advocacy against Stand Your Ground Laws, captivating a mainstream audience with their boldness and refusal to back down. The group consists of young people advocating on their own behalf. They’re scrappy, insistent and they have a lot of heart– characteristics that they’re not shy about displaying. Thinking big and organizing with an emphasis on solidarity and our shared struggle it’s hard not to feel better about the state of the world simply knowing they exist.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday February 23, 2014 9:07 am|
With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist.
Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, that one needs to look at the history of “respectability politics” in the United States and how society creates this image of good black people and bad black people.
|By: Connor Gibson Friday February 14, 2014 7:15 pm|
Over the last four years, Greenpeace has made a Valentine’s Day tradition of spoofing the influence peddling of corporate lobbyists and captured politicians. This year’s installment embodies the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which reporters have characterized as a “dating service” for its role in pushing copycat, corporate-crafted laws through state legislatures.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 26, 2014 9:15 am|
Ever since the War on Terrorism began and the United States government started to engage in mass surveillance in the country and around the world, American Muslims have been warning this surveillance would eventually affect everyone in the country, not just Muslim communities.
|By: Allison Hantschel Monday November 4, 2013 9:00 pm|
Yeah, I can see how people who are disproportionately victimized by what the powerful call “due process” should be grateful for that, given how wonderfully the justice system has always worked in their favor.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Thursday August 22, 2013 1:35 pm|
Earlier this week, a controversial PSA was released by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) that repositions the tragedy in the context of the Stand Your Ground law that played a role in allowing Martin’s murderer to walk free.
The intense ad features footage of Zimmerman and Martin stand-ins standing off in the rain and is set to the sound of the 911 calls made the night of Martin’s death.