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Vigil held for killing of Christopher DeAndre Mitchell
January 24, 2020
Mitchell was killed on Dec. 9th, 2018, during an officer-involved shooting in a Torrance when officers responded to a call about a stolen vehicle.  Authorities said he was armed with a rifle and in a stolen vehicle. Police later clarified the alleged rifle was a toy air rifle. The family feels the police already had in their minds they wanted to shoot Mitchell because within fifteen seconds of making contact with him, they were already shooting. When viewing the video you can see  Mitchell had his hands up, complying with the officers. ... read more »
1st Annual Benjamin Crump Equal Justice Now Awards Magnifies the Journey to Justice
January 24, 2020
Social advocacy group Equal Justice Now recently collaborated with Attorney Benjamin Crump to hold its 1st Annual Benjamin Crump Equal Justice Now Awards, honoring those who’ve committed their lives to social justice advocacy and equal rights for the marginalized. ... read more / view gallery »
#BlackLivesMatter’s Mass March for Justice Disrupts White Capitalism at Hollywood & Highland
January 2, 2020
Since 2014, #BlackLivesMatter has used the holiday season to highlight the relationship between White capitalism and Black death ... read more »
Report: Racial Divide Shrinks In US Criminal Justice System
December 13, 2019
Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system over 16 years, though Black people are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than White people, new federal figures show. ... read more »
Black Lives Matter Founder Holds Jail Reform Event in Pasadena
December 12, 2019
Activist, public speaker, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network and Chair of Reform L.A. Jails Patrisse Cullors, joined by four candidates for L.A. County District Attorney, held a panel in Pasadena Saturday, November 9 aimed at raising awareness around mass incarceration and mental illness. During the festive evening event, the panelists/ candidates talked about the importance of redirecting the mentally ill from jail to treatment. Their mission statement has been summed up in the social media hashtags: #REFORMLAJAILS #CARENOTCAGES #CARINGISEASY. ... read more »
‘Harriet’ My Choice for Movie of the Year
December 12, 2019
“Harriet” the movie is a portrayal, based on the life of the legendary African American heroine.  It is not, nor is it intended to be a documentary of her remarkable life.  At times during the movie historical facts are noted on the screen.  Harriet Tubman lived for 91 years, this movie covers about 8 to 10 years of her life.  So we know there is much more to her life that we don’t see in the movie.  I pray the movie raises interest in Harriet Tubman, particularly among young people, many of whom had unfortunately never heard of Harriet Tubman.  ... read more »
Julian Castro Joins Black Lives Matter at LAPD Protest
December 6, 2019
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro joined members of Black Lives Matter today as they demanded that police officers who shot and killed a man running through a mall carrying a long knife be held accountable. ... read more »
LAAWPAC Awards Gala Salutes Dynamic L.A. Women
December 5, 2019
The Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) will salute eight dynamic L.A.-area women at their inaugural awards gala. The theme is “Honoring Black Excellence.” ... read more »
“Gold Chains” unearths the accounts of slavery in California
November 28, 2019
“Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California” includes 14 essays, one video and three audio stories that present the experiences of African Americans and Native Californians during the 1800s. ... read more »
Journalists Blast Facebook’s Zuckerberg for ‘Free Expression’ Speech
November 8, 2019
A growing group of publishers, news gatherers, journalists, photographers, and other professionals, the Save Journalism Project’s is to educate and activate journalists across the country to tell the story of big tech's threat to journalism. ... read more »
California Court Eases Secrecy on Police Officer Records
August 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday expanded rules for telling suspects that they’ve been arrested by a police officer who has previously been accused of taking bribes, ... read more »
NYPD Fires Officer for Death of Eric Garner
August 19, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Eric Garner case (all times local): 12:40 p.m. After five years of investigations and protests, a New York City police officer has been fired for the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. ... read more »
Criminal Case Dismissed Against Black Lives Matter Leader
August 16, 2019
City prosecutors said in February that they had agreed to drop the case in six months if Melina Abdullah, a Cal State Los Angeles professor and Black Lives Matter organizer, adhered to guidelines aimed at preventing her from disrupting Los Angeles Police Commission meetings. ... read more »
Community Marches on Sheriff’s Station to Issue Demands in the Name of #RyanTwyman
August 1, 2019
On Sunday, June 28, almost a thousand people gathered at Southwest College. Rhythms played by master drummers and chants of “Justice for Ryan,” called the crowd together as libations were poured and prayers were offered. People gathered in t-shirts donning the hashtags, #JusticeForRyanTwyman and #ItCouldHaveBeenMe. There was a huge banner with Ryan’s name and cardboard cutouts of his face. Mike Twyman, Ryan’s uncle, served as opening speaker, reminding people of who Ryan was, “a good father, a son, a special young man.” ... read more »
L.A. Prosecutors Can Hold Cops More Accountable with One Simple List
July 18, 2019
California is moving toward transparency for bad cops. As we learn more about the violence, biases, misconduct, dishonesty, and abusive acts of law enforcement (in spite of recent efforts by police to erase the evidence) it’s easy to focus on the role cops play in the streets. But equally if not more impactful is the role they play in the courthouse. In almost every criminal case, the prosecutor must call at least one police officer witness in order to prove the charges. Police are professional witnesses, trained to go under oath and testify as to their recollections, actions, findings, and practices. If making the arrest is the first half of their job, working with prosecutors and testifying is the other half. ... read more »
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