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Ahmaud Arbery’s hometown hopes for change after convictions
February 24, 2022
The white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery as he ran on a residential street remained free for more than two months, with police and prosecutors appearing to accept their story that the young Black man was a fleeing criminal who turned and attacked before being fatally shot. ... read more »
Kim Potter guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright’s death
December 23, 2021
Judge Regina Chu ordered Potter taken into custody and held without bail, and scheduled her to be sentenced on Feb. 18. As she was led away in handcuffs, a man in the courtroom shouted “We love you, Kim!” ... read more »
Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charge in Floyd’s death
December 16, 2021
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, averting a trial but likely extending the time he is already spending behind bars on a state conviction. ... read more »
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Facebook’s “We The Culture” Panel Discusses Black Portrayals in Mainstream News
November 25, 2021
When Erica Cobb, co-host of the Daily Blast Live, first stepped into the world of mainstream news over two decades ago, she overheard a conversation in which an industry person considered Cobb the perfect minority for a particular role because, although she is Black, to them she “didn’t come across like a Black person” based on a stereotypes in their head. ... read more »
Advocates Say State’s $10 Million Fund for Ethnic Media Is ‘Great Start’
July 22, 2021
In recognition of a mass communication sector that has been struggling from dwindling advertising dollars and intense competition from well-funded media conglomerates and a field of small niche publishers since the inception of the internet, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature appropriated $10 million in new funding for ethnic media in the state budget for 2021-22. ... read more »
Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Killing George Floyd
July 1, 2021
There will be no probation for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. The ex-cop received more than a 22-year prison sentence on Friday, June 25, two months after a jury convicted him of three charges, ... read more »
Pulitzer Board Issues Special Citation to Darnella Frazier, the Teen Who Recorded George Floyd’s Murder
June 17, 2021
“For courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” the Pulitzer Board wrote. ... read more »
George Floyd Family Meets with President Biden at the White House, Lawmakers on Capitol Hill
June 3, 2021
The U.S. House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March, but the bill has stalled in the even-divided Senate. The measure would prohibit federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling. ... read more »
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LA City Council Approves Resolution to Support the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act of 2021
May 27, 2021
In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic where intimate physical interaction created the risk of contracting COVID-19, protesters called for justice, confronting the hard reality that incidents of police brutality, which have disproportionately resulted in the injuries and deaths of people of color, persisted across the nation.  ... read more / view gallery »
Congresswoman Karen Bass Leads Effort to Pass George Floyd Policing Reform Bill
May 27, 2021
In a primetime interview aired on ABC News' "Soul of a Nation," on Tuesday, Rep. Bass expressed her disappointment in Congress’ inability to reach a deal by the anniversary of Floyd's death but said she felt confident that she and her fellow legislators will reach an agreement soon. ... read more »
We’re Not Waiting for the Next George Floyd Moment
May 27, 2021
George Floyd's horrific murder one year ago has ushered in a new era of accountability where it's not enough to simply say "Black Lives Matter." It's time to show it in our actions and decisions. ... read more »
Remembering George Floyd: a National Call to Action
May 25, 2021
Remembering George Floyd: a National Call to Action ... read more / watch video »
George Floyd’s Family Holds Rally, March in Brother’s Memory
May 25, 2021
Members of George Floyd's family, and others who lost loved ones to police encounters, joined activists and citizens in Minneapolis on Sunday for a march that was one of several events planned nationwide to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death. ... read more »
Black, Latino and Female Officers Use Less Force than Whites
May 20, 2021
“When I got the paper, I literally at one point said, ‘hot damn,’” says Phillip Goff, a behavioral scientist at Yale University who wrote a commentary on the study published in the same issue. “I was a skeptic about demographic reform previously, and now I am a convert.… Demographics reform in policing actually has the potential to dramatically change behavior.” ... read more »
A Transformational President
May 13, 2021
It was much more than a political assessment when I declared 15 months ago that “we know Joe, and most importantly, Joe knows us.” Joe Biden is succeeding because of he understands the needs and aspirations of the American people. His bold and inclusive initiatives are restoring the faith of those who have been hardest hit by the current health and economic crises and raising the hopes of those who had already been hard hit by injustices in our society long before these crises struck. ... read more »
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