Topic: Black Lives Matter
An energized coalition in New York state is fighting to pass a series of reform bills that together will improve police accountability and transparency across the state.
Family, Friends, and Advocates React with Outrage and Determination to Make Change Following Release of County Findings in the Police Killing of Robert White
On March 28 at Howard University Law School, we convened a conversation about the surveillance of activists in the digital age with activists who have been targeted by law enforcement and two policy experts.
The FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into racial justice group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). The precipitating incident was a counter protest against the white supramcists. At the protest, individuals brought knives and violently stabbed anti-racist counter protesters. This led the FBI to investigate…the counter protesters
Silver Spring Justice Coalition Demands Answers After Unjustified Arrest of Neighborhood “Good Samaritan,” Samir Ahmed. Yes, He is Black.
Montgomery County Police again disgraced themselves by treating another Black man with undue aggression, arresting Samir Ahmed in his own neighborhood after he had helped an intoxicated neighbor home.
Political and social movements aren’t crimes, so why are Virginia police being offered a class that promises an overview of “current popular movements” and their “influential impact on social media and direct action protest?” What does that have to do with policing?
After viewing the officer’s body cam footage, and hearing from friends and neighbors of Mr. White, members of the Silver Spring Justice Coalition believe the officer had no reason to hound the unarmed Black man and chase him through his own neighborhood.
Silver Spring Justice Coalition Decries Decision that Fatal Police Shooting Was “Justified.” Demands Transparency and Accountability
On July 30, the Howard County State’s Attorney handed down a decision that the shooting of an unarmed black man by a Montgomery County police officer was legally justified.
Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit Is Both A Testament to the Power of Dissent And An Illustration of Government Hostility to Black Political Power
July 17 marks the 59th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s death. We recall Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”, a musical protest against this country’s white supremacist violence. “Strange Fruit” is a testament to the power of music as an impetus for social change. The government’s reaction is also a story about the repression of dissent. It is for both of these reasons why we at Defending Rights & Dissent continue to defend the right to dissent.
More than 40 racial-justice and civil-liberties groups urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release an unredacted version of a memo referred to as the “Race Paper”