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Black Lives Matter protest in St. Paul, August 10

Over 200 people gathered at Hamline Park in St. Paul August 10 to protest the use of lethal force by police officers. The protest came a day after the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, whose fatal shooting by police​ led to days of rioting in Ferguson, MO and sparked the national Black Lives Matter movement.

A call to emergency action for the event was sent out via a Facebook event page and a group text message by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and the Black Liberation Proje Continue Reading →

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Civil Rights groups demand federal investigation Sandra Bland death

(Left-Right) Eugene Puryear of the Stop Police Terror Project in Washington, D.C., Lois Wilkins, the Freeland, Mich., resident and mother of four who started the petition on MoveOn.org, and Reverend Graylan Hagler, the senior pastor of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ carry boxes of signed petitions to the visitor’s entrance of the Department of Justice.

A broad coalition of civil rights groups delivered more than 500,000 signed petitions to the Justice Department (DOJ), demanding that Attorney General Loretta Lynch launch a full investigation into the death of Sandra Bland and into the practices and policies of the Waller County, Texas police department and the prosecutor’s office immediately.
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Black women killed by police are ignored

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You know their names – Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice – because these African American men were unarmed and killed by “law enforcement” officers. Their names have been part of a litany invoked when police shootings are discussed. Their deaths have been part of the impetus for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially because the police officers that killed these men (and a little boy) have paid no price for their murders. You are far less likely to know about Rekia Boyd, shot by an off-duty police officer in Chicago. While the officer who killed Boyd was acquitted, her killing sparked few protests, and little national attention. Continue Reading →

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Youth-police relations subject of St. Paul gathering

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While officers voiced opinions of the lack of respect by young citizens of the Twin Cities, teens voiced similar frustration with their peers. Young men and women spoke up about being stereotyped and falsely profiled. Continue Reading →

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Some Christians show their real colors in time for Holy Week

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Oddly during Holy Week, the week when Jesus symbolically throws his finger up at Roman Imperialism, colonialism, religious hustling, oppression, racial prejudice and exploitation, too, many U.S. Christians are demonstrating that they have no idea what the key figure of their religion was all about. Continue Reading →

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