police brutality

In 2012, I was a mere 12 year-old middle schooler, and my biggest concern in life was what I was going to have for dinner. That all changed on February 26, 2012, the day 17 year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin was fatally shot. The months following the death of Trayvon Martin were a turning point in my...
At this years’ BET Awards Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams delivered a heart wrenching speech urging Black people to not accept conditional freedom and explaining the necessity for celebrities to use their platforms to make a change. While the focus of the speech was a reflection on...
On Sunday, February 7th, Beyoncé made a powerful statement during her performance at the Super Bowl, a day after releasing her song Formation , where she touched on historical and still-present issues of structural racism. Photo credit: Tony Webster After the performance, Ronnisha Johnson and...
As a Black woman subject to an intersectionality of oppressions that dehumanize and hypersexualize Black female bodies, the Daniel Holtzclaw trial was one that I identified with on an intimate level. Stemming from the slavery era, crewmembers on the transatlantic voyage, and slave owners would rape...
Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton, a married couple who lead Millenial Activists United , an activist collective created by queer black women in Ferguson , were arrested last Monday in a protest commemorating the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s murder. Along with other freedom...
What does true safety look like? Last night, the Ella Baker Center tried to answer that question with Night Out for Safety and Liberation. The Lake Merritt Boulevard Amphitheater was packed with a diverse group of Oaklanders and people from around the Bay Area watching performers, getting to know...
This week, as with every other week in 2015, and likely before, has been punctured with the loss of Black lives at the hands of police and the criminal justice system. Here are this week's stories on the harsh realities and glimmers of hope in the criminal justice system. The Shooting of Samuel...
Let us remember that no woman is more likely to be murdered in America today than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be raped than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be beaten either by a stranger or by someone she loves and trusts than a black woman. Black women are the greatest...
It’s been a big week for criminal justice news. Here are a few of the top news stories, essays, and must-read articles from this historic week, good and bad: Obama’s Call for Reform Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Nonviolent Drug Offenders Kicking off his week of criminal justice reform...
On June 28, 1969, police performed a routine raid of a gay bar in New York City called the Stonewall Inn. However, not so routine was the response of the patrons, who were tired of being discriminated against for their sexuality and gender identity by the police. They stood up against the police ,...