Black Lives Matter has condemned the decision to fine teams if players refuse to stand for the national anthem, arguing that the move demonstrates that "black lives don't matter" to the National Football League. The new policy comes after a number of NFL players chose to "take a knee" during the national anthem last season to protest against police brutality and police shootings of unarmed black men, following the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
In a Monday night panel discussion, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and national co-chair of the 2017 Women's March Carmen Perez spoke on activism, policy reform and civil rights. Garza and Perez focused on personal experiences making grassroots policy change, the importance of intersectionality in social movements and the ineffectiveness of criminalization. The speakers emphasized that policy change and social reform go hand-in-hand. “We have to think about policy change and culture change as a dialectic,” Garza said, elaborating that if a culture is not ready to accept and support new policy, the policy change can be rendered obsolete. She said that policy should be understood as
Student activist groups came together Monday at University Hall for a teach-in to inform the community of their progress and future plans to accomplish their goals. Members of Black Lives Matter NU, the Latinx Asian American Collective, Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Organizing for Labor Rights discussed strategies to overcome barriers facing student activists at Northwestern. The groups stressed their interconnections and the importance of coalition building to reach their goals. Weinberg sophomore Sharmain Siddiqui of SJP stressed the importance of “Black-Latinx-Palestinian” solidarity, referencing a 2015 demonstration organized with MEChA de NU. Activists also referenced the
ST. LOUIS • It wasn't the size of the student protest that mattered to those who marched through downtown St. Louis on Saturday — it was their message that the lives of black people still do. About 50 students, mostly high school and soon-to-be-college students, marched from Aloe Plaza across from Union Station, to St. Louis police headquarters to bring awareness to racism in the St. Louis area and police brutality. "It seems like the media only pays attention to the Black Lives Matter movement after a black person is killed," said Brianna Chandler, 17, a Nerinx Hall High School junior from Webster Groves and helped organize Saturday's march.
The “Internet Research Agency,” which is either a vast criminal conspiracy that tilted the 2016 election or a hodgepodge collection of irrelevant shit-posters, depending on your perspective, apparently spent most of their time targeting two specific but very different groups: “Black Lives Matter,” and devotees of Sean Hannity. According to NBC News, House Democrats from the Intelligence Committee released “thousands” of 2016 Internet Research Agency ads that ran on Facebook and Instagram. At least on Facebook, the agency reportedly ran 3,000 ads between 2015 and 2017. Per NBC: The ads provide a deeper understanding of Russia's use of social media to spread propaganda on divisive topics, which
A Kremlin-backed propaganda campaign designed to sow chaos in the U.S. electorate had its biggest hit with an ad ostensibly backing American law enforcement.
Russian propaganda efforts used ads on Facebook and Instagram to push divisive messages to fans of a variety of pages including Black Lives Matter and Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to a new batch of sponsored posts released on Thursday. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee just released thousands of divisive ads created by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed organization that targeted American voters on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 presidential election. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, received nearly $100,000 from the Russia-funded troll farm to run the 3,000 ads from 2015 to 2017, according to an NBC News analysis of the release. The ads provide
A new book by two social media strategists says that the way power works has radically changed. A skeptical Jay Michaelson asked them to persuade him.
Continued protests over alleged police brutality led to the brief closure Saturday afternoon of the northbound and southbound off-ramps of the Capital City Freeway at Exposition Boulevard. A demonstration organized on Facebook by Black Lives Matter Sacramento took place on Exposition Boulevard, coinciding with the second and final day of the High Times Cannabis Cup, a music and marijuana festival at Cal Expo. The demonstration was in protest of the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, 22, on March 18 by Sacramento police, as well as the death of Ryan Ellis, a parolee who died after jumping out of a moving Sacramento County Sheriff's Department patrol car a year ago. The California Highway Patrol
On a shelf above her desk, among family photos and tchotchkes, is her daily affirmation. It's a greeting card featuring a little brown boy with a beautiful afro hugging himself, his smile wide, joy filling the gap where a baby tooth came out. Inside, the message is simple: Consider yourself hugged! "It takes me back to when I was a little girl growing up in south Kansas City in the suburbs as the only African-American in my kindergarten class," says Melissa McKenzie. "He's just hugging himself, and it's just this touchable, tangible joy." Melissa has had this card on her desk for over 15 years. It is The One. And that's saying something considering she's a creative director for Kansas City-based