Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. BLM regularly holds protests speaking out against police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.
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  • Brewery pulls new beer named after Black Lives Matter following criticism
    indy100

    Brewery pulls new beer named after Black Lives Matter following criticism

    An American brewery has been forced to rethink its new line of beers, including 'Black Beer Matters' and 'Flint Michigan Tap Water', following intense criticism. In preparation for their big opening, Lakeville Brew Crew in Indiana came up with beer names that reflect – rather poorly – issues around social justice and racism. The alcoholic beverages were to be named: Flint Michigan Tap Water Black Beer Matters White Guilt Mass Graves Uh… Initially, co-owner Jon Duncan told the South Bend Tribune that the beer named after the Flint water crisis was to raise awareness: If you're going to get mad about that beer name, you should focus your anger more towards the people that are letting that happen

  • Timeline: Monitoring of Asheville civil rights groups has roots in fatal police shooting
    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Timeline: Monitoring of Asheville civil rights groups has roots in fatal police shooting

    Two years ago, after the fatal police shooting of a local black man ignited a summer of racial tension, police launched an intelligence operation to monitor the efforts of two civil rights groups, a Citizen Times investigation has found. Here is a timeline of events related to the death of Jai "Jerry" Williams. July 2, 2016 - Police Sgt. Tyler Radford, who is white, shoots Jai “Jerry” Williams, who is black, nine times, killing him. Police said Williams, 35, displayed a gun and had fired an AR-15 rifle in Pisgah View Apartments, a public housing complex, before leading police on a chase to Deaverview Apartments. July (date unknown) - After the shooting, threats against officers are observed in

  • University citizens police academy becomes national model
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    University citizens police academy becomes national model

    As high-profile police shootings of unarmed black men prompted protests around the country, the Rev. Frank Stevenson was bothered by what he saw to be a growing divide. It was 2015, and the outrage over the killings of men like Eric Garner in New York City, Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Mo., and Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C., had spread to Nashville in the form of protests organized by anti-police brutality activist movement Black Lives Matter. "There were two competing schools of thought," said Stevenson, dean of students at Tennessee State University and pastor at City of Grace Church. "One is either you are supporting police officers, or you were kind of with the Black Lives Matter

  • “Hungry and cranky”: GOP candidate Seth Grossman's bizarre defenses for why he shared white nationalist propaganda
    Media Matters for America

    “Hungry and cranky”: GOP candidate Seth Grossman's bizarre defenses for why he shared white nationalist propaganda

    Oy vay! What so many people, black, white and Hispanic, whisper to me privately but never dare say out loud publicly. Back in the Old Country, people were very careful about what they said for fear of retaliation. At one time, America was a free country and people were not afraid to express their true thoughts. Am just posting this as an individual and not on behalf of any organization. He also shared the piece on his personal Facebook page with an abbreviated version of the above commentary. Following Media Matters' report, the National Republican Congressional Committee subsequently withdrew its support for him. Grossman has been attempting to do damage control ever since. In his initial comments

  • Black Lives Matter to hold Nashville rally demanding police oversight board
    The Tennessean

    Black Lives Matter to hold Nashville rally demanding police oversight board

    Two years — to the week — after Black Lives Matter Nashville shut down Lower Broadway during a march, local activists plan to return to the streets Friday night. Where the objective in July 2016 was to protest police brutality and the killing by officers of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, the goal this time is even more closely tied to Nashville. After the group's large 2016 rally, a Metro Nashville police officer in February 2017 fatally shot 31-year-old Jocques Clemmons, a black man, following a traffic stop, chase and confrontation at James A. Cayce Homes in East Nashville. In the aftermath of District Attorney Glenn Funk deciding in May 2017 not to press charges against Officer Joshua Lippert, the officer involved in the killing of Clemmons, concerned citizens in Nashville began calling for a police oversight board — a demand they haven't abandoned.

  • This Week on SalonTV: Alan Dershowitz, Black Lives Matter activist Darnell Moore and more
    Salon.com

    This Week on SalonTV: Alan Dershowitz, Black Lives Matter activist Darnell Moore and more

    One of the best known legal scholars in the country, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, brings his new and controversial book “The Case Against Impeaching Trump,” to “Salon Talks.” The professor ignites the debate over impeachment by explaining how the complex process works, as outlined in the Constitution, which he says has been largely ignored. Salon's Andrew O'Hehir and D. Watkins will unpack the longtime Democrat and civil libertarian's case and ask Dershowitz why he continues to defend President Trump. Kimberly Reed, director and producer of the documentary “Dark Money,” will appear on “Salon Talks” to examine one of the biggest threats to American democracy: the influence of

  • Black Lives Matter Toronto holds rally in Barrie after death of Olando Brown
    Global News

    Black Lives Matter Toronto holds rally in Barrie after death of Olando Brown

    It was a solemn scene in Barrie as friends, family and members of the Black Lives Matter Toronto movement held a rally for Olando Brown, a man who died while in the custody of Barrie police last month. Led by Black Lives Matter Toronto organizers, about 30 people marched to the Barrie Police Service station on Sperling Drive in a peaceful protest. Brown died on June 23 after being arrested by Barrie police. Police say that after Brown was arrested in downtown Barrie, the 32-year-old went into medical distress during the booking process. Officers called EMS, and Brown was transported to the Royal Victoria Health Centre, but ultimately died later that afternoon. Shortly after the incident, witness

  • Analysis | The hashtag that ultimately overtook #BlackLivesMatter for online activism? #MAGA.
    Washington Post

    Analysis | The hashtag that ultimately overtook #BlackLivesMatter for online activism? #MAGA.

    Pew Research Center has a fascinating new analysis looking at the role of social media in political and social activism. The research, published on Wednesday, is tied to the fifth anniversary of the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, and looks both at how use of that phrase and social media in general have shaped the national conversation. Among the latter findings, Pew determined that while 65 percent of Americans think that it's very or somewhat fair to say that social media helps to give a voice to underrepresented groups — 77 percent say that it's at least somewhat fair to say that social media also distracts people from issues that are truly important. Another 71 percent say it's at least somewhat fair to describe social media as making people think they're making a difference when they really aren't.

  • Police officer keeps job after telling man 'you'd be the first one I’d shoot' and asking 'are you going to go Black Lives Matter on us?'
    The Independent

    Police officer keeps job after telling man 'you'd be the first one I’d shoot' and asking 'are you going to go Black Lives Matter on us?'

    A police officer who told a black man “you would be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun” and joked about the Black Lives Matter movement has been let off with a final written warning. The unnamed West Midlands Police constable was not sacked at the end of an investigation over allegations he made racist and offensive comments while searching a home in Coventry. Black Lives Matter is a movement that started in the US in response to the shooting of unarmed black men by police officers, and has since spread to other countries, including Britain.

  • Where's Black Lives Matter when it matters?
    Toronto Sun

    Where's Black Lives Matter when it matters?

    Until Toronto Police discontinued the controversial practice of street checks, Black Lives Matter pressed and protested to end “carding,” along with anti-gang TAVIS units and cops in schools.But the activist group has fallen silent as gun violence spirals out of control and young black men die at an alarming rate.Of 52 homicides in this city so far this year, 23 victims were black (44.2%). That number jumps to 55% when the 10 victims of the Yonge St. van attack is excluded.And alarmingly, of the 25 victims killed by guns in the first half of this year, 17 were black — 16 men and one woman accounting for 68% of all victims murdered by a gun. Those are frightening statistics from a community that

  • Is Bill Shine’s Wife, Darla Shine, a Racist? Let’s Look at the Tweets
    The Wrap

    Is Bill Shine’s Wife, Darla Shine, a Racist? Let’s Look at the Tweets

    Is Darla Shine, the wife of new White House deputy Bill Shine, a racist? Among some of the comments Mediaite screen-captured from the @darlashine account were criticisms of Black Lives Matter, an attempt to explain white supremacist Dylann Roof’s motivation for a mass shooting, a retweet of a meme insulting Africa and complaints about who is allowed to use the N-word and who isn’t. Darla Shine, Bill Shine, and the White House did not immediately respond to requests from TheWrap for comment.

  • Surprise bus trip to celebrate Pride
    BBC News

    Surprise bus trip to celebrate Pride

    Dublin city's main bus company has released a video in celebration of LGBTQ Pride. Tens of thousands took part in Sunday's annual Pride parade that has been going since 1983. The video shows Dublin Bus driving parents of LGBTQ young adults surprise their children on the morning of the parade.