In somewhat of a pivot from their usual work, The Movement for Black Lives activists went to Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby individual U.S. representatives and senators on a range of Black economic and criminal justice issues.
Organizers from Black Lives Matter Chicago, BYP100 and Assata’s Daughters blocked entry at an event for the Cook County state’s attorney who waited more than a year to charge an officer for killing Laquan McDonald.
It’s in vogue to call the new movement to end police violence against black civilians leaderless. Historian and veteran activist Barbara Ransby argues that it has many leaders in the Ella Baker tradition—and that Twitter won’t save us.
The police killings of black women such as Rekia Boyd, Yuvette Henderson and Mya Hall don’t grab major headlines or spark mass marches. With a national day of action and a new report, organizers are demanding that we all pay close attention. Andrea J. Ritchie explains.