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It’s Not Just Bigoted Cops—Ferguson Has Seen a Century of Racist Policies

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The following piece is from In These Times. It was written by Joshua Holland.

By: Joshua Holland

Segregated cities like Ferguson, Missouri, don’t just develop spontaneously. They are consciously created by people and institutions who have a stake in maintaining racial inequality.

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Black Women Activists Talk Back: How We Can End Street Harassment Through Transformative Justice

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By: Mari Morales-Williams and Nuala Cabral

It’s April 5, 2014, International Anti-Street Harassment day and a crowd has gathered in Love Park, Philadelphia.  Two teen girls next stand beside a milk crate while a teen boy stand next to them with a sign that reads, “Share your story on the soapbox.”  The girls are telling the camerawoman about how moments ago a random stranger scolded them for wearing mid-drift shirts and “carrying [themselves] like prostitutes.”

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Report: blacks in Minneapolis 11 times more likely to be arrested

According to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks are 11 times more likely to be arrested for low-level non-violent offenses in Minneapolis than their white counterparts.

The data released covers white and black arrest rates for four low-level non-violent offenses: disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, vagrancy and juvenile curfew violations/loitering. 

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North Carolina instructor under investigation for racist remarks

A North Carolina instructor is under investigation for allegedly making racist comments to high school students in class.

According to a parent of a student who attends Camden County High School, the incident happened a couple of weeks ago. 

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Beyond Ferguson — Unrepresentative Democracy in City Elections

The following piece if from Huffington Post. It was written by Rob Richie.

By: Rob Richie

I worked on this analsyis with two colleagues, Zack Avre and Amaris Montes.

As we approach the midterm elections, many analysts are suggesting that our usually low midterm turnout — averaging about two in five eligible voters in recent decades — may dip even lower despite these elections drawing more spending than any midterm election in history.

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Charges re-filed against mother who left kids in car for job interview

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to reinstate the prosecution of a homeless woman who left her two children in a car during a job interview in March.

Prosecutors made the motion after Shanesha Taylor failed to meet a deadline to deposit $60,000 in a trust fund for her children. 

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The CHRONIC Case Of When The Hood Gets Overlooked

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When I first heard the legendary Hip-Hop producer Dr. Dre was donating $35 million in a co-venture with his business partner Jimmy Iovine for a combined $70 million towards opening a college, the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation at the University of Southern California, I was thoroughly impressed. Upon further examination of the prospect of a notable Hip-Hop figure having an accredited college in his name, at an internationally renowned university to boot, I was able to see just how troubling that reality is. The University of California is held in high regard, but there is just one problem. What good does the bold move to create a collegiate institute do for the young Black and Latino’s who are from his Compton neighborhood?

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson misses court dates

The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has not showed up to several criminal cases.

It is now being reported that a total of six criminal cases have been dismissed due to Wilson not showing up to court to testify. 

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Jim Crow returns: Millions of voters of color threatened by electoral purge

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The following piece is from Al Jazeera. It was written by Greg Palast.

By: Greg Palast

Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.

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Producers seeking stories from young people of color for ‘Woke Up Black. Again.’

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The director and producer of  a critically-acclaimed documentary centered around the lives of the young black experience is giving more individuals the chance to be featured.

Woke Up Black. Again. is the sequel to Mary F. Morten’s film, Woke Up Black. 

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