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Man released after serving 15 years behind bars for crime he didn’t commit

In a stunning reversal, a Cook County judge ordered for a man who confessed to a 1982 double murder to be released on Thursday.

Alstory Simon wept for joy when he walked out of a downstate Illinois prison after spending 15 years behind bars. 

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Dream Defenders launch bulletproof vest campaign for kids in protest of Stand Your Ground laws

The Florida-based activist group Dream Defenders has launched a bulletproof vest campaign for children in protest of Stand Your Ground legislation in the state.

The group, which formed shortly after the death of Trayvon Martin, has taken on causes largely related to gun violence. 

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Autopsy: Darrien Hunt shot four times in back

An autopsy performed on a mixed-raced man who was fatally shot by Utah police while armed with a samurai sword as part of a costume shows that he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The autopsy, released Tuesday, revealed that 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot four times in his back. 

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Keke Palmer inspires young girls through partnership with non-profit

KEKE CINDERELLA

By landing a role in the Broadway version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and making history as the youngest Talk Show host in American history, it’s safe to say that Keke Palmer is a role model.

Now, the actress is partnering with Saving Our Daughters to help other girls feel good about themselves.

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West Virginia columnist fired after referring to Mike Brown as an ‘animal’

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A West Virginia columnist who’s been with the Charleston Daily Mail for more than 30 years, has been fired after referring to Michael Brown as an “animal.”

Don Surber’s comments appeared on his personal blog post about the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri since Brown’s death on Aug. 9. 

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

Ferguson is the Future

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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