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Two Women Shot At During Christopher Dorner Manhunt Awarded $4.2 Million from LAPD

The LAPD has reached a $4.2 million settlement with the two women its officers shot at during the search for Christopher Dorner earlier this year.

The women were out delivering newspapers in their Toyota when LAPD officers opened fire.

One woman suffered injuries from the broken glass while the other was twice shot in the back.

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The League of Young Voters Launch #NoGunsAllowed Campaign

The League of Young Voters have launched a campaign to pay tribute to all those we’ve lost to gun violence, and inspire this generation to break the cycle of violence and put the guns down.

Inspired by Snoop Lion’s recent single “No Guns Allowed,” the League is asking individuals to send in videos, photos, and writings that reflect upon the impact of gun violence.

These submissions will then be compiled and featured in their upcoming #NoGunsAllowed webseries.

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Chicago Students Boycott Standardized Test to Protest School Closings

On Wednesday over 100 Chicago students boycotted a standardized test in protest of the mass school closings in their city.

The test they boycotted, The Prairie State Achievement Examination, is an exam students are required to take. Instead, these young people gathered at Chicago Public Schools headquarters and made their voices heard.

The protest was organized by a group of student activists called Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools.

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Poor Police-Community Relations Present Major Obstacle to Stemming Tide of Violence in Chicago

A fascinating article in the Chicago Tribune examines the complicated relationship between Chicago residents, police officers, and gangs.

Obviously, our communities want to be safe, and to see an end to the gun violence that takes the lives of so many of our young people. But that does not mean flooding the streets with more police officers is the solution.

Chicago’s youth are relentlessly stopped, harassed and disrespected by police; and view the CPD as “just another gang.”

These negative run-ins with police have fostered a culture of anger, fear, and distrust; major obstacles to stemming the tide of violence in the city.

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Tavon White Ran Prison Gang, Impregnated Four Guards While Behind Bars

The leader of a Maryland prison gang impregnated four Baltimore prison guards – including one twice – while running a fully-functioning criminal enterprise from behind bars.

Tavon White (36) enlisted other inmates and the help of at least 15 guards in money laundering, drug- running, and the smuggling of cellphones and other banned items. Their gang was known as the Black Guerrilla Family; and by all accounts, they essentially ran the prison.

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Former Notre Dame Star Skylar Diggins Signs w/ Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports

Former Notre Dame star, the third pick in the WNBA draft, and Lil Wayne’s favorite woman basketball player, Skylar Diggins has signed on with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

The 5’10 point guard made the news official by tweeting a photo posted to her Instagram account:

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Mothers of Young Men Slain by NYPD Call on Artists to Submit Songs for Justice

The Justice Committee – an organization that combats police abuse and violence – has released a video featuring mothers of young men killed by the NYPD.

The brave women call on musicians to write and submit lyrics or original songs that call for justice for their families.

Dubbed Mothers Cry for Justice, the video also announces a day of action at the NYPD headquarters on May 10th.

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GENERATION JOBLESS: 300M Youth Around the World are Out of Work

Our young people are deeply and disproportionately impacted by joblessness; late last year, the black youth unemployment rate stood at about 40 percent

But we are not alone. According to a recent article in the Economist, almost 300 million youth around the world between the ages of 15-24 are not working.

This truly is becoming generation jobless, not only for Black youth in America, but for poor youth around the world.

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House Honors Four Little Girls Killed in Birmingham Church Bombing

The four young victims of the infamous 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama are one step closer to being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian honor.

The House voted unanimously to posthumously award Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair with the honor. The measure now moves to the Senate.

Robertson, Wesley, McNair, and Collins were killed after a bomb – planted by white supremacists – exploded on the morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963.

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LZ Granderson: Treat Chicago Gangs as Terrorists

A powerful editorial by LZ Granderson calls for a new way of framing the rising tide of violence in Chicago.

According to Granderson, there is very little difference between the impact of an act of terror like the Boston Marathon bombing, and the terror experienced by young people in communities carved up into gang territories.

Our youth are unsafe, afraid to go to school, and afraid to walk the streets of their own neighborhoods.

Why doesn’t America fight gang violence with the same sense of urgency with which it combats terrorism?

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