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Police kill black women too

The following post originally appears on Dame Magazine. It was written by Jameson Parker. 

By: Kirsten West Savali

It is impossible to turn my eyes away from Ferguson, Missouri.

As law enforcement continues to use military weapons to terrorize protesters seeking justice for slain teen Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the ache in my soul is primitive and all-encompassing.

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Sybrina Fulton pins open letter to Michael Brown’s parents

Sybrina Fulton of Miami, Fla., mother of Trayvon Martin, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Stand Your Ground" laws October 29, 2013 in Washington DC.

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has written an open letter to the family of Michael Brown, the teenager who was killed by Darren Wilson, a member of the Ferguson (Mo.) police department.

In the letter published on TIME.com on Monday, Fulton offers her support and advice during this difficult time. 

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P. Diddy calls out President Obama on Ferguson

 

Hip-hop superstar/business mogul P. Diddy has called out President Obama after he addressed the state of Ferguson, Missouri in two separate conferences.

Diddy’s call comes amid criticism from many that President Obama’s remarks aren’t enough. 

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Video: CPS students rally to demand elected school board

Dozens of Chicago Public School students rallied downtown Monday to demand an elected board of education. More than 200 students are part of the Chicago Students Union, which was formed in 2013.

But students say the board refuses to listen to them. 

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The price of blackness in America

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The following post originally appears on Gawker. It was written by Lanre Akinsiku.

By: Lanre Akinsiku

In undergrad, I drove a ’92 Ford Taurus that just hulked, tank-like, up and down the streets of Berkeley. The thing was conspicuous, an ocean liner. I was pulled over all the time, once or twice a week at one point. Often I’d see a squad car following me and just pull to the curb to get it over with.

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Governor declares state of emergency and curfew in Missouri

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Missouri governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed an overnight curfew in Ferguson over the weekend.

The move is an attempt to quell disturbances that have shaken up the city since a Ferguson police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. 

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CHA scales back on luxury living for recipients of low income housing vouchers

The Chicago Housing Authority is scaling back on its controversial program that allowed some low income renters to live in several of Chicago’s priciest downtown high rises.

Recipients of the authority’s “super vouchers” were able to live in luxury apartments such as the plush Aqua Tower and the high-end Streeter apartment buildings in downtown Chicago. 

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Op-ed: Michael Brown and Black Men

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The following post originally appears on the New York Times. It was written by Charles M. Blow.

By: Charles M. Blow

The killing of Michael Brown has tapped into something bigger than Michael Brown.

Brown was the unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot to death Saturday by a policeman in Ferguson, Mo. There are conflicting accounts of the events that led to the shooting. There is an investigation by local authorities as well as one by federal authorities. There are grieving parents and a seething community. There are swarms of lawyers and hordes of reporters. There has been unrest. The president has appealed for reflection and healing.

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Report: white on white crime rate exceeds that of black on black crime

The following post originally appears on Call and Post. It was written by Kush Azrael. 

By: Kush Azrael

When White on White crime takes place it’s never talked about the way it is when Blacks commit crimes.

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News Flash

16-year-old Shaquise Buckner shot in West Englewood

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A 16-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood that also left one man wounded early Saturday.

Shaquise Buckner was killed in the 7200 black of South Laflin Street around 12:50 a.m., according to authorities.

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