2020 Best of the Beat Forsyth County Edition: Black Lives Matter – Triad City Beat

We would be remiss if we didnt write about the uprising that has swept the nation and our local cities over the past year. This years twin pandemic of the coronavirus as well as systemic racism have been in full effect but the power and persistence of local activists in support of Black lives has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. Starting with protests that hit the streets and shut down grocery stores and made their way to the mayors house, the wave of energy culminated in a weeks-long occupation of Bailey Park in which a coalition of Black and Brown activists demanded transparency and accountability for the death of John Neville in the Forsyth County jail. And though progress can be slow at times, the sustained efforts of Black and Brown activists, particularly those by women of color, made all the difference in the city this past year with changed policies within the jail and more. As we all know, the work is not over, but these local groups and individuals have made it clear that they are here to stay and that their collective voices cannot be silenced. Our cities are vastly better because of their efforts and we all owe the progress that has been made to their tireless resistance.


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Organizer of Black Lives Matter mural in Florence requests that the city does not remove it – WBTW

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) A representative from the community organization that painted the mural requested that the city hold off on removing the mural during a Florence City Council meeting.

C. Wyleek Cummings called in during public comment to make his request to the city council during Mondays meeting. Cummings requested that the city holds off on removing the mural until all vacant council seats are filled.

In October, the city authorized a temporary mural to be painted with biodegradable paint that would wash away after a normal rain cycle. Cummingss organization agreed to the terms but used permanent paint instead.

Former Mayor Stephen Wukela announced that the mural would be removed due to racist messages painted on it and that it was intended to be temporary.

Newly elected Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin said during the meeting that the city planned to install two-speed bumps on that road prior to the mural being painted.

Council, however, did not move to discuss the mural further, so no action was taken.

Ervin, the first female and African-American mayor of Florence, added that she has commissioned a cultural art team for the City of Florence that will allow for more artwork in the city.


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What’s Happened To Charlotte’s Black-Owned Businesses In The Wake Of COVID-19 And BLM Movement? – WFAE

In the first half of 2020, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement impacted Black-owned businesses across North Carolina. But months have passed and it's autumn, now. How are those same businesses faring after everything that's happened this year?

Shamika and Roberto Brooks own Hip Hop Smoothies in Charlotte. The shop has a menu with hip-hop-inspired flavor names like "Turn Down for What" and "Fight the Power."

They operate both a store and a red food truck that goes to various places around the Queen City.

With the truck, we are set up in a different location [that] is never the same spot," Shamika Brooks said. "And with COVID, week-to-week, we could be at a different location.

COVID-19 has affected bars, restaurants and businesses like Hip Hop Smoothies. By working out of their food truck, Brooks was able to social distance and still serve smoothies to her customers.

Then in June, protests over police brutality and systemic racism brought attention to Black-owned businesses like hers.

Once Black Lives Matter kicked into gear, people were really intentionally looking for places to spend their hard-earned money, Brooks said. And we've seen a great impact from our supporters ... because they have really come out and supported us.

To find Black-owned businesses, some turned to food blogs, like Cory Wilkins The Daily Special Charlotte.

His Instagram, which includes Black-owned Charlotte eateries, fills feeds with images of tasty food and information. Wilkins said that even before this year, his page served as a first stop for those wanting to support Black businesses in Charlotte.

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That was one of the reasons that people kind of gravitated towards my Instagram page, I believe, even before all of this was because I was featuring a lot of these faces, Wilkins said.

The increased attention to Black-owned businesses wasnt just directed at restaurants. Shelves Bookstore owner Abbigail Glen was struggling during the shutdown. Her business is a mobile pop-up bookstore.

I jumped into COVID. I was making sales by way of that order form, and then I had a slowdown and I thought I was going to have to back out to work full time to fund my business, Glen said.

And then the protests started.

On June 1 was the beginning of like a wave of book orders," Glen said. "Everybody started buying books. It just has been non-stop ever since.

In addition to her online bookstore, Glen is active on social media, where she continues to host live discussions and events.

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James Mack, who owns Epic Times, a jewelry store uptown, saw his business affected in a different way by the protests: A group of people smashed into his store and stole a lot of his merchandise.

That was that was extremely unfortunate because I was looking forward to things picking up and getting back to normal, Mack said. And that particular incident led to another two months shut down. So we missed a lot of that economic boost from different sources of income that individuals had obtained.

Mack said other businesses near him have shut down permanently due to the pandemic. But business has started to pick up, in person and online.

It wasn't like the old days, but it definitely was much more pronounced foot traffic, Mack said of Labor Day weekend. Im hopeful and if we can hold on Im sure well make it through.

At the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, executive director Shant Williams sees Charlottes Black-owned business community growing right along with its Black population.

Hopefully we see flowing money in both directions, because if we're able to drive more revenue to Black businesses, you know, they will have more capital to reinvest in themselves," she said.

Williams said that by investing in Black-owned businesses, all of Charlotte benefits.

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Youth Spotlight Column: Black lives matter in the hearts of Ipswich Students – The Local Ne.ws

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When George Floyd and Breonna Taylor died this spring, the town of Ipswich and the surrounding towns protested. Many of my classmates stood at the center of town and held signs. Several of the churches held prayer vigils. We began to study and do trainings. I also attended a large gathering in Amesbury.

I arrived in Amesbury curious and impassioned. As my eyes scanned the roaring crowd, I realized that the Black Lives Matter protests were not just led by people fighting for what they thought was right. It was a powerful movement led by bruised families working for what they knew needed to be changed.

This specific protest touched me in a way that I could not have anticipated. The sight of all of those hurt people chanting I cant breathe! I cant breathe! showed me what humans are really capable of: a unified call for justice. Citizens standing up and making history is a powerful thing, especially being a part of it first-hand. I am appreciative to live in an area where pressing issues are finally moving to the forefront.

As the summer unfolded, Black Lives Matter motorcades wove their way through Ipswich, hooting their horns, waving signs, exchanging greetings with people, and honoring the social distance challenges. Barbara Carson, age 94, was there in the middle of it. She says I had to do something. I couldnt just sit around. So I took to the streets.

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These issues have been put off for too long. Now they are peeking through the clouds. Light is shining on an important movement that needs to grow and be seen.

Beylen Curtis is an Ipswich High School sophomore

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Back the Blue, Black Lives Matter rallies meet on Clinton Street – The Ithaca Voice

ITHACA, N.Y. A crowd brandishing black and white flags with the single blue stripe gathered outside the Ithaca Police Department headquarters Sunday in an effort to "Back the Blue," or in other words, show support for local law enforcement.

This comes at a time when calls to "defund the police" have been echoed throughout the country in response to highly publicized cases of police brutality.

"Between the pandemic, rioting and the increase in domestic unrest over the last several months, there has never been a more difficult time in our society to be a police officer. Residents of Tompkins County support our police, and will express our appreciation for their efforts in defending our community and upholding law and order during these trying and uncertain times," a press release from rally organizer Rocco Lucente states.

Lucente, who is not a Tompkins County resident, said during the rally, "this community has become one where our police officers are essentially at the mercy of the left-wing mob." He continued, "we are here to protect decency, and protect American traditions that make this country great."

Back the Blue was not the only group gathered downtown Sunday as has been the case for the last three months, Black Lives Matter protesters met to stand for an end to systemic racism including at the hands of law enforcement.

BLM protesters moved their weekly meeting spot from the Bernie Milton Pavilion to meet the Back the Blue group at IPD headquarters. With the two groups facing off, tensions were high and dueling chants erupted on Clinton St. "Back the Blue" cries were met with "Black Lives Matter."

Concern grew throughout the Ithaca community in the lead up to the rally, with some activists encouraging people of color to avoid downtown while the event was taking place. However, the meeting of the events was reletively tame, with some members of the Back the Blue group and BLM protesters attemping to make appeals to one another, with conversations between small groups from both sides occuring in the crowd.

Several speakers from the Back the Blue rally, including Randy Sterling of Dryden, a retired IPD officer who served in the city for over 30 years, made pleas to search for common ground.

"Your police department is reduced by one third from when I retired in 2008. You can't do that. You have more people here that require service there's more conflict with more people," Sterling said to the crowd. "So what's the answer? Let's meet in the middle of the street and talk about this."

Jason Padula, son of Michael Padula, an IPD officer killed in the line of duty in 1996 responding to a mental health call, also spoke at the rally.

"I support justice when justice is required for the bad guys. My father was not a bad guy, most of these people are not bad guys. I grew up around police officers and I never once heard them disparage anyone along the lines of race, along gender...of who you love never once," he said.

From the BLM side, Yasmin Rashid of the Unbroken Promise Initiative told Back the Blue that, "We are not here to offend. We are just here to call attention to what we are facing," Rashid said. "It's not about the fact that we are trying to say other people don't receive this type of treatment, but the record and the numbers are there that say we receive this treatment disproportionately and that needs attention called to it."

Despite the tension, the action remained peaceful on both sides and ended with the two groups dispersing and BLM protesters relocating to the Commons to hear speeches from community leaders and discuss how to further the movement for racial justice.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that Rocco Lucente is a Tompkins County resident. He is a resident of Tioga County.

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Black Lives Matter’s Goal to ‘Disrupt’ the Nuclear Family Fits a Marxist Aim That Goes Back a Century and a Half | Jon Miltimore – Foundation for…

The organization Black Lives Matter has removed from its website a page that included language condemning Americas "Western-prescribed nuclear family structure."

The page, titled "What We Believe," included various public policy positions unrelated to police brutality and police reform. The Washington Examiner discovered on Monday the page had been removed.

"Page Not Found. Sorry, but the page you were trying to view does not exist," the page now reads.

The Wayback Machine archived the page, however, and it contains a lengthy description of the organizations tenets and objectives. Among the views expressed is a desire to disrupt the traditional family structure.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and villages that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

According to the Examiner, BLM did not respond to the papers request for comment, so its unclear if the page was deliberately removed.

Whatever the case, BLMs endorsement of this language should come as little surprise. As Brad Polumbo has shown, there are effectively two Black Lives Matter phenomena: the Black Lives Matter organization and black lives matter as an informal movement.

The latter involves people fighting in good faith for police reform who believe African Americans suffer disproportionately from police violence. The former, Black Lives Matter, is an organization co-founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi that has roots in Marxism.

We actually do have an ideological frame[work], Cullors said of her organization in 2015. We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories.

As I pointed out in a 2017 article, Karl Marx was interested in abolishing much more than just private property. In The Communist Manifesto, Marx and his associate Frederick Engels defend attempts by Communists to abolish the traditional family.

Abolition [Aufhebung] of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists, Marx wrote. On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie.

Marx and Engels proceeded to compare the nuclear family to public prostitution, before explaining why it was natural and desirable for the institution to vanish.

The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital, Marx and Engels wrote. The bourgeois clap-trap about the family and education, about the hallowed co-relation of parents and child, becomes all the more disgusting, the more, by the action of Modern Industry, all the family ties among the proletarians are torn asunder, and their children transformed into simple articles of commerce and instruments of labour.

From where does this hostility to the family stem? Marx and Engels offered clues.

The modern family contains in germ not only slavery (servitus), but also serfdom, since from the beginning it is related to agricultural services, Engels wrote in The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, quoting Marx. It contains in miniature all the contradictions which later extend throughout society and its state.

The hostility to the traditional family did not die with Marx and Engels, however. One of the first steps the Bolsheviks took after seizing power was to begin a decades-long struggle to abolish marriage and weaken the traditional family.

The issue was so central to the revolutionary program that the Bolsheviks published decrees establishing civil marriage and divorce soon after the October Revolution, in December 1917, writes Harvard historian Lauren Kaminsky. These first steps were intended to replace Russias family laws with a new legal framework that would encourage more egalitarian sexual and social relations.

A 1926 article from The Atlantic, written by a woman living in Russia at the time, describes these efforts in detail. The term illegitimate children was abolished, and a law was passed that allowed couples to divorce in a matter of a few minutes. Legislation was introduced to eliminate distinctions between legal wives and mistresses, including granting property rights to the unmarried consorts.

Chaos was the result, the Russian woman wrote. Men took to changing wives with the same zest which they displayed in the consumption of the recently restored forty-per-cent vodka.

About a half century later, the Chinese Communist Party introduced a different version of state-enforced family orchestration. Its one-child policy (19792015), the most extreme population planning policy in world history, placed limits on the number of children Chinese families could have.

Decades before the policy went into effect, Party Chairman Mao Zedong (18931976) famously explained why it was necessary for the state to manage family procreation and the labor stock.

(Re)production needs to be planned. In my view, humankind is completely incapable of managing itself, Mao said. It has plans for production in factories, for producing cloth, tables and chairs, and steel, but there is no plan for producing humans. This is anarchismno governing, no organization and no rules.

Even today the aversion to the traditional family remains strong in socialists. A 2019 article in The Nation titled Want to Dismantle Capitalism? Abolish the Family offers a glimpse of the modern socialist critique of the institution.

We know that the nuclear private household is where the overwhelming majority of abuse can happen, author Sophie Lewis explains. And then theres the whole question of what it is for: training us up to be workers, training us to be inhabitants of a binary-gendered and racially stratified system, training us not to be queer.

For true believers of collectivism, theres little question that private family matters are also state matters. Socialism requires collective control of resources, and humans are the ultimate resource. This is why the traditional nuclear family, which places authority in the hands of parents rather than the community, is an affront to so many socialists.

The scholar Robert Nisbet has explained that the family is one of the three pillars of authority outside the state, along with the church and civic organizations. All three of these institutions offer humans something essential to the human experience: community.

Nisbet believed all three pillars served as important checks on centralized political power, which is why Nisbet saw the decline of the family, church, and civic organizations in America as an ill omen for liberty.

...the quest for community is an impulse that stems from human nature. All yearn for participation and for a sense of belonging within a cause or body greater than the single person, Nisbet wrote in The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics and Order of Freedom (1953). If the desire for community cannot be filled in church, in family, in neighborhood, or in locality, then it will be filled instead by the central State.

Its unclear why Black Lives Matter scrubbed the anti-nuclear family language from its website. Whats clear, however, is that its previously stated goal to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure fits the Marxist paradigm that stretches back a century and half.

Perhaps the removed page reflects a change of heart. On the other hand, it could simply be a tactic to conceal its Marxist roots. As Dan Sanchez and I wrote in a recent FEE article, in recent decades purveyors of socialism have shown a tendency to shun the Marxist label even while embracing its ideals.

''There are a lot of people who don't want to call themselves Marxist, Eugene D. Genovese, an eminent Marxist academic, told The New York Times in a 1989 article on the mainstreaming of Marxism in US universities.

We dont know for certain why many individuals and groups advocating doctrines rooted in Marxism tend to reject the Marxist labelCullorss 2015 confession that she and Garza are trained Marxists appears to be a mistake of candorbut it seems likely adherents have gleaned a basic truth once observed by the writer Upton Sinclair.

The American People will take Socialism, but they won't take the label, Sinclair observed in a private 1951 correspondence with fellow socialist Norman Thomas.

Many people and organizations of good faith support the black lives matter movement because they believe all people deserve equal treatment and due process before the law.

But Americans should be careful to not confuse the broader black lives matter movement with Black Lives Matter, an organization whose goals may be antithetical to freedom and familyeven if they no longer say so.

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Letter to the editor: If you don’t agree that Black lives matter, you are racist – Summit Daily News

Written in response to Melinda Kornblums letter and grandstanding about Black Lives Matter:

Black lives matter: phrase, truism and unarguable fact. If you dont agree, you are racist. Plain and simple.

Black Lives Matter: a decentralized affinity group and hashtag. Black Lives Matter does not play an outsized role in organizing demonstrations. This movement is not a highly organized protest on a national scale. Certainly, Black Lives Matter has co-existed with the current movement and allowed like-minded people to connect with one another, but people are filling the streets organically and of their own volition. Much more common than calls to loot and burn are calls to organize and vote. Protests occasionally become destructive, but Black Lives Matter does not encourage this. Local protests have all been peaceful.

Using political scapegoats (anti-fascist groups in this case) to justify violence against people of color is an old and dangerous tactic. White supremacist uprisings during the Red Summer of 1919 occurred partially because the civil rights movement of that day was dubiously connected to communism. To repel communism and save America became synonymous with terrorizing Black protestors. Black veterans returning from World War I were falsely accused of being surrogates for communism seeking to overthrow the U.S. government. Just imagine demonizing veterans and predicating violence (hundreds lynched, thousands arrested) against a civil rights movement on false narratives of political intrigue.

According to Kornblum, Black Lives Matter is working in concert with antifa street thugs to bring down our country. Not far off from 1919.

Look, I get that some are angry about Friscos mural. It happened fast. Some feel like they were ignored. It will be gone soon, and that beautiful asphalt will return to glorious nakedness. Demands for racial justice, however, will continue to resound throughout the country.

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The sheriff’s race pitting Trump against Black Lives Matter – NBC News

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The race for sheriff of Brevard County the stretch of Florida coast east of Orlando that includes Cape Canaveral has become a political test case for competing visions of American law enforcement.

The Republican incumbent, Wayne Ivey, is known nationally for tough-on-crime viral videos, in which he spins through mugshots on a Wheel of Fugitive and encourages citizens to arm themselves and confront the bad guys before his deputies arrive. Elected in 2012, Ivey ran unopposed in 2016 as Donald Trump swept the county by 19 points. Since then, the sheriff has appeared with the president at campaign rallies and White House events.

This November, Ivey will face Alton Edmond, a Black former public defender running as a Democrat, who promises to buy body cameras for deputies, increase diversity among top staff, ban the neck restraint tactic used by the police who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, and stop making viral videos about suspects, which he calls dehumanizing.

But his best-known promise is to release a different kind of video: of a death in the jail that Ivey runs.

In 2018, a Black military veteran named Gregory Edwards was arrested during a PTSD episode, which, according to Florida Today, stemmed from his service as an army medic in Kosovo and Iraq. Iveys deputies punched, tased and pepper-sprayed Edwards, according to an internal investigation, before placing him in a spit hood and strapping him to a chair. An examiner ruled Edwards death an accident stemming from excited delirium, a disputed diagnosis often associated with deaths in police custody, and prosecutors cleared the deputies of wrongdoing.

This summer, crowds gathered outside Iveys office, demanding he release video of Edwards final moments. Ivey refused, citing security. Where elsewhere the chant is, I cant breathe, here its, Release the video, said Bobby Block, watchdog editor at Florida Today. The newspaper has covered the case extensively and filed a lawsuit to make the video public.

Still, multiple residents said Ivey remains popular in the county, which is 83 percent white. I dont think the societal upheaval that started on May 25th is greatly understood here, Block said, referring to the date of George Floyds death.

Against the backdrop of Edwards death, the Ivey-Edmond race shows how sheriff elections are becoming partisan flashpoints, testing whether demands for law enforcement accountability can penetrate regions of the country where the presidents rhetoric is embodied by sheriffs like Ivey.

Sheriffs still benefit from associations with the Old West many wear cowboy hats but their primary job is to run jails, where people await their day in court or serve short sentences. (Given the addiction and mental health issues many detainees face, the job can be more akin to running a hospital, a point frequently made by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in Chicago.) In the field, sheriff deputies function like police officers, answering calls, investigating crimes and making arrests.

Southern sheriffs played a key role in the backlash against the civil rights movement, from Alabamas Jim Clark, who used cattle prods on protesters in 1965, to Floridas Willis V. McCall, who shot two Black defendants under suspicious circumstances. Even now, according to a study by the nonprofit civil rights group Color of Change, 90 percent of sheriffs are white men. This year, numerous sheriffs became media stars after refusing to enforce governors orders to wear masks and stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Unlike police chiefs, who are generally appointed by mayors, most sheriffs are elected and can lose their jobs if enough residents vote them out. But this doesnt happen often.

People often dont know much about these elections, and will vote for the name they know, even if theyve been hurting their communities, said Nanci Palacios, an activist with Faith in Florida, a nonprofit that works with immigrants.

But that may be changing, if only because nothing is nonpartisan anymore.

Mike Chitwood, the sheriff of Volusia County just north of Brevard won in a nonpartisan race in 2016 and is not facing a challenger this year, but he said sheriff races are increasingly dominated by social media campaigns and jockeying for endorsements from groups like the NRA. He wants people to remember, When you dial 911, nobody asks you if youre Democrat or Republican.

Two of Trumps best-known campaign surrogates were sheriffs Joe Arpaio of Arizona and David Clarke of Wisconsin, and since 2016, many other sheriffs, including Wayne Ivey, have aligned themselves closely with his vision. Trump does open this window for more national ambition than we would have previously seen among sheriffs, said political scientist Emily Farris of Texas Christian University.

But other sheriffs are campaigning, and even winning, after pledging to defy the president by refusing to help federal authorities deport undocumented immigrants. For years, liberal activists have tried to transform the criminal justice system by electing prosecutors who promote rehabilitation and racial justice. Now, some are turning to sheriffs.

It takes some education for people to see the role of sheriffs in mass incarceration, said Delvone Michael, a strategist with the Working Families Party in Washington, who is helping candidates raise money and imagines a tipping point a win by someone like Alton Edmond might lead wealthy donors to take notice. Ohio sheriff candidate Charmaine McGuffey is promising to improve mental health and addiction programs in jail. Eliseo Santana in Florida is pushing body cameras and de-escalation tactics. Craig Owens in Georgia says hell end the use of solitary confinement in the county jail.

The idea of voting in a new sheriff, no matter how progressive, can seem like a half-measure to activists who want to reduce funding for law enforcement or even abolish it.

I do think the protests have helped my campaign, said Vance Keyes, a Black former police officer running for sheriff in Tarrant County, Texas, which includes Fort Worth. But on the other hand its hurt. He said hes been called a sellout by people who want nothing to do with police, and is struggling to reach voters in the middle, not the cheerleaders and the critics for whom youll never get it right.

At the other end of the political spectrum, sheriffs like Wayne Ivey demonstrate the continuing popularity of the more punitive view of crime favored by Trump.

Shortly after taking office in 2013, Ivey sought advice from Arpaio in Arizona and instituted a chain gang, in which jail inmates worked on the side of the road in striped uniforms. The former editor of Florida Today, Bob Gabordi, wrote in a memoir that Iveys department refused to work with a Black reporter after characterizing him as big, boisterous, and pushy. Gabordi also said Ivey accused the reporter of getting facts wrong, which Gabordi said was untrue. Ivey has not addressed this publicly.

Complaints have also come from those locked up in Iveys jail. The dorms and cells are infested with roaches, ants, and flying black bugs, reads a handwritten petition, sent by 10 people incarcerated at the jail, to a federal judge in April (and dismissed because some of them didnt pay a filing fee). In August, 174 inmates (out of roughly 1,500) were tested for Covid-19 and at least 48 tested positive, and in court petitions some have complained they are not given enough soap to prevent the viruss spread.

Ivey declined to be interviewed for this article. In response to questions, he sent a statement through a campaign spokesperson, describing his long rsum in law enforcement and a 42 percent drop in crime since he became sheriff. (Edmond responded by pointing out that crime has fallen throughout Florida.)

Sheriff Ivey has always stood strong for law and order and as a result, our agency is blessed to have amazing support from our community and citizens, his campaign statement reads. Sheriff Ivey has never concerned himself with what someone else running for office says or does as he is running for the office of sheriff and not against someone.

Even Edmonds supporters admit he faces long odds. I tend to think a lot of our politicians thrive or die on a Sheriff Ivey endorsement, said Colleen DeGraff, president of the county chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, adding that Iveys theatrics are pretty well received.

Still, Graff thought Edmond was smart to announce his campaign in early June, at the height of the nationwide protests around policing. Despite his lack of law enforcement experience, he raised more than $14,000 over four days.

Soon after Edmond announced his candidacy, he started facing criticism around his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly as Republicans at the national level painted the largely peaceful coalition as violent and dangerous. In June, Edmond wrote on Facebook that violence and looting could be a necessary evil, and, if you value businesses more than you value the life of a Black man, you might as well be honest about who you are and join the Klan. He deleted the posts, knowing theyd be contentious, but a local news website posted screenshots and a quote from Ivey: Edmond knows the message and its intent is evil and wrong.

They were using racism to weaponize my words, Edmond said.

Even before this year, Edmond had a reputation for tangling with local officials over questions of race. In 2017, he was fired by the countys elected public defender, Blaise Trettis. Edmond said it was because he complained on Facebook about being admonished by Trettis, after he wore a Black Lives Matter tie to work. But Trettis, who is white, said the firing was for good cause after a series of incidents in which Edmond left a loaded gun on his desk, and also leaked recordings of his colleagues making comments about President Barack Obama that Edmond said made him feel unsafe as a Black man.

Id be surprised if Edmond gets 30 percent of the vote, said Trettis, adding that Ivey is only unpopular among some partisan Democrats who dont like his politics. In June, Trettis told Florida Today, There's no question that Sheriff Ivey is 1,000 percent more qualified than Alton Edmond is to be sheriff."

Even if Ivey wins re-election, some residents think Edmonds campaign may pressure him to make changes. Ivey has announced he would limit the use of neck restraints, which Edmond had promised to ban, and ousted a lieutenant who invited abusive police officers from around the country to come work for the Brevard sheriffs department.

In June, the sheriff made a surprise appearance at the home of Kathleen Edwards, whose husband died in the jail in 2018, a visit she called "uncomfortable and unwanted." (He claimed to be there for a wellness check after shed posted about her depressive thoughts on social media.) The widows sister sent out a video of the encounter. To the sheriff's supporters, the video portrays a caring and compassionate lawman, Florida Today reporter J.D. Gallop wrote, while his critics saw a clumsy effort to resolve the growing political problem of Gregory Edwards' death.

Similar pressure is building elsewhere. An incumbent sheriff in Williamson County, Texas, faces calls to resign after a Black man was killed by his deputies. He replied that he has cooperated with investigating authorities and the calls to resign are motivated by partisan politics. A sheriff in Clayton County, Georgia, faces lawsuits from civil rights groups over the spread of Covid-19 in his jail; he has so far declined to respond to the legal claims.

Were five years away from a Larry Krasner of sheriffs, said Jessica Pishko, a political consultant who studied sheriffs at the University of South Carolinas Rule of Law Collaborative. Krasner was elected district attorney in Philadelphia after promising a radical overhaul of the justice system.

Pishko sees liberal challengers like Edmond putting pressure on incumbent sheriffs to make policy changes. Maybe you have a little fire under your butt, she said, maybe you have a little fear.

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Black Lives Matter as a movement, or at least a slogan,recently has attracted broad support in favor of racial equality and opposition to police brutality.

Two-thirds of Americans say they either strongly or somewhat support the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a Pew Research poll.

However, at least one self-described trained Marxist founded the organization behind the movement, and that organization also has called for dismantling the nuclear familysomething that likely extends beyond the goals of many supporters.

This hardcore cadre, they are parasitic on genuine outrage and genuine injustice, Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center, an investigative think tank, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.

I dont know anyone on the planet who doesnt think the George Floyd death was an injustice, Walter said. Thats why it was against the law. Thats why they [the four Minneapolis police officers involved] are being prosecuted. Most of the people out protesting are going to be moved by the outrage of the moment. The problem is that you have this cadre.

Walter was referring primarily to the three founders of Black Lives Matter as well as a board member with Thousand Currents, the leading funder of the group.

Here are four things to know about the founders and organization behind Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter movement began after the 2013 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida, and picked up after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

The groups co-founders are Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, all of them black women.

The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame, Khan-Cullors said in a 2015 interview with Real News Network. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.

Khan-Cullors continued:

We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk. We dont necessarily want to be the vanguard of this movement. I think weve tried to put out a political frame thats about centering who we think are the most vulnerable amongst the black community, to really fight for all of our lives.

Khan-Cullors, who serves as strategic adviser to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, is an artist and organizer from Los Angeles, according to the groups website.

Khan-Cullors, 36, is also the founder of Dignity and Power Now, a group that advocates for incarcerated people and their families. A Fulbright scholar, she is the New York Times best-selling author of the book When They Call You a Terrorist.

Garza, an organizer in Oakland, California, is also special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, an advocacy group for domestic workers.

Garza, 39, was named to The Roots 2016 list of 100 African American achievers and influencers and is the recipient of the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award and the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award. She was recognized as a Community Change Agent at the BETs 2016 Black Girls Rock Awards.

While two founders of Black Lives Matter are on the West Coast, Tometi works out of New York. The groups website describes her as a Nigerian-American writer, strategist, and community organizer and a transnational feminist.

Tometi, 35, created online platforms and social media strategy during the early days of the movement.

She also is executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and, according to the website, is featured at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

More than one Black Lives Matter appears to exist, but the one primary associated with its best-known founders and that receives the largest level of donations is the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

According to the groups website, the organization has a national network of about 40 chapters.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation didnt respond directly to questions from The Daily Signal. After two days of inquiries, spokesman Jordan Jackson said in an email that the organization was inundated with media requests.

Should someone be available to fulfill this request, Jackson wrote, I will circle back here as soon as possible.

In 2016, the left-leaning grantmaker Thousand Currents, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, became the financial sponsor of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

As a result, the foundation doesnt have its own tax-exempt status and is instead a project of Thousand Currents that doesnt yet have to file what are called 990 forms with the Internal Revenue Service.

Thousand Currents reported $3.35 million in donations earmarked for the BLM Global Network Foundation in 2019, according to Capital Research Center, a watchdog group for nonprofits.

Pledges of donations skyrocketed after the May 25 death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man, in police custody in Minneapolis. Those donors include major corporations.

Thousand Currents has been a fiscal sponsor of BLM since 2016, and serves as the back office support, including finance, accounting, grants management, insurance, human resources, legal and compliance. Donations to BLM are restricted donations to support the activities of BLM, Thousand Currents said in an email to The Daily Signal.

It deferred other questions to the BLM Global Network Foundation.

Thousand Currents reportedly gave a total of $90,130 in grants to the Santa Clarita, California-based Black Lives Matter Foundation, according to its tax filings for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

This second organization, according to BuzzFeed, is a one-man operation separate from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. After Floyds death, the foundation in Santa Clarita raked in $4.3 million in donations, BuzzFeed reported.

To add to the mix, a separate Movement for Black Lives has financial sponsorship from the Alliance for Global Justice.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation gave a three-year $900,000 grant through Thousand Currents to help organize local BLM Global Network Foundation chapters, according to Capital Research Center.

More recently, several major corporations announced they were donating to Black Lives Matter.

Amazon announced it would give $10 million to 12 groups, including BLM Global Network Foundation, while Microsoft vowed to give $250,000 to it. Airbnb announced it is giving a total of $500,000 to the NAACP and the BLM Global Network Foundation.

The George Soros-backed Open Society Foundations reportedly contributed about $33 million to groups associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. However, it isnt clear whether that money made it to the BLM Global Network Foundation, according to Capital Research Center.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation doesnt hide its more out-of-the mainstream views, although many of them are stated in broad terms.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and villages that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable, the organization says on its website.

The website uses the word comrades several times, in one instance to say: We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

Although the organization states that We are unapologetically Black in our positioning, it focuses heavily on something that traditionally has not been part of African American activismsexual orientation and gender identity:

We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation says it is a queer-affirming network.

When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise), it says.

It also fights age discrimination, stating: We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism.

Thousand Currents, which underwrites the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, describes itself as an organization that envisions a world where humanity thrives as a creative force that is in reciprocal [sic] and interdependent with nature, and creates loving, equitable and just societies.

Notably, the vice chairwoman of the board of directors for Thousand Currents is Susan Rosenberg, a convicted felon who participated in bombing buildings in the Northeast and Washington, D.C.

In an email Wednesday, The Daily Signal asked Thousand Currents about Rosenbergs position on the board of directors. That morning, the organizations webpage about the board included a short bio of Rosenberg. By late afternoon, that page no longer was available and a message said: Ooops. Sorry. This page doesnt exist.

Rosenberg was part of M19, short for May 19th Communist Organization. Her memoir An American Radical, details her 16 years in federal prison.

At her sentencing hearing in 1984, Rosenberg urged supporters to continue to fight for the defeat of U.S. imperialism.

One of the biggest bombs they had went off in the U.S. Capitol and tore up that fine Democratic slave owner John C. Calhouns portrait, Capital Research Centers Walter said of Rosenberg and M19. The Weather Underground wasnt really radical enough for her. Some of those people ended up wimping out and going off to be stock brokers and whatever. That wasnt good enough for her and she stayed radical.

M19s bombings reportedly were for the sake of causing enough disruption to prevent President Ronald Reagans reelection in 1984. Rosenberg was a member of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. President Bill Clinton commuted her 58-year sentence on his last day in office in January 2001.

According to Capital Research Center, Thousand Currents also is a grant-making organization that assists various other left-of-center causes and has focused heavily on opposing genetically modified organisms.

Donors include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, and the Libra Foundation. It had annual revenue of $6.8 million in 2018.

This report has been modified to correct the name of the NoVo Foundation.

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Alicia Garza, from left, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, arrive at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at NeueHouse Hollywood on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Theres Black Lives Matter the concept and Black Lives Matter the institution. Most people who sign onto the BLM movement believe they are backing the concept, but it should be understood very clearly that the institution is reaping all the benefits.

And the institution has absolutely no concern for the well-being of black lives or equality in this country. In fact, by their own admission, their purpose isnt to heal this country, its to rip it apart and remake it into a more Marxist kind of society.

For more on that, I highly recommend you read my previous article on the matter.

(READ: Black Lives Matter Is Preying on Americas Belief That Black Lives Matter)

A 2015 video has resurfaced proving that the entire intent of the Black Lives Matter movement is marxism. As you can see during the interview with the Real News Network, BLM founder Patrisse Cullors admits she and her cohorts are trained Marxists.

We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular, were trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories, said Cullors.

Black Lives Matter the institution isnt trying to hide their Marxism either. As I list in my previous article, in their what we believe section, they list their goals and all of them are extreme leftist stances concerned with destroying the very fabric of America in favor of the implementation of radical marxist ideals:

We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.

We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.

We practice empathy. We engagecomradeswith the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work double shifts so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.

We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and villages that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.

We foster a queeraffirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).

Anything permeated with Marxism doesnt have the interest of the people in mind. It often uses people or causes as an avenue to dismantle and rebuild political systems. Communism and socialism are not a solid system to replace anything with as it deteriorates and degrades anything it touches and that includes the lives of the people. These two systems alone have claimed the lives of millions over the span of its implementation in various countries.

The black community isnt really a concern for BLM the institution. If it was, it would be looking into studies on what policies affect the black community on a fundamental level, improving relations between law enforcement and the black community, and putting money toward the institutions that do see marked improvements for the black populations way of life.

They have no interest in that, however. They maintain themselves to be a reactive organization that has no interest in fixing the problem. This is evidenced by Cullors reaction to the Wichita first steps barbeque event in 2016 where a black community and the law enforcement community got together to have real conversations to provoke better understanding. Cullors immediately distanced BLM from this event and said this:

We dont sit on panels with law enforcement, and we dont have BBQs or cookouts with law enforcement. We feel the best method at this point in history is by holding police accountable by organizing and advocating for police accountability.

In other words, BLMs purpose isnt to bridge gaps, its to criticize and react. This is textbook Marxism meant to bring down organizations, not help improve them.

Supporting the concept of Black Lives Matter (ensuring the equal opportunity and well being of the black community) is what many believe they are doing, and if thats the case, then be sure to only support the concept and distance yourself from the institution, which is putting black lives in harms way for political and monetary gain.

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Here’s What Black Lives Matter Leaders’ Ultimate Goal Is

The Black Lives Matter movement has gained steam recently following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. Protests and riots have taken place across the country, all in the name of so-called "justice" for Floyd. BLM organizers have repeatedly said their goal is to end "police brutality" and "systemic racism" that disproportionately impacts people of color. One of BLM's co-founders, Patrisse Cullors, admitted that the group is lead by trained Marxists who have the ultimate goal of ousting President Trump from office.

"I think that the criticism is helpful. I think the first thing is we do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia, in particular, are trained organizers," she explained during an interview with The Real News Now. "We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories."

Although the Black Lives Matter website doesn't explicitly say that Joe Biden should be president, Cullors reaffirmed that point during a segment on CNN with Jake Tapper.

"I'm hands down not only Trump needs to not be in office in November but he should resign now," she said. "Trump needs to be out of office. He's not fit for office so what we're going to push for is a move to get Trump out while we're also going to continue to push press on Vice President Joe Biden around his policies and his relationship to black policing and criminalization. That's going to be important but our goal is to get Trump out."

According to the group's website, they have specific campaign goals for 2020.

1.Vigorously engage our communities in the electoral process:

Millions of Black Americans are repressed within the democratic process, yet data shows Black voters tipped the balance in the 2018 midterm elections. Moving towards 2020, we seek to increase the power of our voices and votes.

2.Educate our constituents about candidates and the issues that impact us most:

We will amplify and do a deep dive into the issues that affect our communities most and hold our candidates accountable on these issues.

3.Promote voter registration among Generation Z, the Black community, and our allies:

Demographic shifts means that in the 2020 election, non-whites will account for a third of voters and one in ten voters will be members of Generation Z. We will encourage and provide resources for those seeking to vote.

With an emphasis on the following issues:

Notice "beat Trump" isn't explicitly listed?

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Black Lives Matter Just Entered Its Next Phase – The Atlantic

Since the height of the protests in June, theres been an absence of a meaningful nationwide embrace of police reforms. That month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the creation of a national database on police use of force, yet the measure fails to address broader issues related to policing. And while the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, may provide renewed pressure on state legislators to act, theres no denying that the largest social movement of the 21st century has to enter a new chapter.

To that end, at Friday nights convention, the Movement for Black Lives presented a robust 2020 platform, connecting the dots among issues of policing, reproductive justice, housing, climate change, immigration, and disabled and trans rights. In addition to outlining demands to end the war on Black people, the platform urges the passage of the Breathe Act, federal legislation that would ensure the closure of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities, defund police departments, and reestablish social programs for the formerly incarcerated. The platform also calls for land reparations for Indigenous communities and Black farmers, electoral justice via the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and the advocacy and protection of trans people. The convention was an energetic capstone to a summer of victories both significant and modest.

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Still, direct action is never the primary component of a movements longevity; it is only a piece that works in concert with a multitude of efforts. Movements frequently face setbacks and fierce resistance, and some even wait decades to capture the national imagination. When the cameras turn off, when theres not as much attention to the issues in mass media or social media, we think that the movement activity has somehow ended, Allen Kwabena Frimpong, a co-founder of the AdAstra Collective, an organization that supports and studies social movements, said in a recent interview. But it hasnt. Its that what is required of us has shifted ... in this phase of the cycle. Its a time to build strategy.

When Black Lives Matter protests first captured the nations attention and spread across American cities in the late summer of 2014, three high-profile police killings of Black people had occurred: John Crawford III in Ohio, Eric Garner in New York, and Michael Brown in Missouri. It was 18-year-old Browns shooting death by an officer in Ferguson that marked a tipping point in the movement: The nation saw several weeks of uprisings and sustained protests demanding policing reform and accountability. That energy was sustained in Chicago, New York, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Oakland, St. Louis, and others until 2016.


Black Lives Matter Just Entered Its Next Phase - The Atlantic

Back the Blue and Black Lives Matter protests face off in Danvers – Boston Herald

Back the Blue and Black Lives Matter protesters both rallied in front of Danvers Town Hall Thursday evening, slamming the town managers decision last week to force local firefighters to remove thin blue line flags from firetrucks.

I was quite upset when I found out our town did that to our law enforcement, when we have one of the best law enforcement departments in the entire state, said Rick Bettencourt, who organized the Back the Blue rally in response to the decision.

Last Tuesday, town manager Steve Bartha ordered the fire department to take down thin blue line flags that had hung on trucks for the past two years.

The symbol has also become a form of political speech in todays social landscape that has the power to make marginalized members of our community feel unwelcome and unsafe, Bartha said in a statement last week.

Bettencourt rounded up hundreds of supporters to rally in front of town hall, but he soon got word that a local Black Lives Matter standout was scheduled for the same night, in the same location.

Not everyone got the memo. Lynn teacher Davia Moore showed up to what she thought was simply a BLM standout and was overwhelmed by the number of vocal police supporters waving enormous thin blue line flags and blasting music from speakers set in the beds of pickup trucks.

It feels aggressive. It feels like people are crowding our space, she said through tears.

The lives of police officers mean quite a bit to me, so the feeling that I can either care about Black lives or the lives of people who serve us, feels like a really hard choice for me to make and one that I dont think I should have to make in my community, she said.

Bettencourt said the counterprotesters reached out to him about the scheduling conflict.

We said, Youre more than welcome to do it. I dont think its a good idea to have it the same night, he told the Herald.

He said he believes removing the flag from firetrucks is an instance of misconstruing its message.

That thin blue lines a beacon of hope. Its a safety blanket, he said.

Danvers resident Emeline Walker brought a sign that said: Blue Lives dont exist.

A lot of times, rallies like this theyre saying theyre the same thing: being Black, and being a cop. And theyre not, she said.

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Utah police union accuses teachers of ‘political indoctrination’ by supporting Black Lives Matter movement in class – Salt Lake Tribune

Utahs largest police union alleges that some teachers in the state have been pushing an anti-law enforcement agenda by making disparaging comments about officers in front of students and wearing Black Lives Matter shirts in the classroom.

In a letter addressed to the state superintendent this week, the Utah Fraternal Order of Police demands that Utah Board of Education immediately denounce such actions. Educators, the union said, should be neutral on all political issues.

If teachers want to protest police, then it needs to be on their own time, the union wrote. The classroom is NOT the place for political indoctrination or social engineering based upon the political leanings of the teacher.

The FOP specifically points to a teacher at an unnamed West Jordan elementary school, who it said wore a BLM T-shirt and spoke out against police to her class.

One of the students in the room, the union said, happened to be the daughter of an officer who was injured during one of the recent Salt Lake City rallies. At those events, protesters have denounced racism and violence at the hands of law enforcement in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis officer.

In its letter, the FOP called the demonstrations riots. And it said the West Jordan student was uncomfortable with the discussion and felt like her parent was being attacked by her teacher.

This child was emotionally devastated by someone who should be helping her feel safe, the union added.

Ian Adams, the executive director of the Utah FOP, said Thursday that he wouldnt identify the family or school for privacy reasons. But the officer, he said, had to be hospitalized because of his injuries during the May 30 rally that was the most turbulent and likely the largest. Now, how is that child supposed to trust that teacher? Adams asked.

In response to the allegations, Sandy Riesgraf, the spokesperson for Jordan School District, said Thursday that administrators there were never contacted directly by the union. But they conducted a review after seeing the letter and found no evidence that a teacher, as they say, was making disparaging comments about law enforcement officers in the classroom.

Riesgraf said a teacher at a West Jordan elementary was wearing a BLM shirt. That alone, though, likely does not break the districts or the states policies concerning political speech by educators.

Obviously, within the confines of a classroom discussion, to discuss the Democratic and Republican parties is fine, said Mark Peterson, spokesman for the Utah Board of Education. But to say one party is better is not. Youre allowed to discuss them as concepts.

Peterson added that it would probably be up to attorneys to determine if a Black Lives Matter shirt crosses a boundary. Is it like a rainbow sticker supporting the LGBTQ community? Does it just tell students that they should respect Black lives? Or, he asked, does it convey an anti-police message?

That would be open to interpretation, Peterson said. Im sure there are lawyers who would argue that is political speech.

However, Black Lives Matter Utah does not view it as political. Leader Lex Scott said that valuing Black lives isnt a partisan issue.

When we say that our lives matter and you disagree, thats racism, Scott said Thursday in response to the FOP letter.

She has sent a message to the union, asking the leaders there to sit down with members of Black Lives Matter Utah and have a discussion. Currently, she feels the letter is creating more division in the community. I hope that theyll give us a call and that we can handle this diplomatically, Scott added.

Adams with FOP, though, believes that wearing the shirt expresses an opinion about political activism. And he said he also wouldnt want teachers to wear Blues Lives Matter shirts to support the police. There should be no agendas about law enforcement, he suggested, inside the classroom.

Unfortunately, its the students who pay the price on this one, he said.

Additionally, the FOP said the West Jordan elementary incident is just one case of several it has heard about from its 4,100 members since the new school year began last month, after a summer of tensions between police and protesters.

The union suggested that teachers are also assigning books that portray police officers as evil, or unnecessarily violent toward persons of color. The group said educators have, as well, given speaking assignments full of anti-police sentiment.

This is not what the education system in Utah should look like, the group wrote in its letter. And students, they said, especially those with parents in law enforcement, should not be subject to this treatment.

The union is now calling for the Utah board to remind teachers of the rules regarding political speech. The FOP concludes: We trust that this issue can be resolved.

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Mayor one-ups Black Lives Matter rally with his own plans – ABC News


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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic City is attempting to co-opt plans by protesters to paint Black Lives Matter on the seaside gambling resort's famous Boardwalk by doing the same thing in a place of its own choosing on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in front of its civil rights memorial.

Mayor Marty Small, who is Black, said at a news conference Wednesday that painting the historic Boardwalk is illegal and that the city will host a community event about 90 minutes after the scheduled start time of the protest rally that was to include the Boardwalk painting.

We believe theres a better way to handle it, Small said. Painting on the Boardwalk is prohibited.

Small praised the organizer of the Boardwalk event, Steve Young, who has drawn the ire of many in city government for organizing a protest with the stated aim of shutting the city down" just as its pandemic-shuttered casinos reopened.

The city is trying to strip Young of two city posts he holds because of the July protest.

But the mayor invited Young to join the city-sponsored event, even though Small stopped short of asking him to cancel the Boardwalk event.

Reached after the mayor's speech, Young said in an interview that Friday's rally will go on as scheduled and will include a brother of George Floyd, a Black man whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police inspired worldwide protests.

But Young said he was not sure whether participants would still try to paint the Boardwalk.

We want to keep things peaceful, he said. We do not want to be confrontational.

The city has consulted with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, Small said, and is prepared to respond to whatever may happen Friday.

There have been three racial justice demonstrations in Atlantic City this year. The first, on May 31, was followed by theft and property destruction for which about 100 people were charged. A second on June 6 was peaceful.

Young organized the July 4 protest as the casinos were permitted to reopen after more than three months of being shut due to the coronavirus outbreak. He was among seven people arrested when marchers tried to block the entrance of the Atlantic City Expressway, the main route to the city and its casinos.

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Webster Groves neighbors mailed anonymous letter asking them to remove Black Lives Matter signs – KMOV.com

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Man arrested after carrying AR-15 near Black Lives Matter protests in Vermont – NBC News

Police in Burlington, Vermont, arrested a man on Monday who was carrying firearms near the citys Black Lives Matter protests for three consecutive days.

Jordan Atwood, 25, is barred from possessing firearms due to restrictions imposed by conditions of a prior criminal release. He was arrested on Monday afternoon for violating those terms, Burlington police said.

Atwood was first spotted Saturday evening in the police parking lot across the street from Battery Park, where protestors have been camping out for the last week.

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Vermont is an open carry state, so when community members initially made complaints, dispatchers told callers that the man was exercising his Constitutional rights, interim police chief Jon Murad wrote in a press release on Tuesday.

City police continued monitoring the armed man, later identified as Atwood, who was seen again the following evening on Sunday at the same park. He refused to identify himself when a police officer spoke to him.

On Monday, police investigated Atwood and discovered that he was banned from possessing firearms as part of his conditions of release due to a previous reckless endangerment charge from 2019. Detectives then applied for search warrants, police said.

That evening, police dispatch received a call about an armed man walking up the street by the park.

At the time of his arrest, Atwood was carrying a pistol and an AR-15, police said. Atwood did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment. It was unclear if he had any legal representation.

The incident follows the arrest of Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, who was charged with first degree homicide in connection with the deaths of two people during the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Wisconsin officials say Rittenhouse was also carrying an AR-15 style rifle the night of the shootings.

In a statement released on late Tuesday, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger applauded the police for investigating Atwood, but said he was concerned for the safety of both the protesters and police.

We had a person whose behavior was, on its face, lawful but was nevertheless troubling. His behavior frightened and alarmed community members, including those exercising their right to free speech, Murad said. Additional investigation work instead discovered him to be committing violations of the law, and he was apprehended appropriately.

Wilson Wong is a news associate at NBC News.

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How to be an ally for Black lives – Medical News Today

The dominating presence of racism, with its harmful effects on both mental and physical health, has been an undeniable reality for Black people for centuries.

Despite the election of a Black president, the election of Black members of Congress, and the appointment of Black Supreme Court Justices, the detrimental effects of racism on the health and safety of Black people in the United States continue to be evident.

This is a result of centuries of institutionalized racial policies that continue to serve as obstacles to Black people fighting for racial equality.

Although the struggles that Black people continue to face have largely been discredited under the belief that society has moved beyond segregation and slavery, the recent shooting of Jacob Blake and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery to name but a few have brought to light the extent of racial injustice in the U.S. and beyond.

Despite police brutality and the lack of repercussions that come with the killing of Black lives being an epidemic that has defined the Black struggle since the beginning of slavery, recent events have caused an awakening to the extent of institutionalized racism, particularly among white people and non-Black people of color.

The recognition of the toll that institutionalized racism continues to take on Black people has become even more evident in the climate of the current pandemic.

COVID-19 has been disrupting and taking lives all over the world. But it is disproportionately affecting Black people, largely due to the lack of healthcare resources and the high rate of poverty among this demographic due to a long history of institutionalized racial policies.

The murder of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of the police over the past few months has shown that Black people are not only going through one health pandemic, but two systemic racism being the other.

The growing presence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has brought to light this reality of the multifaceted nature of racism, with its demands for the end not only of racist police, but of discriminatory laws, housing segregation, health inequities, and education inequity all of which point to the fact that racism is a public health issue.

Systemic racism is the cause of many health issues and a direct determinant of health. Let me illustrate my point.

Experts have said that housing segregation is a fundamental cause of racial disparities in health.

A survey of young Black men appearing in the American Journal of Public Health found that [p]articipants who reported more police contact also reported more trauma and anxiety symptoms.

Meanwhile, this study shows that being discriminated against changes motivation mechanisms in the brain.

It is without a doubt that the reality of brutal confrontations with the police has a similarly devastating effect on the mental health of Black people in America. African American people are being systematically targeted by the very system that is supposed to grant them protection.

The endless murders of Black people at the hands of the police further jeopardize the mental health of Black people as a result of this collective suffering, lack of justice, and perceived lesser value of life that these racist institutions continue to perpetuate.

It has been over 3 months since the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. After the killing of George Floyd, protests raged across the world in hopes of achieving justice for Black people. But, only a few days ago, we witnessed the shooting of yet another Black man: Jacob Blake. And once again, protests have erupted.

The BLM protests have been defined as the largest protests in the U.S. since the Civil Rights Movement, with every state including all American territories seeing protests spanning the course of several weeks.

In addition to these ongoing protests, there has been an identifiable shift in social media use in the movement for social justice. Within a week from the start of the protests, I saw my Instagram and Twitter feed go from an endless array of selfies to threads and resources about the dimensions of racism, ideas for how to support the BLM movement, and updates on the protests in general.

The endless amount of information that has continued to circulate on social media outlets in relation to addressing racial inequality has made it impossible for anyone to claim that they do not have enough knowledge about the situation to have an opinion.

Social media in the age of BLM has transformed into an outlet to spread useful information, hold people accountable, and keep the issue of racial inequality alive.

It is the issue of social media that leads me to comprehend the necessity of allyship, in support of non-Black people in the movement for racial equality, when trying to address racism in America and beyond.

What has made this wave of the BLM movement so continuous is the fact that this discussion on police brutality and systemic racism is finally being had across all aspects of society.

More non-Black people are attending protests and being vocal about the injustices that Black people face at the hands of the police than ever before. With this movement, it seems increasingly evident that more non-Black people are also being made aware of their contributions to racism and of the necessity to remain vocal and in solidarity with Black lives.

It is growing increasingly apparent that recent events have taught us the importance of non-Black allyship in addressing racism in all its dimensions.

There are many different methods of allyship, starting with a personal recognition of racism on an individual level and continuing onto more active forms of allyship, such as participation in protests and phone banking elected officials.

Nevertheless, while the involvement of non-Black people in the movement for racial equality is necessary, we must not forget that people of color need to be at the forefront of this movement. Genuine allyship should start with the acknowledgment of this fact.

It is important to note that allyship must not be a politicization of Black lives and white saviorism. Allyship must, first and foremost, start with listening.

The importance of allyship, particularly at a time like this, is even more significant given the detrimental impact of the recent events on the mental health of Black people. While many may respond to tragedy through methods of resistance such as protests and organizing, the reality is that such advocacy can be both emotionally and physically draining.

In addition to the heightened risk that Black populations face of suffering mental health issues as a result of forms of discrimination such as housing and public health inequities, this trend of murdering Black people surfaces a trauma in the community that runs deep.

With these events, Black Americans are reminded of the realities that they were taught growing up that their lives are valued less than those of the white American, that they are viewed as inferior by the system, and that they are more likely to die as a result of the color of their skin.

This is a hard reality to sit with, and it is exactly why, in a time like this, other communities must come together to fight on their behalf. This cannot be just our fight.

This brings me to my next point.

1. Take time to analyze your own prejudices, contributions to racism, and relationships with people of color. What language or behaviors are you exhibiting that put Black people in an uncomfortable position? Often, it is comments on hair, accents, and other stereotypes that many non-Black people view as harmless that play into the negative portrayal of Black people. Comments like these also make Black people feel uncomfortable. Doing some research into microaggressions is a good place to start with this personal reflection.

2. Educate yourself on the dimensions of racism, starting with the history of the slave trade, the Civil Rights Movement, and the racialization of the War on Crime. It is impossible to fully understand the extent of the movement today without realizing that this battle is one that has been raging on for much longer than many of us can imagine. Other events and phrases to research include Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Rodney King, respectability politics, institutional racism, and the school to prison pipeline. Documentaries and series that provide a good portrayal of these topics include 13th, Trial By Media, When They See Us, LA 92, and The Kalief Browder Story.

3. Share educational resources on your social media pages. Although a story post may not seem significant, it is the very least one can do to not only show allyship, but to keep the conversation going. Refusal to post online signifies complacency and a lack of discern for the racial injustices that are occurring.

4. Speak up when you witness racism at your school, in your workplace, within your friendship groups, or within your family. Often, racism manifests itself in casual settings such as family dinners or work parties. Regardless of the physical outcome of racist comments, they must be addressed and silenced. Casual racism cannot be tolerated in any form when working toward dismantling racism at large. It starts at home and within your friendship circles.

5. Show up for the cause. Whether that be through attending protests, making phone calls, or writing emails, it is necessary to acknowledge that in addition to addressing societal racism, there must be change at the legislative level.

Therefore, engagement in politics is necessary. We must apply pressure from every aspect of society.

The burden of fighting against racial inequality must not fall on Black people alone. The recognition of this fact is necessary when fighting to keep the movement alive in demanding tactical change.

It is also important to realize that, during this time, the mental health of Black people is highly likely to take a toll, with many finding themselves forced to justify their experiences, advocate against the violence against their community, and fight for their voice to be heard.

As a result, being an ally to this movement must start with routinely checking in on our friends of color. For Black people, it is also necessary to take time for yourself to avoid being overwhelmed by the outpour of devastating news coverage.

To do so, it is important to take a break from social media when needed, seek support from your community and friends, and set some time aside to make sure your basic needs are taken care of.

Lastly, it is important to remember that even if one is not directly affected by these murders, these events still have the ability to play a huge role in affecting one of the most important aspects of ones health: mental health.

The extent of the collective suffering of Black people during this time must not be forgotten when pursuing this fight.

Hanna Al-Malssi is a BLM activist and political science and history graduate at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Black Lives Don’t Matter to Black Lives Matter, Says Rudy Giuliani – Mother Jones

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It was an open question what former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would talk about in his primetime address on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention. Would he resurrect the debunked charges against Joe Biden that got President Donald Trump impeached? Would he continue to assert that Biden is experiencing a serious loss of mental function and displaying signs of dementia? Would he just kind of wing it, enthralled by his own wit, until the producers played him off the stage with Oscars music?

No, Giuliani went with option four: arguing that black lives dont matter to Black Lives Matter. In a convention full of appeals to law and order, Giulianis appeal stood out for the sheer audacityan unabashedly pro-cop ex-prosecutor feigning sympathy with the largest mass protests since the Civil Rights movement, solely for the purpose of tearing it down.

In Giulianis telling, the nation had rallied as one after the unforgiveable killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The problem, he continued, was that it was too unified for liberalsrather than work with Trump and Republicans, BLM and Antifa sprang into action and in a flash hijacked the protests into vicious, brutal riots. The Black Lives Matter protests were hijacked byBlack Lives Matter? Figure that one out.

But Giuliani went further. He argued that the protests against police violence were, in fact, causing a massive surge in crime across the country. For President Trump, and for us Republicans, all Black Lives Matter, he said. He rattled off the names of recent victims of gun violence in cities, he noted, controlled by Democrats. It has been like this for decades and its been controlled throughout by Democrats. In fact, shamefully Obama and Biden did nothing at all to quell the carnage. I guess these Black Lives didnt matter to them, he said.

Giulianis speech wasnt exactly coherent. He tried to argue that cities were in the midst of a historic crime spike in response to protests (crime is still low by, say, Giuliani-era levels) but also that theyve always been like this. But mostly it was just a gross permutation of that familiar refrain lodged against critics of police violencewhat about Black-on-Black crime? Here was a former mayor who rose to power at the crest of a racist backlash against a Black mayor arguing that the only president to have personally violated the Fair Housing Act cares more about Black lives than the Black people putting their bodies on the line in the streets do. At this point Im not sure if its more depressing if he really believes what hes saying or if he doesnt.

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‘Black Lives Matter’ mural to be painted along Grace Street in Downtown – Richmond Free Press

A 200-foot Black Lives Matter mural will be painted Downtown near the State Capitol.

Venture Richmond received unanimous approval from the city Public Art Commission and the Richmond Planning Commission for the mural, which has been in the works for nearly two months by the Downtown booster organization, artists Hamilton Glass and Ed Trask and various community groups.

The artwork is to be painted in large yellow letters in the 800 and 900 blocks of East Grace Street near St. Pauls Episcopal and St. Peter Catholic churches and the Barbara Johns Building at the corner of 9th and Grace streets leading to the entrance to Capitol Square.

The mural is based on similar projects created in Washington, Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York City, among others, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and recent nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Mr. Glass and Mr. Trask, who are known for many other murals around the city, will lead the privately funded project.

Venture Richmond, a nonprofit led by business and community leaders, proposed the location of the mural. Deputy Executive Director Anedra Bourne said the placement is significant because of its proximity to the Capitol, City Hall and other prominent government buildings.

The city Department of Public Works still needs to approve a permit for the mural, the citys public art coordinator said. Work on the project is expected to begin in the next month.

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