NHLs lack of solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests out of touch, say critics – News 1130

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) The National Hockey League is being accused by many of doing the bare minimum as its called out for failing to cancel games in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests.

As a number of sports leagues, including the NBA, MLS, and MLB, went dark on Wednesday night, the NHL proceeded with its scheduled games.

Hockeys decision to instead hold a moment of reflection at two of the games didnt go over well with many players, athletes, fans, and analysts.

Former player and current Sportsnet broadcaster Kelly Hrudey said the league was offside in its decision.

I dont think we should be here. I think the NHL should postpone the games. I really feel that we should be more supportive of Black Lives Matter, he said.

Id prefer to be having this conversation with my family. Ive said, many months ago, when I made my video about Black Lives Matter, it means something to me, Hrudey said while speaking to his Sportsnet panel.

His comments came as a number of sports stars continue to protest racial inequality, the latest catalyst being the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the weekend.

NHL players were also among those disappointed with the lack of action.

In an appearance on Sportsnet 650 on Wednesday, Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba who raised a fist to highlight social and racial justice issues during the anthems of his qualifying-series game against the Vancouver Canucks earlier this month said the leagues decision to hold playoff games Wednesday, despite cancellations across other leagues, is disheartening, but expected.

I know whats going to happen, and I dont think much is going to happen from that standpoint. But its just back to it, I dont know, the NHL were always late to the party, especially on these topics, so its sorta sad and disheartening for me and other members of the HDA, and Im sure other guys across the league, said Dumba.

He and San Jose left winger Evander Kane are faces of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and are some of hockeys strongest proponents for the need to address anti-Black racism in the sport.

Kane told Sportsnets David Amber on Wednesday that its disappointing the NHL has yet to acknowledge Blake.

Its another instance, unfortunately, that still hasnt been acknowledged and were about, what? Three or four days into this video being released, or this incident occurring? And I still havent seen or heard anything in regards to it, so thats disappointing and as a Black player in this league, its even more disappointing, Kane said.

Blake, 29, was shot several times in the back by officers on Sunday. The shooting happened in front of his children and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Players the driving force

The decision to cancel and postpone games was largely led by players who said they have had enough of racial injustice, and that more needs to be done to address the issue.

The NBAs Milwaukee Bucks refused to play a playoff game against the Orlando Magic in the wake of the Blake shooting.

Were tired of the killings and the injustice, Bucks guard George Hill told The Undefeateds Marc J. Spears following the Bucks decision to boycott.

The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder announced shortly after the Bucks decision that they would also be boycotting their game Wednesday, and the Lakers and Trail Blazers quickly followed suit ahead of their own Game 5 as players step away from the court in protest.

Its unclear if anything will be done ahead of the Vancouver Canucks match up against the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday night.

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Voting in the Time of COVID & Black Lives Matter (LIVE PANEL AT 2PM) – 10News

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- If you watched the Democratic National Convention, you heard the repeated pleas to vote. Nearly every speaker implored viewers to make their voices heard by voting. Michelle Obama even wore a necklace with her wishes spelled out: V-O-T-E.

In the news media, voting by mail and the Post Offices fate has dominated headlines. In such a high stakes election, local elections officials and community leaders are already in high gear.

In this weeks webinar, were talking about what it takes to get people to vote, how we ensure a safe and secure election, and how we remove barriers to voting all against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Watch here: https://www.10news.com/news/america-in-crisis-hope/join-the-discussion-voting-in-the-time-of-covid-black-lives-matter

On the panel, guests Michael Vu, Director Registrar of Voters, County of San Diego; Griselda Ramirez, Community Leader Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network); and Laila Aziz, Director of Operations, Pillars of the Community. Moderated by LEAD Vice President Elizabeth Fitzsimons.

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Yellow Springs Black Lives Matter Protests On Thirteenth Consecutive Week – WYSO

On Saturday, August 22 there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in downtown Yellow Springs. The topic was Antiracism in Education. Arielle Johnson, one of the events organizers, said in a speech that white students are less likely to receive suspensions or expulsions when compared to their Black peers.

The number of students that receive suspensions and expulsions positively correlates with the amount of altercations with the criminal justice system." Johnson says, "These black students in turn are more likely to drop out of school and are increasingly at risk of being caught in the school to prison pipeline.

Multiple educators from Yellow Springs Schools also spoke briefly about how the district has and will continue to teach antiracism in the classroom.

This was the thirteenth consecutive week of Black Lives Matter protests in Yellow Springs, and they will continue: the topic this Saturday will be cultural appropriation. Attendees should meet at 11:00 am in front of Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs.

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Organizers expecting up to 250 participants in Aug. 29 Black Lives Matter march in Pendleton – East Oregonian

PENDLETON More than a hundred residents of Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington are planning to march peacefully through the streets of Pendleton in a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The protest will occur more than three months after police officers killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill in Minneapolis in May. The killing of Floyd sparked protests across the country that are ongoing and were escalated once again this week in response to police shooting Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 23.

Following smaller protests in the area throughout the summer, organizers for the Aug. 29 protest wanted to coordinate a regional event to amplify their message and demonstrate the number of people in the region united behind these causes.

I feel like we havent really had an event for this social movement that has drawn a large enough crowd to show people that this is something we care about in our communities, said Briana Spencer, a Black, Puerto Rican woman whos also a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and a lead organizer for the event.

Spencer has worked alongside Nolan Bylenga, a Black Pendleton resident running as a Democrat for Oregons House District 58, and John Landreth, a white Boardman resident who grew up in the area. With the help of other community members and regional organizations, theyve promoted the event on social media for over a month and are estimating attendance between 150 and 250 people from Umatilla County, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities area in Washington.

The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Roy Raley Park on Southwest Court Avenue, and will include a march through the city and planned community speakers. Census and voter registration booths will also be at the event, along with some kid-friendly activities and more.

Organizers are encouraging all attendees to wear face coverings, abide by social distancing guidelines and be mindful of the risks of COVID-19 during the protest. For those that feel uncomfortable to attend in person or are physically unable to march with the group, a car march has been organized to take place concurrently with the walking march.

The scheduled speakers are a diverse group of Black, Indigenous, people of color from the region who are actively running for office and or organizing and will include: Carina Miller, Eugene Vi, Cia Cortinas Rood, Max Jean Maddern, Amber Rodriguez and Bylenga.

Organizers said they selected these speakers to provide a diversity of perspectives to share at a platform that arent regularly given within the region.

There may be people that have diversity in what theyd like to see policy-wise, but what brings us all together is that we can come to an agreement that racism needs to end and that we need to have justice in a system that claims to be a justice system, Bylenga said.

The event will, at least in part, decry police brutality and racially unjust enforcement by police, but organizers have also held weekly meetings with the Pendleton Police Department to make safety plans for the march.

You can still work with police in regards to safety of an event and still be against issues like police brutality and racial injustice, Spencer said.

But local police will also be monitoring a counter-protest expected to include armed participants and slated to occur simultaneously in opposition of the Black Lives Matter protest.

Weve got a plan in place so were not going to be in a situation where were going to be pushing crowds and standing between protest group A and protest group B, said Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts. Were going to expect adults to act like adults, and those who choose not to obviously well have to make a decision about intervention.

In weeks leading up to the protest, HollyJo Beers, the leader of the Umatilla County Three Percenters and a candidate for Umatilla County commissioner, promoted attendance at the counter-protest through her Facebook page.

Organizers said they spoke with Beers in an attempt to dispel misunderstandings or rumors about the protest, though armed opposition is still expected on Aug. 29.

Beers didnt respond to requests for comment from the East Oregonian and her profile no longer appears on Facebook.

While acknowledging residents have legitimate reasons for their fear about Black Lives Matter protests, the organizers are also unclear why theyre being counter-protested when theyve worked directly with police to focus on safety and nonviolence.

People are so fear driven in our community that theyre willing to turn against their own community members in a small town like Pendleton and show up armed with AR-15s, Bylenga said.

Roberts said hes kept open communication with organizers on both sides of the protests and his department is focused on maintaining safety for all who attend on Aug. 29.

To a certain degree theres some animosity there, Roberts said of the two groups. But our role and our job is to keep everybody safe and allow them to come and exercise their constitutional rights. And thats exactly what were going to do.

As news of the protest has spread through the community, and rumors about its intentions and prospective participants along with it, Spencer said the protest has become about sending an additional message on Aug. 29.

The message that we really want to have out to the community is that they dont have to be afraid that this is coming to their town, Spencer said. That our focus has always been to be peaceful, and its being organized by local people. None of us want to see our communities be torn down.

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The BoF Podcast: Stella Jean Asks ‘Do Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion?’ | Podcasts | BoF – The Business of Fashion

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LONDON, United Kingdom For designer Stella Jean, enough is enough. Its time to turn the page and demand fashion reform, she said. Last month, alongside Milan-based designer Edward Buchanan, Jean issued letters to Carlo Capasa, president of the Camera della Moda, and to the organisation's 14 executive members in what Jean described as an historical appeal to bring to the forefront for the first time in our history, the paradoxical taboo topic of racism in Italy and also to support Black designers who are still invisible in the business of Italian fashion.

In the latest episode of The BoF Podcast, Jean sat down with BoF Founder and Editor-in-Chief Imran Amed to share her personal history growing up the daughter of a Haitian mother and Italian father, discuss the systemic racism within Italys fashion sector and focus on fostering change.

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Elected officials join Black Lives Matter protest on third night since shooting of Jacob Blake – UW Badger Herald

Over one hundred protesters marched through downtown Madison Tuesday night, joined by local elected officials, to demand institutional change to combat racism.

The Madison youth-led group Impact Demand led the protest, which started at the Capitol, looped around to University Avenue, marched down Langdon and stopped at Memorial Library.

At Memorial Library, the gathered group heard from Michael Johnson, the President of the Dane County Boys and Girls Club.

Protesters march down State Street to protest police brutality, white supremacy at UWTuesday, around 100 protesters gathered at the Capitol and marched down State Street to demand the City of Madison and Read

Johnson said he plans to donate $5,000 to Impact Demands efforts, with $10,000 coming later, and he spoke about the need to hold elected officials and community leaders accountable for their actions, the motivation behind him inviting a group of local officials to the protest.

The group included Carlton Jenkins, new superintendent of the Madison Metro School District, State Superintendent Carolyn Taylor, MMSD School Board President Gloria Reyes, Madison Common Council President Sheri Carter, Rep. Sheila Stubbs, United Way President Renee Moe and more.

Jenkins, originally from Minnesota, talked about how when the Minneapolis Police Department killed George Floyd back in May, he was only a few minutes away. He said hes been impressed with how the young people of Madison have mobilized to fight against racism.

People in my generation, we havent seen it like this. You guys are bringing it, Jenkins said. It is time for the oppression and institutional racism to come down.

Reyes said as a former police officer, she understands the importance of acting for change. But her speech got backlash from the crowd some yelled, f**k 12 and abolish the police and others asked her why it took so long for her to take police officers out of schools.

Reyes said the changes she and others have enacted, like how over a month ago she voted to get police out of Madison Metro schools, came because of activists and community members expressing their demands.

I took cops out of our schools, so when you peacefully protest and you demand, it works, Reyes said. We need to do better. Hold your elected officials accountable.

Several protesters came down from Milwaukee to protest in Madison tonight. One, named Sedan Smith, works with a Milwaukee organization called Breaking Barriers. In 2016, a Milwaukee Police Officer named Dominique Heaggan-Brown killed Smiths brother, Sylville Smith.

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Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty of first-degree homicide, though he later went to jail for assaulting a male prostitute.

My brothers life will not be in vain because I chose to keep his name alive, Smith said. Were not gonna ask for justice anymore were gonna march for change.

The protest later marched back up State St. to the Capitol, then to the Dane County Courthouse, where Jordan King, a local activist arrested at Monday nights protest, was held. Some protesters threw rocks at the courthouse and broke a window, then they marched back down State St., and turned to go down University.

On University, a small splinter group lit two dumpsters on fire at the University-Bassett St. intersection and another few individuals broke the Papa Johns window, after which the protest started to break up. Organizers told those still in attendance to go home to stay safe from the police.

Madison police then showed up, some on horseback, and confronted the remaining few protesters.

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Flight attendant suspects his ties to Black Lives Matter led to vandalism of his SUV at DIA – FOX 31 Denver

DENVER (KDVR) Denver-based flight attendant Cameron Rogers says he believes a vandal targeted his vehicle because of Black Lives Matter stickers on his SUVs rear window. Rogersreported the crime to Denver police on Wednesday.

Rogers, who works for United Airlines, parked his car at Denver International Airports employee parking lotonMonday evening. He returned on Wednesday to discover his vehicle had been keyed.Some of the most intense vandalism is directly under his Black Lives Matter stickers.

When I walked around, I saw they had done it completely along the drivers side as well, Rogers said.It was clearly due to the Black Lives Matter sticker.

Rogers has been active in the BLM movement by attending several protests.

My dad is Black, he said. My mom is white. To me, this is a very important issue.

Its an issue he supports as a way to bring people together not to create deeper division.

I feel like people look at this sticker or see our posts and they think that Black Lives Matter is a threat, Rogers said. The biggest thing that I can say is thats not what it is at all. If anything, were trying to bring unity.

Rogers bought the SUV last year. The insurance deductible is $500.Thats money out of his out of his pocket as he faces an airline furlough starting in October.

The vehicle was parked in a lot that only employees are able to access. DIA says the parking lot is under video surveillance.

The airport confirms it will work with police to provide necessary footage.

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McCarthy addresses COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter in live Q&A – The Bakersfield Californian

Though worried about the lingering effects of COVID-19 on businesses and the U.S. educational system, Rep. Kevin McCarthy projected optimism that the country would be "over the top of" the pandemic by the time Congress convenes in January.

Answering a wide variety of questions during an online meeting with the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, the Bakersfield Republican said he expects there will be at least one and maybe three COVID-19 vaccines as well as therapeutic treatments available to treat the virus.

He told PPIC President Mark Baldassare the economy should not fully reopen until it can be done safely but quickly added that with regard to procedures for doing so, "I don't believe that with the size of California that one size fits all."

"I think we want to follow our science, we want to trust our people," he said, adding shortly after that "as we open up we're going to have to accept that there are going to be some people that contract COVID."

The roughly 50-minute interview, broadcast live on the internet, also touched on the congressman's views on the Black Lives Matter movement, national politics and foreign interference with Nov. 3's General Election.

He said George Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose death in police custody earlier this year sparked civil unrest across the country, should not have had his life taken. McCarthy said he's since come to realize many other instances of injustice have taken place when video cameras were not rolling.

McCarthy said Sen. Tim Scott, a Black man representing the state of South Carolina, has become among his best friends. He said Scott told him about a time he was in the U.S. Capitol and police there stopped him and asked who he had taken his identity pin from.

"We really had a wake-up call" on race relations, McCarthy said. "We can improve drastically."

McCarthy, the House minority leader, went on to blame Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for delays in passing a new economic stimulus measure.

"To be frank, I'm disappointed," he said. Negotiations on financial help for Americans should have been concluded by now, he said.

"I'm not being partisan but I think a lot of this falls on the speaker. Because she's holding up based on something that even Democrats do not want to hold it up."

Pelosi has said publicly she is holding out for agreement on a wider set of recovery measures. She has asserted that if there is a deal on the narrow aid package Republicans are pushing for that they will not return to the bargaining table to provide more lasting assistance.

It is clear that the administration still does not grasp the magnitude of the problems that American families are facing, Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said in a joint statement Aug. 12. We have again made clear to the administration that we are willing to resume negotiations once they start to take this process seriously.

McCarthy, asked about any concerns he had about election interference by foreign countries, said the FBI has stated such efforts have been made by three countries. The congressman named just one of them Thursday: China, which he said has made clear it supports Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the former vice president.

"The one I'm most concerned about is China," he said. That country has the world's second-largest economy and has shown it is willing to wield its wealth and influence, he added.

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Black Lives Matter in Northern Ireland – The Economist

The provinces own brand of ethnic politics leaves no room for other sorts

Aug 22nd 2020

THE SERIOUS CRIME ACT is mostly used against big-time gangsters, but on July 30th Tura Arutura, a musician who has choreographed some exuberant peace events, was interviewed at a police station on the ground that he might have broken that law. He was told he was suspected of abetting an offence by addressing a Black Lives Matter protest in Belfast on June 6th.

In theory, the Zimbabwe-born artist could be prosecuted. But he and dozens of others who received fines or summonses because of the BLM rallies are seeking a judicial review of police behaviour, arguing that officers misinterpreted the law and acted too harshly. The police say they will ponder any lessons from the review.

Northern Irelands government had told people, on public-health grounds, not to demonstrate and changed the law to curb the event. Those who went retort that the rallies were orderly and distanced. They point to a promise from Boris Johnson that people could join global protests against racismand to differences in the policing of different communities.

There have been several other hygienically risky gatherings in Northern Ireland this summer, including the huge funeral of an IRA commander and bonfires at which Protestant and Catholic hotheads vented their spleen. At blazes in Derry in mid-August, images of the queen, wreaths commemorating the British war dead and Union flags were incinerated. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) did little to restrain those events.

Northern Irelands citizens are not in much doubt why the police are selectively lenient. The PSNI answers to a board dominated by Sinn Fein, the Catholic nationalist party, and the pro-British, Protestant Democratic Unionists. That makes the police cautious about confronting either of the main communities, but they seem to act more independently when dealing with smaller segments of society.

The binary division in Northern Irish society is the likely explanation for one of the regions many political peculiarities: the absence of ethnic-minority representation in its institutions. Black and ethnic-minority citizens form at least 2.2% of the population and possibly twice that, yet no member of an ethnic minority sits in the regions 90-member assembly. Anna Lo, a Hong Kong-born centrist, retired in 2016, complaining of racism. Municipal councils are similarly all-white. If elected bodies reflected the population, at least a couple of assembly members would be from visible minorities, as would a dozen councillors. That is in contrast with the Irish republic, where an ethnic Chinese woman has just become mayor of Dublin, and the deputy head of government is half-Indian.

Apart from Mr Arutura, many other minority figures make an outsized contribution to Northern Ireland, while steering clear of a political world in which they would feel awkward. Mukesh Sharma, an ethnic Indian who built up a thriving travel business, sponsors big cultural events and plays his homelands music. He is a deputy lieutenant of Belfast, a ceremonial but prestigious role.

Angila Chada, another Belfast Indian, has co-founded an NGO called Springboard which helps disadvantaged people of all backgrounds to find work. But running for office has little attraction: Going into politics would mean deals and compromises which I am unwilling to make, she explains. One of her north Belfast neighbours, 25-year-old John McGrath, a budding solicitor of Kenyan origin, advises asylum-seekers and is a school governor. He sees little incentive to take the risks that choosing a political side in the citys ancient feud would carry. I can just imagine my black face being burned in a bonfire, he says, only half in jest.

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San Jose in a quandary over what to do with unauthorized Black Lives Matter mural – The Mercury News

  1. San Jose in a quandary over what to do with unauthorized Black Lives Matter mural  The Mercury News
  2. Just one week after it was painted, a Black Lives Matter mural in Indianapolis was vandalized  CNN
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  4. Black Americans fighting for equality on the frontlines of the Black Lives Matter protests explain what the movement means to them  Business Insider
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How did the Black Lives Matter movement get to where it is today? – News@Northeastern

The Black Lives Matter movement has been developing in a variety of forms for centuries, and a deep vein of its history can be explored within the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern Library.

More than 64,000 records are available online, including the Lower Roxbury Black History Project, which provides oral histories of a community that has been pursuing racial equity for generations. The digitization of these resources has made them accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Placing the current moment in a much longer time horizon really gives you critical context, says Dan Cohen, a professor of history who serves as vice provost for information collaboration and dean of the university library.

The Northeastern archives renew stories that have been forgotten to historyincluding many that resonate today.

In 1970, Frank Lynch, a 24-year-old singer, was a patient at Boston City Hospital when he and another man in his room, Edward Crowley, were shot and killed by a white police officer. In spite of protests in Boston and an investigation by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the officer did not face charges.

The Lower Roxbury Black History Project blends compelling narratives with everyday efforts that were made by many people to bring justice to American society on the local level.

You see how activism is donethe meetings of nonprofit community groups, the pamphlets, the internal conversations, the letters that they wrote to other civic institutions in the city, Cohen says. This kind of history shows that community efforts, and individual people brought together in a collaborative spirit, have made changes to American society.

A secret to building upon the current momentum of Black Lives Matter can be found in these records, says Molly Brown, a reference and outreach archivist at Northeastern.

It starts with meetings, Brown says. It continues with conversations. And it asks us to look at all of the institutions that we participate in.

The Lower Roxbury Black History Project was funded in 2006 by Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, based on a suggestion by Reverend Michael E. Haynes, a local leader who died in 2019. Hayness interview is a featured treasure among the archives.

Today we cant talk to Rev. Haynes in person, but we can go to his interview and keep learning from his wisdom, says Giordana Mecagni, who heads the archives and special collections at Northeastern. He was involved in almost every Black activist cause in Boston for many years.

Dan Cohen, a professor of history who serves as vice provost for information collaboration and dean of the university library. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

The project includes references to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who led the 1965 civil rights march to the Boston Common from the William E. Carter Playground a decade after he had attended Boston University. His presence in the archives gives power to the actions that have been taken by people who werent so well known.

People think about the civil rights movement as being exemplified by Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks, says Mecagni, who also notes renowned Boston-based activists like Melnea Cass, Muriel Snowden, and Ruth Batson. But it was also millions of individual people with jobs and families doing their part to make sure that there was change happening. We want the people out in the streets right now to understand that there were people like them in Boston whose efforts sparked real change.

Another trove of perspective can be discovered at the Beyond Busing: Boston Public School Desegregation project, which provides thousands of digitized resources on desegregation, starting with Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous 1954 Supreme Court ruling that found the segregation of public schools in Topeka, Kansas, to be unconstitutional.

In 1974, Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr. issued a U.S. District Court ruling in Massachusetts that called for busing to desegregate Bostons public schools, which set off a series of protests and riots.

Left, Giordana Mecagni, head of Special Collections and university archivist, and Molly Brown, reference and outreach archivist. Photos by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University and Photo courtesy Molly Brown

What was missing from this public narrative was the 40 years of Black activism in Boston that predated the Garrity decision, Mecagni says. There was a reason why the court had to intervene. It was because for years Black activists were saying, Schools are not equal. This is not fair. And finally, Boston was forced to do something about it. But this didnt happen in a vacuum. It took a lot of mostly unpaid volunteer work.

Bostons civil rights movement is mostly remembered as being education-focused. But Bostons activists werent just looking at Boston schools, Brown says. They are protesting racial imbalance. Theyre looking at housing. Theyre looking at the ways that our political constructions affect and enact white supremacy.

The Archives and Special Collections staff is also building the archives of Northeasterns Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, which was founded by Margaret Burnham, a lifelong civil rights activist and university distinguished professor of law at Northeastern. The justice projects staff of Northeastern students investigates acts of racially motivated crimes that took place in the Jim Crow South from 1930 to 1970.

Giordana Mecagni, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, looks through Northeasterns archive at Snell Library. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

What happened to George Floyd tragically happened to thousands of other African Americans, Cohen says of Burnhams efforts to tell those stories. And so this goes back a long way and that makes it even more infuriating that its still going on in 2020. But it also shows the broader historical context of some of the economic, social, and cultural problems that have persisted in American society.

Additionally, the librarys Teaching with Archives Program offers an array of opportunities for experiential learning with archival records, such as documents, photographs, local newspapers, and architectural plans related to the history of Bostons social justice organizing as well as Northeasterns history. The program encourages reflection about the participants own role in history, and how their neighborhood, school, and beyond are part of the story of Bostons past and present. Teachers may access a variety of digitized community collections, including:

Northeasterns archivists have used the Boston Public School Desegregation collection to teach hundreds of Boston Public School students about the education history of their city.

The librarys archives are an important resource for understanding racial injustice during this polarized time, says Cohen. Northeasterns library is home to the Boston Research Center, a digital community history and archive lab that aims to bring Bostons deep neighborhood and community histories to light through the creation and use of new technologies.

The key service that we provide is knitting all of this together, Cohen says. Obviously, there are people who are interested in history. There are researchers who work with maps and data. There are social justice activists; there are community historical societies.

The library is the institution that can synthesize the wide variety of materials that are created by human beings in a city like Boston, and present that in a coherent way so that audiences can come to understand their world better.

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A look at where the Black Lives Matter murals will be placed in KC – KCTV Kansas City

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TV tonight: dramas from the Black Lives Matter frontlines – The Guardian

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Stripped across the week, these four short dramas explore various aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement. We begin with Jerome Bucchan-Nelsons Generational in which Oliver (Nicholas Pinnock) catches his daughter Justina (Yasmin Monet Prince) sneaking out of the house. The usual fatherly concerns evaporate when he discovers she is attending a protest march. But they are replaced by another set of anxieties: will Justina be safe? And does she understand the battles fought on similar ground by previous generations? Phil Harrison

In 2013, a century-and-a-half after the death of Edvard Munch, Norway celebrated his anniversary by staging Munch 150: displaying 220 of his remarkable paintings; only one of which much of the world actually recognised on sight. Here is a behind-the-scenes of the exhibition, and a closer look at the artist. Ali Catterall

This superb series has put faces and names to the carnage of post-2003 Iraq and has been all the more affecting for it. We conclude with the long tail of the war: after emigrating to Canada, musician Waleed tells of returning to a different country in 2012, with divisive politics allowing extremism to gain a foothold. PH

A chirpy account of unemployment, filmed before the economic implications of Covid-19 became obvious. The care demonstrated by staff as they nudge clients back towards work is impressive. Hopefully, they are still smiling as they approach the most demanding spell of their working lives. PH

The trial is reaching its conclusion and so is this reimagining of the noirish detective serial. It has been thoroughly enjoyable Matthew Rhys has located precisely the right balance between dry wit and shoulder-slumped disillusion. With a second series commissioned, will Mason tie up the loose ends? PH

HBOs documentary about Michael Tubbs, a 26-year-old black man who was elected mayor of Stockton in California on the night of Trumps 2016 victory. Have his policies among them universal basic income for randomly selected residents improved a city blighted by poverty? Hannah J Davies

Predestination (Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, 2014), 11.50pm, Sony MoviesEthan Hawke reunites with the Spierig brothers (Daybreakers) for another bloodthirsty fantasy. Based on a Robert A Heinlein story, it has Hawke as a time-travelling agent hunting a serial killer, the Fizzle Bomber, in a hallucinogenic adventure concerning the predestination paradox. Paul Howlett

Snooker: The World Championship, 10am, BBC TwoMore tense green-baize action.

Europa League football, 7pm, BT Sport 1Action from the quarter-finals of the long-delayed tournament.

NBA: Phoenix Suns v Oklahoma City Thunder, 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main EventFrom the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

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How this Llama is playing peacemaker amid Black Lives Matter protests in Portland – The Indian Express

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2020 12:52:11 pm The unusually friendly Caesar is looked after by Larry McCool, who runs the Mystic Llama Farm in Jefferson, Oregon. (Source: Reuters)

Portland, which has been a site for anti-racism protests since May following the custodial death of African-American man George Floyd, has a new guest who is helping calming the nerves of demonstrators and law enforcement personnel with hugs.

A video of a Llama giving hugs and nuzzles to the demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, has gone viral online. Several clips of the 6-year-old Caesar, showing the animal going around and offering warm hugs to protesters as well as law enforcement officers on the street, have gone viral.

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The unusually friendly Caesar is groomed and looked after by Larry McCool, who runs the Mystic Llama Farm in Jefferson, Oregon, the Reuters reported.

Claiming that the animal knows more than one thinks it does, McCool recalled an event where the animal stayed calm for over nine minutes when over 5,000 people gathered near a bridge near downtown Portland to pay respect to Floyd, who died on May 25th.

Caesar stood there, motionless, just like this. He understood the moment. He understood the importance of what we were doing, McCool told the news website. He did not move an inch that whole time.

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N.Y.P.D. Besieges a Protest Leader as He Broadcasts Live – The New York Times

Derrick Ingram, an organizer of a group leading New Yorks Black Lives Matter protests, was besieged inside his Manhattan apartment on Friday while a police helicopter patrolled overhead, officers banged on his door and police dogs waited in the hallway.

The street outside had been closed off by roughly two dozen police vehicles and dozens of officers, including some who were wearing tactical gear and carrying shields. At the end of the block, Black Lives Matter supporters had gathered with bullhorns and cameras to protest what appeared to be Mr. Ingrams imminent arrest.

What did I do? What did I do? he said on a livestream posted on Instagram. I was born Black, thats what I did.

The tense standoff in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood continued for several hours as Mr. Ingram, 28, talked to lawyers via Zoom and communicated with the outside world over the Instagram video.

He declined to let the officers enter his apartment without a warrant. A police spokeswoman, Sgt. Jessica McRorie, said later that the officers were there to arrest him on charges that he had assaulted an officer by yelling in her ear with a megaphone.

In the end, the police left shortly after 1 p.m. without arresting him, and he turned himself in on Saturday morning at the Midtown North Precinct, accompanied by his lawyer and about 100 peaceful supporters.

But the tremendous show of force on Friday renewed questions about how the Police Department is addressing the protests for racial justice that have continued in New York for weeks and how they are dealing with those who participate in them.

The episode came about 10 days after the arrest of a transgender woman, Nikki Stone, 18, who was taken away from a protest in an unmarked van in a move that drew criticism from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

In that instance, Mr. de Blasio suggested the arrest had been justified, but he criticized its execution, saying police leaders should have handled it differently given continuing tensions over the departments practices.

Mr. Ingram was arrested on Saturday on a second-degree assault charge in connection with an incident during a protest in Midtown Manhattan on June 14, Sergeant McRorie said in a statement.

The sergeant said that Mr. Ingram had struggled with an officer who tried to stop him from crossing a police line during the demonstration. Mr. Ingram is accused of placing a live megaphone against the officers ear and yelling, causing pain and protracted impairment of hearing, Sergeant McRorie said.

When Mr. Ingram was brought before a judge on Saturday afternoon, a prosecutor from the Manhattan district attorneys office asked that the charge be reduced to a misdemeanor assault and that Mr. Ingram be released without bail. The judge agreed and Mr. Ingram was released.

Our office does not condone the extraordinary tactics employed by police on Friday, said Danny Frost, a spokesman for the district attorneys office. These actions were disproportionate to the alleged offense that occurred two months ago, and unjustifiably escalated conflict between law enforcement and the communities we serve.

Mr. Ingrams lawyer, Dorothy Weldon, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mr. Ingram is a founder of Warriors in the Garden, a group that has led many marches and rallies around the city since forming in June.

With hundreds of people watching the scene unfold on Warriors in the Gardens Instagram account, Mr. Ingram sat in the living room of his West 45th Street apartment while a police officer pounded on his door and told him to come out.

At one point, the officer could be heard saying the police were treating Mr. Ingram like a gentleman.

Why do you think hostage negotiation is here right now? Mr. Ingram said to those who were watching the video. They have dogs. I can hear the dogs in the hallway. Theyre texting me right now.

Addressing the audience, he said he was afraid that the officers would hurt him if he went outside or would plant something incriminating in his home if he let them in.

The video was interrupted at another point. When it resumed, he said he believed the officers were interfering with his cellphone calls so that every time he got one, a detective was intercepting it. The claim could not be verified.

In a statement issued later, Mr. Ingram said the officers who came to his home had not produced a warrant and had used threats and intimidation tactics.

This was an attempt to silence our movement, he said. This militarized police response endangers the safety of residents in Hells Kitchen and across New York City.

Warriors in the Garden formed in New York amid the demonstrations that began after the killing in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Several of its leaders most of whom are Black and in their 20s live in Hells Kitchen and elsewhere in Midtown Manhattan.

One of the groups leaders, Joseph Martinez, 20, said in June that the name was a reminder to tend this vision we have while fighting in this climate of violence and brutality.

The groups Instagram following has swelled to more than 30,000 users over the course of the summer as it attracted the attention of so-called influencers. Several of its members have been arrested during the recent protests.

Before he began organizing protests, Mr. Ingram used his own Instagram account mostly to talk about his Haitian heritage and his diet and fitness regimen. He has participated in protests despite having lupus, an autoimmune disease that he said put him at a higher risk of complications were he to contract the coronavirus.

We are fighting two pandemics, Mr. Ingram told a reporter in June, referring to the virus and racism.

During the livestream on Friday, he said he had never assaulted or threatened anyone.

On Saturday morning, Mr. Ingram led a march of a hundred protesters to the Midtown North Precinct station house on West 54th Street, where he planned to turn himself in.

With one fist held high and the other holding onto a fellow protester, Mr. Ingram chanted along, Wheres the warrant? They dont have it!

The group was met by two dozen officers in riot gear, who blocked off 56th Street at Eighth Avenue. The police allowed only Mr. Ingram through with his lawyer and three fellow organizers.

Mr. Ingram held hands with the other organizers as they separated from the demonstration and made their way inside. Protesters shouted, We believe in you! We love you!

Kiara Williams, 20, a co-founder of Warriors in the Garden who walked with Mr. Ingram into the station, said Mr. Ingram decided to turn himself in before matters with the police escalated.

Hes doing it for us, Ms. Williams said. He knew this was the right thing to do in order to protect everyone else.

Several protesters said Fridays confrontation was one in a series of episodes in which officers took seemingly extreme measures to make an arrest.

People are asking, Why, why is this happening? and were able to ask why because were finally watching, said Chi Oss, 22, another co-founder of Warriors in the Garden. And were watching in a mass and sharing it with the rest of the world.

Troy Closson, Juliana Kim and Ali Watkins contributed reporting.

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What is intolerance fatigue, and how is it fueling Black Lives Matter protests? – The Conversation US

Protesters remain on the streets demanding equality and justice for Black Americans. What theyre feeling, I believe, is something I call intolerance fatigue.

As a race scholar, examining the history of social justice movements, the phrase is new, but the concept isnt.

In 1962, during the civil rights movement, activist Fannie Lou Hamer sought to register to vote in her home state of Mississippi. When she was allowed to address the Democratic National Convention in 1964, Hamer told how she and her fellow activists were shot at, fined, arrested and brutally beaten in jail simply for trying to register to become first-class citizens.

She spoke for millions in another speech that year, in which she declared she was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

This exhaustion is not the sort that lays people out on their beds and couches, unable to move. Rather, its a frustration and anger about systemic racism that drives people to act, to demand change and become part of creating the social change they want.

The civil rights movement was sparked in 1955 by the murder of Emmett Till a Black 14-year-old from Chicago who was beaten, shot and drowned in a Mississippi river for allegedly offending a white woman in a store. In 1963, John Lewis, a young man who would become a civil rights icon and congressman, made a clear, and eloquent demand: We do not want our freedom gradually, but we want to be free now!

Similarly, the 2020 protests arose in the wake of George Floyds death in police custody in Minneapolis. Taking a stand against injustice, people again still are tired of being discriminated against, profiled and murdered because of the color of their skin.

Marchers are tired of intolerance, worn out by racism and refusing to be silent in the face of unjust treatment and inequality.

Just as their elders were, todays protesters and those they support are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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High school student forced to take off Black Lives Matter mask at graduation ceremony, family says – CNN

Dean Holmes, a student at York Catholic High School in York, Pennsylvania, put on a Black Lives Matter mask under his face shield at his July 28 graduation ceremony.

As students lined up before the ceremony started, the school's principal pulled him away in front of other students and told him to take off the mask, Holmes told CNN.

Holmes had previously been told by another school official to take the mask off, so he eventually relented for fear to not being able to walk across the stage, he said.

"I was so mad. I was shaking during the graduation, tapping my leg on edge...when it was over, I couldn't believe it," said Holmes.

York Catholic had opted to give every student a face shield instead of a mask for the ceremony.

" ... the capricious action taken against my son demonstrates that York Catholic High School has miles to go before they can put the ugliness of unconscious bias and racism to sleep. As a parent I will not stand for my son being humiliated publicly, having his basic human dignity crushed on what should have been one of the happiest days of his young life," he wrote in the post.

Both he and his wife were also wearing Black Lives Matter masks during the ceremony, he told CNN.

No masks with messages for graduation, school said

Two other students previously asked and were given permission to wear a solid color mask under the face shield, unlike Dean, Full explained.

"We wish to re-emphasize that York Catholic believes in the dignity of all human persons, and the equal treatment of all people. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to engage in personal conversation, continue to listen with open hearts, always strive for better understanding, and grow as a supportive community of love and respect," the statement continued.

Family says school didn't say no masks with messages

They were not told beforehand that masks with messages would be disallowed at the ceremony, the family said.

They also dispute several assertions in the school statement. According to the family, Dean had his mask on throughout the day and did not just put it on right before the ceremony, as the school said. Also, Dean was publicly told to take off the mask, not privately, as the school statement notes. The family also says Dean didn't have his temperature taken prior to the ceremony, despite the school saying he did.

The school declined to comment further beyond its original statement.

"The high school experience has been one thing after the other. He's had so many experiences that have really tried to belittle him and knock him down," said the father.

Going forward, Dean said he hopes to channel the graduation experience in his future studies at New York University in the fall. The incoming economics major said he will join NYU's Black Student Union and hopes that he will be able to link his experience to a class he will take this fall entitled "Cultures and Contexts: African Diaspora."

"Black Lives Matter is a statement that my life matters," Dean said. "It has nothing to do with politics, it's just a basic human rights issue."

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In the Wake of Protests – The New York Times

We are in a period of post-mortem reflection following the time during which racial justice protests were at their most intense. We now must ask ourselves: What has changed and what hasnt? Have power and privilege truly been disrupted? Has oppression been alleviated? What will be the legacy of this moment?

The historic protests in the wake of George Floyds killing were met with high hopes and soaring rhetoric. The protests were called a racial reckoning, a long-overdue racial accounting.

We painted murals on the streets and took down some statues. Companies committed to changing the Black faces on a bottle of syrup and a bag of rice. Athletes were allowed to kneel and racecar drivers held a racial solidarity parade.

There were television specials about injustice and expanded coverage of protests. Books about race rose to the tops of best-seller lists.

States like New York and California passed police reform legislation and scores of individual departments banned or restricted chokeholds and strangleholds and required officers to intervene when their colleagues use excessive force.

But, national progress, even on the issue of police accountability and reform, remained elusive. The slate of police reforms passed by the House is now bogged down in the Senate.

Donald Trump called the Black Lives Matter mural painted in front of Trump Tower in New York City a symbol of hate, one of his personal lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, called the group a domestic terror group, and his Justice Department began targeting demonstrators as terrorists.

On the Democratic side, Joe Biden quickly batted down any support of the move to defund the police, which is simply an effort to better allocate funding between police departments and social service agencies. There are also efforts at police abolition, but the defund movement is not synonymous with that effort.

More than 50 civil rights organization sent Joe Biden a scathing letter, chastising him for his involvement in mass incarceration and the war on drugs, and demanding that he:

Immediately incorporate the policies laid out by the Movement for Black Lives into your campaign platform, and announce the specific changes publicly. This includes their critical demands for interventions that will end state violence against Black people, end the economic exploitation of Black communities, advance reparations, and defund police, prisons and weaponry so we can fully fund health care, housing, education and environmental justice.

BLM co-founder and activist Patrisse Cullors spoke at the D.N.C.s virtual party platform meeting in July and said: Without the sea changes our movement recommended for the 2020 Democratic platform, any claims to allyship and solidarity with our work to fight for Black liberation are for naught.

While national political progress appeared tentative, mired or weakened by intense opposition, it did feel like personal progress, on a national scale, was made in some ways.

A Pew Research Center report in late June found that 6 percent of American adults said they attended a protest or rally that focused on issues related to race or racial equality in the last month. Thats about 15 million people, an astounding number.

Furthermore, the movement had multiracial participation. The percentage of protesters who were white was nearly three times the percentage who were Black. The percentage of Hispanics taking part was higher than the percentage of Black people as well.

But even as support for Black Lives Matter grew, many Americans still opposed the things the movement demanded.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in mid-July found that while nearly 70 percent of Americans believed Black people and other minorities are not treated as equal to white people in the criminal justice system, most still generally opposed calls to shift some police funding to social services or remove statues of Confederate generals or presidents who enslaved people.

Barack Obama issued a statement that read in part:

It falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day to work together to create a new normal in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

Im not sure that new normal is in the immediate offing. Much of what we saw in response to protests amounted to performative gestures, symbolism that cost nothing and shifted no power.

We must come to the conclusion that some of what we saw as a racial awakening was prone to wither. Some of what we saw was people cosplaying consciousness, immersing themselves in the issue of the moment.

I am very leery of tokenism, leery of the illusions of progress as the system holds fast. Im leery of appeasement, of being told that there is a change coming as a way of quieting me in the waiting.

America has a sterling track record of dashing Black peoples hopes.

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On Friday, NYPD officers attempted to arrest 28-year-old Derrick Ingram, co-founder of the nonviolent activist group Warriors In The Garden, at his apartment building in Manhattan.

In a statement to CNN, NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie said the officers were "seeking him for an open complaint report for an assault on a police officer" during a protest in Manhattan on June 14.

During the June protest, an officer attempted to prevent him from crossing a police line and a struggle ensued, McRorie said. Ingram allegedly "placed a handheld megaphone directly against the officer's ear, activated the megaphone and yelled, causing pain and protracted impairment of hearing," according to McRorie.

"This was an attempt to silence our movement," the statement says. "This militarized police response endangers the safety of residents in Hell's Kitchen and across NYC."

Ingram streamed the interaction live on Instagram.

On Saturday, Ingram, accompanied by an attorney, turned himself in on the misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault, the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office said. He was released on his own recognizance and has been arraigned, the district attorney's office said.

"Mr. Ingram turned himself in (Saturday) morning in a surrender negotiated by his attorney, and was peacefully accompanied to the precinct by his friends and allies. Such agreed-upon surrenders are common practice between lawyers and the NYPD," said Lupe Todd-Medina, a spokeswoman for NY County Defender Services.

Todd-Medina said the attorney's efforts to negotiate Ingram's surrender "were nearly foiled by an unprecedented show of police overreach yesterday morning and afternoon" and that they look forward to fighting the charges against Ingram.

"The presence of NYPD officers on Mr. Ingram's fire escape, helicopters circling overhead, and police dogs was a shocking demonstration of the tactics the NYPD is willing to undertake to suppress dissent," Todd-Medina said.

Danny Frost, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said in a statement Saturday that their office "does not condone the extraordinary tactics employed by police on Friday."

"These actions were disproportionate to the alleged offense that occurred two months ago, and unjustifiably escalated conflict between law enforcement and the communities we serve," Frost said.

"The NYPD's top brass better start talking. Who really issued the order to retreat?," Lynch said. "They have set an unbelievably damaging precedent. Police officers and all New Yorkers deserve to know who signed off on the NYPD's literal surrender to criminals."

Officers said they had a warrant for Ingram's arrest, Oss said, but they did not show one when asked. Hours later, the officers left -- without making an arrest.

"Commissioner Shea made the right decision to call off the operation," he said, referring to New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. "Assaulting an officer is unacceptable and will always lead to consequences, but arrests must be made properly."

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) A Black Lives Matter protest leader was free Saturday after he turned himself in to face charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Twenty-eight-year-old Derrick Ingram is accused of shouting into a bullhorn that was aimed at a police officers ear during a June protest, causing pain and hearing impairment.

Dozens of officers tried to arrest Ingram on Friday during a six-hour standoff in Midtown.

Ingrams supporters showed up at the scene, and officers were then ordered to back off, a move thats been criticized by police unions.

Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the order, saying in a statement, Commissioner Shea made the right decision to call off the operation. Assaulting an officer is unacceptable and will always lead to consequences, but arrests must be made properly.

Ingram spoke with reporters in Bryant Park on Saturday.

Im highly traumatized from everything, from the drones to the dogs to the lies that have been told by the NYPD, and Im ready to make a change. I think we should focus our efforts on getting Commissioner Shea out of office, he said.

Ingram then led a march to the Midtown North Precinct, where he turned himself in and was later released without bail.

He is facing assault charges.

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