June 18, 2020 -
Police funding across 47 of the South's largest cities has risen as a share of total expenditures in the past three decades, even as funding for other essential services has plateaued. With city councils planning their 2021 budgets, citizens are demanding a reallocation of those funds.
June 9, 2020 -
Demonstrations against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and police violence generally have spread to small towns like Siler City, North Carolina, home to a chicken-processing plant that's been hit hard by COVID-19. Residents connecting police violence to ICE violence came out by the hundreds to say that "las vidas negras importan."
June 3, 2020 -
As people took to the streets nationwide to condemn last week's Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, they were met in many places by tear gas, which is banned from use in war but still deployed domestically by police for crowd control. The tear gas canisters fired in recent protests in Minneapolis and many other cities were made by Florida-based Safariland, whose products have also been controversially used against asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
May 5, 2017 -
With the feds declining to pursue charges against two white police officers who shot and killed a black man in a Baton Rouge parking lot last year, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced this week that he would review the evidence and consider prosecution. Who is Landry and what's his record on holding police accountable?
December 9, 2016 -
The mistrial declared this week in the case of the North Charleston police officer who shot unarmed Coast Guard veteran Walter Scott in the back following a traffic stop is part of a long history of dehumanizing treatment of Black veterans in the South that's documented in a new report.
November 3, 2016 -
Black youth have the ability to determine the results of this year's presidential election, and various efforts are underway to ensure they turn out in the numbers they did in the past two presidential races.
August 26, 2016 -
Sixty-one years after a grief-stricken mother invited the world to witness the brutality of white supremacy, a new museum dedicated to the African-American experience will put her son's casket on display — an exhibit that aims to ensure future generations remember America's painful past and how it shapes the present.