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    CHICAGO (CBS) — Amid the joy of LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations, hundreds of people turned out Sunday to call attention to a serious topic – attacks on the Black transgender community. At the second Drag March for Change, people marched along Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue north to Grace Street and Broadway – the heart of the Northalsted LGBTQ nightlife and cultural district in East Lakeview. They called for an end to police brutality against members of the trans community. READ MORE: Man Shot While Standing Outside In Old Norwood Park, Crashes Into Hospital Afterward The Chicago Black Drag Council organized the event, hoping to create a welcoming space and lasting change. READ MORE: Worshipers Joyfully Return To Church In Person With COVID-19 Capacity Restrictions Lifted “Never before have I seen a sea of entertainers come to create, support, and fight for what’s right in their community,” one participant said in addressing the crowd. The group is calling for the City Council to defund the Chicago Police Department by 75 percent and move the funding to social services and community...
    The data is a glimpse of the far-reaching harm caused by those who perpetrate and enable sexual violence against Black women.According to the U.S. Department of Justice, for every Black woman who reports rape, at least 15 do not, and 1 in 5 Black women are survivors of rape."Black survivors are overrepresented in experiencing harassment and violence. But they also are less likely to come forward and report, and that to me suggests that our systems aren't working," said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.The organization teamed up with Time's Up and "me too" International for a week of action that amplifies the voices of Black survivors."There's so many complications and barriers, and part of the reason why we're doing this work is to start talking about some of those barriers, talk about it out loud to name them, so that people understand just what the work is ahead of us," Tarana Burke, founder and executive director of "me too" international.Barriers are woven into many layers of society."That idea that people aren't telling the...
    More On: black lives matter Biden’s COVID relief bill is chock full of anti-white reverse racism Race and gender rhetoric is the perfect cover for corporate misdeeds NYC is no longer an ‘anarchist jurisdiction’ as Biden repeals Trump order Black Lives Matter foundation received over $90M in donations last year Social movements tap into our most primitive emotions, obscuring the complexities of sociopolitical problems. Reason is traded for ideological fervor and skepticism is swapped with religious dogma. Such was the case in 2020 in the wake of several high-profile cases of alleged police brutality involving black victims. Across the US and Western countries worldwide, activists and average citizens alike vigorously protested against a perceived (but empirically refuted) “epidemic of racist police killings.”  A new survey commissioned by Skeptic Research Center reveals the extent to which the public is misinformed on the issue of police violence. Participants across the political spectrum in the nationally representative survey were asked how many unarmed black men were killed by police in 2019. The results were revealing. Overall, nearly half of surveyed liberals (44...
    Buffalo Public Schools required its kindergarten students to participate in a lesson on “racist police and state-sanctioned violence” which involved showing images of black children who have died, Discovery Institute scholar Christopher Rufo reported. Whistleblower documents Rufo obtained reportedly show “anti racist” lesson plans spearheaded by Dr. Fatima Morrell, the school district’s associate superintendent for culturally and linguistically responsive initiatives. As part of the program, teachers ask students to compare their skin color by using crayons.  The individual lessons, which I have obtained, are even more divisive. In kindergarten, teachers require students to watch a video that dramatizes dead black children warning them about the dangers of being killed by “racist police and state-sanctioned violence.” pic.twitter.com/JZA950Nv9p — Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 23, 2021 The students are also told to watch a video featuring images of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and other black children who were fatally shot, according to Rufo. The video includes images of the deceased children speaking about the dangers of being killed by “racist police and state-sanctioned violence,” according to Rufo. “By fifth grade,...
    Sylvia Bennett-Stone, who lost her daughter to gun violence in 2004, spoke out against the movement to defund the police on Friday, stating that she often wonders if her daughter would still be alive if police officers were there to help.   "What if the police were there?" Bennett-Stone asked during an appearance on "Fox and Friends." "[Defunding the police] is only going to result in more violence in our neighborhoods, we want to see police reformed, we want the accountability of police officers, not taking them away," she said.   WHAT HAPPENED TO 'DEFUND THE POLICE'? Bennett-Stone, the director of Voices of Black Mothers United, said that black on black crime in the communities is happening by "the dozens" and that people would instead rather talk about defunding the police. "How many more children have to die before we have this conversation," Bennett-Stone said. Bennett-Stone’s daughter Krystal, 19, was pumping gas with her girlfriend at an Alabama gas station when two men began shooting at each other. A single bullet went through Krystal’s body and lodged into the heart of her girlfriend. Both girls...
    Activists are concerned that law enforcement operations to increase security after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 will negatively impact minority communities, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Official responses to prevent domestic extremist attacks by right-wing groups could inadvertently put black Americans, Muslims and other minorities in danger, according to some activists and civil rights organizations, the AP reported. “White violence is consistently perpetuated and then used as justification for increased surveillance or increased state power against communities of color,” Iranian American activist Hoda Katebi, 26, said, the AP reported. Katebi was called a terrorist and heckled for wearing a headscarf after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to the AP. People hold signs as they participate in a call to action “White People Stop Calling the Cops on Black People” protest. (STEPHEN ZENNER/AFP via Getty Images) Civil rights groups expressed concern of additional law enforcement powers based on the experience of black and Muslim communities who were surveilled by agencies during previous decades, including the height of the civil rights movement, the AP reported. The FBI targeted “movements that sought...
    Michael Eric Dyson patiently explained Black anxiety over interactions with police after HBO host Bill Maher claimed that accountability is improving, and that “lots of police have been put in jail” for violence against Black people. On Friday night’s edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, Professor Dyson and the host were discussing the merits and messaging behind the “Defund the Police” movement, and Dyson tried to explain that while most Black people want protection, they still have well-founded anxiety about the police. “We want, when the cops show up, not to direct a common ordinary interchange between human beings into something lethal,” Dyson said, citing the examples of Sandra Bland and Walter Scott, and added “The ordinary interactions that many white brothers and sisters can take for granted end up in death for Black people.” “So yeah, a lot of Black people don’t want the police to be abolished, I just want the fact that police people seem to consistently and repeatedly murder, kill, maim, harm, and destroy Black life with wanton abandonment without being held to account....
    Megan Thee Stallion has written a powerful op-ed for the New York Times about being a victim of violence. “I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man,” Megan, 25, wrote, referring to allegedly being shot by rapper Tory Lanez in July. “After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him. We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.” The “Savage” rapper said the traumatic experience helped her realize why violence against women occurs. “After a lot of self-reflection on that incident, I’ve realized that violence against women is not always connected to being in a relationship,” she said. “Instead, it happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will.” Since the shooting, Megan has vowed to speak up for women like herself and Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this year. The rapper slammed the state’s...
    NBA star LeBron James fired back at a conservative critic who blamed him for a recent police shooting by saying that he has never condoned violence. James defended himself on Tuesday, after conservative pundit Candace Owens accused him of heightening racial tensions in a manner that led to two Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies getting shot. 4Lakers player LeBron James said he has never condoned violence in his life “I've never in my 35 years ever condoned violence—never have,” James said after a playoffs game against the Denver Nuggets.  The Los Angeles Lakers player continued that he grew up in a black community in an inner city that was “ghetto” and believes that “what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.” “I've seen a lot of counts, firsthand (sic), of a lot of black people being I guess racially profiled because of our color, and I've seen it throughout my whole life,” James said.  James continued that he was “not saying that all cops are bad” but that videos keep emerging all over the US of “acts of violence toward...
    LeBron James is denying claims from his conservative critics that he inspired a recent police shooting in Los Angeles, telling reporters after Tuesday's playoff loss to the Denver Nuggets that he has 'never… ever condoned violence.' 'I do not condone violence towards anyone, police, black people, white people, anyone of color, anyone not of color, because that's not going to ever make this world or America what we want it to be,' James said Tuesday after the Nuggets cut the Lakers' lead in the Western Conference Finals to 2-1. Conservative pundit Candace Owens recently accused James of inflaming racial tensions, resulting in the shooting of two Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies on September 12. The officers have not been identified publicly, but both the 31-year-old female and 24-year-old male have reportedly been released from the hospital. LeBron James (left) is denying claims from his conservative critics that he inspired a recent police shooting in Los Angeles, telling reporters after Tuesday's playoff loss to the Denver Nuggets that he has 'never… ever condoned violence.' Conservative pundit Candace Owens (right) accused James...
    LeBron James insisted this week he has never called for revenge attacks against cops, despite repeated rants some critics claim inflame “hatred” against police. “I’ve never in my 35 years ever condoned violence. Never have,” the hoops legend said Tuesday night when asked about his tirades being tied to the anger that led to two California deputies being shot in an ambush. “I do not condone violence towards anyone,” James insisted, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Police, black people, white people, anyone of color, anyone not of color because that’s not gonna ever make this world or America what we want it to be.” The Lakers legend has been the most vocal professional athlete on police brutality, calling it ” “f—ed up” that black Americans are living in fear of getting shot by cops who maybe “just left the house saying that today is going to be the end for one of these black people.” Conservative pundit Candace Owens accused him of inflaming hatred against the police as she tagged a video of the deputies being shot, while...
    Conservative activist Candace Owens blamed the “left’s increasingly deranged rhetoric” at least in part for recent violence against police officers. Owens’ appearance on Tuesday night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News comes after two Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies were ambushed by a still-at-large attacker Saturday night. Host Tucker Carlson asked her why she feels basketball star Lebron James has yet to respond to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s challenge to help fund the reward to bring the shooter to justice. WATCH: “I’d like to first point out and remind America of what Lebron James specifically said a couple of months ago — and I spoke out against this immediately — he tweeted to his hundreds of millions of fans and followers that we are literally being hunted,” Owens said. “We, meaning black people, being hunted by, meaning white people in this country, and think about that statement and what kind of a bat signal it sends out to black Americans, to young black men, when someone of his caliber and his status is saying that we are literally...
    (CNN)In Chicago's West Englewood neighborhood -- which has been plagued with violence and trauma -- residents have been working for years to transform their community from surviving to thriving, one block at a time. And then came Covid-19.More than six months in, the pandemic continues to disproportionately impact communities of color in the US."Look at the amount of Black Americans that are dying from Covid. And let's look at the fact that these communities just are lacking resources and opportunities," said CNN Hero Robbin Carroll, whose community-led non-profit, I Grow Chicago, has been embedded in West Englewood since 2013.Through its Peace House and surrounding campus, the organization helps provide anything the community wants and needs to improve their lives -- from fresh food and employment assistance to afterschool and wellness programs. Read MoreNow, in the wake of Covid-19, the organization's efforts are more crucial than ever. "We know that we are in a community that is very vulnerable ... and that they would be extremely hard-hit," Carroll said. "We needed to step in and just provide even more supplies and...
    Ashlie D. Stevens July 27, 2020 7:00PM (UTC) Samaria Rice — the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Black boy who was killed in Cleveland in 2014 by a white police officer — has said that she wakes up every day not knowing how or where she is going to see her son's death depicted by artists.  "I'm not normal because of what America has done to my family,'' Rice said in a recent interview with Cleveland.com. "I'm just dealing with it. I can't even have my son in peace. That's what it feels like." : Earlier this summer, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art canceled "The Breath of Empty Space," a planned exhibition by New York artist Shaun Leonardo. The solo show, which interprets the police killings of unarmed Black and Latino men and boys, would have featured charcoal illustrations based on the surveillance video of Tamir Rice's death; it also included depictions of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Rodney King, and Laquan McDonald.  According to the New York Times, Leonardo, who identifies as Afro-Latino, accused the museum of ...
    This is the second piece of a two-part series on how systemic police racism fuels the war on cops. Read part one here. Recent looting, arson and targeted violence against police wasn’t about police reform, and the assassination of police officers wasn’t about mourning or respecting George Floyd—so what’s really going on? A quick look at two radical movements behind George Floyd protests — Antifa and Black Lives Matter — provides some insight. It is difficult to pin down an official “party line” with these amorphous groups, but there are similarities: The Black Lives Matter organization has called for national defunding of police and dismantling the nuclear family. The Movement for Black Lives calls for a Marxist-inspired agenda, which includes defunding police, eliminating prisons, ending all immigration enforcement, and paying slavery reparations. Antifa is even less centralized, but its adherents’ penchant for destruction, violence, riots and vandalism inspired by the supposed “racialized capitalism” of the United States is well documented. The common thread uniting these movements is the belief that the United States as a country is illegitimate, inherently racist,...
    Multiple studies have previously shown that Black people in the United States are as much as six times more likely to be killed by police than white people. From a July 16 press briefing: WEIJIA JIANG, CBS News: In an interview with CBS News, President Trump said more white people are killed as an answer to why Black people are still being killed by police officers. But by population percentages, Black people are about three times more likely than white people to die in a police encounter.   If the president won't even acknowledge that, how can he fix the problem?   KAYLEIGH McENANY: The president has routinely acknowledged and expressed the absolute atrocity of the case of George Floyd and his heart goes out to that family still.   He was noting a fact that there were — when you look at unarmed killings with police interactions in this country, that you had 9 unarmed Black individuals who were fatally shot and 19 unarmed white individuals. That's down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015.   So, the numbers...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump repeated racist talking points in downplaying police violence against Black Americans during a CBS News interview on Tuesday, claiming that "more White people" are dying at the hands of law enforcement than Black people. When asked by CBS News' Catherine Herridge why African Americans are still dying at the hands of law enforcement in the United States, Trump told the interviewer she had asked a "terrible question.""And so are White people. So are White people. What a terrible question to ask. So are White people. More White people, by the way. More White people," Trump said.A federal study evaluating data on deaths between 2009 and 2012 due to lethal force by law enforcement found that a majority of victims were White, but a disproportionate amount were Black, with a fatality rate 2.8 times higher. The study also found that Black victims were more likely than Whites to have been unarmed. Trump's comment follows a summer filled with mass demonstrations across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers in...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles LGBTQ+ activists are pushing to bring attention to violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people across the city and the country. On Tuesday, a Black transgender woman was left in critical condition after she was shot in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles LGBT Center said. The incident happened near 15th Street and Hooper Avenue at about 7:10 p.m on Tuesday. No arrests have been made and a suspect description was not released. A motive in the incident was also unclear. During Pride month celebrations in June, an All Black Lives Matter march was held to amplify calls for justice that have spread nationwide following the deaths of Tony McDade, a transgender Black man, and others who have been killed at the hands of police. Last month, the Black LGBTQIA Advisory Board Council also organized a march through L.A. in McDade’s memory. Advocacy groups have called violence against transgender people in the U.S. an epidemic and are renewing calls for justice. The FBI reported a significant increase in hate crimes motivated by gender identity bias...
    Public opinion on policing has shifted dramatically in the past five years, as more Americans believe that police violence is a very serious problem. A poll released Wednesday by the The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 48% of Americans think police violence is a “very” or “extremely” serious problem. That number is a significant increase from the 32% of Americans who thought the same in 2015. A greater number of Americans now think police are more likely to use deadly force against a black person than a white person. 61% of respondents said that police violence disproportionately targets black people, up from the 49% of people who thought the same in 2015. When surveyed about the criminal justice system, 65% of respondents said that police officers who cause injury or death are treated too leniently, compared to the 41% of people who thought the same in 2015. A protestor holds up a sign during a demonstration against racism and police brutality (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) The change in opinion correlates with the increase in nationwide coverage...
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