NYC mayor helps paint 'Black Lives Matter' on street outside Trump Tower
NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio joined protesters Thursday in painting a vibrant yellow “Black Lives Matter” mural on the street outside Trump Tower, delivering a message to the president on his old home turf.“No justice, no peace!” chanted the demonstrators, raising their fists in solidarity as an outnumbered group of critics expressed their disdain during an intense five-minute confrontation. “Black lives matter!”De Blasio, ignoring insults hurled from the Fifth Avenue sidewalk, used a roller to help paint the bright yellow letter “L” on a sweltering afternoon where a stretch of the Midtown ...
New York Daily News
A moment became a movement as Georgians answered the calls for justice
ATLANTA — A few weeks ago, the downtown streets of Atlanta roiled in anger. Thousands marched to protest the death of yet another Black man at the hands of police 1,100 miles away in Minneapolis, many answering the social media post of a 19-year-old Atlanta woman who’d never organized anything before.Amid a worldwide pandemic, many marchers wore masks and kept their distance. The masks covered their faces, but did not silence their voices. They chanted the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, pleaded for an end to the killing of Black Americans, and demanded policing change...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Movie review: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' deservedly affectionate portrait of civil rights icon
It is intensely comforting to hear Rep. John Lewis say, “we will redeem the soul of America — we shall overcome.” It’s the note on which director Dawn Porter leaves us at the end of her affectionate documentary portrait of Lewis, “John Lewis: Good Trouble.” Lewis is indeed the good kind of trouble, and he’s a good time too, as evidenced by the friendly greetings he has for anyone who stops to thank him for his work, in airports and on the campaign trail, and in the viral video of the 80-year-old congressman and civil rights movement icon dancing to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.Lewis is an icon...
Tribune News Service
Trump is a 'spiritual danger,' evangelical writers warn
PHILADELPHIA — Ron Sider started with a laugh and a prayer.“Lord have mercy,” he replied with a chuckle when Clout asked why it was necessary to compile a collection of essays in a book titled “The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelicals on Justice, Truth and Moral Integrity.”Sider is an emeritus professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Montgomery County. He said white evangelical voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump in 2016 even though he “is clearly racist, repeatedly says awful things about women, (and) has pol...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dieter Kurtenbach: Why the 49ers flying a 'Black Lives Matter' flag is important
There’s a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill that he probably never said, but over the last few weeks has been in my head constantly:“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — once all other options have been exhausted.”Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the National Anthem almost five years ago. This week, the 49ers started flying a Black Lives Matter flag above Levi’s Stadium.It took time and an unspeakable amount of tragedy for the 49ers, the NFL, and the nation to start hearing it, but Kaepernick’s message is breaking through in a big way.That flag is pr...
The Mercury News
'I'm still Black and my life still matters.' What is the legacy of CHOP, Seattle's 24/7 protest?
SEATTLE — On a sunny Monday morning, after a weekend that saw two nighttime shootings, the streets and fields of CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) were mostly deserted.Just a few days ago, the 24/7 protest, which occupies several blocks around Cal Anderson Park and a recently abandoned police precinct, had been bustling with life: activists; rubberneckers; reporters; volunteer security guards, some openly carrying guns; masked medics.But after two bursts of gunfire on successive nights — two men wounded, one man killed — almost everyone seemed to have disappeared.Almost.Sitting in a small ...
The Seattle Times
Meet the youth rap group bringing songs of racial justice to the streets of Philly protests
PHILADELPHIA — The Young Flames bounced up and down, their small brown fists raised to the sky.“Let’s celebrate our people, keep fighting until we’re equal, civil rights the sequel,” rapped Bahij Goodwin, 11.The nine other members of the South Philadelphia youth rap group gathered around Goodwin, swaying in unison, unfazed by the crowd of more than 100 people — their largest audience yet.“Brought us here as slaves, and put us in graves. We can’t do the same, we have to behave,” continued Jaden Barasky, 12, bringing the crowd gathered at a Point Breeze park to honor George Floyd, a black man ki...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Advice to young activists from a 101-year-old historian: The 2020 census matters
These last months have been a stressful and difficult time in the history of our country. I say that with some experience behind me. I’m 101 years old.I was born during the 1918 influenza pandemic. My grandparents were born slaves. My parents were sharecroppers in Alabama before moving to Chicago when I was 3 years old. I fought Nazis in Europe during World War II, and I organized the Chicago delegation to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington as the civil rights movement took wings.The murder of George Floyd was shocking in its cruelty, but the circumstances were all too familiar....
Richard Ivanowski: NBA players deserve our support whether they play in the league's reboot or sit out
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s been 100 days since we last saw NBA basketball. Those 100 days have been hard in many ways, not just for sports fans.The lack of organized sports has merely been a drop in the bucket. A pandemic swept the globe, hitting our country incredibly hard. A historic civil rights movement has emerged, bringing deep and shameful problems in our society to light.Countless people have lost their lives from a variety of causes. Many of those losses feel as if they were preventable; all of them are heartbreaking.We’re finally at a turning point. As the country begins to reopen, an...
The Sacramento Bee
Greg Cote: Should sports play it safe, pack it in and take rest of 2020 off? There is an argument.
Should sports resume at all in 2020? Even without fans at games?The question seems increasingly reasonable to ask as we come upon 100 days without live sports — even as we all miss the cheering, the touchstone of normalcy that our teams can offer.We all dream of the TV cornucopia this fall, the promise of the NBA and NHL, of baseball and soccer all in the midst of their resumed seasons as the NFL and college football begin.It could happen. Looks like it will happen. The sports plate could be full, albeit with stadiums and arenas empty, presuming MLB ever gets its act together and reconciles on...