Support grows to #FreeGrace and brings needed attention to disparities Black girls face in school systems
Hundreds have protested and thousands more are showing their support for #FreeGrace, centered around a 15-year-old Black girl in Michigan who’s been in juvenile detention since May for violating her probation by not completing her online schoolwork.Grace, whose middle name is being used to protect her identity, was charged with assault and theft last year for physically fighting with her mother and taking a classmate’s cell phone at school. Part of the terms of her probation, handed down in April of this year, included completing her schoolwork during the sudden shift to online instruction as ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Baha'is say racial justice is 'an integral part of our faith'
AUSTIN, Texas — Aliyah Marandiz, who grew up a member of the Baha’i faith, said that her religion influences her actions, her perspective and how she treats other people, much the same way any religion would.Yet while many religious communities are grappling with how to talk about race in the wake of recent protests against racism and police brutality, Marandiz said she has seen her fellow Baha’i practice their core belief of eradicating racism through service to their community.“It’s been really helpful to have these allies that are ready for action,” she said. “The biggest thing is that all ...
At least 25 people were shot in Philly this weekend, including two 11-year-olds, as gun violence keeps surging
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia’s surge in gun violence continued over the weekend, with at least 25 people being shot on Saturday and Sunday, including two 11-year-old boys wounded in separate incidents, police said.One of the boys was wounded in a triple shooting Sunday night in Grays Ferry. The other was shot near a playground Saturday night in Olney. Both suffered graze wounds and were in stable condition, according to police.The bloodshed also included gunfire at a playground that injured six people, a shooting in East Mount Airy that killed a 25-year-old man, another man being shot overnight...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Court rules for transgender student in Georgia bathroom access case
ATLANTA — Transgender high school students must be granted access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled.The closely watched case granted a legal victory to Drew Adams, a transgender student who sought access to the boys’ bathroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The opinion, issued Friday, said the school board’s policy barring Adams from the boys’ bathroom violated his civil rights by discriminating against him because of his sex.Local school systems, some of which have been embroiled in controversy because of their transg...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Seattle agrees police can't use riot declaration to justify indiscriminate force at protests, can't target medics
SEATTLE — The city of Seattle has agreed that a court order should bar police from targeting journalists, legal observers and medics with crowd weapons.The city also has agreed that the order should bar police from using the declaration of a riot as justification for indiscriminate force at protests.Seattle made those concessions in an agreement filed jointly Monday with lawyers for protesters who are suing the city for allegedly allowing the police to use unnecessary violence in controlling and suppressing crowds.For now, the lawyers will drop a request that the judge in the case hold the cit...
The Seattle Times
JUSTice Cream offers sweet social justice model for nonprofits — and ice cream shops
CHICAGO — Fudge the Police — not just a family friendly wordplay on the 1988 N.W.A. rap hit, but a vegan ice cream flavor to benefit Black Lives Matter Chicago. The blend of mint cookies and cream, fudge and CBD was created by JUSTice Cream, a nonprofit ice cream shop focused not just on the flavors, but benefiting grassroots organizations like BLM Chicago.JUSTice Cream works with local organizations to co-develop ice cream flavors that reflect a social justice issue, said founder Hialy Gutierrez. One hundred percent of the profits from each flavor go back to the organizations.ABOLECHE ICE, a ...
Officials announce 59 more arrests in KC as Operation LeGend expands in Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An additional 59 people have been arrested as part of the federal anti-violent crime initiative Operation LeGend, according to a release Friday from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.Of those arrested since Aug. 1, six new defendants face federal charges, meaning Operation LeGend has so far resulted in 17 federal cases, the release said.All of the new federal defendants have been charged with firearms-related charges, including four accused of being felons in possession of firearms. One was charged with illegally possessing a firearm and heroin trafficki...
The Kansas City Star
Matt Lieberman urged to quit Georgia Senate bid over 'racist' tropes in 2018 book
ATLANTA — The chairwoman of Georgia’s Democratic Party on Friday condemned Senate candidate Matt Lieberman for authoring a book with “racist and discriminatory tropes,” while the head of the state NAACP called on the Democrat to abandon the race.Lieberman, the son of former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, faced the calls to quit his bid after the Huffington Post published a piece about his 2018 self-published novel “Lucius,” which involves a racist character who is sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan.“Let me be clear: Racist and discriminatory tropes have no place in our politics and no p...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Minneapolis to partially reopen intersection where George Floyd was killed starting Aug. 17
MINNEAPOLIS — Starting the week of Aug. 17, the city of Minneapolis will begin to reopen 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the intersection where George Floyd was killed and which has become a memorial site for victims of police violence.City employees told neighborhood leaders they would start to reopen 38th Street in a meeting Thursday, said Carmen Means, the executive director of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, or CANDO. Council Member Andrea Jenkins, who represents the area, confirmed that and said they are talking with community members about how it would be done.The...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Whitmer urges resignation of county official who used racial slur, refused to wear mask
DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined local and state officials calling for the resignation of an elected official from northwest lower Michigan who used a racial slur before a public meeting this week.Leelanau County road commissioner Tom Eckerle uttered the slur Tuesday in an angry outburst, according to the Leelanau Enterprise newspaper, a commission colleague and a state lawmaker who represents the county.“Governor Whitmer believes that Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle must resign immediately. His comments are atrocious,” said the governor’s spokesperson Tiffany Brown in an email to The ...
The Detroit News