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    SOMERVILLE (CBS) – A Somerville hair salon owner wants answers after her window mural was tagged with graffiti Friday morning. “I thought it was pretty terrible,” said Christine McSheehy. READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Passport Program Could Be Coming To Massachusetts Soon, Baker SaysSomerville Police want to speak with a man captured on McSheehy’s salon surveillance video – seen uncapping what appears to be a spray paint can. “Somebody came up to our mural and decided to graffiti over Black Lives Matter,” she said. She can’t imagine why someone would want to ruin her window mural along Highland Avenue that spreads a message of equality and inclusion, especially during the holidays. Black Lives Matter mural vandalized at Hair by Christine in Somerville (WBZ-TV) READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 2,915 New COVID-19 Cases, 31 Additional Deaths“He must obviously have hate towards the BLM movement because he could’ve easily wiped out a lot more on that mural but he chose that,” said McSheehy. Police are investigating the vandalism and since the video went viral on social media, many...
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    Last week as Americans feasted on Thanksgiving, Black Lives Matter declared that people were having their meals "on stolen land." "Colonization never ended, it just became normalized," a graphic shared by the organization said. "Find out which ancestral homeland you're currently occupying here: native-land.ca." You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land.pic.twitter.com/1Ob1RgBkvp — Black Lives Matter (@Black Lives Matter) 1637875613
    Black Lives Matter (BLM) experienced much backlash on Thanksgiving when it described America as “stolen land.” “You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land,” the organization wrote in a social media post on Thursday which also included a graphic. “Colonization never ended, it just became normalized,” the graphic read: You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land. pic.twitter.com/1Ob1RgBkvp — Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 25, 2021 The group then urged followers to “Find out which ancestral homeland you’re currently occupying” by visiting a website. However, social media users fired back at the organization, one person writing, “But blm founders own houses shouldn’t you give those up first?” “Then give up your houses card money jobs and everything else you own because that’s all on stolen land too,” another commented. “Every square inch of land occupied on this planet was stolen/conquered. You’re normalizing generational victimization and it’s gross,” yet another user replied. In June, photos showed BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors apparently built a wall surrounding her $1.4 million house after stepping down amid criticism of her...
    A major Black Lives Matter group tweeted a message to followers that Thanksgiving is a day of “colonization” celebrated on “stolen land.” “You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land,” the Twitter account of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation tweeted Thursday. “Colonization never ended, it just became normalized.” Then, it provided a link to native-land.ca, so viewers could “Find out which ancestral homeland” they were “currently occupying.” You are eating dry turkey and overcooked stuffing on stolen land. pic.twitter.com/1Ob1RgBkvp — Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 25, 2021 The organization tweeted it was sending its “deepest love to families whose loved ones were stolen by state-sanctioned violence and white-supremacy” and offered “a special prayer for those who will forever have an #EmptySeatAtTheTable.” This #Thanksgiving we send our deepest love to families whose loved ones were stolen by state-sanctioned violence and white-supremacy. May we offer a special prayer for those who will forever have an #EmptySeatAtTheTable. — Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 25, 2021 BLM’s take on the holiday invoked criticism and pushback...
    Reverend Al Sharpton praised the nearly all-white jury Wednesday for finding three men guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. “Let us thank these lawyers, let us thank the prosecutors. Let us thank the activists that y’all called them out, that marched and stood up. Let us thank all of the people that believed and let us, more than anything, thank the mother and father of Ahmaud. They lost a son, but their son will go down in history as one that proved that if you hold on, that justice can come,” Sharpton said following the verdict. Rev. Al Sharpton: “Let the word go forth all over the world, that a jury of 11 whites and 1 Black in the Deep South stood up in the courtroom and said that Black lives do matter.” pic.twitter.com/dwTS2ypFGJ — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 24, 2021 Sharpton said Arbery’s parents believed justice was going to be served even when Sharpton himself had doubts. “Let the word go forth all over the world, that a jury of 11 whites and 1 black in the deep...
    Milwaukee Black Lives Matter activist Vaun Mayes speculated Sunday that the Christmas parade massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, could be a harbinger of “revolution” — then backed off the sentiment days later as more information came out about the case. “I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Mayes said of the deadly parade incident during Facebook Live stream on Sunday evening (archive here), as lights from first responders’ vehicles flicker on his face. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.” Black Lives Matter activist Vaun L Mayes @YungLz at the scene of the Waukesha parade attack: "It sounds like the revolution has started," mentions hearing from a source who believes Darrell Brooks may have been motivated by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.pic.twitter.com/ayp3BjbfZ7 — Nobody (@TheNoboddy) November 22, 2021 Mayes offers more commentary on what he sees throughout the live stream, watching a local woman give an interview to a news...
    A BLACK Lives Matter activist issued a troubling message by suggesting that the Waukesha Christmas parade attack was a signal that "the revolution" may have begun. Self-described activist militant Vaun Mayes, of Milwaukee, speculated that the tragedy on Sunday - which killed five and injured more than 40 others - was linked to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. 5Vaun Mayes, of Milwaukee, speculated that the tragedy on Sunday was linked to the acquittal of RittenhouseCredit: Facebook 5Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday of murder chargesCredit: Fox News Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday of murder charges after he shot dead two men and wounded a third at a BLM riot in Kenosha last year, which was spurred by the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, at the hands of a white cop. The accused culprit behind the parade attack, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, tweeted his dismay over the verdict just hours before he allegedly drove his red Ford Escape through the packed parade route, carving through performers as spectators watched on in horror. Police so far say they have found no link...
    A Black Lives Matter activist has claimed the Waukesha Christmas parade attack which killed five people was linked to the acquittal of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse. Activist Vaun Mayes speculated that the attack which saw suspect Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, drive a car into a crowd of parade goers in Wisconsin on Sunday was the 'start of a revolution'. Mayes claimed that the horror that unfolded during the Christmas parade was linked to growing anger over the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial, which saw the teenager acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.    Activist Vaun Mayes speculated that the attack which saw suspect Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, drive a car into a crowd of parade goers in Wisconsin on Sunday was the 'start of a revolution' Video footage showing the moment a speeding red Ford Escape SUV ploughs into a marching band during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday Speaking from the scene of the parade attack on Monday night,...
    "It was a set up from the beginning," the statement continued. "The police, the judge, the court, mainstream media, and every single system involved all wrapped their arms around Kyle Rittenhouse from the very beginning — from even before the murders he committed. What this verdict reminds us of is that this is a nation deeply rooted and still very committed to white supremacy, and we must continue to fight against it." That same day, the group's account tweeted, "[T]he little racist/terrorist kyle rittenhouse represents the exact kind of white-supremacist vigilante violence that we've seen before — with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of #TrayvonMartin." "It brought us into the streets more than 8 years ago and birthed #BlackLivesMatter. Today is another reminder that we're far from achieving our abolitionist future. But rest assured, we will get there. We will win. #EndWhiteSupremacy." It brought us into the streets more than 8 years ago and birthed #BlackLivesMatter. \n\nToday is another reminder that we\u2019re far from achieving our abolitionist future. But rest assured, we will get there....
    Black Lives Matter activist Vaun Mayes suggested the Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Sunday might be linked to retaliation for the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict. Mayes speculated despite there being no evidence of a connection between the verdict and the attack. He arrived at the scene of the parade attack on Monday and addressed his audience on Facebook in a livestream video. “I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Mayes said. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin . It started with this Christmas parade.” WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, REELS AFTER HORRIFIC PARADE ATTACK LEAVES AT LEAST FIVE DEAD AND SCORES INJURED Black Lives Matter activist Vaun L Mayes @YungLz at the scene of the Waukesha parade attack: "It sounds like the revolution has started," mentions hearing from a source who believes Darrell Brooks may have been motivated by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.pic.twitter.com/ayp3BjbfZ7— Nobody (@TheNoboddy) November 22, 2021 “I...
    NEW YORK -- Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer, says in a new interview that he's "not a racist person" and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.The video in the featured media player above is from a previous report."This case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense," the 18-year-old tells Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview set to air Monday night. Rittenhouse is white, as were the men he shot.Rittenhouse was 17 last year when he traveled 20 miles from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which had been racked with protests in the wake of the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. That shooting and the response in Kenosha - protests that turned destructive - became part of the national reckoning over police use of force against Black people following George Floyd's death in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer, says in a new interview that he’s “not a racist person” and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. “This case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense,” the 18-year-old tells Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview set to air Monday night. Rittenhouse is white, as were the men he shot. READ MORE: Protesters Walk Route Rittenhouse Took In KenoshaRittenhouse was 17 last year when he traveled 20 miles from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which had been racked with protests in the wake of the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. That shooting and the response in Kenosha — protests that turned destructive — became part of the national reckoning over police use of force against Black people following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis...
              more   MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters blocked some Minneapolis streets Saturday evening, protesting the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. The protest began at the Hennepin County Government Center, a 24-story skyscraper in the heart of Minneapolis, where many masked protesters gathered. Around 300 protesters filled the street along with several cars who had their hazard lights flashing bringing up the rear. They marched around five blocks to the First Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department, where they stopped and blocked the street for over an hour. Police officers were seen locking gates and a barrier was in front of the windows and main entrance doors of the precinct. The protest was organized by several activist groups including Black Lives Matter Minnesota, Blue LIES Matter, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice, Racial Justice Network, and the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee. A Facebook event for the protest was also created and the description reads, “Killer Kyle Rittenhouse is free, cleared of all charges. We denounce the verdict and white supremacy....
    New York's mayor-elect Eric Adams has gotten his first taste of the extortion tactics that the city's anti-cop radicals will use against him once he takes office.  Last week, a leader of New York Black Lives Matter threatened 'riots . . . fire . . . and bloodshed' should Adams deliver on a campaign promise to revive a contested undercover unit of the New York Police Department. Adams brushed off the threat. But the argument that BLM leader Hawk Newsome made against the unit—that it has a disparate impact on blacks—will come up repeatedly if Adams carries through on his anti-crime platform. Ironically, Adams himself lodged that disparate impact argument against the NYPD in previous years. He now better be prepared to meet and rebuff it. (Left) Co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) of Greater New York, Hawk Newsome at a New York City protest. (Right) NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams speaks at his victory party, promising to drive down gun violence and crime A police officer watches a crowd as a police vehicle burns near Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn...
    Supporters and opponents of Kyle Rittenhouse gathered Tuesday outside the Kenosha County Courthouse as the nation awaits the jury’s verdict in the 18-year-old’s trial. Footage shared to social media shows Rittenhouse supporters and Black Lives Matter activists engaging in duelling chants. Spotted among the group of BLM supporters was Justin Blake, the uncle of Jacob Blake — the African-American male whose shooting by police sparked violence and riots in Kenosha. During the riot, Rittenhouse shot and killed two individuals in what he told the court was an act of self-defense. At the time of Blake’s shooting, there was a warrant for his arrest for “third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct. A knife was found in his vehicle at the time, according to Wisconsin authorities. On the courthouse steps In Kenosha Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Justin Blake, Jacob Blake’s uncle, chanting pic.twitter.com/tVPUaLr3Tv — Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) November 16, 2021 Bill Gregory demonstrates in favor of conviction at the Kenosha County Courthouse before closing arguments are delivered in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse on November 15, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Nathan Howard/Getty...
    Editor’s note: What follows is an excerpt from Charles Love’s “Race Crazy: BLM, 1619, And The Progressive Racism Movement.” It can be purchased here. If Black Lives Matter is the chaos arm of the movement, the Movement for Black Lives is the operating system. How a group so connected, so influential, and so well-funded can operate with no exposure in the age of social media is both a testament to its power and a sad statement of how far the media has fallen. … It would be so much simpler to have one or two organizations with chapters throughout the country. It would result in easier fundraising and better messaging. But the Black Lives Matter movement is a complicated web of connected groups. It is basically a race-based Ponzi scheme. … The most interesting thing about Black Lives Matter is not their IRS status; it is the fact that there is no longer a Black Lives Matter organization. They maintain a page and the means to accept donations, and that is really all that remains of the original organization. Black...
    Fox News’ Dan Bongino’s interview with a Black Lives Matter activist descended into chaos as they both wound up yelling at each other before Bongino’s guest walked out of the show. Hawk Newsome, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter in New York, was on Unfiltered Saturday night to talk about his criticisms for the city’s incoming mayor, Eric Adams. Adams is a former police captain for the NYPD, and Newsome recently warned that “if they think that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again. There will be riots, there will be fires and there will be bloodshed.” Adams had brushed off Newsome’s comments, calling them “fringe element” and vowing that the city was “not going to be intimidated by anyone.” “This city is not going to be a city of riots, it is not going to be a city of burning,” said Adams. Asked to respond, Newsome accused Adams of acting like a performative politician with his comments. Adams “doesn’t want to be held accountable,” declared Newsome....
    Authorities say three teenagers driven by racial hatred were behind hoax calls that brought major police responses to the home of a leading Black Lives Matter activist in Los Angeles.The teenagers, aged 13 to 16, connected over the Discord chat platform and are suspects in more than 30 bomb threats and so-called "swatting" incidents across the country, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Swatting refers to a phony emergency call made to attract police to a particular address without cause.They are accused of perpetrating two fake swatting calls - one this past September and another in August 2021 - at the L.A. home of Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM-LA and a Cal State Los Angeles professor.Police did not identify Abdullah by name as a victim of the teens, but listed her block as the location of two of the swatting incidents.Los Angeles police said Friday that the teens were behind hoaxes dating back to July 2020 that targeted "other online persons, video gamers, activists, schools, airports, houses of worship, entertainment venues and memorial parks."EMBED More News Videos LAPD officers...
    A professor at the University of Southern California is facing backlash for refusing to remove the pro-police Blue Lives Matter flag outside his office insisting that the message black lives are disproportionately at risk of police violence is a 'lie.' James Moore, professor of engineering and policy, has ignored repeated calls to take the flag down from students and administrators who he says live in a 'progressive bubble.'   Moore spoke with Fox & Friends on Friday to defend his stance. 'I feel a responsibility right now. I wanted to communicate to progressively-oriented students that there's a competing point of view,' he said.  'They live in something of a progressive bubble on a college campus… I wanted to communicate to conservative students, of which there are many, that in fact they're entitled to their voice, that the messages they hear are really not representative of society at large.'  James Moore, professor of engineering and policy at the University of Southern California, refuses to remove his Blue Lives Matter flag claiming that the message that black people are disproportionately impacted by police...
                      by Ailan Evans  Prominent leaders of a Black Lives Matter group in New York City promised violence if Mayor-elect Eric Adams brought back the city’s anti-crime units. “If he thinks that they’re going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again,” Hawk Newsome, who co-founded Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, told the New York Daily News. “There will be riots, there will be fire and there will be bloodshed because we believe in defending our people,” Newsome promised. The anti-crime unit was a division of the New York Police Department (NYPD) that used plainclothes officers to investigate and respond to violent crime. The unit was shut down in June 2020 following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Adams, a former NYPD officer, said he planned to bring the unit back in an interview with The City. “We should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Having a good Anti-Crime team will continue to take guns off the streets,” Adams said. “We can do...
                      by LGIS News Service  Teachers at Lyons Township High School will participate in a book study organized by a Black Lives Matter group, “Teaching for Black Lives.” The group will train LT teachers on how to better incorporate “the truth about the breathtaking heroism of black communities in the face of injustice,” and how they can replace “eurocentric textbooks with a curriculum that centers the intersectional identities of black people.” “Students are turning to teachers to help them make sense of this new reality,” the group says. “Textbooks and the traditional curriculum are of no help as they hide the long history of white supremacy and the Black Freedom Struggle.” Jennifer Rowe, the school’s “Director of Equity and Belonging,” made the announcement on Twitter. “So proud of our amazing educators & love how they are all in!,” Rowe wrote. “Teaching for Black Lives” says it is operating in eighteen states, has given 700 teachers copies of its book (titled, Teaching for Black Lives), and has “reached” 75,000 students, so far. The group created by...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor-elect Eric Adams has vowed to keep a campaign promise to reinstate a plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, despite threats from Black Lives Matter members of riots and bloodshed on city streets. Adams was cool, calm and collected in addressing threats from the activists, pointing out that having been a transit cop in the 1980s with radios that didn’t work and a sky-high murder rate, he doesn’t intimidate easily, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. READ MORE: Troubled By Gun Violence, Many In Harlem Neighborhood Want To See NYPD Bring Back Plainclothes Officers“There are very few things that frighten and scare me and New Yorkers are not going to live in fear and we’re not going to be intimidated by anyone,” Adams said Thursday. That tough talk from Adams came after activists left a meeting with him at Brooklyn Borough Hall, threatening to take to the streets if he reactivates the plainclothes unit to make the city safe again. “New Yorkers should not allow rhetoric like that. This city is not going to be a city of riots. This city...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams met with Black Lives Matter Greater New York Wednesday, a conversation that ended in heated fashion with organizers threatening protests and violence if Adams brings back the controversial plainclothes NYPD anti-crime unit.Adams plans on doing just that, promising he would resurrect the undercover police unit that was deeply involved with stop and frisk."If they think they are going to go back to the old ways of policing, then we are going to take to the streets again," Black Lives Matter's Hawke Newsome said. "There will be riots. There will be fire. And there will be bloodshed."ALSO READ | Teenage boy rescued by actors after SUV crashes into him in BrooklynEMBED More News Videos Exclusive video captured a horrific accident in Brooklyn, where an out-of-control SUV crashed into a car and then ran over a teenage boy walking his dog. On Thursday, Adams dismissed the local Black Lives Matter organizers."That's silly, and I think New Yorkers should not allow rhetoric like that."He also called them a fringe group of just...
    Hank Newsome, a co-founder of the left-wing terrorist group Black Lives Matter, promised New York City “riots,” “fire,” and “bloodshed” if Mayor-elect Eric Adams brings back the law enforcement policies that worked so well in the past. Newsome spoke to a group outside Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday and openly threatened New York with violence. “If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again,” Newsome said. “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.” Naturally, Newsome’s now trying to claim he wasn’t threatening anyone. “I am not threatening anyone. I am just saying that it’s a natural response to aggressive oppression, people will react,” he told the Post. But who believes that? Hawk Newsome speaks during a rally against fascism on March 16, 2019 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Oh, okay. Sorry but, You do this, or there will be fire, riots, and bloodshed, is pretty clear language. The policies in question are what’s known as the NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime units,...
    He rebutted, "No, it's us. We need to do this together." Adams again flaunted his experience as an NYPD captain and Democratic politician, "The same things I've been doing over the past 35 years I'm going to continue to do, and maybe you should look at those things I have done." Adams said, "I am not changing who I am. I'm going to begin the way I am; I'm going to leave the way I came in." Despite being granted a lengthy conference with the mayor-elect, members of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York were unsatisfied with Adams. Chivona Newsome — co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York — said when politicians meet black people "they shuck, they jive, they use rap quotes" without providing a "crystal-clear agenda." "It's pretty much however Eric Adams wants to go about it, that's how Black Lives Matter of Greater New York will address the problem," Newsome stated. "If he wants to see the city in an uprising, we can give him that. If he wants to end poverty...
    Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita issued an official advisory opinion designating the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation as “unequivocally a political organization.” In a letter exclusively obtained by Breitbart News on Wednesday, Rokita wrote in response to a request from two state legislators — Sen. John Crane [R-Brownsburg] and Rep. Michelle Davis [R-Whiteland] — and specifically advised Indiana public schools on how Black Lives Matter [BLM] should be treated in educational settings. Rokita notably warned that, as a political organization, promoting or displaying materials related to the movement “could create a liability for schools and could violate the First Amendment.” “School corporations should be cognizant that promoting or displaying some politically based materials while prohibiting the promotion or display of others could be seen as arbitrary and capricious and could also be violative of the First Amendment. School corporations need neutral, uniform policies that are applied in a consistent manner,” Rokita wrote in part. Rokita’s Reasoning The attorney general broke down how BLM has shifted from “issue advocacy” to blatant “political activity,” a discrepancy which he argued invalidates previous advisement...
    A Black Lives Matter leader has threatened 'riots' and 'bloodshed' in the streets if Mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstates the NYPD's anti-crime units. The comments came from New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome after debating Adams during a contentious sit-down event with the incoming Democrat. While Adams was able to make headway with the activists on his plans to fight poverty in the black community when he takes office, the former NYPD captain vowed to bring back the controversial anti-crime units. 'If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing then we're going to take to the streets again,' Newsome said outside Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday.  'There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.'  Speaking later to the New York Post, Newsome added: 'To ignore that history and say you're bringing it back means that he's tone deaf.' Officers from the units, that were disbanded at the height of the BLM protests in 2020, were involved in the deaths of Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Eric Garner - cited as some of...
    A Black Lives Matter activist successfully beat out a Des Moines City Council incumbent following Tuesday’s election. “We just won our campaign on a platform centered on Defunding the Police for Safety and Justice. It can be done. My goal for this city has always been to work from the bottom up. Not the top down,” activist Indira Sheumaker said in a campaign statement on Tuesday.  Sheumaker, who was elected to be the Des Moines City Council member for Ward 1, ousted incumbent Bill Gray, who was first elected in 2014, according to The Des Moines Register. An unofficial result count from the Polk County Auditor's Office indicated that the Des Moines Black Liberation Movement activist received 46.36 percent of the vote while Gray received 36.32 percent, the news outlet noted. Among the issues that Sheumaker campaigned on included defunding the police, fighting corporate greed and access to food and housing.  The success of Sheumaker's campaign, which raked in over $30,000 in donations since she launched her bid in February, is notable given that she will be the first Black city council...
    Progressive Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced his intent to vote down Rahm Emanuel's nomination to serve as President Joe Biden's Ambassador to Japan on Wednesday. Merkley said he came to his decision after extensively speaking with civil rights leaders and others familiar with Emanuel who voiced concerns. 'Black Lives Matter. Here in the halls of Congress, it is important that we not just speak and believe these words, but put them into action in the decisions we make,' the Oregon lawmaker said in a statement. 'I have carefully considered Mayor Emanuel’s record—and the input of civil rights leaders, criminal justice experts, and local elected officials who have reached out to the Senate to weigh in—and I have reached the decision that I cannot support his nomination to serve as a U.S. Ambassador.  'While I respect Mayor Emanuel’s many years of service, and the points of view of my colleagues who have come to a different conclusion, I will be voting "no" when his nomination comes before the committee.'   Merkley is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Citing “Black Lives Matter,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) came out on Wednesday against the nomination of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to be U.S. Ambassador to Japan. Progressives have expressed opposition to Emanuel’s nomination due to criticism over his handling of the 2014 case of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old Black male who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer. Emanuel was mayor at the time. “Black Lives Matter. Here in the halls of Congress, it is important that we not just speak and believe these words, but put them into action in the decisions we make,” said Merkley in a statement. “I have carefully considered Mayor Emanuel’s record—and the input of civil rights leaders, criminal justice experts, and local elected officials who have reached out to the Senate to weigh in—and I have reached the decision that I cannot support his nomination to serve as a U.S. Ambassador.” “While I respect Mayor Emanuel’s many years of service, and the points of view of my colleagues who have come to a different conclusion, I will be voting...
    Candidates running in Tuesday’s mayoral elections across the U.S. have promised to “crackdown” on crime in the aftermath of violent crime surges that swept through major American cities. Candidates, including Democrats, have stepped away from the Black Lives Matter movement’s calls to defund police departments in response to the death of George Floyd, as crime rises in cities and the public demands traditional policing strategies, according to the Washington Post. A Tuesday Pew Research poll revealed that 47% of Americans want to increase funding toward police departments, while 15% want to decrease funds. In response, mayoral candidates have made public safety a major component of their campaigns, the Washington Post reported. Democratic Miami Beach mayoral candidate Dan Gelber is calling for a ban on the sale of alcohol at bars after 2 a.m. in order to control the surge in gun violence and unruly behavior, according to the outlet. Gelber promised to “crackdown” on crime in the city and show that they are tough on crime. “My residents are saying ‘we need to crackdown,’ or ‘we need to have zero...
    DENVER (KCNC-TV) – A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court against Denver Police and the city by a demonstrator seriously injured in Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. On May 31, 2020, Denver saw the fourth day of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Michael Driscoll was one of the protesters. He was live streaming video in front of Denver Police headquarters. Officers in riot gear were down the block. READ MORE: Aryan Brotherhood Gang Leader Sentenced To Life For Ordering Murder In Jessup Jail (credit: Michael Driscoll) Driscoll claims there was no warning when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas. “It struck me between my eyes on the left side of my face,” he told KCNC-TV in Denver. Driscoll says the projectile shattered several bones including his eye socket. It had to be reconstructed using bone removed from the top of his head. “I think I was purposely shot at,” he said. READ MORE: Don't Throw That Pumpkin Out. Turn It Into A Treat For Your PupDenver police have denied deliberately shooting at...