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Western Michigan has a new top federal prosecutor.
Patrick Miles Jr. took the oath of office today at the federal courthouse in Grand Rapids. He’s a 44-year-old Grand Rapids lawyer who was nominated by President Barack Obama and recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
BY: CAITLIN SHAMBERG
A new documentary produced by VH1 is premiering at SXSW just in time for the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots. “Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots” (narrated by Snoop Dogg) talks to rappers, rioters, victims and police who remember the uprising. “Rebellions, revolutions, sacrifices have to be made… [...]
Black boys became criminalized. I was in constant dread for their lives, because they were targets everywhere. They still are. ~Toni Morrison
Perhaps, one day, we will think of Trayvon Martin in the same vein we think of Emmett Till. The publicity surrounding Till’s murder so horrified black America that it galvanized a generation to mobilize [...]
Clarence Lang is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at The University of Kansas. He is the author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75.
The mass response to the recent shooting of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida illustrates how the heritage of the [...]
theRoot has run a moving slide show of 17 unarmed black men shot by law enforcement. We often forget that the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, California to protect black Americans in their own communities from police brutalization. Let us mobilize to create better protection and end the criminalization of black Americans. Check [...]
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March 22, 2012 6:51 AM EDT
This gallery of faces and voices from the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin, held Wednesday evening in New York City, illustrates the diverse group of people and opinions that were represented at the Union Square rally.
Flip through the photos in this [...]
Once You Learn How To Read, You Will Be Forever Free~Frederick Douglass
REVIEW Professor David W. Garland, widely considered one of the world’s leading sociologists of crime and punishment, joined the New York University School of Law faculty in 1997. He was previously on the faculty of Edinburgh University’s Law School, where he had taught [...]
Everybody calls it 26th and Cal, but in the coming weeks the criminal courts building on Chicago’s Southwest Side will become known as “The Honorable George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building.”
Leighton, 99, is a legendary jurist — serving as a Cook County Circuit Court judge, later becoming the first African American to sit on [...]
Emily Manuel is an Australian currently living in the U.S, where she and her partner have four cats and an apartment full of books. During the day, Emily works as the editor of Global Comment, a progressive internationalist online magazine where she publishes many fine writers including Tiger Beatdown’s own Sady Doyle and s.e. smith. [...]
Source: Broken On All Sides
The project began as a way to explore, educate about, and advocate change around the overcrowding of the Philadelphia county jail system. The documentary has come to focus on mass incarceration across the nation and the intersection of race, poverty, and the criminal justice and penal systems. [...]