Aaron Morrison
Aaron Morrison
Senior writer, The Movement

Common’s prison concert tour inspires incarcerated people on their path to rehabilitation

"This is a new story, a new narrative we’re going to tell together. And I believe that each and every one of you is going to write that story for yourself.”

Pedro Hernandez speaks out against bail system that kept him in jail for a year

Pedro Hernandez gives his first formal interview since a human rights organization bailed him out from jail on Rikers Island to spur action on bail reform.

Shaun King’s evolution as an online watchdog against racism and police brutality

Shaun King, one of the most influential media voices in the Black Lives Matter movement, has a nearly unparalleled megaphone. But what does he do when he gets something wrong?

Tyrone West died in police custody 5 years ago. Here’s how his sister is still fighting for justice.

“I feel compelled to show people how to fight, to show you that we are more than hashtags and body bags,” Tawanda Jones said on Tuesday's episode of 'Mic Dispatch.'

The fight to increase minimum wage will be a midterm election issue, the Poor People’s Campaign says

Organizers of campaigns to raise minimum wage for fast-food and blue-collar workers said they’ll build on local and state-level victories by sending swarms of low-wage voters to the polls this fall.

After Tyler Gebhard was killed by police in Missouri, his white family changed its views on race

The 20-year-old biracial black man's grandmother has gone from stating that "all lives matter" to being a vocal backer of national calls for policing reform.

Ron Stallworth, whose KKK probe inspired Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ blasts Trump-era racism

In his upcoming film based on Ron Stallworth's story, director Spike Lee intentionally creates parallels between hate speech used among Klansmen and Trump-era rhetoric.

The Chico police shooting of Desmond Phillips still rattles the family, as justice remains uncertain

In March 2017, instead of administering treatment for what Desmond Phillips' father says was post-traumatic stress disorder, Chico, California, police officers shot him 10 times.

Meet Rakem Balogun, the Texas man whose support for a cop killer made him an FBI target

In the debut episode of Mic Dispatch, Texas-based community organizer Rakem Balogun explains how Facebook posts about the 2016 Dallas police ambush led to his five-month imprisonment.

Dozens of racial justice groups join immigration protests in San Diego to “free our future”

After a weekend of protests nationwide, a coalition of racial and social justice groups are targeting the mass prosecution of migrants in southern California.

As Starbucks closes for bias training, #CoffeeWhileBlack brews support for black-owned businesses

The founders and CEOs of black-owned and -operated coffee shops will convene roundtable discussions in Philadelphia to spur support and business.

The black Baltimore arabber tradition is on its last leg. For the city’s sake, it should continue.

Arabbers, or street vendors who sell fruits and vegetables from horse-drawn carts, are a fading but uniquely Baltimore tradition that provided economic opportunity to generations of residents.

Michigan mother who exposed Flint water crisis receives international environmental justice prize

LeeAnne Walters is receiving the Goldman Environmental Prize to further her pursuit of justice.

What If We Didn’t… jail people for marijuana use, possession or sale?

After more than 20 years of the modern medical and recreational marijuana industries, advocates for decriminalization say evidence of societal good is stacking up against die-hard prohibitionists.

‘Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas’ brings comedy to the national dialogue on police abuse, social justice

In the 10-episode season, Wyatt Cenac will swing between hilariously benign topics and serious social and cultural problems.

National Day of Action for Stephon Clark: Protests coincide with memorial events for MLK

Five BLM chapters, including Sacramento, California; Chicago; Los Angeles; Lansing, Michigan; and Greensboro, North Carolina are participating in the day of action for Stephon Clark.

50 years after King’s assassination, the symbolism of his death keeps the desire for change alive

The murder of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. fostered a nationwide urgency for improving race relations. But progress has been slower than hoped, older and younger Americans say.

Vigil for Stephon Clark started out peaceful, but clashes with police left one woman with injuries

A woman sustained minor injuries at a protest that briefly turned violent in South Sacramento Saturday night.

At Stephon Clark rally, families of victims of police violence call for justice and accountability

During a heartfelt rally for Stephon Clark on Saturday, families of victims of police violence in the Sacramento area speak out and call for justice.

Civil rights attorney: Stephon Clark’s family should “stay focused” in the fight for justice

Stephon Clark's family initially contacted the law firm of John Burris, as police prepared to release video footage of the young black man's shooting death.