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April 23, 2018

Police expose black woman’s breasts, force her to ground in viral Alabama Waffle House arrest video

Local authorities are investigating the incident caught on a cell phone camera.

America is covered in Confederate statues. We can do better — and here’s how.

Mic’s latest editorial effort — the Black Monuments Project — aims to correct this sordid legacy through a blend of history and imagination.

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.

In new Trayvon Martin docuseries ‘Rest in Power,’ George Zimmerman is not the only villain

The six-part docuseries, which is executive produced by Jay-Z, premiered Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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.
April 19, 2018

After Starbucks debacle, 4chan trolls make fake coupons enticing homeless to flood chain’s stores

The trolls want to punish Starbucks for what they view as caving to politically correct pressure from progressives.

Statue of Dr. James Marion Sims, who experimented on enslaved black women, removed from Central Park

New York City officials are reckoning with the meaning of the city's controversial monuments.

From Starbucks to H&M: Why are so many big brands struggling with viral incidents of racism?

And what can they do to fix it?

Atlanta area anti-fascists prepare to confront neo-Nazis at Newnan, Georgia, rally

"This type of gathering isn’t going to be allowed to occur in Georgia or the South."

In Washington state, this county is making big strides toward reforming its juvenile justice system

King County is already seeing some progress in reaching its goal of zero youth detention.
April 12, 2018

‘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.

Stephon Clark shooting has some conservatives torn: support police or oppose government “tyranny”?

"Is this how we should conduct escalation of force in an American neighborhood?”

Protests for Saheed Vassell continue in NYC: “We march. We rally. It doesn’t change anything.”

Family members of other victims of police brutality in New York City joined the rally for the 34-year-old man who was killed in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

America has done more to protect police than black people in recent years, civil rights lawyer says

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt says judges and lawmakers are helping officers get away with murder.

My mother left Tennessee in 1968. Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, she came back.

The wound opened in America on April 4, 1968, has never been fully healed.
April 5, 2018

NYC students are taking the lead in the fight to end legally segregated schools

The Teens Take Charge organization wants schools to focus more on equity than on rewarding and punishing high and low achievers.

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.

Transgender woman Sasha Wall fatally shot in Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Wall's friends posted messages on social media, mourning her loss.

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.

These black teens are demanding that Chicago invest in schools instead of police with #NoCopAcademy

Rahm Emanuel's administration has proposed to build a $95 million police training academy — while the school board has voted to close four predominantly black high schools.