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How a Queer Liberation Collective has Stayed Radical for Almost 40 Years

On May 22, some 80 people filed into a press event for the largest gay culture event in the world, the Frameline Film Festival, held every June in San Francisco. And like every year since 2007, there were queer protesters to meet them. The group Lesbians and Gays Against Intervention, or LAGAI, and its offshoot Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, or QUIT!, have protested the festival...

Area immigrants add voices outside RNC

A microphone was thrust into his hands, and for one bright moment, the words he yelled were chanted hundreds of times over, the sounds reverberating in the air and echoing from building walls in a way Eric Cruz Lopez will never forget. “It felt powerful. I could hear all the voices, when we were doing chants. I could hear all the voices and as they...

Bringing Truth to the Youth: The Counter-Recruitment Movement, Then and Now

"Back when we started, recruiters were just blatantly lying to the kids," said Susan Quinlan, the co-founder and volunteer coordinator of the peace and justice group, Better Alternatives for Youth–Peace (BAY-Peace). For 12 years, she's been bringing teams of youth into Oakland, California, schools to inform students about deceptive military recruiting practices. In that time, she has seen the recruitment climate in schools change drastically...

Resist Expanding Emergency Grants #BlackLivesMatter

"I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people." - Huey Newton Dear Resist Community, In the wake of bombs and bullets that have haunted communities around the globe over the past few weeks, we like many of you are mending broken hearts here at Resist. Yesterday, the Resist staff participated in a march to end state violence, police...

1,000 Activists March In Flatbush For Racial Justice

On the one year anniversary of Sandra Bland, a Texas woman killed in police custody, nearly 1,000 activists took to the streets of Flatbush Wednesday night to demand justice for women of color killed by police. Activists from the People’s Power Assembly, Equality For Flatbush, and the Black Lives Matter movement, among others, spilled onto the streets at the corner of Church Avenue and East...

Black, Old and Locked Up

The research dates back more than a decade: Americans are aging in prison. But what has been done about reducing the elderly population in prison or what to do with the elderly once released is still being debated and studied. Blame the swelled prison rolls on minimum mandatory sentences, the three strikes rule or the elimination of federal parole, researchers speculate. What is sure, the...

‘Black Lives Matter’ Is More Than A Hashtag in West Hartford Monday

DeLisa Dixon turned to social media to help process her grief over recent shootings and violence directed at black people. After waking up to news of a second day of violence and seemingly senseless murders last week, she was craving a time to feel united with her West Hartford community. “This is obviously something that I am very passionate about. Not only as a black...

In Wake Of Police Shootings, Group Marches In Hartford

Bishop John Selders woke up Thursday morning to learn that halfway across the country a police officer had reportedly shot a black man dead. The second time in a week. By 7 p.m., Selders, with his organization Moral Monday CT, had drawn 100 or so people to the corner of Main and Ely streets in Hartford, chanting their message: "Black lives matter." They would carry...

Why Philly is holding kids on $500,000 bail

Though he had no record, and was 15 years old, he was charged in adult court. Bail was set at $75,000. The required 10 percent of that, $7,500, was more than the teen or his mother could fathom. So, in January 2015, Eugene Lee was sent to an adult jail, Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. It was three months before his mother, Wylicia Clark, 35, of...

The Shocking Way ICE Neglected Immigrant Detainees As They Died

At least 18 people detained in U.S. federal immigration custody received subpar medical care that may have contributed to their deaths, a scathing new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report finds. The people who have recently died in immigration detention included legal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, and people looking for protection under the country’s refugee law. The report reviews 31 cases of death after some of those...

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