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Activists Rally for Affordable Housing in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- A group of housing advocates held a rally outside Springfield City Hall Thursday evening, calling for expanded affordable housing and eviction reform. Members of the demonstration, organized by local activism groups Arise for Social Justice and Springfield No One Leaves, marched from the corner of Sherman and State Streets to Court Square, carrying banners and chanting slogans. "What do we want? Affordable housing!...

Not One More'; Dozens In Hartford Protest Police Violence

Aross from Mayor Luke Bronin's home Friday night, Bishop John Selders sat in a lawn chair tapping lightly on a drum, flanked by several dozen others who sang quietly. Their message: Stop the police violence. In the past seven days, two black men had been shot by police, first in Tulsa, Okla., then in Charlotte, N.C. "I want to be surprised," Selders said of the...

Civil Rights Suit Filed Against Denver Challenges Constitutionality of Homeless “Sweeps”

Homeless individuals and advocates in Denver have filed a lawsuit against the city after a dramatic increase in homeless “sweeps” that the suit claims violate constitutional rights. New reports from organizations like the National Coalition for the Homeless show that cities like Washington DC, Dallas, Saint Louis, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles are also trying to deter homelessness by criminalizing it. The Denver lawsuit...

Black Liberation and the Abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex: An Interview with Rachel Herzing

Rachel Herzing lives and works in Oakland, CA, where she fights the violence of policing and imprisonment. She is a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex and the Co-Director of the StoryTelling & Organizing Project, a community resource sharing stories of interventions to interpersonal harm that do not rely on policing, imprisonment, or traditional social services...

Orange is the New Black Podcast: Q&A with Jean Casella from Solitary Watch

Welcome to Solitary Confinement 101. We chatted with Solitary Watch co-director Jean Casella about the depiction of solitary in ‘Orange is the New Black’, how solitary can alter the brain, and how we can learn more. Throughout most of Orange is the New Black Season 4, beloved character Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) was locked up in a small cell. Fans of the show were incredibly...

Protesters call on Providence City Council to act on proposed racial profiling ordinance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than a hundred demonstrators packed the City Council chambers on Thursday to protest what they said has been City Council inaction on a 2014 profiling/police oversight ordinance, but city officials claimed that though the council hasn’t voted, progress has been made. About 10 minutes before Thursday’s council meeting was to start, the demonstrators filed into the chamber, filling the room and...

Student demonstrators Reflect on RNC, Gear up for DNC

NORWALK — It took the death of her 16-year-old brother for her parents to obtain residency here. Her father, from Ecuador, and mother, from Mexico, were undocumented immigrants struggling to obtain residency for years. “Such a harsh thing had to happen to us for them to be recognized, and for them to be given this dignity to obtain documentation,” said Katherine Villeda , a 19-year-old...

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...

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