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National Prison Strike Enters Week Two

Prisoners across the country are striking in response to an April 15 prison-guard-incited riot at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Bishopville, S.C. Seven prisoners were killed in what was the deadliest prison riot in 25 years. A network of self-taught legal scholars called Jailhouse Lawyers Speak issued the call for a national strike, with 10 demands. Among them are “humane living conditions, access...

Disproportionate Discipline Keeping Black Kids Out of School More Often in Dayton Schools

Research shows Black students disproportionately face discipline over their White peers, including being removed from the classroom for periods of time in out-of-school suspensions. The out-of-school suspension rate in DPS shows a stark disparity. The 3,695 out-of-school suspensions of Black students last year compared to 476 for White students. The vast majority of suspensions — for both Blacks and Whites — are for non-violent actions,...

Denver’s Tiny Homeless Village Still Faces Challenges, But Year One Was A Win-Win

Tucked away on a lot on the edge of RiNo between a brewery and a commuter rail station is a thriving village for Denver’s chronically homeless. The weather isn’t cooperating on this day, but that isn’t putting a damper on the potluck at the Beloved Community Village. It’s an anniversary of sorts. This time last year, everyone was just settling into the tiny home hamlet...

Four Ways to Give People of Color More Voice in Chicago Schools

The teachers, parents, and community members gathered in the library of National Teachers Academy quickly zeroed in on a common issue their schools faced – the parents involved in their schools didn’t reflect the racial makeup of the student bodies. Coming from all over the city, the 30-plus attendees arrived early on Saturday morning for a summit hosted by non-profit Chicago United for Equity, which...

[TW Suicide] Farmers and Suicide: ‘Counselors Say They’ve Heard the Pistol Being Cocked Over the Phone’

At a time many small farms and their owners are struggling with so many problems, new solutions are emerging. Farmers and Suicide: ‘Counselors Say They’ve Heard the Pistol Being Cocked Over the Phone’ At a time many small farms and their owners are struggling with so many problems, new solutions are emerging Farming is all that Sandy Rivers (not her real name) has ever known...

Bay Brilliant: Anyka Barber

Welcome to KQED Arts’ Bay Brilliant, a series celebrating 10 local artists, creatives and makers who are pushing boundaries in 2018. Driven by passion for their own disciplines—music, dance, theater, visual art, performance, writing, illustration and more—these artists are true vanguards paving the way in their respective communities. When Anyka Barber founded Oakland’s Betti Ono gallery, she intentionally combined the names of two powerful, courageous...

Protesters Decry Border Patrol Activity at Spokane Intermodal Center

More than 100 people gathered outside the Spokane Intermodal Center on Wednesday afternoon to protest the arrests of undocumented immigrants at the downtown transportation hub, and to call on local leaders to limit cooperation with the U.S. Border Patrol and other immigration agencies. The rally was organized by the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and by Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Participants decried...

Students Call for Gun Reform at State House Rally

Students and young people from across the state gathered on the steps of the Rhode Island State House Tuesday. The “Student Power Rally” advocated for the end of gun violence and underscored the importance of students’ rights. The event, organized and lead by members of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, was a call for action at the state level and also a way...

LAPD Officials Promise Review of Tech-Based Policing Methods

LOS ANGELES (CN) – After months of pressure from police accountability advocates, the Los Angeles Police Department will review its use of data and technology-driven policing methods. The Board of Police Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to audit LAPD’s predictive policing programs Predpol, Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration program (LASER), and the Suspicious Activity Program (SAR). Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith introduced the motion, which was...

Farming, Food Safety and Environmental Organizations Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Toxic Mega Merger

Washington, D.C. — A coalition of farming, consumer and environmental groups delivered 97,325 public comments to the Department of Justice today, urging the agency to reject the Bayer (BAYN) and Monsanto (MON) merger. The agency closes its comment period today regarding its conditional approval of the merger. The groups argue the merger threatens competition and innovation in our food system, compromises the future sustainability of...

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