‘No more jails!’: Downtown LA protesters rally against county construction plan

Shouting “No more jails!” among other slogans, more than 100 people shut down a main street in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday to call on the county Board of Supervisors to abandon a multi-billion dollar jail construction plan. Shouting “No more jails!”

Activist groups protest construction of new jails in DTLA

A group of demonstrators protested Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles in the hope of stopping construction on new county jails. Next to 100 homemade iron and wood beds, protestors hoped the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors heard their chants. Activist Patrisse Cullors, with Justice L.A.

Black Lives Matter, other activists protest to stop jail expansion

Dozens of people gathered outside the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration on Tuesday to protest the expansion of jails in the county, while inside the building the Board of Supervisors finalized next year’s budget. Wearing prison-orange T-shirts that read “I am not the property of L.A.

JusticeLA Coalition: Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder, Partners With Organizations to Halt Los Angeles Jail Expansion

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder, veteran organizer, artist and freedom fighter, has partnered with more than 30 organizations to launch JusticeLA, a human rights and abolitionist coalition organized around the collective goal of halting a proposed $2 billion jail-expansion plan in Los Angeles County.

Proposed jail expansion draws protests

LOS ANGELES – Black Lives Matter, JusticeLA, and a coalition of organizations working with communities directly impacted by incarceration in Los Angeles County staged a protest, Tues., Sept. 26, outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to urge L.A. supervisors to oppose spending $3.5 billion on jail expansion and support re-investment back into the community.

the story behind black lives matter

Patrisse Cullors and Janaya Khan, the activists behind global equality movement Black Lives Matter, share their story.

The Root 100 – The Most Influential African Americans In 2017

The Root’s annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of arts, community, business, entertainment, media, politics, science and sports.

From Africa to the US to Haiti, climate change is a race issue | Patrisse Cullors and Nyeusi Nguvu

Just over a year ago, Black Lives Matter UK successfully shut down London City airport. Our aims were to call attention to three things: Britain’s historical responsibility for global temperature changes, while the UK remains among the least vulnerable countries to the direct effects of climate change; second, that black people and poor people globally suffer the most from environmental impacts; and third, that safe freedom of movement is a reality only for the privileged, wealthy and mostly white.

National Geographic Presents New Series THE STORY OF US WITH MORGAN FREEMAN, 10/11

Why do some people rise to power and others do not? Why do we fall in love – not just with romantic partners but with friends and strangers? How has our need to share beliefs built human culture?

Athletes, Activists and Allies Issue ‘Statement of Solidarity’ With Michael Bennett

“Michael Bennett has been sitting during the anthem precisely to raise these issues of racist injustice that are now an intimate part of his life. Now we stand with him.” Photo: Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett alleged racist abuse at the hands of two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers following a boxing match.

Michael Bennett almost got shot by police. Then he called Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

It was an early August morning when Patrisse Cullors received another text from another panicked, black man. Minutes past midnight in the heart of the Vegas strip, the man found himself in a position he had read and thought about endlessly: a gun near his ear, a cop’s knee thrust in his back, and his face jammed on the concrete.

Spelman College: Transgender Women Can Now Attend Historically Black School

The women’s college announced the decision Tuesday, saying they have considered the “evolving definitions of gender identity.”

NFL Player Michael Bennett Assaulted by Vegas Police After Mayweather-McGregor Fight, Video Shows

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett penned an open letter claiming that he was racially profiled and stopped by Las Vegas police after the Floyd Mayweather-vs.-Conor McGregor fight Aug. 26. According to Bennett’s Twitter post, he was leaving the T-Mobile Arena when he and others in the crowd heard what they believed to be gunshots.

“Activism is heart work”: How to resist without burnout – Macleans.ca

Movements are necessary to push for change and expand our imagination of what is possible-but they are not easy to sustain. Activism is not glamorous work, and activists are not only tasked with maintaining their own will to fight against what feels like insurmountable odds; they must inspire others to join in a tumultuous political climate.

WeHo to Host Screening of ’13th’ Next Week at the PDC – WEHOville

The City of West Hollywood is hosting a screening next week of “13th,” a film that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. The film, by Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” has been nominated for eight Emmy awards. It takes its title from the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S.