This one image explains what’s happening at the anti-racism protests

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Aspiring photographer Richard Grant captured the essence of the standoff between protestors and police. On Sunday, Richard Grant, an Army veteran and an aspiring photographer, went out to the protests in his community of Long Beach, California, as citizens amassed to decry the senseless and brutal murder of George Floyd when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin asphyxiated him by grinding his knee into his neck. Read Full Story

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ALCU’s Executive Director says defunding police budgets will be his ‘North Star’ going forward

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“I’ve been the head of the ACLU for almost 20 years, I feel like I’ve seen it all. This is different.” The ACLU has long fought against police misconduct and racial injustice by supporting efforts to reform the police through lawsuits against policies like stop-and-frisk and conducting investigations that expose internal corruption. But after witnessing the protests—and the police response—across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero says his organization’s main focus now will be on defunding police department budgets. Read Full Story

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Unicode got a proposal for a kneeling-in-protest emoji two years ago. So where is it?

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Kneeling is more complicated than you’d think. Graphic designer Ji Lee often uses his craft to comment on social issues. His Instagram bio even sums up his content as, “tiny sabotages of the normal.” So back in 2017, when Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality, Lee took notice. Kaepernick’s sabotage of the normal did not go over well. Read Full Story

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More technology won’t fix the problems with modern policing

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After a decade of mistakes, police departments need to recognize that more sophisticated surveillance technology will only exacerbate bias and abuse in policing. Video of police in riot gear clashing with unarmed protesters in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filled social media feeds. Meanwhile, police surveillance of protesters has remained largely out of sight. Read Full Story

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The secret money trail exposing America’s racist monuments

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With a $4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the art studio Monument Lab is creating a database of America’s monuments—including who funded them. It’s a time of reckoning for American monuments. Over the summer, monuments to Confederate figures became the focus of protests and teardowns in the aftermath of uprisings against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. The calls and actions to tear down these monuments highlighted the anger that memorials to racist figures have engendered for decades. The protests spurred renewed attention to the skewed histories that monuments can tell. Read Full Story

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This legislative package on police reform is aimed at fixing the NYPD

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The Safer NY Act would make it harder for the police to hide misconduct claims, force them to report demographic data about arrests, and legalize marijuana. As people protested around the country in response to the murder of George Floyd, the nation has seen video after video of police tear gassing, shoving, and shooting at protestors. At massive protests in New York, a police van drove through a protest, and one officer even pulled a handgun on protestors in Manhattan’s Union Square. Read Full Story

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This interactive map shows police violence during protests

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The tool, from human rights organization Amnesty International, is an effort to illustrate how police violence is widespread and systemic. Amnesty International has documented the “most heinous” instances of police violence across the country during the Black Lives Matter protests and is today launching an interactive map of those acts. Read Full Story

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