Tag: #BlackLivesMatter

Rosa Parks: Spiritual Godmother to BLM

It has been 60 years since activist Rosa Parks was arrested on Dec. 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala. She resisted bus segregation by refusing to give up her seat to a white man when the whites-only section was full. Parks was determined to help propel the civil rights movement through…

Twitter Stock Down as Revenue Plummets and a Diversity Scandal Rises

Twitter suffered a very dismal third quarter for 2015, with Twitter stock currently down 1.8 percent. And between Q2 and Q3, Twitter only increased its monthly active users by 1.25 percent. Meanwhile, Twitter now also finds itself in the midst of a very public diversity problem. Following CEO Jack Dorsey’s…

Police Chief Out After Calling Black Lives Matter 'Terrorist Group'

A North Carolina police chief was forced to retire this week after posting a Facebook rant calling the Black Lives Matter movement “nothing more than an American born terrorist group” and blaming President Barack Obama for failing to “put a stop” to the movement. Surf City, N.C., Police Chief Mike…

'Negro Season' Graffiti: Hate or Commentary

A piece of graffiti in Atlanta depicting Elmer Fudd dressed as a policeman, shotgun in hand, in front of a sign announcing “Negro Season,” has people debating whether the graffiti is a message of hate toward Blacks or a commentary on police brutality meant to mock police as unjustified and…

New Ferguson Judge Orders 'Sweeping Changes'

The new judge in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday ordered “sweeping changes” to the city’s much-criticized court system, including the withdrawal of all arrest warrants issued prior to 2015 and the reinstatement of driver’s licenses that were suspended solely for failing to appear in court or pay a fine. The announcement…

Ferguson Unrest Cools Down Tuesday Following Tense Few Days

The mood in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive day of protests marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, was significantly different than the unrest during the previous days. More than 100 protestors had gathered along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson Tuesday evening, but…

Homeland Security Monitoring 'Black Lives Matter' Movement

Recently released documents reveal the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since summer 2014, following the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the surveillance includes keeping tabs on protests, gatherings, peaceful marches and social media activity. Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request…

Columbia University Divests of Investments in Private Prisons

Columbia University’s board of trustees voted this week to divest of its investments in private prison companies and became the first university to do so following a nearly year-and-a-half long student campaign calling on the school to separate itself from the controversial industry. “We are pleased to announce that after…