Tag: Sandra Bland

Activists Raise Funds for 'National Black Mama's Bail Out Day'

National Black Mama’s Bail Out Day is a national campaign spearheaded by the Atlanta-based activist group Southerners on New Ground (SONG). The campaign plans to pay the bail money of jailed Black mothers not convicted of a crime to be home in time for Mother’s Day, May 14. According to…

Deputy Fired for Using Excessive Force on Black Woman at Traffic Stop

Following an internal investigation, Pinellas County Deputy Wayne Wagner has been fired for using excessive force on Paige Taylor during a traffic stop and falsifying a police report. Wagner’s termination was effective November 18, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a press conference. In the parking lot of the…

Trayvon Martin's Mother Endorses Clinton: 'Vote Your life depends on it'

Five Mothers of the Movement endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton this weekend, with Trayvon Martin’s mother encouraging citizens to vote for her because “Your life depends on it.” “I came all the way from Miami, Florida, with these beautiful mothers here, to tell you guys how important it is…

Mothers of Black Victims of Violence Lead Movement for Change

When Trayvon Martin was killed four years ago, his mother became part of a cause she had no intention of joining: a movement to bring attention to the senseless deaths of Black Americans in suspiciously racial circumstances. “I am an unwilling participant in this movement,” said Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton….

Another Black Woman Dies in a Texas Jail Cell

By Sheryl Estrada Symone Marshall and her 3-year-old daughter. UPDATE May 23: Police in Huntsville, Texas, over the weekend said preliminary autopsy reports indicate Marshall’s place of death wasHuntsville Memorial Hospital, where she was taken after being found unresponsive in her cell. After a serious automobile accident on April 26…

Historic Congressional Caucus for Black Women, Girls Created

Inspired by the advocacy of the #SheWoke Committee, three women in congress created The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls the first-ever caucus dedicated to removing barriers and disparities experienced by Black women. U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) formed the…

State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Fired

Former State Trooper Brian Encinia, who pulled Sandra Bland over last summer, has officially been fired. Related Story: 3 of 4 Dead in Jail Never Convicted of a Crime Encinia pulled over Bland, 28, in a routine traffic stop on July 10, 2015, when she failed to signal a lane…

16-Year-Old Black Girl Found Dead in Juvenile Detention Center

On Jan. 10, Gynnya McMillen was taken to Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The 16-year-old spent 14 hours alone in a holding cell that night and never woke up the next morning. Officials have not been forthcoming with information about the young girl’s death. Related Story: 3…