It's been two years since Alonzo Smith died of "sudden cardiac arrest" while handcuffed and restrained by "special police" at a DC apartment complex. His mother Beverly Smith reflects on Alonzo's life, his impact on the students at the school for children with emotional and learning disabilities where Alonzo worked, and her continuing fight for justice and accountability for his death.
The #MeToo campaign, while claiming to put the focus on victims of sexual assault, has largely been about the taking down of powerful men. But treating "predators" who commit sexual violence as outliers won't change the norms and practices that make sexual violence inevitable in this society. Nor does it offer material and emotional support to victims, especially those incarcerated for fighting back.
Producers like Diestel Turkey Brand, and retailers like Whole Foods, know consumers are willing to pay a premium for hormone-free, antibiotic-free turkeys from farms that have high animal-welfare standards. However, what happens when companies make claims that don't live up to consumer expectations?
Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission's Trump-appointed chairman, is preparing to gut the agency's net neutrality rules. The move is part of an aggressive agenda based on the idea that slashing regulations and maximizing private profits will provide benefits for everyone else. Opponents say Pai is working for the rich and powerful and leaving the rest of us behind.
As Trump's climate-denier delegates tried to present their pro-fossil-fuel agenda at the UN Climate Summit last week, a US youth delegation began singing to register their protest and declare solidarity with climate justice advocates around the world. The message to the Trump administration was clear: The young people of the US are ready to step in and fill the leadership vacuum.
Better police training does not take away from the fact that the police force is inherently violent, and has roots in anti-Black oppression, says Chicago artist and organizer Monica Trinidad. A city-wide coalition of people of color-led activist groups led by Assata's Daughters is going all out to fight the $95 million boondoggle being built on the backs of much-needed public schools and social services.