Two years after the Baltimore Uprising in response to Freddie Gray's killing, Black women are still invisible in the conversation about policing in Baltimore and beyond. It's time for local policymakers and activists to take a more expansive vision of police reform to address women's experiences, even as the Department of Justice pulls back from oversight of local police departments.
Neither of the established political parties is going to offer anything to everyday people, so it's time for social movements to lead, says Maria Poblet, outgoing executive director of Causa Justa :: Just Cause, a grassroots organization in the Bay Area. Trump's election has ushered in an era in which defending civil liberties must necessarily include fighting for immigrant rights and resisting gentrification and displacement.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a white nationalist, xenophobic organization that has long enjoyed access to politicians at the highest level, thanks to media complicity. By uncritically presenting its views for "balance," mainstream media outlets have bolstered FAIR's status as the primary driver of immigration policy under Trump.