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    WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT, VIDEO, AND IMAGES  Azealia Banks has hit back at critics after posting a disturbing video of herself and a friend digging up her dead cat Lucifer's remains. The 212 performer posted on Instagram Stories after she shared- and deleted - a disturbing set of clips on Tuesday in which she and another person exhumed the bagged remains of her pet cat who died three months ago.  Insisting she hadn't gone on to eat the dead cat's remains, Azealia labelled her critics 'racist,' adding: 'this is very un-black lives matter of you all.' Hitting back: Azealia Banks had hit back at critics after posting a disturbing video of herself and a friend digging up her dead cat Lucifer's remains 'Why do you think I would eat a dead cat when I can barely eat a dead cow. It's called taxidermy…' she fumed in a series of posts on...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including End Mink Fur Farming in Denmark, Restore Protections for Tongass National Forest, and ell the EPA to Regulate Particulate Matter! We...
    My dad died in December of last year. In my arms, in my home, and in a moment. Before the calendar turned and the ball fell, before cities burned and before a virus from China threatened our lives and livelihoods. But even then, he knew how fickle safety and security could be. He didn’t partake in conspiracy theories or prep for some inevitable disaster. In fact, he voted as a blue dog Democrat most of his life. That was until we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. He knew few things about government or politics, but he knew that a man’s right and responsibility to defend his home, provide for his family, and make decisions for his own life were as necessary and American as the Constitution protecting such freedoms. VideoSo, just a few weeks before Christmas, as he was known to do, he gave me his last gift. My...
    (CNN)Images of protesters pouring into the streets, storefronts being boarded up and cars burning in Kenosha baffled the fourth graders in Melissa Statz's class.Barely two weeks into the school year, the Wisconsin social science teacher, had overheard some of her students at Cooper Elementary in Burlington talking about the city that was nearly 30 miles away.After the August shooting of Jacob Blake by a White police officer in front of his three young sons, Kenosha had erupted in protests. It had been the latest incident drawing attention to the use of force by police amid a summer of demonstrations over how officers treat Black people across the US."It seemed like a good time to talk about racism and what it is," Statz, who had just started her position at the school after raising her two small children, told CNN. Statz developed a lesson for the next day that included a...
    A man proposed to his girlfriend of eight years at a Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia Tuesday night. She said yes.  Hide Maurice Small got down on one knee to pop the question right in front of a line of police officers. Both his girlfriend, Tenesha Pennington, and the officers seemed shocked to say the least.  Hide The crowd of protesters stopped briefly to cheer for the newly engaged couple.  A MAN JUST PROPOSED IN FRONT OF THE RIOT POLICE #OTGWESTPHILLY pic.twitter.com/S8q8gxQFOd— jason n. peters (@JPeters2100) October 28, 2020 Hide The engagement happened during the second night of protests in West Philadelphia following the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was shot and killed by police officers Monday afternoon. His family said Wallace struggled with mental illness.  So far, the protests have led to 30 police officers being injured. And one engagement.  Today’s top stories ...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden buried President Donald Trump for claiming that doctors have been inflating the number of coronavirus cases throughout the pandemic — rhetorically asking “what in the hell is the matter with this man?!” Biden accused Trump of claiming that the coronavirus count was not really going up — blasting him for suggesting that doctors have been inflating the numbers for money. “What in the hell is the matter with this man?” Biden exclaimed. “A thousand doctors and nurses have given their lives trying to save lives — and he’s saying the reason that they are talking about testing is that they want to make more money. Mr. President, more than 1,000 health care workers have lost their lives fighting Covid — doctors, nurses — they’re not profiting. They’re dying.” The former vice president then went off on Trump for saying that Americans are learning to live with the coronavirus,...
    Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson decried the mainstream media for its handling of presidential politics on two fronts — the varying treatments of President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in debates and forums, and the handling of the bombshell allegations first reported by The New York Post regarding Biden son Hunter Biden’s laptop. Carlson speculated that once the November 3 election had come and gone, the media’s status quo would be unsustainable. Transcript as follows: If you flipped the during our show last night, you may have seen the President and his challenger making their respective cases to voters. But Trump and Biden weren’t debating each other as we’ve long been promised they would, they were not on the same stage, and they were not even on the same network. That would have been too risky. There’s a massive public health...
    After all, there’s a reason why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and even President Trump have alluded to why individual House contests could have exponential impact, depending on who wins and loses in which state. To be clear, there are few scenarios where Democrats could lose control of the House this fall. The current breakdown is 232 Democrats to 197 Republicans and one Libertarian, Rep. Justin Amash, L-Mich. There are five vacancies. Democrats are likely to add to that majority this fall. However, here’s the problem: potential election chaos. As we reported in this space last month, the House and Senate are the ultimate arbiters of determining how many electoral votes go to each presidential candidate. This is usually a fait accompli, established during a rather sleepy Joint Session of Congress every fourth January. But... If the House and Senate can’t sort out the electoral college, the 12th Amendment to...
    (CNN)Three artists have partnered to launch a digital platform that allows people unable to march in the streets to participate in Black Lives Matter protests.High-profile killings of several Black people by police sparked nationwide protests this summer, with marchers demanding police reform and racial justice.Jason Lazarus, Siebren Versteeg and Stephanie Syjuco founded Public Public Address on September 1 to help people with illnesses and disabilities participate in these protests and make their voices heard without putting their lives at risk."This is all about our solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We want people to be a part of the movement whether they can protest on the streets or not," Lazarus told CNN. "Our goal is battling systemic racism and violence and bringing all kinds of people along with us."This virtual relay race is encouraging Black Americans to vote in the presidential electionPublic Public Address urges people who are unable to protest...
    MSNBC’s Joy Reid slammed the charges raised against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison by arguing they minimize the death of Breonna Taylor. Reid joined Ari Melber on Wednesday to react to the news that Hankinson has been indicted for three counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the case. After Melber noted that wanton endangerment is a “lesser” type of charge that doesn’t account for homicide, Reid said Taylor’s name didn’t appear anywhere in Hankinson’s charging documents, meaning his indictments stem from the threat his recklessness posed to Taylor’s neighbors. It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder, entirely ignore the killing of Breonna Taylor, even if one of those three [charges] is about her…It means that if you live in the state of Kentucky. If you were if you were ever associated in any way with somebody who was caught in the criminal justice...
    US judge calls Pennsylvania virus restrictions unconstitutional Wet Markets Are Essential to Thai Cooking. So Why Are They Disappearing? Black lives matter in childrens books, too. Thats why this couple started a nonprofit Krenice Roseman went birthday shopping for her niece in a Chicago-area bookstore two years ago. She was in a hurry, scanning book covers, but couldn't find any that reflected who her niece, an African American girl, is. © Provided by CNN Krenice Roseman and her husband Derrick Ramsey got engaged after lauching the non-profit Young, Black & Lit. The attorney, who's an avid reader, went online instead and found a couple of books with Black characters. She bought them for her niece -- and donated some more to local community centers. "I became frustrated and decided I wanted to do something about it," Roseman told CNN of the dearth of Black title characters in...
    (CNN)Krenice Roseman went birthday shopping for her niece in a Chicago-area bookstore two years ago. She was in a hurry, scanning book covers, but couldn't find any that reflected who her niece, an African American girl, is. The attorney, who's an avid reader, went online instead and found a couple of books with Black characters. She bought them for her niece -- and donated some more to local community centers. "I became frustrated and decided I wanted to do something about it," Roseman told CNN of the dearth of Black title characters in children's literature. She told her future husband about her experience. "He had a bigger vision for what we can do," the 36-year-old said.The couple filed paperwork to start a nonprofit. Six weeks later, Young, Black & Lit was born.Read MoreMaking an impact, one child at a time Young, Black & Lit provides free books that feature Black...
    A self-proclaimed 'Christian mother' is going viral for a TikTok video in which she gets real about 'what's gonna go on' now that her son has come out as transgender. Jill Wallace, who goes by @mamajillwallace on the video-sharing app, has earned 13.5 million views for a video in which she bluntly tells the camera how she is handling her son's coming out: by joyfully embracing him. 'My child just came out as transgender. And I'm a Christian mother. So I want you to know how it happens in my house,' she says plainly in the clip. Mom time: Jill Wallace is a self-described 'Christian mother' and LGBTQ+ advocate Jill, who filmed herself in her kitchen, is completely no-nonsense with her tone and gets right to the point of how she is dealing with her son being trans.  'First, we sat down for a talk, so that we could...
    supporters and members of Patriot Prayer and Peoples Rights Washington rally against the Washington state mask mandate on June 26, 2020 in Vancouver, Washington. Karen Ducey/Getty Images Patriot Prayer is a small group of alt-right activists with a membership that overlaps with the Proud Boys, according to the Anti-Defamation League.  The group shows up in progressive West coast cities to protest movements calling for social justice or anti-racism. The Sunday killing of activist Aaron Danielson, a reporter supporter of Patriot Prayer, isn't the first time the group has been associated with violence, but it is the only known fatal shooting at one of their events. Vegas Tenold, an investigative researcher for the ADL's Center on Extremism, fears that Danielson's killing will spark more bloodshed. "This was just a matter of time," he told Insider. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Patriot Prayer, a small group of conservative...
    The footage could hardly be more chilling, like something from the wilder fringes of Hollywood's dystopian imagination.  A woman sits at a table, recoiling in fear. She is penned in, surrounded by a mob of masked men and women, their clenched fists raised menacingly in the air. Again and again the rhythmic chants go up: 'White silence is violence! No justice, no peace!' The woman shrinks further back in her chair. The mob moves in. Some of them lean into her face. They stand over her, fists raised, shrieking and shouting, demanding that she too raises her arm in salute. On and on it goes. Nobody comes to her defence. It's an awful scene, reminiscent of the street scenes in Germany in the spring of 1933, when Nazi thugs demanded that ordinary people raise their arms in homage to Hitler.  But this is not Germany in 1933, and neither is...
    ANDERSONVILLE — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is seeking artists to help paint a “Black Trans Lives Matter” mural on a prominent neighborhood street this weekend. The chamber has partnered with Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) on plans to paint the mural on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue. City officials gave the OK to paint the mural on the roadway on Thursday, and said they would block off the street this weekend for the project, according to the chamber. The chamber did not have artists lined up when the city gave its permission and issued the tight deadline for the project. Now the business chamber is seeking help from artists this weekend to complete the mural. A locally based artist donated $2,000 to allow the chamber to pay participating artists, and those dollars could be matched for a possible $4,000 project budget, said Joelle...
    Black Lives Matter is, hands down, the most potent political force in America today. It has been lauded in recent years for bringing attention to fatal police shootings of black men. The movement holds wide support among Americans, has spurred serious legislative looks at police reform, and has been center stage during high-profile public debates on the state of civil rights in America.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The words "Black Lives Matter" will be painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower on Thursday.Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to take part in the painting.The project was delayed a couple times and President Donald Trump tweeted that the "sign" would denigrate Fifth Avenue, calling it a "symbol of hate." NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020....horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s...
    Meaghan Ellis July 6, 2020 0 Comments Two people were caught on camera painting over a “Black Lives Matter” mural in Martinez, California. Over the weekend footage of the incident began circulating on social media. The video captured a white woman wearing a red shirt as she poured black paint over the letters. She was accompanied by a white man wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and a red shirt in support of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. When confronted about their actions, the unidentified man told the group of onlookers, “No one wants Black Lives Matter here.” He also dismissed the “narrative” of police brutality and racism in America, deeming it “a lie.” “We’re sick of this narrative,” he said. “The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism. It’s a lie. It’s a lie.”See the footage below: Amid protests and heightened...
    NASCAR's Corey LaJoie is set to race in a "Trump 2020" car this season - weeks after Black Lives Matter car hit the track LaJoie will drive the No. 32 car - with a "Trump 2020" paint scheme - on Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 7 Corey LaJoie is pictured on June 27, 2020 in Long Pond, PennsylvaniaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7 According to a Wednesday press release, the 'patriotic red, white, and blue' race car will be debuted on Fourth of July weekendCredit: Twitter Go Fas Racing revealed on Monday that they have partnered with the Patriots of America PAC for nine races in 2020 season. Patriots of America PAC is a political action committee pushing for the re-election of Donald Trump. According to a Wednesday press release, the "patriotic red, white, and blue" race care will be debuted on Fourth of July weekend. LaJoie said: "With...
    An eccentric, sometimes unsettling, series of digital video productions make up Pear Theatre’s new hodgepodge of vignettes called “This Street and the Next.” Directed by the company’s artistic director, Sinjin Jones, it’s now streaming via the Pear’s website. Written by seven members of the Pear’s Playwrights Guild, the collection can be watched in whatever order a viewer wants to see them. Most run 10-15 minutes, although some are longer and several last just a minute or two. Not surprisingly, a great many of the videos have themes that resonate with the most important matters happening today: COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and loneliness. Clearly, these are not trifles, so don’t expect a lot of comedy. Yet there are times when the images and actions will cause a few chuckles. The music, written and performed by local musicians Derek Bernard on piano and Drew Weber on guitar, adds a much-needed dimension to...
    The news was first described by ESPN and arrives as athletes across all athletics contact for justice in the fatalities of Black men and women by law enforcement. Each the league and players association have formerly declared the purpose of having collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.Many previous and present NBA players alike have launched statements, designed social media posts or published about the protests following George Floyd’s loss of life in police custody.LeBron James posted an graphic on Instagram with just one side exhibiting the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the text “This… … Is Why” and the caption “Do you comprehend NOW!!??!!?? Or is it continue to blurred to you?? #StayWoke.”Michael Jordan wrote in a statement right after Floyd’s dying that he was “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain offended.”Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended protesters in a...
              Twitter has put up billboards in cities across the country featuring tweets from Black Lives Matter activists, including one billboard in downtown Minneapolis. “Protesters aren’t trying to start a race war – we’re trying to end one,” states the Minneapolis billboard. The tweet featured on the billboard was written by Frederick Joseph, an author and former national surrogate for the presidential campaigns of Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). “A profound honor to see this ad go up on Juneteenth, in Minneapolis no less. Where this current moment started,” Joseph said in response. A profound honor to see this ad go up on Juneteenth, in Minneapolis no less. Where this current moment started. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/sTKeALzFmo — Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) June 20, 2020 God-is Rivera, Twitter’s global director of culture and community, said she was “so proud to see Twitter continue...
    Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Nickelodeon will bring back Nick News on Monday night for the first time since 2016 to air its Kids, Race and Unity Special, hosted by Alicia Keys with several special guests including the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kids, Race and Unity will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on Monday and will be the first of several Nick News specials in the upcoming months. it will be broadcast across several Nickelodeon networks including TeenNick and Nicktoons, and will also be available on Nickelodeon Youtube, Nick on Demand, the Nick App, and the Nick Pluto TV channel. Nickelodeon took to Twitter on Sunday to preview the special, showing special guest Chance the Rapper, Kevin Hart, Simone Biles: Join @aliciakeys and special guests as they discuss kids, race and unity in our new #NickNews special tomorrow at 7p/6c ✊
    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- "This is my family's home, and for me to wake up and see it attacked in this type of manner, it definitely hurts. And, it is definitely upsetting," says Josh, who only wanted to give his first name.Josh, who is Black, woke up to graffiti sprayed around the entrance to his house, including the words "All Lives Matter." Some of the graffiti even included slurs against police."If this was your house, you'd probably be just as surprised, just as upset and confused, because it's just like, 'Why?'" says Josh. He thinks his house was vandalized early Sunday morning. He was home alone at the time.Josh, who is in his early 20s, lives in the house with his family. He says the house has been in his family since the 1970s, and that they never had any problems before."It said 'All Lives Matter.' There were some cartoons, I...
    About 200 people gathered in St. Louis as Black Lives Matter activists announced a promise to tear down a statue of King Louis IX of France, after whom the city is named, leading to a clash between protesters. “He’s gonna come down,” Umar Lee, one of the Saturday protest organizers, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of the statue. “This guy right here represents hate, and we’re trying to create a city of love. We’re trying to create a city where Black lives matter. We’re trying to create a city where there is no anti-Semitism or Islamophobia … this is not a symbol of our city in 2020.” Moji Sidiqi, another organizer of Saturday's event and member of the Regional Muslim Action Network, suggested after the statue is torn down, a new monument should be erected in its place that celebrates the city's diversity. “It’s a revolution,” Sidiqi...
    By Deepti Hajela and Brian Mahoney | Associated Press NEW YORK — There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all. But what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus. With the city’s massive Pride parade canceled, Sunday’s performances were virtual, the flags flew in emptier than normal spaces and the protesters were masked. The disruption caused by the virus would be an aggravation in any year, but particularly in this one, the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City. “It’s a great thing to see because the original Pride started with the civil rights movement,” Matthew Fischer said as he passed out hand sanitizer Sunday at Foley Square. “So we’re really going back to the roots of that and making sure...
    By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — There will be protest, and rainbow flags and performances — it is LGBTQ Pride, after all. But what is normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City is going to look a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus. With the city's massive Pride parade canceled, the performances Sunday will be virtual, the flags will be flying in emptier than normal spaces, and the protesters will be masked. The disruption caused by the virus would be an aggravation in any year, but particularly in this one, the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City. That June 28, 1970, event itself was a marker of the Stonewall uprisings of the year before in New York City's West Village that helped propel a global LGBTQ movement. Initially called the Christopher Street...
    OAK PARK, Ill. -- Young artists and community organizers in Oak Park are unveiling a uniquely colorful Black Lives Matter street mural."In Oak Park, we wanted to change it up a little bit and give it our own little twist," said Cullen Benson, who first proposed the idea on an Oak Park community Facebook page.Benson said they decided to include eight colors "because Oak Park is a colorful community and a welcoming community."Benson collaborated with co-organizer Cortlyn Kelly and artist Franka Del Santo to create the design and mobilize dozens of volunteers to help."The way I make paintings is with masking," Del Santo said. "And that's pretty much what we're doing right now to make this bursting design that is just attention-grabbing."Kelly said that she was excited to join a public art project led by people of color, one of several different ways she is participating in the Black Lives...
    Alabama’s football team released a video Thursday afternoon about race in America. Several players, including quarterback Mac Jones and Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban all appeared in the video, which ended with a message about the Black Lives Matter movement. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) At one point Saban said, “In this moment in history, we can’t be silent. We must speak up for our brothers and sisters, for our sons and daughters.” You can watch the whole video below.   View this post on Instagram   “In this moment in history, we can’t be silent.” A post shared by Alabama Football (@alabamafbl) on Jun 25, 2020 at 12:01pm PDT No matter what you think about the Black Lives Matter movement, we should encourage athletes and coaches to use their platform to bring people together. Nick Saban is the most powerful...
    OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- A collection of artists and community organizers in Oak Park are painting their own Black Lives Matter street mural, the first of its kind in Illinois.This will be more colorful than the other BLM murals of its kind popping up around the country, like the all white text in Flint, Mich. or the all yellow text in Washington, D.C.Organizers said they intended that distinction to reflect Oak Park's diversity and to be as inclusive as possible since this mural is going up during Pride month."In Oak Park, we wanted to change it up a little bit and give it our own little twist," said Cullen Benson, who first proposed the idea on an Oak Park community Facebook page.Benson said they decided to include eight colors "because Oak Park is a colorful community and a welcoming community."The completed mural will be revealed this Saturday at the...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is forging ahead on Wednesday with a procedural vote on a useless police "reform" bill, one which has been rejected by the NAACP and is what the Congressional Black Caucus calls "a completely watered-down fake reform bill." In a letter to the Senate provided by Sen. Chuck Schumer's office, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—a coalition of more than 220 civil and human rights organizations—says it "falls woefully short of the comprehensive reform needed" and it "is deeply problematic to meet this moment with a menial incremental approach that offers more funding to police, and few policies to effectively address the constant loss of Black lives at the hands of police." McConnell is forcing this vote even after Sen. Tim Scott, the South Carolinian who is also the only Black member of the Republican conference, bared his soul to his colleagues Tuesday, sharing with...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to install a massive Black Lives Matter mural right outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, The Post has learned. Plans for the mural — which will be painted in yellow block letters along Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets — come as the city grapples with troubling surges in gun violence and illegal firework activity. “Obviously he is doing it to antagonize the president,” a source said. “This is what he is concerned about while the city burns. What an amateur politician.” The source said the mayor’s office reached out to the Department of Transportation about the feasibility of the mural — but it was mentioned that de Blasio wanted it done. De Blasio hatched the idea a few days after Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted along a street leading to the White House, according to a second source. The...
    MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA) — A Manhattan Beach designer of planners has apologized after news emerged that she helped her children walk with their fellow high school graduates under the guise of a Black Lives Matter march. Erin Condren, whose colorful planners are available for purchase in Staples and have been featured on national talk shows and magazines, has issued two apologies on Instagram in the wake of Mira Costa High School’s graduation event. “I helped plan what was supposed to be a safe, socially distanced walk,” her first apology read in part. “The event quickly got out of control.” View this post on Instagram I want to acknowledge and apologize for my role in an event that happened after my kids’ high school graduation last week. This was a private event for which I accept responsibility for my role. It was in no way sanctioned by my...
    The 49ers’ fourth annual State-of-the-Franchise address opened virtually Monday night exclusively for season-ticket holders. The first topic: Black Lives Matter. Team CEO Jed York spoke how the 49ers gained awareness on racial inequality during the 2016 season when, with their endorsement, Colin Kaepernick launched his protests during the national anthem. Nowadays, a Black Lives Matter flag is being flown atop Levi’s Stadium next to those representing California and United States. The 49ers not only pledged $1 million to social initiatives this offseason but also in 2016, when they matched Kaepernick’s $1 million vow from his own contract. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York ,center, calls over head coach Kyle Shanahan, right, to receive the NFC Championship trophy from his father Mike Shanahan, left, after the team defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Randy Vazquez...
    Two non-sworn public employees were among three people who were arrested for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks, California, local authorities said Saturday. The large sign displaying the letters "BLM" on Westlake Boulevard has been tampered with multiple times since May, CBS Los Angeles reported.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) said one of its employees, Darrin Stone, a 60-year-old service technician at a pre-trial detention facility, was captured on security camera slashing the sign with a knife on June 13 and June 19. After the owner of the sign posted an image on social media showing Stone, a detective recognized him as a suspect and initiated a criminal investigation. Stone was off-duty during both incidents and has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of both criminal and administrative investigations, according to VCSO. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "I'm deeply disappointed...
    THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — Non-sworn Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County District Attorney’s Office employees were among the three people arrested this weekend in the vandalism of a Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks. Authorities said Craig Anderson, Jeffrey Moore and Darrin Stone vandalized the sign, which has been displayed along a fence on Westlake Boulevard for the past three weeks, on separate occasions. The owner of the sign placed a security camera nearby. According to the VCSO, on May 31, Anderson is accused of cutting the sign down and was going to remove it from the area when he noticed the camera and left the sign at the scene. Anderson works as a non-sworn investigative assistant at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Police said Moore stopped by the sign on June 11 and sprayed graffiti on it. He was allegedly driving a work truck that led...
    (CBS Local)- Laila Ali’s father, Muhammad Ali, is now one of the most revered athlete activists of all-time. As the country continues to come to terms with its history of police brutality and systemic racism, brought to the forefront by the recent protests, Ali is hopeful that the movement will continue to push forward, long after the protests and unrest begins to peter out. “We want to make sure this continues happening because we’ve marched before, we’ve protested before. We’ve been complaining for many years,” said Ali in a conversation with Swin Cash on the latest episode of CBS Sports Network’s We Need To Talk. “I think that, for the first time in history, we’ve seen so many people globally taking a stand for Black people, which is absolutely amazing, but I want people to keep this same energy going forward.” "I grew up watching my father and his activism…even when...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Ever since the death of George Floyd, and the nationwide protests that caught-on-camera moment spurred, America has once again been grappling with the words 'Black Lives Matter.'For some, the phrase is a call-to-action. For others, it's merely a verbal acknowledgment if deep-seated disparities that result in a host of injustices. For still more, though, the words are viewed through a political lens, as an affront to the notion that "all lives matter."In recent days, Democratic lawmakers in Washington have been challenging their Republic colleagues to utter the phrase -- at times, giving way to some fiery exchanges. So far, just a handful of Republican members of Congress have done so.On a historic Juneteenth, as protests continue to rage across America, Vice President Mike Pence was asked if he would say those words, 'Black Lives Matter,' and three times declined during an interview with our sister station WPVI-TV in...
    Vice President Mike Pence wouldn't say the words "black lives matter" when specifically asked to say them in an interview with a local ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. The interview took place on Friday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. He instead said what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy and said: "In this nation, especially on, on Juneteenth, we celebrate the fact that from the founding of this nation, we cherish the ideal that all, all of us are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And so all lives matter in a very real sense." Interviewer Brian Taff pressed Pence on why he would not say the words, which have become a nationwide rallying cry against racial injustice and police violence. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "People are saying, of course, all lives matter. But to say...
    Oakland Democrat Mayor Libby Schaaf said on Wednesday that “several nooses” found in a park this week have been removed and that a hate crime investigation has been launched and the FBI is now involved in the matter. However, the Associated Press reported that Victor Sengbe, who is black, has come forward and said that he and his friends put the ropes there months ago for the purpose of creating a swing system for exercising. “Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said. “It’s unfortunate that a genuine gesture of just wanting to have a good time got misinterpreted into something so heinous.” That apparently did not matter to Schaaf, who...
    Knicks GM Scott Perry, part of a Knicks-hosted Zoom symposium on race and sports, encouraged the Black Lives Matter movement to not peter out anytime soon. “Let’s not allow this to be just a moment in time,’’ Perry said Thursday on an invitation-only discussion with teachers and children regarding racial injustice. “I’ve been around long enough to know that things that have happened in our history before — there’s a temporary outrage, and then boom, things are back to normal. Don’t allow this to be that time. This is a call of duty to action for all young people.” The Knicks have stepped up recently regarding the raging topic of racial inequality. Perry and former Knicks president Steve Mills became the first African-American top front-office tandem in NBA history before the 2018-19 season. That didn’t prevent owner James Dolan from getting roasted for not immediately releasing a statement on race...
    YouTube Video of Abraham "Avrumy" Knofler harassing a barista in Bed-Stuy for having a 'Black Lives Matter' sign on the store's window goes viral. Video of a white man harassing a barista at a Bedford-Stuyvesant coffee shop in Brooklyn for having a “Black Lives Matter” sign on the store’s window went viral on Thursday. The man, identified by Gothamist as Abraham “Avrumy” Knofler, protested the sign by yelling “All Lives Matter.” The incident at Burly Coffee/Better Read Than Dead, which is located on Koscuizsko Street, was captured on video by Rohan Singh at around 9:30 a.m. on June 18. He shared the clip on Twitter writing, “So, this was my morning. I just wanted to get some coffee. But this racist a**hole decided it’s time to educate us and ‘make a protest’ about how ‘all lives matter.'” In the video, the barista can be heard telling Knofler, “No...
    When Rafaela Matos saw police helicopters over her favela and heard gunshots, she fell to her knees and asked God to protect her son, João Pedro. Then she called the boy to make sure he was OK. “Be calm,” João Pedro wrote back, explaining that he was at his aunt’s house and everything was fine, Rafaela told The Associated Press. Minutes after he sent the message, police burst in and shot the 14-year-old in the stomach with a high-caliber rifle at close range. João Pedro Matos Pinto was one of more than 600 people killed by police in the state of Rio de Janeiro in the first months of this year. That’s almost double the number of people killed by police over the same period in the entire U.S., which has 20 times Rio’s population. Like João Pedro, most of those killed in Rio were black or biracial and lived...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Rafaela Matos saw police helicopters over her favela and heard gunshots, she fell to her knees and asked God to protect her son, João Pedro. Then she called the boy to make sure he was OK. “Be calm,” João Pedro wrote back, explaining that he was at his aunt’s house and everything was fine, Rafaela told The Associated Press. Minutes after he sent the message, police burst in and shot the 14-year-old in the stomach with a high-caliber rifle at close range. João Pedro Matos Pinto was one of more than 600 people killed by police in the state of Rio de Janeiro in the first months of this year. That’s almost double the number of people killed by police over the same period in the entire U.S., which has 20 times Rio’s population. Like João Pedro, most of those killed in...
    For this year’s Pride celebrations, which will be its 50th anniversary nationwide, the LGBTQ+ community took to the streets of Hollywood to honor those who are fighting for racial justice. Organizers painted All Black Lives Matter in block letters between Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Saturday. They also created a mural to celebrate all victims of discrimination —regardless of race, gender identity, or sexuality. READ MORE: Trump finalizes rollback of LGBTQ health protections The gesture is meant to show “inclusivity and solidarity” during a time when the country is divided on how to deal with police brutality and its impact on the Black community, Los Angeles CBS affiliate reported. Painted in classic ROY G. BIV, the letters in the slogan symbolizes the unifying Rainbow symbol of the LGBTQ+ community. Appropriately, this year’s march will start at the base of this justice marker in Los Angeles on Sunday at 11:00...
    DELHI, N.Y. — According to the New York Times’ remarkable list of Black Lives Matter protests over the last two weeks, the largest outpouring of street activism since the Vietnam War has now spread to more than 2,000 cities and towns in every American state. Certainly the biggest and most newsworthy protests have occurred in large, diverse and often symbolic or significant cities: Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, but also New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and every other metropolis of note. What was less expected, and perhaps even more striking, were the protests we’ve now seen in hundreds of second-tier cities and small towns clear across the country, including many places with overwhelmingly white populations. Few of those places were smaller or whiter than this village in west-central New York State, where I attended a BLM protest a week ago that was reported as the largest public demonstration seen in...
    DANVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- Hundreds marched peacefully Sunday afternoon to support the Black Lives Matter movement in a community where demonstrations are rare.The peaceful march was organized by 25-year-old Danville native Alexandra Aqua."My friends and I came together and we said it's time for Danville to wake up," said Aqua.In fact, "Wake up Danville" was the name of the event.Aqua said she was so moved by the death of George Floyd she knew she had bring a message to her hometown."I never thought this would be my reality, we talk about Rosa Parks, we talk about Martin Luther King, this is a moment, this is real," said Aqua.Michael Ambrose and his mom Sydney came out to march."We need to be loud, there's not a lot of black people in this town, we don't like police brutality, so we're out supporting them," said Sydney Ambrose.RELATED: Meet the 2 Bay Area teens...
    Starbucks is speaking out after reports of an alleged policy that bans its employees from wearing accessories or clothing related to the Black Lives Matter movement.Many on social media expressed their disgust and anger after learning about this alleged rule, calling on others to boycott Starbucks.In a statement to the ABC 7 Chicago I-Team, Starbucks said:"Know you've been following Starbucks as we continue to listen to our partners (employees) about how they want to take a stand for justice, while proudly wearing the green apron and standing united together. We will continue to work closely with community leaders, civil rights leaders, organizations, and our partners to understand the role that Starbucks can play, and to show up in a positive way for our communities.Starbucks stands in solidarity with our Black partners, community and customers, and understand the desire to express themselves. As our latest step towards this commitment, we are...
    Prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz has been floored by the apparently massive influence of the Black Lives Mattter movement in recent years and weeks. Following the killing of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, protests across the country have sprung up demanding justice and an end to racism. In the wake of these protests, which were accompanied by some rioting, looting, and extensive police violence, some believed President Donald Trump could reap the benefits of chaos. But despite these predictions, the unrest seems to have rallied support for the protesters’ cause. On Tuesday, Luntz pointed to a Politico story that cited polling showing a large shift in public opinion — among both white people and the American public as a whole — toward viewing policing as having disproportionately negative impacts on black people like Floyd: An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday found that “Americans by a 2-to-1...
    “What matters now? What matters next? What do we want? What are our demands? Where do we go from here?” These questions from Oprah Winfrey introduced OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?, the unprecedented two-night town hall event that premiered Tuesday on OWN and across Discovery’s 18 other U.S. networks. Airing the same night as the funeral for George Floyd, the Minneapolis black man whose death at the hands of a white police officer has sparked global protests, part one launched Winfrey’s conversation with black thought leaders and activists including director Ava DuVernay and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams. Together, they discuss systemic racism and the current state of America. NEWSLETTERSThe Daily Beast’s ObsessedEverything we can’t stop loving, hating, and thinking about this week in pop culture.SubscribeBy Clicking "Subscribe" you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy PolicyWinfrey began the special by recalling her 35 years as...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that all five boroughs will salute the Black Lives Matter movement by renaming streets and painting roadways in honor of the group's message. “It’s time to do something officially representing this city to recognize the power of the fundamental idea of Black Lives Matter, the idea that so much of American history has wrongly renounced, but now must be affirmed,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing. The mayor said his plan is to “name streets in each borough, and to paint the words on the streets of this city in each borough at a crucial location, one of which will be here near City Hall," according to The New York Post. CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER SEEN GIVING MIDDLE FINGER AT GEORGE FLOYD PROTEST SENT TO DESK DUTY VideoDe Blasio claimed the move will help promote the Black Lives Matter movement and legitimize its efforts....
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is standing in solidarity with the Black community amid the civil unrest that is rocking the nation following the death of George Floyd.  Customers have been greeted by a message on the company’s site that reads, “Black lives matter.” Bezos shared an email from a shopper with the subject line “All Lives Matter,” who also noted that the retailer’s stance was “quite disturbing.”  (Getty Images) “I am for everyone voicing their opinions and standing up for what you believe in, but for your company to blast this on your website is very offensive to me and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from others,” the message continued. READ MORE: Fence surrounding White House transformed into Black Lives Matter memorial Bezos responded by reminding critics that “‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter,” he wrote. “Black lives matter speaks to the racism and the disproportionate risk...
    (CNN)Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez walked with protesters on Sunday in Los Angeles as part of a Black Lives Matter march.The celebrity power couple joined Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and a large crowd of protesters as they marched down Hollywood Blvd."We must take a stand for what we believe in and fight against the injustices in this world," Lopez wrote in an Instagram post. "So we continue to peacefully protest until there is change." View this post on Instagram Today I had Emme and Max make me and Alex a sign for the protest. Max told me a few days ago: "you know mom, since you have a following like some of my YouTuber gamers and they ask us to support things and we do, you should do that for George Floyd." I said, "funny you say that baby, I am planning a few things. Do you...
    (CNN)What was supposed to be an intimate moment before a couple's wedding ceremony has turned into a symbol of solidarity and love seen and shared more with more than just their wedding party.Newlyweds Dr. Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon shared their first look on their wedding day with dozens of people demonstrating during a Black Lives Matter protest in Center City, Philadelphia on Saturday."It was the most overwhelming feeling that I had in my heart," Kerry Anne told CNN. "I could feel everything, I could feel all the current energy around us in that current moment."For Michael, he told CNN the moment went by in a flash but he's grateful to have this moment to remember for the rest of their lives. "Not to say that we are more important than or above anything that was going on or anything that was being discussed at the event, just to be...
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (KGO) -- A Marin community is coming together after a racist tirade was caught on camera.The now viral-video shows a man we're choosing not to identify, yell expletives at a group of about ten adults and children on the evening of June 2 who were using chalk to write message of support for Black Lives Matter after the killing of George Floyd.RELATED: Get the latest updates on George Floyd protests in the Bay AreaThe man is seen yelling "F**k you and f**k you...don't let our kids see there's graffiti all over our f**king streets!" He continues to shout "Black lives matter? How about ALL lives matter!?" and at one point aggressively approaches one person."I was just kind of taken aback. It was sort of ridiculous and I really wasn't expecting it, honestly." says 18-year-old Jesse Rodriguez.His mother Jeanenne Ray was one of several who recorded the incident."It...
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