Each account of an unarmed man dying by the hands of police fuels anger and frustration, and in Baltimore, young people took to the streets to protest. Figures from Black history are awakened as resistance rises up against civil rights violations. Changing law enforcement’s treatment of people of color seems to be the target of this generation’s civil rights movement, but what is the strategy? “It gets […]Read More Is Baltimore tipping off this generation’s Civil Rights Movement?
At a forum UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, journalists and law enforcement talked about the task of covering protests fairly. They compared the media reaction to violent versus nonviolent protests, like those after the decision not to indict the officers who killed Eric Garner. “Because there was nothing burning [in New York], there was nothing being broken, the reporters that were covering that story on […]Read More Walking the line: reporting on protests and police response
Annual May Day demonstrations across the country tend to focus on different issues, depending on the communities that are marching. In Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, people rallied against immigration policy and deportations. In Merced, Live Free Merced, which campaigns against mass incarceration, gang violence and police brutality in the area, marchers declared unity against police-inflicted violence. “Thirty demonstrators gathered… to […]Read More May Day rally sends solidarity, #MercedToBaltimore
In this episode of City Slam, Dani Tarver performs a powerful piece about the injustice young black men face growing up in America. It’s an addition to the Remix your life showcase, from Youth Radio.Read More City Slam – Injustice
Last week the California non-profit One Justice made its first stops in Kern County, to provide the underserved area with free legal services on issues like medical care, immigration, and family issues. The first challenge for the organization is to help residents identify their potential legal problems – people often don’t recognize when a problem could require legal counsel. “For a lot […]Read More ‘One Justice’ brings free legal counsel to Kern County
Mt. Vernon Street and Flower Street in East Bakersfield connect sites where four men were killed in recent years in fatal encounters with police. Family and other supporters of the men killed have become activists in this nationally prominent issue. The conversation has moved beyond basic protest into a more nuanced understanding of the forces at […]Read More Touched by loss, families lead fight against police violence
This month last year, 28 year-old Alex Nieto was shot and killed by police in a park near his home in Bernal Heights. Nieto worked as a security guard and had a taser gun in a holster on his hip, which officers claimed they mistook for a pistol. He was shot ten times and died at […]Read More Amor for Alex – #BrownLivesMatter
Self Help Graphics & Art is an Eastside institution, an organization formed at the height of the Chicano art movement with a mission to employ art as a tool for justice and social change. The group has survived some tough setbacks, including a temporary shutdown of its headquarters, but it stays in action with its community programming, […]Read More Self Help Graphics takes art to the streets
Inspired by the tragic case of Tamir Rice’s case, Youth Radio’s media interactive illustrates the different circumstances and describes the outcomes around stories of unarmed citizens being killed by police. To explore Triggered: Objects Mistaken For Guns, go to Youth Radio.Read More Triggered: Objects mistaken for guns
Young adults in Richmond explained their feelings about the nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO., and if they believe anything will change. Does the #BlackLivesMatter movement matter to you? “I hope the protesters never rest, never submit and never forget. I hope the protesters understand fully it is their […]Read More Protests: How do young adults feel about a national movement?