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POEM: Caged Bird

POEM: Caged Bird

Caged Bird BY MAYA ANGELOU A free bird leaps on the back of the wind    and floats downstream    till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.   But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage […]

Dillon Taylor, Danielle Willard and Michael Brown: What Ties Them All Together

Dillon Taylor, Danielle Willard and Michael Brown: What Ties Them All Together

The shooting death of an unarmed man leads to several days of riots and mayhem in Ferguson, Missouri, while the same type of shooting in Salt Lake City leads essentially to silence.  Why?  Why would Salt Lake City residents not raise up, protest or even riot over an extremely similar situation? Dillon Taylor, a 20 […]

PETITION: Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence & Misconduct

PETITION: Enact New Federal Laws to Protect Citizens from Police Violence & Misconduct

Via Shaun King, Change.org petition creator: This petition is for Amadou Diallo – shot at 41 times. An innocent, hardworking man simply reaching for his wallet, Diallo should be alive today. This petition is for Sean Bell – shot at over 50 times and killed on his wedding day.  This petition is for Oscar Grant – handcuffed with […]

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

This past week I have watched both the print and television media’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson. For the first time, the mainstream media has finally started to question the militarization of law enforcement and its impact on our communities. My question is: What took you so long? […]

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

Last week, local police fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days that followed, there have been massive protests in Ferguson and heavily armed SWAT teams are roaming the streets in response. Our communities are not warzones. And yet the police, armed to the teeth, treat us like […]