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Watch: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Memphis Sanitation Workers Go on Strike

As the families of Echol Cole and Robert Walker struggled to put their loved ones to rest, a different kind of storm was brewing in Memphis, Tenn.—and Feb. 12, 1968, was a tipping point. Cole and Walker had only been dead for about two weeks, having been crushed to death by a faulty, outdated garbage truck, but their…

Placing a Price Tag on Freedom: The Evils of the Money-Bail System Placing a Price Tag on Freedom: The Evils of the Money-Bail System

The U.S. injustice system is not broken. It is working exactly as it was intended to work, which is primarily in the service and protection of privileged white people who have enough money to escape the legal consequences of their actions.

Watch: ‘I Know Hard Work’: Memphis Sanitation Strikers on Childhoods Sharecropping in the Jim Crow South

Sharecropping in the United States was slavery by another name, and many of the 1968 Memphis, Tenn., sanitation strikers were well acquainted with it.

The Shame Is Not Ours: Black America, Poverty and the War on Drugs The Shame Is Not Ours: Black America, Poverty and the War on Drugs

The so-called war on drugs was created to target black, brown, poor and working-class communities, those communities that have borne the brunt of institutionalized, systemic, white supremacist violence.

Louisiana Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After Serving Nearly 38 Years in Prison for Rape He Didn’t Commit Louisiana Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After Serving Nearly 38 Years in Prison for Rape He Didn’t Commit

Malcolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), was released from prison Monday after Jefferson Parish Judge June Darensburg overturned his conviction.

Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s Eldest Son, Commits Suicide Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s Eldest Son, Commits Suicide

Fidel Ángel “Fidelito” Castro Díaz-Balart, 68, the eldest son of Cuban revolutionary and former President Fidel Castro, committed suicide Thursday, Cuba’s state media reported.

Texas Woman Charged With Yelling Racist Slurs at Interracial Couple, Smashing Their Car Windows  Texas Woman Charged With Yelling Racist Slurs at Interracial Couple, Smashing Their Car Windows 

A Texas woman was indicted Thursday afternoon in a Guadalupe County, Texas, court on charges of felony mischief after authorities say she smashed the car windows of an interracial couple viewing a house in the neighborhood in which she lives.

Watch: The Tragic Deaths of Robert Walker and Echol Cole Sparked 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike

Robert Walker, 30, and Echol Cole, 36, woke up on Thursday, Feb. 1, 1968, and went to work for the Memphis (Tenn.) Sanitation Department. They left their families for a long day of collecting garbage with the full expectation of returning home to them. Instead, as their shifts were about to end and heavy rain poured…

Texas Man Fined Less Than $600 for Assaulting 8-Year-Old Black Child  Texas Man Fined Less Than $600 for Assaulting 8-Year-Old Black Child 

A Fort Worth, Texas, man has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault by contact for attacking his neighbor’s 8-year-old son in 2016, whom he had accused of littering in his yard.

Jackson, Miss., Community Leaders Step In as Students Face Food Insecurity During School Water Crisis Jackson, Miss., Community Leaders Step In as Students Face Food Insecurity During School Water Crisis

Jackson Public Schools remain closed due to low water pressure—or no water at all—in outdated school infrastructures, and many students are left wondering how they will eat during the day.

Dear White People Cast, Crew Create Jordan Edwards Scholarship Fund Dear White People Cast, Crew Create Jordan Edwards Scholarship Fund

The cast and crew of the Netflix series Dear White People are honoring the life and legacy of Jordan Edwards with a scholarship fund created in partnership with Jordan’s family and the Black Alumni Association.

Hey, Democrats: MLK Was Talking About You, Too Hey, Democrats: MLK Was Talking About You, Too

Today, on social media, I’ve seen quite a few white Democrats admonish Republicans not to pretend to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on MLK Day if those same Republicans haven’t spoken out against Donald Trump’s racist “shithole” statement.

Watch: Our Video Series Shares Never-Been-Told Stories of the Memphis Sanitation Workers

In Memphis, Tenn., 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers braved the bitter cold to engage in a revolutionary 65-day action to defend their right to personhood. These men struggled against the noose of white supremacy to proclaim their dignity. They stood, shoulder to shoulder, armed with picket signs and perseverance,…

Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor and Gertrude Perkins Are Mothers of the #MeToo Movement Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor and Gertrude Perkins Are Mothers of the #MeToo Movement

In 2016, former Oklahoma City Police Officer and rapist Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years in prison for the rapes and sexual assaults of seven black women and one black girl, ranging in age from 17 to 58.

Erica Garner: ‘I’m in This Fight Forever’ Erica Garner: ‘I’m in This Fight Forever’

When I met Erica Garner in 2016 at the Drug Policy Alliance Conference in New York City, it was not a meeting of activist and journalist; it was a chance meeting between two women who were desperately missing their fathers and determined that they would never be forgotten, that their legacies would endure.

Erica Garner, Daughter of Eric Garner, Still Fighting for Life After Sustaining Brain Damage: Report Erica Garner, Daughter of Eric Garner, Still Fighting for Life After Sustaining Brain Damage: Report

Updated Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, 4:55 p.m. EST: Erica Garner is still fighting for her life after suffering brain damage, following a heart attack over the holiday weekend.

Kwanzaa: Revisiting Maulana Karenga’s Legacy Kwanzaa: Revisiting Maulana Karenga’s Legacy

Kwanzaa, like black America, was birthed in struggle and chaos, then bathed in blood. It was born in the freedom movement, against the backdrop of the Watts rebellion, the rise of the Black Panther Party, the FBI’s COINTELPRO and the assassination of Malcolm X (el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz).

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