After police shootings, justice in the public imagination often becomes constrained to the boundaries of carceral systems.
In 2003, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was created with the mission to "protect" the United States from "illegal immigration that threaten[s] national security and public safety." Since then, and under that guise of protection, ICE has repeatedly targeted immigrants, implementing biometric surveillance programs, family separation, and more. Amidst ramped up calls to defund and dismantle ICE for good, there's now another horrific report to add to the mix.
Many photos of protests share one key feature: a thick, foreboding cloud of tear gas hanging over the crowd. Tear gas, classified by the United Nations as a chemical weapon, is so common that people often head to protests with gas masks or homemade solutions like a bandana soaked in water. But while tear gas's immediate effects are unpleasant enough — including crying, running noses, and vomiting — some protesters say it has damaged their reproductive health.
On Wednesday night, a shooting drew crowds along Nicollet Avenue, a major street known for its shopping center in Minneapolis's downtown. As rumors that the police had shot yet another Black man flowed, other accounts testified that the man died by suicide. With the city still smoldering from protests prompted by Minneapolis police's killing of George Floyd in May, the department was eager to clear its name.
As the federal government continues to squabble amongst itself, tenants are not waiting to be saved.
Almost as soon as it became clear that life under quarantine would be the new norm for communities across the world, venture capital funding started to dry up.
As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, suggesting that it gave all women the right to vote is a slap in the face to those left out of its original plans
Rather than deny that anarchists exist, it’s more useful to acknowledge that in the middle of an insurrection summer best defined by a pursuit for Black liberation, Black anarchists are key to sustaining many of the ongoing uprisings.
“We’re able to rely on each other as a community.”
Black LGBTQ Owned Businesses Need Support During The Pandemic, Even If There Isn’t Exact Data On How Many There Are
The coronavirus pandemic’s economic impacts are still unfolding, but things are already far from evenly distributed.
With coronavirus hitting the US hard, there are growing fears community groups will have to resort to funding provided by surveillance programmes.
Tech Employees Are Considering Moving to Cheaper Cities Amid COVID-19. What Impact Could That Have on The Communities They’re Leaving?
So, what would happen in tech-gentrified cities if work from home policies caused more white-collar employees to disseminate?
Vanessa Taylor is Bitch Media’s 2020 Writing Fellow in Technology
When Hafiza Ameerah Khan began her coming out process it was an isolating experience. Khan, a Bengali American Muslimah, told Bitch, “When I came out of the closet in 2016, I did not know of a single other queer Muslim in the world—and I really felt like I was the only one out there.” In recent years, some have pushed against the “coming out” narrative, noting that it doesn’t capture the complexity of queer life. Some critics f...
The uprising inspired protests across the globe but many are still asking, “Why Minneapolis?” While it seems like an unassuming Midwestern city, Minneapolis has a deeply disturbing history of the surveillance of Blackness.